Orissa Gana Samaj, a combine of media persons, creative thinkers, social activists, students and youth bigwigs, women organizations,writers and patriotic politicians of Orissa has resolved to raise voice against blatant misrule, distinctly defined in Pipili gang rape case in the context of the irresponsible police response and minister’s reaction thereto, through a protest march on 16 January, to begin with.

We post here below its appeal:

Dear Sir/Madam,

You might be aware about the unfortunate incident of gang rape in Pipili in which one of the victim committed suicide and the other victim is fighting for survival in the Central ICU of S.C.B. Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

A team comprising of leaders of all non-BJD political parties, social activists, women organisations, media persons, advocates visited the hospital today and discussed with the authorities of the College Hospital about the treatment of the victim. They urged upon the Doctors to ensure that the victim gets best of treatment and care so that she can survive .

To protest against the inhuman atrocity on the victims of Pipili , and rising cases of rape and murders of in different places of the State , and callousness of the Government, we are organising a protest rally to be followed by dharana on Monday, the 16th January, 2012.


The rally will start from Jaya Prakash Narayan Park ( Master Canteen ) at 10 a.m. and will go upto Raj Bhavan via Raj Mahal square.


After reaching Raj Bhavan, we will have a sit-on demonstration till 4 p.m.

We appeal to all citizens , irrespective of political affiliations, intellectuals, workers organisations, lawyers ,writers, artists, actors, women organisations etc. to join this protest march and express solidarity with the victim’s family.

Prasanta Patnaik,
Rabi Das,
Joint Convenors.

MSM Demands Withdrawal of Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award and Dismissal of Oriya Advisory Committee Convener

Mukta Sahitya Mancha, Orissa’s forum of writers addressed to protect Oriya literature from clouds of corruption and degradation, has, in a convention over controversy on selection of Kalpana Kumari Devi for Central Sahitya Akademi Award 2011 on her novel ‘Achihna Basabhumi’ , demanded today that the Award be withdrawn and the Convener of Oriya Advisory Committee Bibhuti Pattanaik, who architected this selection, be dismissed from his post for the discernible nepotism he resorted to.

Conveyed by Ms. Ratnamala Swain, editor of Chitra, the convention was presided over by earlier award winner poet Fani Mohanty when the agenda was introduced by editor of Paurusha Asit Mohanty who also had won the award earlier.

Eminent writers including former editor of Asantakali Kalicharan Das, Columnist Barendrakrushna Dhal, editor of Sambad Soumyaranjan Pattnaik, editor of Subartta Pradyumna Satpathy, editor of Khabar Adhyapak Biswaranjan, editor of Bijaya Kedar Mishra, Prof. Bauribandhu Kar, Prof. Nityananda Satpathy, author and artist Dinanath Pathi, translator Jugal Kishore Dutta and Uttam Nayak etc expressed dismay over degradation of the sanctity of Central Sahitya Akademi award as witnessed in the instant case.

That 11 out of 14 books shortlisted for the award were published by a single publisher is indicative of favoritism in selection process, the speakers said. To their information, the book ‘Achihna Basabhumi’ was published in 2011, not 2009 as projected and hence its selection was blatantly illegal.

Therefore, the convention called upon the Central Sahitya Akademi to withdraw the award and to dismiss the convener of the Oriya chapter advisory committee for his discernible deficiency and acts of nepotism.

No Confidence in the Crime Branch, Mr. Chief Minister?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In appointing a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe into the Pipili gang-rape case, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has indicated that he too has no faith in the Crime Branch of the State. Sad.

People are rejecting the Judicial Commission as such judicial commissions are of no use in timely dispensation of justice inasmuch as prosecutions will have to wait till the Government accepts its report and approves its recommendations, which may take a decade.

This nasty administrative game needs no elaboration, as, more than a dozen of Judicial Commissions appointed to probe into felonies committed during Naveen Patnaik’s incumbency are not yet able to arrive at their final findings.

When they conclude their investigations, they shall submit their answers to issues fixed by the Government to the Government under the Commission of Inquiries Act and then the Government, taking time as it likes, will decide on acceptability of the recommendations and then only, if recommendations are for prosecution against persons found responsible for the crime concerned, prosecution shall start. And, the case shall enter into a labyrinth of litigations, which the person or persons affected by the crime can seldom tackle to obtain justice.

So, Judicial Commissions of Inquiry are safe havens for the criminals.

Naveen Patnaik has provided such a haven to executants of the felony at Pipili.

Hence, the only alternative available, is a CBI inquiry. Orissa’s greatest watchdog of freedom of press, the Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) is spearheading the demand for such an inquiry.

Come Monday – 16 January – Bhubaneswar, the citadel of the rulers, will see political luminaries, social activists, students leaders, youth bigwigs, cultural celebrities together with the media persons in a very unique solidarity march against the State Government shying at the proposal for inquiry by CBI while its Minister from Pipili has been trying to intimidate the Press for having focused on the felony.

I maintain that it would have been the best had the primacy of Crime Branch in investigation into and initiation of penal prosecution against the Pipili crime not been crippled by the State Government. It is sad that the Police is tolerating this deathblow from the Chief Minister on credibility of its star sector, the Crime Branch. The Police top-brass’s ‘Yes Boss’ habit is making the gravest casualty of the crime investigation machinery. It is not yet defined, but discernible to alert eyes that the State Police is feeling suffocated by annihilation of credibility of the Crime Branch by a Chief Minister of no political will.

It would be better for Naveen to read the writings on the wall.