Techno Edn in Orissa in total disarray; BPUT forces Pvt. Eng. Colleges to convert ‘No Mark’ to ‘More Marks’

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The private Engineering Colleges in Orissa, with their well knit unity and dense solidarity, have such a strong nexus with the vice-chancellor of the BP University of Technology that, students who fail to fetch the pass marks in semester exams are being helped to pass out with distinction in special examinations. There are instances – and we in these pages have exposed such instances with evidences – that students having failed to clear their papers in regular semesters had passed in all the backlog papers with high marks in the special examination conducted by the University in single sittings.

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This has so much ruined the standard of techno education in Orissa that many of the so-called engineering degree holders from BPUT are not able to get any employment. The issue has rocked the State Assembly several times, but the State has not dared to promulgate a standard.

It has rendered Orissa techno degrees bereft of credibility and because of this, better students do no more prefer the State’s private engineering colleges. As a result, as against 44189 seats, only 17,947 students have taken admission this year leaving 26,947 seats vacant. Out of 102 private colleges, only 23 colleges have got at best 50 students each whereas a college has got no student when five colleges have less than 10. The trend is settled with 29% engineering seats lying vacant in 2009 with the vacancy rising to 50% in 2010 and to 60% in 2011.

But BPUT does not bother. Its VC and material members are gained over by private colleges that have taken money against guaranteed degrees to whosoever gets admission. Many of these students that have paid undisclosed heavy amounts against assured degrees have not thought it necessary to appear in semester examinations. Therefore they have not fetched any internal mark and therefore the colleges are not able to indicate what marks they have got. The BPUT is now forcing the colleges to amend their report and send them marks against students that have got no marks due to non-appearance in examinations.

In repeating its demand, as for example, in a notice on January 24, 2013, it has communicated the VC’s instruction that results would be blocked of the colleges, which do not sumbit internal marks by today (January 29, 2013). We prefer to quote the contents of the Notice below:

It has been observed by the undersigned that many colleges have not responded to the notice given earlier for providing internal marks of 4th Sem Examination (B.Tech / B.Pharm / MCA) both for students appearing regular as well as well as back papers. They are hereby informed to comply it immediately within 29/01/2013 through online entry (refer to the format / scheme prepared for same), without which the university shall be forced to block the results of the students of the respective institution. Please treat this most urgent and of highest priority.

We find that the colleges have already and timely submitted the internal marks. So why this notice and reminders thereof? This is because, the colleges have sent zero marks against students who have not appeared in examinations. But the vice chancellor is not willing to accept ‘zero’ as a number. His message is clear, that forces the Principals (as reporting officers) to give marks to even to students that have not appeared in semester examinations.

Many Principals are baffled, The College managements are forcing them to comply with the instruction of the VC and give ‘more marks’ against ‘no marks’ to students that have obtained ‘zero’ in concerned semester.

They fear, what would happen if a CBI or that sort of authority conducts an inquiry into award of marks to ‘future engineers’ despite their absence in examination. It is they, who will be held responsible for converting ‘zero’ to high value numbers, if and when an inquiry is conducted into how marks of high numbers could be awarded in absence of any examination appeared by the students.

Who would answer?
Will the Government wake up and examine this issue?

ORISSA MATTERS launches literary forum SHABDASPARSHA

Celebration of the Republic Day ushered in a new literary forum styled Shabdasparsha that literally means embrace of letters.

kabi milana_ shabdasparsha

Launched by orissamatters.com in the premises of The NEWS Syndicate, it commenced with a Kabi Milan (poets’ get-together), presided over by Prof. Bishwaranjan.

Poets Badal Mohanty, Durga Charan Sarangi, Girija Shankar Dash, Pabitra Mohan Maharatha, Akshaya Behera, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak recited their poems. In also reciting his poem, President Bishwaranjan focused on the speaking influence of poetry on progress of human society at every stage of revolution for a better world.

ORISSA MATTERS chief Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, convener of the forum informed that Shabdasparsha shall organize monthly interaction of poets in cause of Oriya letters. Associates Durga Charan Sarangi, Pabitra Mohan Maharatha and Devi Prasanna Nayak are in charge of organisation.

In his introductory speech Poet Maharatha briefed on why the Forum was felt a necessity. Vote of thanks was proposed by Poet Sarangi.

Republic to note: Gandhiji was disillusioned and Ambedkar had cried a caution

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

When India got her freedom, Gandhiji was on fasting, which was his unique method for protest against any discernible deviation from ideals.

In refusing to celebrate the day by giving the people a message to that effect, he had told an officer of Information and broadcasting department who had come to him for the message, that he had “run dry”.

January 26 being the day on which we had, despite bondage, declared our independence, how had he observed the first 26th of January that had come after our freedom on August 15, 1947? I will quote relevant portion of his prayer-address on this day from ‘MAHATMA’.

“This day, 26 January, is our independence day. This observance was quite appropriate when we were fighting for independence we had not seen nor handled. Now! We have handled it and we seem to be disillusioned. At least I am, even if you are not” (Volume 8, p.279).

So, our leaders “handled” our freedom in such a style that the principal architect of our independence, the father of our nation, Gandhiji, was “disillusioned”.

How had January 26, the day we now celebrate as our Republic Day, come?

It had come as a day of “contradiction” in the words of the father of the Republic, Dr. Ambedkar (CAD, Vol.XI,p.979).

“On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradiction. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic rights we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man one vote, one value. In our social and economic rights we shall by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny one man one value”, he had confessed.

The Government, after our freedom, had denied the working class its legitimate role in constitution making by banning the Communist Party of India. This had helped the class of property proprietors to dominate in the Constituent Assembly. Therefore the equality for which our martyrs had sacrificed their lives, Gandhiji had his dreams, and the people had forced the British to quit the country, had no existence in the concept of the Constitution. Ambedkar, however, was hopeful that the first Parliament that the people were to elect, would correct the wrong done by the Assembly and remove the contradiction immediately.

“We must remove the contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up”, he has told. (Ibid)

Instead of removing the contradiction, the compradors in power have transformed Indian democracy to plutocracy.

If we love our Republic, we shall have to remove the compradors from power and to force the Government to promulgate social ownership over means of production and entire wealth of the nation. Otherwise, as Ambedkar had predicted, there shall be no Republic in future.

SAT confirms the illegality we had exposed: CBI or CI investigation into conduct of the CM and Police Chief must be a Must

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

With nullification of dismissal of the former Inspector-in-charge (IIC) of Pipili PS by the State Administrative Tribunal on January 17, I have no hesitation in saying that the Chief Minister of Orissa Naveen Patnaik and the Police Chief of Orissa Prakash Mishra had shrewdly collaborated with the Pipili felony of gang rape that ultimately exterminated the victim. Only a CBI or a Commission of Inquiry investigation into why the Director General of Police issued a legally untenable dismissal order to the IIC and why being the Minister-in-charge of Police, the Chief Minister had not objected to that, is now urgent to fix up responsibility as to who of these two top functionaries is guilty to what extent in the Pipili context.

As the DGP dismissed the IIC on January 24, 2012 in stark contravention of the very provision under which the dismissal was ordered, and as Orissa’s political and legal luminaries were conspicuous by their silence on this point, I had to post my views in these pages in public interest, on January 28, 2012, exposing how the dismissal was nothing but official protection given to the IIC with all the scope to get that nullified in appropriate court of law.

The SAT has now nullified the illegal order exactly as I had apprehended.

I had captioned my analysis as “Dismissal of former IIC of Pipili PS is a classic instance of how Naveen is hoodwinking the people”.

I had then written,

“The Director General of Orissa Police has dismissed the former Inspector-In-Charge of Pipili Police Station, Amulya Champatiray, for serious dereliction in duty that has endangered the life of a Dalit girl and ruined her family. The order is being used to hoodwink the people.

The guilt of Champatiray is discernible to naked eyes. So, people are happy over his dismissal. But the dismissal is discernibly farcical, because it is not legal and cannot survive the test of law.

Champatiray had protected the alleged rapists of Pipili by not registering FIR on receipt of the allegation of gang rape and of attempt to murder that has sent the victim into coma.

So, he deserves the severest of punishment and deserves no sympathy.

But, with the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as the Police (Home) Minister, his dismissal is crafted so cunningly that despite his offenses, he shall get back his service by challenging the order of dismissal in appropriate Court of law; because no Court will allow rape of the Constitution by any Governmental authority”.

The article is available here.

I am thankful to friends, specifically Prasanta Patnaik, to have supported me at that stage. But their views, despite being most relevant, also got ignored.

Now that the apprehension I then had expressed has come true by the verdict of SAT, which is the High Court in the matter of the government employees, it is necessary for the State to abstain from killing further time in untenable preferences to higher forum of law; because no court of law including the Supreme Court can make an illegal order legal.

After my analysis, were he ignorant about the law and really innocent, the Chief Minister, being the head of the political government, should have asked the DGP to withdraw the faulty order of dismissal and to proceed afresh in the matter by subjecting the IIC to domestic inquiry under necessary environment of natural justice and then to determine the dose of consequential punishment. By not doing this, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, whose party colleagues are perceived as culprits, had done his best to help the IIC escape the dragnet of law in the court of law.

It is therefore urgent that instead of raising meritless appeals in higher legal forum(s), the Chief Minister should institute an inquiry against himself and his Police Chief to prove them innocent of the conspiracy in that forum. Having instituted a commission of inquiry against himself, former Chief Minister of Orissa late R. N. Singhdeo had created precedence. Naveen should not shy at this precedence in this matter.

Rape was sanctioned by Holy Scriptures in Bhagawat’s Bharat too

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Rukmini Shrinivasan (TNN) has quoted Delhi’s National Law University faculty Dr. Mrinal Satish to show that occurrence of rape, where the accused is convicted by any court, is overwhelmingly higher in rural India than in urban India, in a very relevant piece datelined January 05, 2013. It is based on data gathered from reported cases in all the High Courts and the Spreme Court of India covering a period of 25 years from 1983 to 2009 and used by the Professor in his doctoral dissertation at the Yale Law School, USA.

In analyzing the data, Prof. Satish has found, according to Shrinivasan, “over 80% of rape cases in the High Courts and close to 75% of rape cases in the Supreme Court came from rural areas. Close to 75% of gang rape cases in HCs and 63% of gang rape cases in the SC came from rural areas. Over 65% of cases involving the rape of a child (less than 12 years old) came from rural areas. On average, 75% of all rape cases in higher courts that had led to at least one conviction came from rural areas”.

This researched finding seriously challenges RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reported claim that rapes are phenomena of India, not of Bharat, on interpretation of “India” as the urban sector and “Bharat” the rural.

Prof. Satish’s researched data being irrefutable, collected as they are from the reported verdicts; Bhagwat’s followers including the Puri Sankaracharya have started parading a different plea in support of the RSS chief.

According to them, “Bharat” means the land under Vedic culture whereas “India” epitomizes western culture.

Thus, to the rabid rightists, the Vedic system is the system that should be revived to save the country from the flood of rapes.

In other words, the heinous crime against which modern India’s educated youth and embarrassed citizenry have forced the nonchalant governments all over the country as well as the country’s bookish judiciary to rise up, is going to be used by the rabid rightists as a plea for religious revivalism.

So, it is necessary to see if Vedic culture was really against rape.

A culture is read in the light of its literature. And, Vedic literature has its popular presentations in Upanishads and Purans. So we shall peep into them a while to see how rape was treated therein.

We find, rape was given the dignity of a male fundamental right in Vedic literature where any woman was required to submit to the desire of a satyr of Vedic society. She should be thrashed by hand or stick if she refuses a man’s desire and should be subjected to brutality of rape as a punishment for refusing the man, says the seventh hymn of the 4th Brahmana under the sixth chapter of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. It says, if a woman refuses the man, then the refused satyr shall have the liberty to allure her into sex by offering her ornaments and other gifts. If she still refuses, the man, affected by being thus rejected, shall have the right to beat her down in hand or by a club in order to render her incapable for resisting and then, instead of love making, shall brutally rape her while uttering the words that for the crime she committed by refusing him sex, he is now brutalizing her vagina by the force of his organ. This is it:

Sa chedasmai na dadyat
Kamamenamabakriniyat
Sa chedasmai naiba dadyat
Kamamenam jastyam ba panina
Bopahatyabhikramendriyena
Te jasasa jasa adada
Ityajasa eba bhavati
”.

In giving this hymn a Tika (interpretative elaboration), the mega maniac of Brahminism, Adi Sankara, had prescribed that the vagina of the reluctant woman should be so violently brutalized by the rapist that after ravishment she could no more be having any iota of fame (Durvageti khyata ajasa eba bhavati) to face the society.

In my earlier discussion, I have linked the rise of rape in India with strengthening of the political economy of capitalism in the regime of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

But going by the scriptures of Bagawat’s Bharat, one gets convinced that the said Bharat had given birth to political economy of rape.

When Taittiriya Samhita (vi,5.8.2.) holds that a good woman is worse than a bad man, Chhandogya Upanishad in Vamadevya Samana has enjoined five stages of coition; such as ‘Hinkara’ (summoning a woman to the bed), ‘Prastaba’ (proposing the woman for intercourse), ‘Udgittha’ (lying down with the said woman), ‘Pratihara’ (Ridding over that woman) and ‘Nidhana’ (ejaculation) (ii.13).

The Samana as rendered by R.E.Hume in Thrirteen Principal Upanishads, gives guarantee that copulation thus practiced by a man would help him procreate himself from every copulation, reach a full length of life, live long, become great in offspring and in cattle, great in fame. One should not abstain from any woman says it.

And, Puranic depictions help us understand the Brahminic emphasis on summoning “any woman” to bed and raping any woman for her refusal to be bedded.

The Vamadeya Samana cited above may help us in better appreciation of the Puranic phenomena. It says and we understand that a rape even may beget a man an offspring through the raped woman.

But how can rape help a man become great in cattle?

Here lies the stair for us to reach the political economy of rape.

Cattle were the mainstay of economy in the Vedic society. The Vedic people were nomads and the power of the Vedic man was being measured on the basis of the number of cattle herds he owned. Owner of the largest herd of cattle was called Goswamy (Go meaning Cattle + Swamy meaning Lord) and was being revered as a God.

No wonder, this particular word ‘Goswamy’ was a synonym of God.

Therefore, there were constant battles amongst themselves over acquisition of cattle herds of each other.

One who was having large numbers of sons was in advantageous position to acquire and possess large herds of cattle. Even battles were being fought for a single cow of excellent quality. When Basistha having a hundred sons had possessed Kamadhenu, Biswamitra had led a large army to take that cow to his possession. On the other hand, Drutarastra having a hundred sons had allowed his army to loot the cattle herds of Birata, who had a single son. For possessing large herds of cattle, the mania to beget large numbers of sons had become so strong that any man of the Vedic society was, sans any qualms, trying to rape any indigenous woman to get a son through her.

Mahabharata has shown us that Parasara got Vyasa by raping the daughter of a boat man when she was ferrying him across the Ganges; Bhima begot Ghatotkacha through Hidima. Even in Ramayana, Ravana had begotten Mahi Ravana through a woman he had no connection with after her pregnancy.

Begetting sons through any woman for use of them in future in enhancing and protecting properties of the father was legitimized through scriptures in the ‘Bharat’ that the rabid rightists like Bhagwat have been glorifying while denigrating ‘India’.

But the instances depicted above clearly show that rape is a political economy that cannot be seen separately from capitalism.

That, the women, to whom their husbands raping other women for begetting more number of sons was not tolerable, were asking for boons to mother a hundred sons howsoever difficult that be, like Sabitri and Gandhari, indicates to the role of rape as a political economy in those ancient days; because in those days too, it was essential to overcome the sense of defeat inherent in a society of economic inequals.

We shall continue to grope about in dark in matter of rape as long as the ‘sense of defeat’ that capitalism creates is not effectively removed. So its remedy lies in promotion of a political economy of equality.

As we have earlier also argued, ceiling on property in order to make the country a land of approximate equality is the only way to eliminate the sense of defeat by opening up umpteen avenues for prosperity of all in a pattern that would eventually free the society from inequality, exploitation and insecurity.

If our approach is sincere, it is better to appreciate that rape is a syndrome,which has its origin in political economy of inequality and hence adoption of political economy of equality can help the society in getting rid of rape.

Bhubaneswar scribes appeal for financial support to treatment of Jyoti

photo of jyotiEarlier in these pages an appeal from Media Unity for Freedom of Press for financial support to TV journalist Jyoti Prakas Mishra has attracted your attention. Here below is an appeal in Oriya:

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Suspected Hijackers of ‘The Samaja’ use tricks to project themselves as genuine

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa’s premier daily newspaper ‘The Samaja’ is in severe danger as its suspected hijackers have been using tricks to project themselves as its genuine owners. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is being made the medium of their latest trick.

January 23 is the birthday of Netaji.

Cuttack was not only his birthplace, but also was his character-setter. That he emerged as an epitome of militant patriotism in Gandhi’s India is only because he had spent his first fifteen years in Cuttack under the influence of the Barabati Fort beaming rays of valor that the people of Orissa personify.

The first fifteen years are most crucial in the formation and stabilization of human character. On and from the sixteenth year, man’s character doesn’t usually change. So, Kautilya Chanakya had opined that the day a son enters the sixteenth year in age; the father should treat him as a friend; because he would no further change in character thereafter. “Praptesu sodasa varse putram mitramibacharet”, he had said. And Subhas Chandra was the only one amongst the sons of Janakinath Bose to have lived his first fifteen years in Cuttack.

The history of Orissa’s valiant battle against the Muslim, even when Bengal had surrendered to them, was putting its heroic impact on Subhas.

The Muslims, by then having established their empire all over India including Bengal were facing the greatest obstacle to grab the whole soil because of the matchless militant patriotism of the people of Orissa.

In describing the defeat that the Muslim Army had been thrown into in its aggression against Orissa, the Muslim historian Minhaj-i-Siraj, who himself was a part of the Muslim Army in that war, had noted, “A greater disaster had not till then befallen the Muslims in any part of Hindustan” (The history of Bengal, Muslim period: Dr. K. R. Quanungo, 1973, pp.48-52).

Long thereafter, when the British grabbed India, the same valiant patriotism of the people of Orissa had also overwhelmed the foreigners in the first ever battle for freedom in the soil of India. In ‘A sketch of the history of Orissa’, the British historian G. Toynbee has described this encounter in the following words: “It was not long, however, before we had to encounter a storm which burst with so sudden fury as to threaten our expulsion”.

In reporting this first freedom struggle of India, Magistrate W. Forrester had, on 9.9.1818, told Commissioner Robert Ker, “the nature of the country (Orissa) and disposition of the inhabitants (the Oriyas) will always present formidable obstacle to the suppression of these disturbances either by military or police”.

So, Subhas Bose was shaped by Orissa in the climate of militant patriotism that her children epitomize.

Its reflection was seen when he assaulted Prof. Oaten for his anti-India utterances that led to his expulsion from the Presidency College, Calcutta, where he was pursuing his studies after matriculation from the Ravenshaw Collegiate School, Cuttack.

Therefore, for the people of Orissa, Netaji Subhas, being the creation of their militant patriotism, is the object of their patriotic pride. Come January 23, every patriotic Oriya feels pleased to celebrate his birthday.

The suspected hijackers of The Samaja are trying to exploit this emotional attachment of the Oriyas for Netaji this January 23.

The trap

The trap is very shrewdly laid; but appears very innocent.

Student leaders are being organized to attend State level conference at Cuttack to accept felicitations on the occasion of Netaji’s birthday. The trap is designed to start with garlanding the statue of Netaji in the College Square from where a rally dedicated to Netaji would proceed for its destination at Gopabandhu Bhavan, presently under occupation of the suspected hijackers of the Samaja, where they would hear orations by a select group of persons on relevance of Netaji.

But these orators do not know that they would be used as mere masks as the suspected hijackers of The Samaja are eager to hide their ugly faces behind those masks.

To understand the phenomenon, we are to see how The Samaja has been hijacked and why the beneficiaries of this nasty offense are eager to hide behind the masks.

The Samaja

The Samaja was founded by Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das with the monetary help given by the people of Orissa. When alive, he was next only to Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Das in stature as a leader of the land.

But, despite that, he had failed to extricate himself from the circle of a syndicate of caste supremacists, who, because of greed, had an eye on his prize property that included the Samaja and its publishing house, the Satyavadi Press.

After Gopabandhu’s sad death – his employee Radhanath Rath on whom he was situationally depending had tortured him into the pathetic premature death – that syndicate seized the Samaja by suppressing his real Will and using a forged one created by the same Radhanath and Lingaraj Mishra.

And, thereafter it was seen that active members of the syndicate, under the cover of SoPS became reigning deities in the Samaja set up and rose in political stature by usurping the tremendous popularity of the late leader, Pandit Gopabandhu.

Since then the people had a belief that Gopabandhu had given away the Samaja and Satyavadi Press to the SoPS by his last WILL.

The Fake WILL

Only a few months ago we stumbled upon a document that gave birth to a suspicion that Gopabandhu had NOT given away the Samaja and Satyavadi Press to the SoPS by way of a WILL before breathing his last. The WILL that formed the base of ownership of SoPS over the Samaja was apparently a fake WILL.

As the exposure was made in these pages, admirers of Gopabandhu immediately jerked into action and wanted the SoPS to clarify its position in view of the exposure.

Instead of displaying in public the WILL of Gopabandhu, if any, in original, so as to undo the shock of the exposure, the SoPS indulged in such shenanigans that the suspicion became more defined. The admirers of Gopabandhu formed a forum called “Save the Samaja Forum” that in a press conference called upon the SoPS authorities to remove the suspicion by producing the original WILL, if any, in public.

If the Will of Gopabandhu was forged as suspected, the hijackers of the Samaja have swindled away hundereds of crores of rupees from the Samaja income, which belongs to Orissa, the Forum alleged. The SoPS, instead of clarifying its position vis-à-vis the raised doubt, forced the editor of the Samaja to blackout the press conference of the Forum and, on the other hand, to use news space to denigrate the Forum leadership.

SoPS too allegedly hijacked

At this stage it transpired that, the SoPS has also been hijacked by a pack of tainted members, who were facing disciplinary action on charges of corruption and embezzlement of the funds of the Samaja. These tainted members have contrived the trick to use the speakers who would address the January 23 event as well as Netaji Subhas as masks in their attempt to appear as genuine.

When the names of Manubhai Patel, Rajkumar , Deepak Malaviya, Bhimsen Yadav, Prasannavadan Mehta, and Niranjan Rath appear in the program sheet – spread by one Pravas Acharya posing as Secretary of SoPS (Cuttack) – as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Exe. member and Exe. Member of SoPS respectively, records show that none of them has yet established the legitimacy of occupation of such positions in the Court that is hearing the allegations against them as well as in the police stations where cases against them have been registered.

On the other hand, as confirmed member of SoPS, they are bound by its constitution “to lead a pure personal life”. Let us look at each of them against the backdrop of this requirement.

Manubhai Patel:

He was found to be a man of dubious character by the then President of SoPS and editor of the Samaja, late Radhanath Rath. In his letter dated 3/2/1985 to Sevakramji, Rath had noted that despite “repeated requests” he was not refunding the “huge money” that he had taken “from the Orissa branch for his election expenses”. Describing the conduct of Manubhai as “very unfortunate”, Rath in the same letter expressed strong disliking for “his character” while saying that he was being “blamed for him in Orissa”.

resolution against manubhai patelPatel was held guilty of misuse of his position and was removed from the post of President of SoPS in an extraordinary meeting on 9/6/2011 by all but one members of the General Body that elected Onkar Chand as the President in his place. Reacting to allegations of criminal offenses for which prosecution against Manubhai was sought for in a case before the Orissa High Court, the GB had held that much damage had already been done to the reputation and image of SoPS by his wrongful activities.

Rajkumar:

He is charge-sheeted vide 2012/SP02/July 5, 2012 for having manipulated minutes and records of the society to fulfill his selfish purpose. Being confirmed as a life member of SoPS on 1/4/1992, his membership has expired on 31/3/2012. Thereafter he is alleged to have illegally overstayed as a life member and a functionary through manipulations and in blatant disregard to the stipulations laid down in the Society’s constitution.

Deepak Malviya:

He is charge-sheeted under SoPS letter dated 27/6/2010 for “serious misconduct” discernible in “manipulation of minutes/documents of meetings … on different occasions” and for sanction of “Rs.20 lakhs to the GIMSAR without due authority”.

Bhimsen Jadav:

He is also charge-sheeted under identical orders for offenses similar to that committed by Malaviya. Allegations of massive misappropriation of funds, financial loss caused to SoPS by manipulation of accounts of a farm situated at Panipat comprising over 144 Acres of land placed under his care, manipulation of records to sell away 11 Acres of the Panipat land with ulterior motive etc are also placed before the Officer-in-charge of Economic Offenses Wing of Haryana Police as well as in the Panipat Police Station, on July 13, 2012.

Prasannavadan Mehta:

He is a co-accused in the criminal case lodged by Sourav Sahu for “misappropriation of funds from the account of ‘The Samaja’ by means of fraud, forgery and cheating”. And the matter is pending since April 2011. It is noteworthy that the employees of the Samaja, in their Association letter No. 41/GS/10 dated 24/1/2011, have also raised serious allegations against Mehta in the matter of purchase of newsprint, exposing him as vested interest with his son as an agent of a newsprint dealer . ‘The Samaja’ being a highly heavy consumer of newsprint as Orissa’s top circulated multi-editional daily with many sister publications, the transaction is worth several hundred crores of Rupees. And, choice of the supplier of newsprint gets done through corrupt practices, a chunk of which had made Justice Arijit Pasayat committee, appointed to enquire into corrupt practices in management of the Samaja, suggest specific action against member Niranjan Rath and GM Hemanta Sahu. The employees had alleged that Mehta was supporting Sahu because of a secret deal with him in his son’s context. As Manubhai Patel was then the President of SoPS and he was addressed to the allegation against Mehta, the nexus between them both, had given a snubbing to the employees allegation. But the allegation still stands.

Niranjan Rath

To me personally it is paining to write about him, he being a dear personal friend for many decades since my days in Athgarh. At that time I believed that he was a crusader against corruption. But under the climatic impact of SoPS, he has perhaps degenerated into a condition where corruption finds it easier to inscribe its signature.

He was charged for theft of money by a reputed colleague, Journalist Prados Pattanayak, who has retired from the Samaja on superannuation in the post of news editor. Pattanayak’s allegation has been registered as a cognizable offense u/s 380 IPC generating case No. 15/03 on 12.3.2003.

dismissal of niranjan rathThe Executive Council of SoPS had had a discussion on him in its meeting at Puri held on 11/11/2005, consequent upon which he was terminated as a life worker on 22/11/2005.

How and why and by whom under what circumstances he was recruited again and got confirmed as a life member is a mystery. But the Committee of Inquiry headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat has found him guilty of moral turpitude at least in two counts. The Report of this committee was “unanimously accepted” by the Executive Council of SoPS in its meeting on 28/2/2011 at Baroda.

In this report, the Enquiry Committee has observed in the context of Niranjan, that, “a life member (of SoPS) is mandated to maintain pure personal life, but if any member is of objectionable character and reputation, it is against the interest of the society; and therefore, his life-membership has to be terminated”.

Such is “pure personal life” in the parlance of SoPS that these fellows are projecting themselves as functionaries thereof as indicated supra!

Pravas Acharya

The Constitution of SoPS doesn’t bear any provision for a post that he has brandished in the program card he has circulated.

denial to p.acharyaBefore becoming even a worker, Acharya was using the name of SoPS even though he was not entitled to do so. Therefore, on 2/2/2010 he was warned by the President of SoPS.

“Please do not use the name of Lok Sevak Mandal (which is SoPS) till you are accepted as a life worker”, Sri Manubhai Patel, as the President of SoPS, had warned him.

Patel had made it clear that, in order to become a member, Acharya was to work as a life worker first for three years on probation, and another three years under training.

After six years, he was to be put under observation, and if the Executive Council feels that he was fit to be a life worker, then he was to earn confirmation as a life worker before being considered for elevation to rank of life member.

“Till then do not use the name of Lok Sevak Mandal” he had warned Acharya again.

Obviously, Acharya was illegally using the name of SoPS even without being a worker, which had provoked Patel to issue him the warning while refusing him ready entry into the society.

So, the self projection of Acharya as the secretary of SoPS, Cuttack with display of the names of Manubhai Patel, Rajkumar , Deepak Malaviya, Bhimsen Yadav, Prasannavadan Mehta, and Niranjan Rath in the invitation for the convention on January 23 indicates that he is now the front man of the gang of six who want to use Netaji as their mask to hoodwink the people of Orissa in the matter of hijacking ‘The Samaja’.

Sad, some respected persons like Smt. Tulasi Munda, Baijayant Panda, Pradyumna Satpathy, Nrusingh Kar, Prasad Harichandan, Chittaranjan Mohanty, Akshyaya Das, Dr.Purnachandra Mohapatra, and Prof. Suryanarayan Mishra have fallen in their trap to make people be misled to accept these hijackers of the Samaja as genuine owners thereof.

But should they continue in their trap?