Passed away 2014, so also Dhanurdhara Raut

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

DhaanubabuAdvocate Dhanurdhara Raut, a strong believer in God, was 92. Born in the soil of Banki, he had adopted Athgarh for his  residential purpose.

Though law was his profession, his passion was cultivation. We both were founder directors of ‘Athgarh Land Development Bank’. And, I have seen how emotionally he was addressed to marginal farmers’ welfare.

He was like a guardian to me all these days.

Today was his Dasah (the tenth day after death).

While returning from Athgarh after paying him my last homage, the last Sun of the year was setting invisibly under the shroud that the low pressure created at SriLanka has hurled at us. 2014 passed away drenched in untimely rain, so also, Dhanurdhar Raut under tears shed by whosoever has come in contact with him.

But the campaign for recreation of our District out of Cuttack that we both had started has yet to take the necessary momentum.

Let Modi tell us also of the ‘Bad Governance Day’

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

December 25 has been christened as the ‘Good Governance Day’ by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Now, therefore, it is incumbent upon him to tell us which day is the ‘Bad Governance Day’. Because, nothing is good unless something is bad.

If there is a ‘Good Governance Day’, there must be a ‘Bad Governance Day’, as otherwise ‘Good Governance Day’ would remain a mirage; because mirage is the only exception when every other phenomenon has its opposite phenomenon. And, for a Prime Mister to push the country into a mirage is serious offense.

When the new official calendar for 2015 comes out, it can be known whether December 25 is to continue to be a national holiday as Christmas Day or the ‘Good Governance Day’ is to replace it.

But, Vajpayee’s birthday being the basis of this new nomenclature, it is better to recall his conduct as Prime Minister of India to study if his tenure was really a period of good governance.

A brilliant young man of Orissa, whose name I am not going to give here on privacy ground, lost his kidneys because of misrule that had inspired the adulterators to act as they liked when Vajpayee had become the Prime Minister for the first time. He was at that time pursuing his studies in JNU and had taken food prepared with mustard oil. Mustard oil merchants, strong supporters of political economy of capitalism, whom occupation of the Prime Minister chair by Vajpayee was as if their own era had arrived, had indulged in instant profit fetching through adulteration of essential food materials and the most popular mustard oil was one of them. Hundreds of people in Delhi had died of instant renal failure by taking adulterated mustard oil and thousands had been given extensive treatment followed by warnings that the fatal harm may hit them within a year or two. The survivors were advised to report for kidney treatment the moment they encounter symptoms as were notified by AIIMS. Never before Vajpayee, had the capital city of India suffered such health hazard due to adulteration of edible oil. Forensic tests had determined the adulteration and police investigations had located the adulterators. But no action against any of them was visible. The business community was not to be antagonized in Vajpayee raj.

His tenure as Prime Minister was vitiated with many dubious deals the like of which India had never witnessed earlier. He was a shrewd trader of ‘feel good’ factor, when instead of investment on nation’s means of productions and proper management thereof –  as that was the real and major responsibility of the Government – he had created a disinvestment ministry that destroyed the economic back bone of India. Yet, he had appointed high caliber brain-washing experts like Trikaya Grey and Crayon to coin misleading advertisements and slogans to dazzle the people into the trap of his vote boxes. He had perpetrated a ‘media war’ against the people of India in order to blur their electoral wisdom with the sole purpose of bagging their votes for benefit of plutocracy, which he was ushering in at the cost of Indian democracy. There is reason to fear that he had manufactured the Kargil war to cultivate votes of gullible people, which could have been established had a Judicial Commission of Inquiry been appointed to find out the real reason of reinduction of George Fernandes as defense minister of India.

I had, in these pages on October 13, 2006 stressed on this point under the caption “Vajpayee be Enquired into in context of Fernandes” on grounds discussed therein. I reproduce below the entire article for ready reference.

Posted on October 13, 2006 by Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Central Bureau of Investigation has initiated prosecution against the Country’s former defense minister George Fernandes, who, in its probe-propelled opinion, is guilty of weakening our defense system through corruption.

Being in online journalism, it is a moment for me to celebrate because this is the first manifestation of major victory of internet media in India.

One is now reminded of the corrupt and scheming administration that Vajpayee had subjected the nation to.

Instead of acting against corruption, Vajpayee had made Tarun Tejpal and his team in, who had exposed that corruption, face inquiries on their method of locating news!

As is his wont, Fernandes is trying to divert public attention from his misdeeds by shouting that he is being prosecuted because of “that lady” Sonia. But in doing so he is showing his fidgetiness.

Why he fidgets?

He is now bound to face the consequences of his involvement in corruptions in defense deals. The game of politics that he nastily played in the Parliament will not come to his rescue in the examination box of the concerned court of prosecution. There is no doubt in the fact that the CBI has taken a lot of time to spot his dubious deals. But it is indicative only of how shrewd is he in transacting venal ventures. Who can and for how long stop the truth from prevailing?

Tehelka tapes had made it convincingly clear that he had reduced his official residence to a dalali hub where his personal preference, the lady president of the political outfit he had formed, Ms. Jaya Jaitley was captured by camera while bargaining for and collecting bribe in the guise of donation to facilitate supply orders for defense materials.

These tapes having knocked at the bottom, the CAG of India, in subsequent time, made a sample audit of defense expenditure and came out with more startling instances of corrupt practice in vogue in the Ministry of Defense under Fernandes.

And, ultimately, now, the CBI has drawn up the charges.

The CBI has filed necessary FIR against Fernandes, Jaitley and former Navi Chief Sushil Kumar for alleged irregularities in purchasing of Barak system from Israel in 2000. When Fernandes maintains that the present President Mr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, during his tenure as Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister, had recommended the Barak system, reports reveal the opposite. According to these reports, Dr. Kalam had expressed doubts over the suitability of Barak. He even had written a letter to Fernandes in 1999 opposing the deal as the system had a 50 percent failure rate. But Kalam’s advice was ignored.

On the other hand, Bishnu Bhagwat, former Naval Chief, who was sacked by Fernandes in December 1998, because he did not favor the shady deal, has alleged that Fernandes was “highly interested” for the purchase and in order to eliminate obstacles, had gone inappropriately ahead to put his own man Sushil in the top most post of Navy. Against this backdrop, the FIR filed by CBI may be viewed as a better late than never step.

I will not, however, speculate on what would be the fate of this FIR.

But to me it occurs, justice cannot be arrived at unless inquiry is conducted into the conduct of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee vis-a-vis Fernandes.

If the later has any benefit from the unprecedented volume of purchase of defense materials in the name of Kargil war, the former had derived the principal source of his sustenance in power from the said war only.

Had there been no Kargil war, Vajpayee would never have become the third time Prime Minister of India.

In May 1999, he had lost his alliance majority after AIADMK withdrew its support at the summit of a yearlong misrule that was anti-people, anti-worker but pro-traders.

The Country was set to set a fresh mandate in October but due to misconceived notion of democracy, Vajpayee continued as a care taker P.M.

Normally he could not have bagged any decisive support as the people had got severely disillusioned. But an abnormal development helped him. That abnormal development was what is known as the Kargil war.

This war gave Fernandes the ground to go for questionable defense deals that are now under the scanner. This war gave Vajpayee a fresh mandate by mesmerizing people to look away from his misdeeds. This being the unread similarity between the two, one gets inclined to ask as to whether there was an extra-parliamentary link between them both? It needs to be investigated into.

The backhander deals in defense procurement videotaped by were televised on 13th of March 2001. The whole nation was stunned. Allies of Vajpayee were ashamed of continuing their support to him. Pressure mounted on dismissal of Fernandes, but Vajpayee was reluctant to drop him or to ask him to quit. Mamata Banerjee resigned in disgust. The south Indian allies declared that it would be difficult for them to support the Government if Fernandes continues in the cabinet.

Fernandes had to leave within a few days in March.

But instead of initiating action against the exposed culprits, a commission of inquiry was appointed under K. Venkataswami under the Commissions of Inquiry Act to probe into the modus operandi of Tehelka!

Fernandes played a pressure game. He did not make any remarkable allegation against the Opposition for the predicament he was thrown into. But his protégés were raising their master’s voice against Vajpayee. If their leader was not reinstated they would expose the Prime Minister and his Office (PMO), they were asserting in statements to the media.

Vajpayee succumbed to the circumstances and emitted such signals that bureaucracy, which was going to provide the inquiry commission with necessary official information on the defense deals, got the impression that Fernandes was a man who was not at all away from the center of power. He was made the kingpin of NDA with the power to monitor ministries in guise of assessing manifesto implementation.

Despite this shrewd attempt of Vajpayee to enable Fernandes to wield power unfathomable enough to influence officials, the process of the proceedings of the commission of inquiry was so typical that it was felt impossible on part of bureaucracy to keep back any required document from the Commission when called for.

There was apprehension that admirers of Bishnu Bhagawat in the Navy and in the Ministry of Defense may help production of such documents before the inquiry commission that may jeopardize Fernandes.

Production of such documents before the commission may be withheld only by a Minister who can claim privilege over any document under his administrative control. Therefore, he decided to take over the Ministry of Defense without any further delay.

And, he was re-inducted by Vajpayee barely six months after he had to quit in March, 2001, in the same position of defense minister!

The Venkataswami Commission was in the midst of its probe on offenses exposed by The Kargil Review Committee headed by K. Subrahmanyam, eminent defense study expert, appointed on 29 July 1999 to “(i) review the events leading up to the Pakistani aggression in the Kargil District of Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir; and (ii) recommend such measures as are considered necessary to safeguard national security against such armed intrusions”, had submitted its report which was placed before the Parliament on 23 February 2000. This report had clearly shown as to how under Fernandes the defense intelligence and preparedness of the country had collapsed. The tehelka tapes had shown how under him and in his official residence defense-deal brokers and commission agents were having their heydays. He had no legitimacy to be re-inducted in the same post of defense minister, at least not before submission of its report by the Venkataswami Commission. But to the astonishment, dismay and embarrassment of the entire nation, Vajpayee reappointed him as the defense minister.

The Opposition refused to accept him as such and the world witnessed the unique and historical boycott Fernandes faced from the Opposition in Parliament.

Had there been an iota of political probity in Vajpayee, he would never have re-inducted Fernandes as the defense minister and after facing the Opposition boycott, would never have retained him.

But he re-inducted and retained him.

Why? What was his modus operandi? What was the compulsion? Vajpayee was questioned by the Press, was grilled by the Opposition, and was looked at askance by the people over these questions.

But he never answered, never clarified.

Did he succumb to blackmailing by Fernandes? If yes, what was his weakness that Fernandes was able to exploit?

Only a high power judicial probe can unveil the truth.

Till the truth is found out, speculations will continue. In fact speculations cannot be stopped.

People who love their motherland must try to know as to what was the secret bond between Vajpayee and Fernandes that prompted the former to make a farce of parliamentary accountability by misuse of his prime-ministerial prerogative in favor of a man who was considered even by his senior colleagues as a “liability”!

Vajpayee’s conduct in re-inducting Fernandes as defense minister and in retaining him in that position in utter disregard to disapproval thereof by the people, by the Press and by the Opposition was an instance of abnormality besides being an instance of misuse of prerogative.

Why Vajpayee, a very normal man known for unfailing wits, behaved so abnormally in favor of Fernandes?

Why the ablest leader of the right-wing BJP, once honored as the best parliamentarian of a year in India, willfully misused his prime-ministerial prerogatives for serving the purpose of a leader of the self-styled left-winger Samata?

The mystery is not yet solved.

But it is a cruel mystery.

And the mystery deepens in the context of Kagril.

The Kagril Review Report placed before the Parliament on 23 February 2000 fails to convince that there was a real war.

It reveals that the Committee had before it a lot of evidence that the Pakistani armed intrusion in the Kargil sector had come as a complete and total surprise to the Indian Government, Army and intelligence agencies as well as to the J & K State Government. The Committee did not come across any agency or individual who was able to clearly assess before the event the possibility of a large scale Pakistani military intrusion across the Kargil heights.

On the other hand, the Pak intrusion was half hazard.

A number of former Army Chiefs of Staff and Director Generals of Military Operations were near unanimous in their opinion that a military intrusion on the scale attempted was totally unsustainable because of the lack of supportive infrastructure and was militarily irrational, the Committee has noted while in course of observation harping on how, whatever be the circumstances, our surveillance posts were left unmanned.

So the Kargil war does not convince that it was a real serious war.

But this war helped Vajpayee in coming back to power and helped General Musharraf in becoming supremo of Pakistan. More intriguing is the fact that when the world had refused to recognise Musharraf as the new leader of Pakistan, it was only Vajpayee who had unreservedly recognized him and had felicitated him in India. Was there a secret pact between Vajpayee and Musharraf even before the mysterious Kargil war?

Mystery deepens over the fact that the Kargil war, held as India’s first video-war, had been followed by fake encounters in subsequent times. An example jumps from a June 2004 confession of some Indian soldiers that they had helped in staging fake encounters with Pakistani troops on Siachen in August 2003.

On 7 June 2004, Rifleman Shyam Bahadur Thapa had told a military court that he had not only demolished a fake “enemy-held” objective with a rocket launcher in August 2003, but also had acted as a Pakistani soldier killed in the action when video cameras were whirring away. He said that he had to do this at the behest of a company commander, Maj. Surinder Singh, who had asked him “to remove the jacket and cap and to lie there” (near the demolished objective).

Whether the order of termination and imprisonment passed against Maj. Singh was finally implemented or not is a different issue. But it established that he had documented the stage managed encounter to convince people that Pakistan had attacked us but under him our forces had annihilated the attacker. If anything, this was part of a fraud played on our people, whatsoever might have been its impact.

It also established that there was a climate in that terrain which was made congenial to fake encounters or wars when Fernandes was the defense minister and Vajpayee was in search of an escalade to fetch votes.

Then, was the Kargil war a fake war which Fernandes had organized to help Vajpayee get the escalade? Was it a secret between them two? Had Musarraf joined hands?

It cannot be ignored that Fernandes was known for his frequent trips to Siachen; at least 17 times is on records, during his tenure as defense minister. Was he really in sympathy with the soldiers or was he anxious to see that our defense personnel do not keep in mind the climate of such a fraud?

Answer is yet to be found out. Answer can be found out if modus operandi of Vajpayee’s patronization to Fernandes is openly inquired into by a team of experts including criminologists and psychologists.

Looking at Vajpayee’s illogical and disproportionate patronization to Fernandes in retaining his defense minister portfolio, notwithstanding the frauds, one is inclined to suspect that unless his modus operandi in continuing this patronization or his acquiescence into extending this patronization is inquired into, the gamut of the background of the defense-deal offenses that Fernandes is charged with, will not be fully discovered and hence the history of the relevant period shall remain blurred forever.

Therefore, in national interest, and in the interest of Indian sub-continent, Vajpayee should be inquired into in the context of Fernandes.

When this is the picture of Vajpayee’s governance, it is sad that, his birthday is made ‘Good Governance Day’. Under his umbrage, Pramod Mahajan, son of a low paid school teacher with a large family, had acquired more than 2000 crores of rupees, before succumbing to bullets of his own younger brother in feud over sharing the booty.

What sort of good governance these instances of dubiosity reveal?

Clearly a misleading leadership has taken over India.

Foundation Day Confounds BJD Members

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Lack of self-confidence and language of frustration sic passim its President’s speech confounded the BJD members on its 17th foundation day, despite all out attempts to assure them of political stability.

Many in BJD are not professional touts. They are there, because they believe that a strong regional party can protect Orissa’s interest in a better way. They are quite embarrassed as their President’s close colleagues – MP and MLAs – are behind the bars under charges of criminal involvement in chit fund and land scams. That, needle of suspicion is sharply pointing at their President is no less embarrassing to them. They are so embarrassed that facing the people affected by chit fund cheating is becoming difficult. People are looking at them askance since the CBI has started investigation into chit fund felony, arresting inter alia some of the chit fund operators that were known to them as their President’s pampered persons. The way their Supreme leader Naveen Patnaik, despite being the chief minister with unprecedented strength in the House, run away from facing the Assembly, has embarrassed them to the core and all the BJD members – rank and file- feel too demoralized to sustain their confidence as ruling party members. So, they are really eager to get back the lost face. The BJD foundation day designed to be celebrated in a grand way was a great chance to stop the disillusionment spreading sharply amongst them. So, they were expecting that Naveen babu would make his position unambiguously clear in the matter of chit funds and land allocation scandals, so that the foundation day celebration clound be a profound reply to his critiques.

But, Naveen Patnaik is so short of explanation, that, he could not dare to open his lips in that matter. His assertion that the BJD’s electoral success is perturbing other parties for which they are trying to denigrate it, is rather indicative of fidgets he has developed after arrest of his colleagues and blue-eyed boys by CBI in chit fund scam and after unveiling of criminal favoritism in land and plots and flats allocations.

Naveen’s nervous speech on BJD foundation day has really confounded its members.

With Chief Minister at epicenter of suspicion, Chief Secretary should take all land allocation files to his custody immediately

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Allocation of housing plots and houses from discretionary quota were as per orders of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, his former cabinet colleague Samir De has disclosed. This is a serious disclosure.

Concerned files can say whether or not De’s claim is correct. Applications to affidavits, initial clerical notes to final orders of authorities are in the files.

Under Order No. 22188, dated 11.08.2014, Additional Chief Secretary Taradatt, heading a three-member Task Force comprising Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Department as well as Special Secretary to Government in the Department of General Administration as members, had to work under the following Terms of Reference:

I. The scope of review by Task Force will cover the period to from 01.01.1995 31.07.2014 in Bhubaneswar and Cuftack urban areas in respect of (a) all cases of allotment of land/ house/ flat out of discretionary quota and (b) allotment of more than 1 unit of land/ house/ flat to members of the same family; and,
2. The Task Force should submit its findings and recommendations to Government within a period of four months. Simultaneously, the concerned agencies like BDA, CDA, OSHB and GA Department should take action on irregular allotments within this period.

The Terms of Reference is vitiated with serious mischiefs. One is: Making the Secretaries of both the departments where illegal allocations were complained of, members of the Task Force and another is authorizing in the ToR itself “the concerned agencies like BDA, CDA, OSHB and GA Department” to “take action on irregular allotments within this period” of inquiry “simultaneously”.

Such mischief strengthens the suspicion that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, as disclosed by his former ministerial colleague Samir De, is involved with the illegal allocations of housing parcels and readymade houses in prime locations to persons, some of whom have the potentiality to be used as shock absorbers in his vehicle of corruption and some others, whom he uses as his image builders and/or suppressors of news that might be carrying the capability of exposing his misdeeds.

The Task Force has already attracted criticism for not making any mention of many beneficiaries of the discretionary quota. Tallied with the reply of the concerned Minister Puspendra Singhdeo to a question in the Assembly on 11.07.2014, the TF report looks deficient. Some allege, the TF has deliberately omitted certain names to oblige undisclosed power that be; but the report strongly indicates that some of the relevant files were not made available to TF. Non-availability of files must be the reason of the TF’s inability to locate all the instances of criminal favoritism in land/house allocations. So, the TF has very rightly recommended for further in-depth investigation into the misuse of discretionary power by the Minister/Chief Minister. Either the CBI or Judicial Commission of Inquiry can conduct this in-depth investigation.

Had the Chief Minister been honest, he could have used his prerogative by this time to suspend all the illegal and dubious allocations located by TF and taking the involved properties into Government possession in State interest, should have asked the lease holders as to why the allocations would not be nullified. When the illegality in allocation has been located by the TF, the persons involved with this illegality are also known. Criminal prosecution that they deserve should have been initiated by this time.

But the Government is not moving this way, apparently because, besides influential executives – former and incumbent, and Judges of higher judiciary, and commanding commercial tycoons against whom the Government cannot go, the Chief Minister is also involved in this criminal offense.
When a very abysmally small number of news media persons are acting active sentinels of people in this matter, majority of newspapers and channels have started insinuating on credibility of the TF findings. Crabs are making the water muddy when admittedly the TF has not been helped with all required files to locate the full extent of illegal allocations.

But the good news media personnel and judiciary may not be hoodwinked and time may come, the judiciary may ask the CBI or appoint a judicial commission to investigate into the allocation scam.

It is imperative for the Judiciary to appoint such a Commission of Inquiry, because, there are Judges who have grabbed benefits from discretionary quota by swearing in false affidavits. All of these judges and their modus operandi need be brought to clear light and they need be prosecuted for punishment under criminal procedure if the judiciary is to save its own image. If it happens, the concerned files will be source of information.

Therefore, there is every reason to apprehend that concerned files may be destroyed or tampered with to save the scoundrels.

Unless the Chief Secretary, as chief of the Executive Government, immediately warrants every file of every allotment to his custody for safe-keeping thereof, the high-power investigation, which is now of immense imminence, may be defeated.

It is incumbent upon the Chief Secretary to immediately keep the files under lock and key under his direct control with such meticulousness that responsibility for illegal use of discretionary quota could be fixed and penal prosecution could succeed.

Chit Fund Felony: Artha Tattwa Facilitator Rewarded with Promotion and Posting of Choice

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Who is the Godfather of Smt. Gayatri Patnaik, now Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies-cum-MD, Orissa State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Ltd, is a must for the CBI to find out, as otherwise root of the felony may not be reached at.

Smt. Patnaik was Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies when all administrative norms and practices were contravened by her in registering the cooperative gimmick of Pradeep Sethy – the Artha Tattwa Multipurpose Co-op. Society Ltd on 3 November 2010, within 3 days of receipt of his application.

She has been rewarded with promotions and postings of her choice, keeping inconsequential the departmental proceeding instituted against her for serious offenses located through an inquiry.

Government of Orissa in the department of Cooperation had asked B.B.Mishra, DD (Statistics), Office of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Orissa, vide Letter No. 1026 dt.27 January 2011, to inquire into allegations leveled against her by leading members of Capital Coop. Housing Society Ltd.

The Inquiry Officer found that, Ms. Patnaik had captured the said Society’s CEO post by herself, “by utilizing one administrative order of the Govt. having no relevance to any authority under OCS Act and Rule 1962 and 1965 respectively”.

While holding this self-acquisition of the post of CEO absolutely illegal, the IO observed that “Smt Gayatri Patnaik should have waited for formal acceptance of her joining report by the management of the Cooperative Society before starting work including handling of cash and assets of the Society”.

Holding that, “A person acting as chief executive of the cooperative society without express permission of the management amounts to impersonation and her action can be very well termed as trespassing”, the IO declared, “all action done by Smt. Gayatri Patnaik are ultra vires in law unless until approved by the management of the Capital Housing Ltd”.

She was found to have transferred the Society’s funds to another organization “surreptitiously” allowing the chief executive thereof to operate it. This is “quite illegal and breach of trust” and “provision of the by-law (of the Society) has been seriously flouted by Smt. G. Patnaik in this case”, the IO has reported.

The report is full of adverse remarks on Smt. Patnaik. It was submitted on 2 November 2011.

It gathered dust in the Government for about one and half years. On 10 April 2013, vide order No. 3034/Coop, the Commissioner-cum-Secretary to the Government in the department of Cooperation, suspended her “with immediate effect” for “acts of omission and commissions during her incumbency as ARCS, Bhubaneswar”.

But the charges against her were suppressed and under signature of an Undersecretary, in the name of the Governor, which is a normal practice, she was “reinstated in Government service” on 23 September 2013 under Notification No. 7814/Coop.

On reinstatement, she was placed under the department of Hand-looms, Textiles and Handicrafts “for posting as DRCS (Industries) in the Directorate of Handicrafts”.

After she was thus rewarded with reinstatement and placed in a very comfortable post, as a matter of formality, she was served with a charge sheet on 30 October 2013. That charge sheet is not yet acted upon and she has been given extra lucrative assignment as MD of Orissa State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Ltd (Utkalika).

Had she not been in alliance with Pradeep Sethy in registering the Artha Tattwa Multipurpose Co-op. Society Ltd in total disregard to departmental norms in 2010, she would have faced prosecution for the serious offenses enumerated in the Inquiry Report and memorandum of charges the Government had asked her to meet.

Who is her godfather in the Government that has kept the disciplinary proceeding instituted against her inconsequential till date should be found out by CBI that has been investigating into Artha Tattwa’s chit fund felony.

It is worth mention that the General Secretary of All Orissa Primary Handicrafts Co-op. Societies Presidents and Artisans Association, in a letter to the Chief Minister written on 19 October 2014, has raised severe allegations against Smt. Gayatri Patnaik .

But, there is no action on the same as yet.

The mystery of CM’s silence on the Association’s letter is intriguing.

High Court in Apparent Error in Pratyusha Case, as Naveen Patnaik is not Asked to Explain Why He Found Her the Most Suitable

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The ruling BJD is de facto owned by Naveen Patnaik, whom all the members thereof know as their supreme master (‘the supremo’) and obey, exactly as my German Shepherd Dog knows me as its master and obeys my orders.

Patnaik decides who should contest from which constituency, provides funds for electioneering, projecting them as party candidates under the pretense of democratic practice.

He appoints his sycophants in any post available in Government, Public Sector and his party and even uses his personal factotum to take action against any of them as and when he wants.

He treats Orissa as his fee simple and squanders away Orissa’s natural resources like his father’s property in interest of any private – even foreign – industry and education mafia as he likes.

All his offenses are supported by his stooges, as they know, thereby is generated the election funds. Their participation in elections begin with nomination of candidates by him.

He or his authorized agent issues party tickets and inform the Returning Officer of this, basing on which, his party symbol is allotted to his candidates.

So, Naveen Patnaik is basically and entirely responsible for the nomination papers, which the BJD candidates file before the ROs.

The RO is guided by Naveen Patnaik as the issuer of party tickets pursuant to which election symbol of BJD gets allotted.

Laws prohibit a non-Indian to contest election.

So, the party boss that issues party tickets to a non-Indian is responsible for acceptance of a non-Indian by the RO/Election Commission as a legitimate candidate.

Kandhamal MP Ms. Pratyusha Rajeswari is alleged to be not of Indian nationality. She is alleged to be a lady of Nepal, staying in India as a widow of an Indian.

On this allegation, the High Court of Orissa has asked Pratyusha to explain as to why her election to Lok Sabha should not be nullified on nationality ground and has issued notices to the RO and the EC to explain their positions.

But Naveen Patnaik, the so-called supremo of BJD, being basically responsible for misguiding the RO/EC into accepting Pratyusha as a legitimate candidate to the extent of throwing the entire electoral process in to the feared fiasco, has not been asked by the HC to say as to why he set as his/his party’s candidate a non-Indian.

I think, this is an error that needs to be removed and Naveen Patnaik needs to be be asked by the High Court to explain as to why he shall not be responsible for crime against the country if his Kandhamal MP for whom he had actively campaigned along with his ministerial colleagues, is not of Indian Nationality.

If the allegation is found correct, Naveen is bound to be punished. But for this, it is essential that he be called for to explain as to why he had found Pratyusha the most suitable to be set up as his party candidate.

Accidents in Orissa So Fatal, Yet Police Allows Numberless Vehicles to Rule over the Roads

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Everyday Orissa is shuddering in fatal road accidents.

Road Accidents in Orissa are in the rise

Yet, the Police is allowing numberless vehicles to rule over the roads.

Pictures would say.numberless 1numberless 3numberless 5numberless 6numberless 7numberless 10




numberless 2Vehicle with ineligible number plate

vehicle with broken number plate

Four Books from Bibudharanjan where concern for people has its Speaking shape

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

BIBUDHARANJANFour new books of Bibudharanjan reached my hands yesterday. They are DHANA NUHEN DHYANA (Introspection needed, no wealth), UTHA HE PATHIKA (Wake up, Traveller), BANDHANA BHITARU ASA MUKULI (Come out of the Cocoon of Bondage) and AMANIA KALAMA (The Pen that refuses Bondage).

Revolutionary books par excellence. All are compilations of his popular, yet serious columns. Each book has a message to whosoever feels concerned for the people. I am samples from each of the books, translating them into English for esteemed visitors to this site.




“Man is burning in the fire of endless desire. But is there any remedy in reality? How the fire could be extinguished? It can; but, if we want it, we are to change our attitude to life. The question is, how to see the life, how to understand life, how to understand subconscious actions and aims, how to see sense in the dark cell where you stay. If you could locate that dark cell once, you will see yourself illuminated with rays as if of a hundred of Suns; because awoken conscience is light. Then you will find the way to extinguish the pernicious fire that is consuming you. Man is burning within in the fire of his desire; but seeking redressal outside. It won’t help. To extinguish the fire of desire that has engulfed you, you are to find the water source in your own self”. (Pages 31-32, DHANA NUHEN DHYANA)




“Matha, Mandira, Masjid, Church, Gurudwara etc are planting seeds of envy, enmity and hatred for man in the man. Who is separating man from man? Who stands as the dividing wall between man and man? Is that wall made of bricks and cement? No. Not at all. That wall is Mandira, that wall is Masjid, that wall is religion, that wall is bigotry. One must cogitate, how can these dividers that separate man from man, be considered capable of uniting man with the God? No, this is impossible. Impossible” (Page 10, UTHA HE PATHIKA)





“In this world, unhappiness comes from the worries. Otherwise not. Whosoever understands this, achieves peace and becomes happy. Worries owe their origin to the sense of authority. Once sense of authority is sloughed over, worries evaporate. But, you want to get rid of authority while reluctant to give up authority. You always want the world to know that you have done this and that; you want to inscribe your signature on the pages of history. As long as this attitude is not changed, worries shall keep you engulfed”. (Page 92, BANDHAN BHITARU ASA MUKULI)




“When old temples and spiritual places are increasingly in ruins in villages and towns, instead of taking steps to repair and preserve them, what is the purpose behind erection of so many new temples? The only purpose is earning money by exploiting God-fearing persons. Today there is no practice of spiritualism in temples and asylums. Under the cover of religion, they run commercial hubs like hotels in the name of Prasad vending, Mandaps for marriages and suchlike events along with catering. xxxxxx The more the temples the denser is darkness in minds of the man. At par with rise in numbers of temples, in numbers of Babas and Matas, illicit activities like law-braking, moral turpitude, misdemeanors, corruption and rapes are spreading”. (Page 91, AMANIA KALAMA)


All the four books are published by Pragnaloka, Tala Malisahi, Puri 2 and marketed by Time Pass, Bhubaneswar. The author’s son Gurujee Shwetachandan has done the cover-designs.

Happiest News for Orissa: Prasad is PCC Chief

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The happiest news for Orissa is that Mr. Prasad Harichandan has been appointed today as the President of Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee.

Prasad HarichandanHonored as the First Best Legislator of the State in 2002, Prasad had put his golden signature in Orissa politics by being the most glaring candidate of Congress against Biju Patnaik in 1990.

Since his first entry into Orissa Assembly in 1995, he has enriched legislative businesses in every respect.

His efficient and sustained efforts to espouse outstanding public demands and his legislative wisdom marked in matters of law making as well as debating on topical issues has made tremendous contributions to refinement of administration.

He has earned distinction as a highly disciplined Congress leader for his exemplary participation in all major fronts of his party – the National Students Union, Indian Youth Congress and the Party proper.

Protection of environment and wild life, preservation of culture and social values are areas where his silent but steady contributions have made their unique marks.

Most importantly, he is a man of erudition, of research and knowledge.

As a minister, even though the time was short and the period was transitional, he had made the best use of his position in giving Orissa the only University of Culture of India – the Utkal university of Culture.

Orissa’s Institute of Mathematics and Application owes its origin to the efforts of Prasad. The concept of Community Policing was also his.

He is a successful fighter who has disproved the outstanding aphorism of Lord Acton that “power tends to corrupt”. He is, despite long innings in positions of power including ministership, has never indulged in any corruption.

In him, people of Orissa – in disaster by the ruling BJD; and by nature, abhorrent to communal BJP – see the best answer to their search for a leader who can bring in the desired change.

Prasad has a unique distinction of being an absolutely non-controversial personality in the Congress party. So, to save the State from BJD misrule and lurking BJP menace, it is expected that the Congress rank and file will unitedly stand with him.

Inviolability of Official Language Act desecrated by Orissa Assembly: Governor should refuse Assent

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The winter session of Orissa Assembly that suffered premature death as the Chief Minister who commands brutal majority decided not to be answerable, has, however, been able to pass certain Law Bills drafted not at all in Oriya, but only in English language.

In passing the said Law Bills, de facto surreptitiously, under cover of the deafening commotions, the Government has blatantly violated the Orissa Official Language Act 1954, and if the Governor gives them his assent, the Laws thus made would be illegal.

The Opposition had rightly demanded for recall and rejection of the adopted Bills as they are written only in English; but the Speaker has ruled that Bills made in English are not unfit to be adopted, as English is in use in the Assembly.

The Speaker’s ruling is not challengeable in any court of law, the treasury bench is convinced. But the Governor has the right to deny his assent to the adopted Bills, because notwithstanding what the Speaker has ruled, presentation of Bills only in English was violative of Orissa Official Language Act, and, therefore, illegal. The legislative body adopting an illegal Bill is illegal.

When the Act in original had made it a must that Oriya is “to be used for all or any of the official purposes of the State of Orissa”, Biju Patnaik – father of present Chief Minister, who has not taught his son a single alphabet in Oriya – had sabotaged the primacy of Oriya language by amending this Act in 1963, in order to satisfy his personal ego of elitism and to please the non-Oriya officers, who, like their fathers in neighboring States, were always against the mana of Oriya language.

Biju was the greatest political hypocrite of his time equipped with uncanny ability to hoodwink anybody. After grabbing the Chief Minister position, he used his position for his self interest, indulged in all sorts of corruption and even sabotaged the country during Chinese aggression. Yet, he had claimed his steps to be patriotic and motivated with sacrifice for the people! Anybody who searches for Biju in these pages will get the evidences.

Destroying the spirit of Orissa Official Language Act 1954 was not a problem for this shrewd operator. He engineered an amendment in the Act in 1963. The amendment added English to be the language for use in the Assembly; but lest the people revolt, the amendment said, English would be used “in addition to Oriya”, not in exclusion of Oriya.

This shrewd amendment opened the road for use of English to the detriment of Oriya as the language of administration. Biju Patnaik had thus destroyed utility value of Oriya Language; but yet, in fear of public wrath, he had not dared to undo the primacy of Oriya language in businesses of the Orissa Assembly. The amendment had allowed English to be used IN ADDITION TO ORIYA.

The Opposition had, therefore, rightly demanded for recall and nullification of the Bills made in English language alone. The Speaker’s Ruling that there is no wrong in Bills written only in English, is, therefore, wrong.

The Orissa Assembly has clearly done a wrong to Orissa by adopting Bills written only in English, not in Oriya. But nobody except the Governor can protect the mana of Oriya at this stage.

We urge upon the Governor to refuge his assent to the Bills adopted in blatant contravention of Orissa Official Language Act. The Act, despite the treacherous amendment in 1963, has the inviolable stipulation that Oriya shall be the language of Law, “in addition” to which, English may be entertained. When the Bills were not written in Oriya, but only in English, they violated the inviolable stipulation laid down in Orissa Official Language Act, 1954.

The Governor should appreciate this position of Law and refrain from giving the Bills written only in English, his assent.

The Legislative Assembly must not be allowed the luxury of making Laws in ways that are basically illegal.