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Epideictic acrobatics won’t do; the Prime Minister should subject himself to credible investigations beyond the CBI

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s assertions that he is ready for interrogation by Central Bureau of India in matter of coal scam seems like epideictic acrobatics to hoodwink the people. He has not asked the CBI to include his name for interrogation.

By this time, he should have placed himself for interrogation on records by convincing his fidgeting colleagues that he is, as he has belatedly said, not above the Law. But he has not taken any discernible step in this regard.

He has not yet told the people, if he is not involved with the crime, why did he take so much time to express willingness to be interrogated by the CBI. His motive and modus operandi in causing this delay need be revealed to the public, so that his sincerity can be gauged.

He should, if he is sincere, divulge details of steps, if any, he has taken for fixing responsibility for the missing of relevant files and tell the people clearly, who has stollen or destroyed the files containing notes and orders of concerned functionaries including himself. Mere saying “I am not above law” is of no relevance, because every idiot also knows that nobody is above the Law.

When missing of the files was known and needle of suspicion was pointing at him in public perception, he had asserted that he can’t say where the files had gone, because he was not the custodian of the files.

So, he was aware of missing of the files.

Being aware of the missing of the files, over which people were to look at their Prime Minister askance, in order to keep in tact the glory of the chair of the Prime Minister, he should have immediately taken exemplary punitive action against the last handler of the files, who could have been instantly identified from the ‘File-Movement-Register’ the government maintains. And, he should have ensured that the files are retrieved, if they were not willfully destroyed.

Instead of resorting to epideictic acrobatics that he is ready for interrogation, he should publicly say as to why he has not made his government punish the last handler of the missing files and why he took such huge time to be ready for interrogation. More importantly, he should explain his silence over the swindle worth Rs. 1.86 lakh crores due to his favoring Kumar Mangalam Birla of Hindalco Industries Ltd in coal blocks allocation, as reported by the national auditor. Why should he tell the CBI of this instead of telling the people? Why should there be the necessity of interrogation? Is confession before the people not better than admission on interrogation table?

And why should he be interrogated by the CBI? Is not the CBI dancing to the tune of his government? Is the CBI not denuded of essential credibility during his tenure as the Prime Minister? Who shall believe that the CBI would act independently and impartially in its investigation against the Prime Minister? Situation is so sour, even if the CBI acts independently sans any motive, people will not be convinced that the investigation was proper. And, for this sad situation, who else is responsible than the Prime Minister Dr. Singh?

So, in such circumstances, the Prime Minister should confess every details of his involvement in the scam that has been reported by the CAG to have caused a swindle worth Rs. 1.86 lakh crores; or should accept either of the following two suggestions, in interest of the nation in general and of the dignity of the chair he occupies in particular.

Firstly, he should urge upon the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, because the coalgate investigation is being monitored by the Apex court, to create a ‘Special Task Force’ for the purpose, comprising experienced sleuths from crime branches of all the provinces, who, unlike IPS officers, will act sans any fear for the Central Government, and thus, whether or not Dr. Manmohan Singh is the real culprit could be convincingly found out; and secondly, as an alternative, he should appoint a judicial commission of enquiry to help the people know whether or not he himself is the culprit.

The country has a great precedence of the second pattern.

In a special situation created by Jawaharlal Nehru’s government in the centre, Biju Patnaik occupied the chair of Orissa’s Chief Minister on 23 May, 1961 and immediately indulged in looting the State Exchequer for his personal gain and created a gang of co-looters in his ministry that destroyed all administrative norms and ethics in the nasty game of avarice and aggrandizement.

His misrule being absolutely unbearable, the students of Orissa were the first to rise in revolt followed immediately by the masses.

Biju was forced to quit the chair in midterm, though Nehru, whose many weaknesses he knew, had helped him with a face-saving cover called Kamraj Plan.

But the people went on demanding punitive action against Biju so relentlessly that the Central Government was bound to conduct an investigation into his black deeds through the CBI.

The CBI could not proceed properly, as the State Government of which Biju’s protege Biren Mitra was the Chief Minister, did not cooperate.

Yet in its report, it said that, there were many instances of illegalities which only a judicial inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952 (No. LX of 1952) can determine.

Sadly as the central government was under the grip of the Congress Party, instead of a Judicial Inquiry as recommended by the CBI, a Cabinet Sub-Committee was formed to enquire into the allegations against Biju and the same Sub-Committee made a farce of enquiry and tried to protect him.

The Prime Minister appealed the Parliament to forgive him as he and his protege Biren Mitra were already punished by being made to relinquish their offices.

This had enraged the people of Orissa so much that they punished the Congress Party in the 1967 election for having not punished Biju for his misdeeds.

R.N.Singhdeo became the new Chief Minister of Orissa heading a coalition with Jan Congress founded by Harekrushna Mahtab. In honoring the promise made in election manifesto, he appointed Justice H. R. Khanna of the Delhi High Court as the Judicial Commission of Inquiry against alleged felonies perpetrated during the period from 23 June 1961 to 8 March 1967 by Biju Patnaik and his colleagues including his two successors: Biren Mitra and Sadasiv Tripathy.

This Judicial Commission of Inquiry was appointed on 26 October 1967 under Orissa Government Home Department Notification No.813.

When the State Government was in the process of appointing this Commission of Inquiry, on 27 June 1967, Sadasiv Tripathy along with 24 MLAs and MPs of the Congress Party, had submitted a memorandum to President of India for enquiry into acts of corruption and impropriety alleged against R.N.Singhdeo (then the Chief Minister), P.M.Pradhan (then the Deputy Chief Minister), S.N.Patnaik (then a Minister), Banamali Patnaik (then a Minister), Santanu Kumar Das (then a Minister), N. K. Choudhury (Ex-Chief Minister) and Dr. H.K.Mahtab (Ex-Chief Minister).

On receiving the memorandum from the President, the then Home Minister of India, Sri Chavan sent the same to R.N.Singhdeo for action as he would deem proper.

Singhdeo immediately put the memorandum to administrative examination and as the allegations were prima facie sans any merit, he told Sri Chavan that if he desires, the State Government would go for a judicial examination of the allegations by a sitting judge of a High Court or the Supreme Court of India.

The central Home Minister replied that, as a sitting judge may not be diverted for such an enquiry, the CM may have the enquiry through any retired judge of any High Court or the Supreme Court.

Justice J. R. Mudholkar, a retired judge of the Supreme Court agreed to enquire and find out which of the allegations seemed prima facie correct, so that a regular Judicial Commission of Inquiry could be appointed to enquire into those specific allegations.

Accordingly, a Special Judge post was created in G.O.No. 292-EC on May 3, 1968 and Justice Mudholkar was appointed in the said post as a Special Judge to conduct the fact-finding enquiry, Findings of this commission were held to be genuine by the Orissa High Court in Harekrushna Mahtab vs the Chief Minister of Orissa case on 23 September 1070.

Thus, it is clear that a Chief Minister of Orissa R. N. Singhdeo had enquired into allegations against himself by a special commission headed by a former judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice J. R. Mudholkar.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should follow this precedence and subject himself to necessary enquiry by a Judge, instead of CBI, to allay all suspicions about his involvement with the crimes against the country in the scamosphere.

This is, I repeat, more essential for protecting the dignity of the august office he holds.

Are members of the Congress Party not ashamed of Manmohan Singh?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

As an Indian I feel ashamed that a man like Manmohan Singh is ruling my country as the Prime Minister.

He is the man who changed economic priority of India from socialism to capitalism. This change has pushed us into such dire straits that the opiates of the masses like the free mid-day meals, almost entirely subsidized rice/wheat, and food security legislation etcetera have become unavoidable to stop starvation deaths which could have become ubiquitous in whole of the country. Obviously, these opiates are contrived and used to preempt a mighty revolution that majority of Indians perishing under stark unemployment and slow starvation would certainly have raised to destroy the empires the rich have established in free India by burying the dreams of our freedom fighters and martyrs in satan’s graveyards governed by affluent’s avarice.

He subjected India to such international treaties in the name of globalization that the strength of the Constitution of India is rendered inconsequential.

The strength of the Constitution is its Preamble. The purpose for which the Constitution is created is depicted in it in its entirety. It declares:

“WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;
and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY
this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do
HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES
THIS CONSTITUTION.”

This Preamble is the fountainhead of all the provisions of the Constitution. The entire Constitution is addressed to this Preamble and all the provisions of the Constitution are meant to serve the purpose of the Preamble. Amendment in any provision, addition or repletion in the Constitution is provided only for serving this purpose.

Had it been possible for Singh and his team to delete the Preamble, they could certainly have done so. But, when the Parliament was not totally infested with self-seekers and criminals except a handful, every chance to tamper with it was done away with after enshrining in it, finally, the purposes of our freedom struggle. When any Article and / or provision in the Constitution of India can be amended in the prescribed process, the Preamble of the Constitution cannot be amended.

So, it was impossible for Manmohan at that time to amend or repeal the Preamble. Therefore, under his scheme, the country was treacherously pushed into international trade treaties that were designed to clamp capitalism on India in total contravention of and disregard to the Preamble.

And, resultantly India has become divided to two Indias:

(1) India of mere 7,734 Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) individuals with 109 billionaires in the highest tier and 7,625 millionaires in the lowest tire (Wealth X report, 2012-13) and;

(2) India of the rest 1.27 billion persons excluding the agents of the UHNW individuals in the four estates of democracy, their lobbyists, and followers who benefit in the system controlled by the ultra rich.

This division of India into the two such Indias is made by Manmohan Singh, who never as yet has said that he repents for the harms done to the motherland.

The treachery he played against India in the matter of nuke deal with USA is never seen anywhere in the world to have been performed by any Prime Minister of any democracy. There are many exposures on this nasty deed in these pages that visitors may easily peruse. At this juncture, it would suffice to say that President (as he then was) Bush’s most prominent partner in policy framing, Senator Joe Lieberman had declared that the Indo-US nuclear deal was contrived “Clearly in the interests of the United States” (Reuters, August 14, 2007). It was a “bonanza for U.S. Firms” (Reuters, August 25, 2007). Thus it is clear that Manmohan had acted for the “interests of the United States” in signing the nuke deal. This was laid bare in my posting in ORISSA MATTERS on August 25, 2007. People of USA knew that the nuke deal was so much against Indian interest that even if Manmohan signed the deal, any future Prime Minister would like to quash it in national interest. So, they were eager to make it absolute by making the Indian Parliament “agree” to the “text” of the deal. In approving the Henry J.Hyde United States-India Peaceful Energy Cooperation Act of 2006, after a series of revisions since Bush and Manmohan signed an initial agreement in July 2005, the U.S. Congress made it mandatory that it must be a “must” for Indian Parliament to agree to the text. (The Indian Parliament must agree to the text.) But Manmohan never placed the “text” before the Parliament and with the help of Speaker Somanath Chatterjee hoodwinked the country and through horse-trading succeeded in his role in the nuke deal to the total satisfaction of the Americans. Are the members of the Congress Party really unaware of this?

Even the corporate media as well as rightwing politicians that have been exposing mega scams taking the cue from Comptroller and Auditor General of India, hold UPA-2 responsible for these scams, not UPA-1. It is not that while leading UPA-1 Manmohan was a man of different character. He was the same Manmohan Singh at that time as he is now. But UPA-1 had no such scam-scars, because the Communists and co-leftists in ally with UPA-1 had kept him on leash. After the Left withdrew its support, there was no leash on Manmohan. There was no more any barrier in carrying out the scams. Therefore, UPA-2 is so full of scams and corruptions. The country is drowned under corruption. The country is divided into two socio-economic countries as noted supra and majority have been made dependent on alms, which the government is giving in form of mid-day meals, lowest-priced rice and wheat, and food guarantee.

If any member of the Congress has an iota of patriotism, should he or she not rise against putting the people on opiates of the masses like free mid-day meals or lowest-priced cereals instead of generating for them the necessary environment for higher earning and fair living? When Manmohan’s economic policy and practices, instead of development of all, have brought abject poverty for majority of Indians, whose lives thrive only on official alms – the opiates of masses as noted above – is it not the duty of the Congress members to condemn Manmohan Singh for the damage he has done to India and force the Government to rip off its pro-Ameracanism cocoon and implement the purposes of our freedom movement as epitomized in the Preamble of our Constitution?

The Congress members have given India a Prime Minister whose office has become a hub of scams and whose supremacy over the subordinates had made the ministry of coal a grazing ground of mafias, where files are missing to remove the corpus delicti of crime, when he is the Prime Minister!

Coalgate is just a sample. The CAG has offered many samples. Media have been focussing on many more samples of scams and corruption that UPA-2 stands synonymous with.

Are the Congress members not ashamed of themselves for having given India such a Prime Minister? Are they really not ashamed of Manmohan Singh?

Andamans in the eyes of Aditya Sircar

AdityaAditya Sircar is a 2nd year student in B.A. course with Economics (Hons.) in the St. Xavier’s College at Ranchi.

In the company of his parents and grand parents, maternal grand mother, aunt and uncle and younger brother, he had been recently to Andamans and has depicted his experience in a mail to me. While going through the same, I was as if seeing the serene islands in my eyes!

I feel, it deserves attention of my esteemed visitors. And here it is:

RENDEZVOUS WITH ANDAMANS
by Aditya Sircar

My journey to the Andamans was rewarding. Rewarding in the sense that I had experiences that one can hardly expect in  towns and cities where we live. The serene islands with their elegance and the beauty of nature without much human interference has a charm of its own. The pollution free atmosphere and the greenery around is enchanting. The blue waters of the seas are so clear that you can clearly view the underwater sea life and corals up to a few feet. 

Life there is much simpler and one with nature. The local people rely on agriculture and other farm and fishing activities for sustenance. The lack of industries is a boon as the environment remains free of pollutants and thus nature blossoms in full swing. There is Asia’s largest and oldest saw mill called Chatham Saw mill located in the seas. Our journey to the three islands located close to Port Blair was a wonderful experience. The ruins of British establishments in Ross Island, the Death chambers of Viper island, and the splendid water sports facility at North Bay with its beautiful beach are marvelous! How I wish I could have explored more…. 

Away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, its a beautiful respite for those who seek a getaway from their boring and tedious lives.

Monuments like the Cellular Jail evoke strong nationalist sentiments. Our freedom fighters who were tortured by the British in that monstrous edifice, died there in the hope that their nation would one day be free of foreign rule. Their sacrifices have made the place holy for every Indian. I salute our heroes!

Then there is the beauty of Mount Harriet. The view from the National Park at the top is just heavenly! The beautiful valley stretching vast into the sea is a wondrous sight to behold! Its an out of the world sight! Such views cannot be experienced anywhere else in India. My father rightly said, ” One should meditate in such places.” (about Mount Harriet) Truly the presence of God and his wondrous creations are revealed when one gets to see the beauty of nature. A lighthouse was visible at the very end of the valley on the sea shore! I felt for the first time that I have been blessed indeed that I could visit such a place in this lifetime. In the morning the view was even more beautiful with the sky covered with clouds and mist descending upon the sea….It churned up emotions of joy from the deep recesses of the soul. Oh! What a wonderful sight it was! Traveling to the various places feels less and less tiring as one experiences such beautiful things.

Another wonder of nature is the Havelock island with its gorgeous beaches. Radhanagar beach is truly Asia’s best as reported by the TIME magazine. The view of the island jutting out into the sea on one side and the beautiful greenery on the beach side was nothing short of awesome! People were basking in the sun and enjoying all kinds of water sport activities. During monsoon and early winter, Green Sea turtles lay eggs here! Snorkeling at Elephant Beach and Red Skin Coral island was a first time experience and that too an exhilarating one! One can experience the under water sea life and the best part is that you don’t need to know swimming at all! Thus everyone- from children to the old, can enjoy this sport. Racing on a water scooter was even more enthralling! I performed stunts that I couldn’t have imagined I could do. Maybe its the magic of the place which instilled such spirit into me. Swimming was also great especially in the Gobindanagar beach right in front of the Forest Rest House at Havelock, where we stayed.

The visit to the Red Skin Coral island was another great experience never to be forgotten. The view of the beautiful corals on the sea bed was awe inspiring! Snorkeling in the beautiful waters and getting close to the underwater life was just awesome! I could touch the various types of corals and even sea flora like sea cucumbers and could sea the beautiful fishes of all kinds while snorkeling!  We traveled by glass bottom boats which have magnifying glasses fitted in the middle so that one can view clearly the underwater flora and fauna. The islands have rich flora and fauna. We saw deer and antelopes at Ross island! They are beautiful creatures and thrive in the greenery of the islands. Such exquisite natural environment is  rare to see as today’s cities have become concrete jungles which lack vegetation and are simmering in heat from global warming! 

Thus the journey to these ‘Jewels of the Sea’ was a lifetime experience for me. The islands also possess unique places on earth like the Snake island, full of all kinds of sea snakes, consisting of 9 varieties of such snakes which are not found anywhere else on earth! There is also the North Sentinel island which houses the only stone age tribe present today on earth called the Sentinelese. This tribe has remained totally cut off from civilization for over 60,000 years! Very little is known of these people! While other tribes are becoming extinct, these people mysteriously have thrived and increased in number and also managed to survive the 2004 tsunami without any external help! No one goes around this island as the tribesmen shoot arrows and kill oncoming foreigners! Its really awesome to think that such a place exists in our India which is indeed a wonder on earth! There is also the Barren island which has India’s only active volcano constantly emitting smoke! 

I loved every moment of our trip. Even the sight of the islands from the window of the airplane when it descended was marvelous. I indeed wish to visit again maybe in the future and would ask all to visit this wonder of nature!

Phailin fails to damage the guts of Gopalpur, the only Port in the hands of an Oriya in Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Historian Dr. Amiya Kumar Mohanty argues in his book ‘State and Government in Ancient Orissa’ that the main cause of Kalinga war was perhaps Ashoka’s desire to occupy the ports of Orissa. By using these ports, the people of ancient Orissa, famous as the ablest seafarers amongst people of India had become the first and the most acclaimed founders of colonies and commercial hubs in foreign lands. The old Prome, in Burma, often mentioned in the Mon records as Sikset or Srikset, was the ancient Oriya colony, known to all as an excellent centre of trade and commerce. Mentioning this in Brahminical Gods in Burma, Dr. Nihara Ranjan Roy says, “Likewise the earliest colonization of the Malaya Peninsula and Java had probably been made from Kalinga, for Hindus of the Peninsula and the islands were and are still known as Kling”. According to ‘The Age of Imperial Kanauj’, Oriya culture and commerce was so deep in whole of Malaysia that outsiders were calling it “Kalinga”. Our research has led us to write in these pages earlier that Melaka was established as a commercial metropolis by Orissa’s famous prince Hambira, the eldest son of the Oriya emperor Kapilendra Dev. Behind all such colonizing and commercial success in foreign lands by the ancient Oriyas were the excellent ports and waterways of Orissa. Even, much after Oriya mana was eclipsed by Vedic imperialists (Sri Jaya Devanka Baisi Pahacha, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Bharata Bharati, Cuttack), and the splendid land was occupied by the British through treachery and plundered by envious neighbors serving the British as their native servants, the vessels of Orissa were found to be uniquely excellent. They were “by far the best that I ever saw in any part of India”, wrote Mr. E.Watson, Judge of Calcutta Court of Circuit in a communication to W.B.Bayley, Secretary to British Government in the Judicial Department, on 3 May 1817. So, unquestionably the Oriyas of the past were the masters of the waters; and owners of the best of the vessels ever seen in India; and their coast was the busiest in seafaring activities.

One of these ports was Gopalpur, mentioned as ‘Apheterion’ in table VI of Ptolemy’s Geography (The Ports of Orissa, Dr. Kartikeswar Patra, Panchashila, p.16).

Time had taken its toll under unfortunate political developments and it was pushed into decay and abandonment.

In the last part of his first phase of two-terms-long chief-ministry, J.B.Patnaik tried to revive it, to begin with, as an anchorage in 1987.

But as fellows of sinister purposes infested administration with increased velocity, it was made defunct from February 2002 till September 2006, when, a concept was mooted to develop it into an all weather port. Steps were taken in 2006 in this regard by calling for international bidding. By then, under the incumbent chief minister, Orissa was being forced into colonization by non-Oriyas in every sphere including seaports. And the international bidding was sure to handover Gopalpur, the most active port of ancient Kalinga, to any non-Oriya.

1In that circumstances, an Oriya of exceptional entrepreneurial zeal and merit, Sri Mahimanand MIshra, decided to bid for the port, as a part of his mission to upkeep Oriya mana.

He had to face repeated mischiefs played by non-Oriyas from the moment he made his bid for the Port. Even, environmental clearance sought for in 2007 had to limp till end of 2011. Equipped with environment clearance, the project proceeded in right earnest. The highly haughty sea had to give way to a calm harbor under a 1750 meter breakwater barrier created by Mr. Mishra and his dedicated team in remarkable speed with utmost precision.

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With the first vessel M. V. Wise entering into its harbor channel on 23 May 2013, commercial operation of the “all weather port” commenced on 29 May 2013 and since then seven vessels were handled before Phailin had its landfall in the port itself.

This being the only port built up and controlled by an Oriya in the long coast of Orissa, it should have been proper for the Chief Minister to have visited the devastated site when he visited the storm struck district of Ganjam. He could have, thereby, stood with 4776 workers and 376 executive staff of the port in that moment of deep distress. But he didn’t. Had he gone to Gopalpur, he could have had a firsthand view of how severe was the damage to the port. However, on the very same day of his tour to Ganjam, this reporter had reached the spot of wreckage of Gopalpur, in course of acquiring firsthand view of the devastated district along with media consultant Pabitra Kumar Maharatha.

Phailin had its landfall on this Port. And, being an anabatic cyclone, its entire intensity hammered the port with murderous fierceness while rushing upwards in menacing speed. General Manager, HRD of the port, Mr. B.K.Ojha described how wind startled them in the very morning of Oct.12 at 8 AM. The port officials, who had ensured that the port workers leave for safer points much ahead of the storm, brought all the staff members to office campus for their safety. By 2 PM the wind picked up alarming speed that became horrifying by 5 PM. A lull came for a few minutes; and then, the catastrophic cyclone hit the port.

I am giving below a few pictures of the port taken months ahead of Phailin when work was going on to make it a complete all weather port. The pictures are from Cuttack’s well known photographer Prasanna Kumar Senapati.

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The administrative complex thus far built, simultaneously constructed
1750 meter long breakwater had ushered in tranquility to the harbor where within a few months of commencement of commercial operation, as many as seven distinguished vessels were brilliantly handled heralding a promising future for the port.

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And, the port was agog with activities to welcome the promising future.


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Phailin punctured the activities and precipitated ruin.


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Vessels were thrown up to the shore; Barges and dredgers were almost sunk.

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Phailin was so violent on the sea that 750 out of the 1750 meter long south breakwater was shattered and submerged by the force of rising waves. The picture below shows combers roll over the crumbled, submerged portion of the breakwater barrier.

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A high functionary of GPL, General manager HRD, Sri B. K. Ojha helped us have an on-the-spot picture of the extent of damage and destruction the storm had perpetrated vis-a-vis the precautions taken for withstanding the devastation.

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The State did not pay any specific attention to how the port was to manage with the disaster, even though it was known that the storm was to have its landfall at Gopalpur. But, none of the 4776 workers empaneled by the port management suffered any casualty due to meticulous precautionary steps taken by GPL whereas the entire staff comprising 376 personnel and their families were safe and secured in the ramparts of the port itself with total solidarity offered to them by the authorities in that terrifying time.

So devastative was the impact of the storm that it may generally be apprehended that the port would require years to rebuild itself.

21But, glory to imperturbability, Mr. Manmohan Maharana, Director of GPL, when I met him, was already in the job of restoring the port to its lost shape. “Within two to three months, we would certainly make the port rebuild and perfectly functional”, he declared. He was at that time exploring how quickly to procure survey boats from Mumbai to have a precision survey of the breakwater line so that its reconstruction can commence and to find out if any boat has sunk in the harbor channel to take up clearance thereof for quick use of the harbor. Arrangements had already begun to lift up the half-sunk barges and dredgers and restore the site office and inter-connectivity including roads for expeditious completion of reconstruction.

Guts of Gopalpur too strong to be subdued

And, as we watch, we are sure that the dedicated team of compatriots that man the GPL will finish the reconstruction in time. We had seen its well furnished site office made of steel was turned upside down by the gale-force gust of the anabatic storm. The picture below bears the signature of the savagery of the storm. But the picture at the bottom shows that the storm has failed to damage the guts of Gopalpur. The site office has already become functional on restoration.

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Anabatic Phailin: First-hand Pictures of Speaking Significance

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Government is claiming credit for avoidance of larger loss of human lives because of efficient disaster management. We disagree. Loss of human lives was of small numbers not because of disaster management, but because, the storm Phailin was anabatic in character and was of no sharp flounce on the ground. Because it was anabatic, on the sea and the sea shore, and in the near vicinity of the sea, its flounce was sharp and biting causing devastation to the Gopalpur port and towns and habitations near the sea; but after picking up enough upward motion, it hit only the high trees and structures, which is why human casualties were abysmally small.

We are, in support of our observation, placing below some first-hand pictures that are of speaking significance. As we have said above, anabatic Phailin came up from the sea to pick up upward motion from the ground. In acquiring momentum for surging upward, it devastated the Gopalpur Port. As we intend to tell that story separately, pictures of the havoc Phailin played there are not posted here.

But, here is a picture of two ten-wheeled high-boxed juggernauts that were knocked down together on the highway near Chhatrapur. The gathering of momentum to surge upward was so sharp that these very heavy box lorries could not stand on their wheels.

Two ten-wheeled trucks knocked down together

We give another picture of a knocked down heavy commercial box truck that was also pushed aside by the force of the wind speed on the other side of the two-lane highway at about the same place, occurred almost at the same time.

open kiosk safe, truck knocked down and pushed aside

Mark the picture. An open hovel type kiosk stands unhurt nearby when the box truck is knocked down and pushed out into the roadside. This makes it clear that the Phailin was surging upward and hence the height of the box truck was hit when the kiosk of low height escaped.

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The above two pictures show how tips of branches were ripped off when trees of not much height were not uprooted by phailin. The picture below narrates, trees of low height were only denuded of their leaves, but were not uprooted.

Leafs ripped off, plants safe

It is further noticed that plants of small height stood erect on the ground when the storm passed by hitting the tall coconut plants a few kilometers away from the sea.

wind passed on the top, plants on the ground safe

Photographer Prasanna Kumar Senapati of Padmini Studio, Cuttack corroborates this observation with his pictorial input. Mark it. Tallest trees have been grounded when dwarf ones stand erect.

Photo from Prasanna

So, Phailin was anabatic in character and except the location of its climbing upward, there was no chance of any human being to have its murderous hit.

UN SRSG in fault: casualties were less in Orissa, not because of good governance, but because, Phailin was anabatic in potence

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction has truly said, “Orissa’s handling of the very severe cyclone will be a landmark success story in disaster management”, then perhaps her premature observation was shaped by her telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik on October 15; because she has not seen or studied the reality to form this opinion.

Phailin itself was not the disaster. Its effect is. So, management of the after effect of Phailin is disaster management and that management is yet to be studied. Any praise for the government would be held unqualified, premature and misled by hearsay.

The schedule of the cyclone known very much ahead of landfall, the government should have published a white paper on its preparedness for or action taken on the storm immediately before or after the cyclone, so that authentic information on the role of administration could have come to notice. In absence of such a white paper, it is totally premature to conclude that the state’s action “will be a landmark success in disaster management”.

Reports galore that post-cyclone relief operations are most disorganized, inadequate and anarchic. Due to improper maintenance of embankments, flood induced by cyclone has severely damaged standing crops in about 6.5 lakh hectares and around 1.2 crore people in 148 blocks, 16,487 villages, 43 urban areas are seriously affected. People are devastated by Phailin and flood as medical care is inadequate, safe water is not available, food is beyond reach, power is not restored. What to speak of other places, in the capital city of Bhubaneswar, street light is not restored as yet.

bhubaneswar road in the night 3bhubaneswar road in the night 2bhubaneswar road in the night 1The pictures, taken at 10 pm last night, gives us the evidence of how Bhubaneswar roads are drowned under darkness five days after the storm. Is it efficient management of the disaster?

heaps of leafs on the roadheaps of leafs on the footpathripped off leafs in heaps in the hospitalExcept the very tall ones, trees, like in most places under the storm’s furry, are safe in Bhubaneswar, though a few of the small branches and leafs are ripped off. Pictures taken on October 16 show how they are lying heaped on the roads/footpaths and even in the inner campus of the Capital Hospital to the detriment of human health.

Just after the cyclone, before closing for Puja Holidays, in his signed column ‘Ama Gharara Halchal’, Sambad editor Soumyaranjan Patnaik had praised the state administration for having successfully faced the cyclone. But the very same newspaper on October 16 has captioned its first story as “Sudhuru nahin – pani, bijuli, khadya kichhi milu nahin” (No improvement; water, electricity, food – nothing available)! The Samaja, the paper of Gopabandhu, kept in capture by a combine of thugs with the help of the chief minister, despite being pledged to act Naveen’s propaganda blitzkrieg, has not dared to entirely suppress different discernible instances of mismanagement of the disaster. It has headlined a report that shows how huge quantity of rice has vanished from the stock of relief materials. “Sheshare relief samagri bi baad padilani’ (Lastly, relief materials are not spared), the Samaja has reported under the caption that reads “191 quintals of rice vanished!” Another of its captions shows how the citizens of the capital city are yet in darkness. Open any newspaper, comes to eyes the footprints of mismanagement of relief operation and black-market.

The tall claim of evacuation of about 10 lakh people to safe shelters has no basis. It is nothing but propaganda aimed at vote catching by the ruling party.

The government has been bragging about having posted all information on how ably it has managed the present disaster in the website of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.

No news in OSDMA site

The above picture is the latest screen shot of the News / News & Media / Press Release page of the said authority’s official portal. “No news available for this month (October) & year (2013) it asserts in red color!

The controlling authority being the Special Relief Commissioner, I went to where the SRC places details of his activities in the net, in hope of having the necessary data on management of the current disaster. It was entirely disappointing. How the special relief organization functions? The picture posted below is the latest screen shot of the relevant portions of the site.

SRC site

It stoutly shows that the post of Additional Relief Commissioner is vacant and “job allotted” to the Special Relief Commissioner is “Head of Department”! And the most offending admission of administration is spelt out sans any qualms in the footnote that says, “Information available in this manual was last updated on 3rd January, 2012”.

This is how disaster is managed. The SRSG Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom should feel ashamed of her unqualified observation cited supra which is being used by the misruling Chief Minister through obliging media for political purpose when the election environment has already evolved.

Curiously, the low casualty marked this time is being compared with the high casualty the 1999 super cyclone had caused, which appears to be a trick to make people believe that this magic was possible, because of Naveen’s stress on “Zero Casualty”.

This is blatantly wrong.

The Phailin had threatened to be a category 5 super cyclone while gathering strength from a combination of warm water and low wind shear over the Bay of Bengal (Mahodadhi); but on landfall, in most of areas under its sway in Orissa, it was at best a storm of category 1 or 2. But despite this, had Phailin been as katabatic as was the 1999 super cyclone, the State being in a total administrative anarchy with a deadly reduced manpower, the casualties instead of being 21, could certainly have exceeded all past records.

First hand pictures placed here show how lowest-roofed huts and hovels were not touched by Phailin. Casualties were meager because of this reason.

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The storm gushed out much above the ground. Only the tallest trees were uprooted when plants of low hight survived.

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When tall coconut trees struggled hard to withstand the storm, smaller plants on the ground could not know how hard was the hit. Naturally, in such a situation, human beings were physically safe. Claim of credit by Mr. Patnaik and his team for abysmally low figure of human casualties is based, not on facts, but on political motive addressed to net in votes when election comes.

The government has utterly failed in risk reduction as the post-cyclone inundation in the districts, not so much affected by Phailin, establishes. Innumerable diabetic patients could not preserve essential insulin in their refrigerators due to power failure. This is just an instance. But power failure and flood cannot be completely attributed to the storm’s fury as these phenomenon are outcomes of continuous negligence to review and refinement of power utilities and maintenance of embankments.

So, this deserves to be kept on records that we were spared of greater casualties, not because Mr. Naveen Patnaik gave a good governance, but because, Phailin was anabatic beyond the Gopalpur port with lesser flounce.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom is clearly in fault for having said, if really she said, what she is reported to have said.