Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

My beloved Bhauja (wife of journalist Barendrakrushna Dhal) just passed away in a private clinic at Bhubameswar.

I fail to describe the grief that has instantly engulfed me and my wife.

Do not know how to console Barendrakrushna, whom I call only’ Bhai’.

Those who know them, know how immensely deep was the oneness of the couple.

Before rushing for his house, I see my son Saswat clicking the FaceTime link.

(Baba, no time to talk with you now. You know what a loss is Sneha Bhauja’s demise to me.)

Dear friends, her name was Sneha and she was personification of Sneha (affection).

Tears, stop.

A. B. Bardhan: Unforgettable Relevance

By Saswat Pattanayak

Comrade A B Bardhan (1924-2016) was not just the foremost communist mass leader of India who raised working class consciousness among millions through his oratory and organizational persistence, he was also the Marxist historian who accounted peoples’ struggles like no one else had quite done.

Well before publishing “People’s History” had become a worldwide trend, Comrade Bardhan had reflected upon the critical role of working class in India’s freedom struggle with these words –

“Official histories are apt to pass over in silence the role of the working class in India’s freedom struggle. They depict the freedom struggle as a series of events determined and influenced by individuals from the upper strata of society, who reacted against the humiliation and oppression of foreign rule, and moved the masses in their wake.

As to the workers and working people, they were considered either too weak or ignorant to play any role in this struggle, or concerned themselves with the more immediate problems of mitigating exploitation and improving their lot.

Nothing could be more one sided and false than this picture. In fact, with the growth of the working class in India and the rise of the labor movement commences the impact on India’s struggle against foreign domination.”

Well before social justice movements demanded reservations as part of parliamentary political norm, Comrade Bardhan had gone beyond the traditional proposals and recognizing the imminent pervasiveness of private capital, he had called for reservations in private sector as well –

“As Communists, we take note of the problems of the deprived communities in our society and pay special attention to them. These are for instance the dalits, the adivasis and the minorities, especially the Muslims. We shall actively support the demand that reservation should be extended to the private sector, especially when moves for privatization are afoot.”

Well before the caste discourse in public policies had gained momentum and denouncing Hindutva politics had become mainstream, and intolerance debate had gained a foothold in India to prompt celebrities in joining the chorus, Comrade Bardhan had urged the people to reject communal casteist elements from the political sphere, in these words –

“Neither Gandhi or Nehru nor the hundreds of martyrs who climbed the gallows for independence – none of them gave their lives for a Hindu nation.

Never forget that!

We who uphold the red flag – we respect all religions. For the identity and ego of one religion, you cannot attack and break the identity and faith of another religion.

Always remember this.

In Hinduism, there is both tolerance as well as intolerance. There is humanity, but there is also a caste system. That is why for years saints and enlightened ones have tried to bring in reforms. They raised their voices against casteism, but even today caste remains. Today a new effort is being made to share power with those who were always kept out of Government, those who were considered only fit to be servants. Today an effort is being made that they too get a chance to help run the country. But the very forces who wish to preserve Hindu fundamentalism and unfurl their flags over destroyed mosques, these very forces swear by the caste system.

Recognize them and understand their mentality.”

ABBardhan_Saswat Photo

Comrade Bardhan had confidence in fellow Indians that they shall reject communal, Hindutva politics and usher in a new age that will put the working class in charge of its own priorities. And armed with his inspiring words and following the exemplary life he led, his dreams shall certainly be realized.


Com. A.B.BardhanElements welcomed Comrade A. B. Bardhan, the veteran Communist of India at the age of 92 on January 2, 2016.

A Communist never dies. For all time to come, he continues to inspire whosoever works for a better world to live in.

Live, despite death, forever dear Comrade.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Kanungo Couple’s Statues Installed In Salagan


Statues of former Estate owner Kshirod Chandra Kanungo and his wife Mahindramani Kanungo were installed today in Salagan near Chowdwar in presence of Justice B.P.Das, Justice B.P.Roy and Justice Shatrughna Pujahari. Sri and Smt. Kanungo had passed away on August 10, 1999 and May 11, 2001 respectively. Both of them were highly humanitarian in nature. They were of immense spiritual quest and to them, education was the only way to emancipation. Hence, they had always helped whosoever was deserving help to have education.

Their 3rd son, eminent Mining Engineer Jatindranath and his wife Smrutirekha (Montreal, Canada) played key role in installation of the statues. 2nd son eminent Textile Technologist Ratindranath (Ahmedabad) conducted the ceremony. Eldest son-in-law Journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak released the souvenir containing tributes to the late couple by family members and friends. Kshirod babu’s eldest daughter Prof. Sabitarani Kanungo, second daughter-in-law Smt. Pratima Kanungo,  second daughter Smt. Gitarani Kanungo (Reader, Rtd) and her husband Sisir Ranjan Mohanty (OAS Rtd), 3rd daughter Smt. Namita Kanungo and her husband Ananta Kumar Das (BDO Rtd) were present. The eldest son of the revered couple, internationally acclaimed academic in the fields of Psycology, Behavioral Science in Business management and Leadership, Prof. Rabindranath Kanungo, unable to attend the function due to age and health, sent the following message:

“They had a nature you could not help loving
And hearts that were purer than gold
And to those who knew them and loved them
Their memory will never grow cold”.

The event was a collective act of the children of Late Kanungo and of his beloved sister late Chhayamani Mohanty (wife of late Kishore Chandra Mohanty, OAS of Kakata, Kendrapada):  Their  eldest son Er. Bijay Kumar Mohanty (Chief Engineer Electricals Rtd) and his wife Smt. Priyambada Pattanayak (Reader Rtd), 2nd son Ashok Kumar Mohanty (Reader, Rtd) and his wife Smt. Basanti Mohanty, 3rd son Dr. Binaya Kumar Mohanty (Associate Prof. Endocrinology) and his wife Smt. Supriti Mohanty (Reader, Rtd), 4th son Dr. Amiya Kumar Mohanty (Addl. Director HE Rtd) and his wife Smt. Nirupama Mohanty, Eldest daughter Smt. Shubhalaxmi Mohanty and her husband Deba Prasad Mohanty (Central Govt. Audit Officer Rtd), 2nd daughter Smt Bhagya Laxmi Mohanty (Reader) and her husband Dr. Ajaya Kumar Das (Reader) were conspicuous by their active role in the function. Grand children and great grand children of both the Kanungo and Mohanty families – from brothers and the sisters – were present. Bijay and Priyambada’s grandsons – Ayananshu and Amrutanshu – recited Vedic hymns as the Statues were unveiled by the three hon’ble Judges.

Senior members of extended family such as Ullas Kanungo, Birendra Kumar Kanungo, Smt. Charulata Kanungo, Jagdish Kanungo, and Rituraj Kanungo were facilitated.

Felicitations were also offered to members of the younger generation of the family such as Adwiteeya Mohapatra, (granddaughter of Sabitarani and Subhas Chandra Pattanayak from their daughter Suchismita), Sujot Mohanty (grandson of Gitarani and Shisir Ranjan Mohanty through their 2nd son Jyotiranjan), and Ayananshu as well as Amrutanshu (grandsons of Bijay and Priyambada through their son Suchit)

Helth CampAt the podium of the statues, a village park namely Dadhibabana Udyana was inaugurated to mark the event and a health check up camp was held by Star Club of Salagan in collaboration with Age Care Associate, Bhubaneswar. As many as 950 patients from nearby villages including Salagan received free medical check up and advice, particularly in endocrinology from a team of eminent physicians such as Dr. G. C. Nayak (Medicine) and Prof. Dr. Binaya Kumar Mohanty, Dr. Soumyasudha Mangaraj, Dr. Debarttan Jena and Dr.Pratap Mishra (all endocrinologists). The health camp was inaugurated by the President of District Board Prasanta Kumar Behera.

Chief Guest Justice Bimal Prasad Das paying a glowing tribute to the late couple, lauded the family unity witnessed on the occasion and praised the people of the locality for their pure participation in such inspiring programs.

Brilliants students of the locality were conferred with Kshirod Chandra Kanungo Memorial Award,  Mahindramani Kanungo Memorial Award sand Minati Kanungo Memorial Award.  For these three awards, Rasmi Ranjan Satapathy, Gnana Ranjan Mohapatra and Jaya Prakash Swain were selected respectively on basis of their school performances. Famous Singer Ms. Anindita Das sung a few songs in honor of the revered couple.

Volunteers such as Rajat ranjan Das, Lalatendu Das, Soumya ranjan Das, Shubham Panda, Kamalesh Sahu, Pintu Behera, Sunita Mohanty, Krushna Chandra Behera, Rakesh Das, Biswa Bimohan Das, Dharmendra Choudhury made the event a grand success under the leadership of Tusarakant Kanungo and Gutu Kanungo, President and Secretary respectively of the Star Club.

A few relevant pictures:

Sabita at her parent's statues with the statues Audience

Sad news to share: Prof. Surangini Mishra passed away

surangini mishra2Prof. Surangini Mishra, retired from Orissa Education Service, passed away today at the age of 73. Her husband, noted writer, academic and editor Prof. Ganeswar Mishra had passed away around two and half months ago on 10th of August.

She served in eminent higher education institutes of Orissa, such as the BJB College, Rama Devi Women’s College of Bhubaneswar,Gangadhar Meher College of Sambalpur, Fakir Mohan Mahavidyalaya, Balasore and Bhadrak College as faculty in economics. She also taught Economics in Regional College of Education, Bhubaneswar.

She was educated in SCS College at Puri, Ravenshaw College at Cuttack, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and University of Kent, England.

She published several academic papers and an autobiography, Nija Katha.

She is survived by three sons and four daughters in law.

Her second son Siddhartha, a renowned sports journalist, had passed away on October 30, 2012.

Her youngest son Sandeep Mishra is editor-in-chief of News World Odisha.

In her demise, Orissa has lost an epitome of goodness.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prof. Ganeswar Mishra, former Professor in English, Utkal University is no more.

The eminent author, thinker, founder editor of Prameya, a man of immense patience, of unfathomable friendship, of deep concern for the society, a man of matchless strength to overcome debacles is lost to Orissa. He passed away this early morning leaving family members. innumerable admirers, friends and relations to mourn.

Author of 30 books in English including 25 research papers mostly on Aspects of Translation, Indian and Commonwealth Literature published in India and abroad, he had written 50 books in Oriya spread over all major areas of literature like Novels, Features, Translations, Travelogues, Book Reviews, Essays and Poems. Many of his Oriya works have been translated into English and several Indian languages.

He was Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholar, University of Kent (U.K.) from 1974 to 78; Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow, University of London (U.K.), 1983-84; British Council visitor to U.K. in 1989. Very many award winners in the field of literature, he was awarded with Senior Fellowship in Literature  by the Government of India for 1992-94. Professor of English, Utkal University (1986-2002) he was President of Orissa Sahitya Akademi from 2005 to 2007, during which period, he headed the Project Committee of Oriya Bhasa Pratisthan. he had earned his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from University of Kent (U.K.) in 1978; yet he was a Praveen in Hindi from Hindi Rastrabhasha Parishad.

“MRUTYURNASTITI” (There is no death) has said Sanatsujata in Mahabharata. “DEATH IS DEATHLESS” has said Buddha.

I hope, Sriman Sandeep Mishra, the worthy son of this illustrious father, will appreciate this ancient wisdom and convince his entire family to feel Prof. Mishra as omnipresent hereafter always.

I stand in silence in his honor.

Long live Prof. Mishra in our hearts, live for ever.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
I will not write any obituary on former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who passed away this evening at around 6.30 at Shillong.

He had made India’s first citizenship the most perfect by becoming the 11th President of this Republic from 2002 to 2007.

Bharat Ratna given wrongfully to some under political manipulation, was most rightly conferred on him.

Known as India’s missile man, in his own words, he was  a “learner”.

He, according to his last tweet, had gone to “take course on Livable Planet Earth at Indian Institute of Management”.

Kalam's last tweet
I will not write any obituary on him; because, HE IS THE ONLY MAN OF OUR TIME WHOM DEATH CANNOT MAKE DIE.

Sad News//We can’t see and hear Prof. Hrudananda Ray any more

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
There is no death, as Sanatsujata has elaborated in Mahabharata.

Prof. Hrudananda Ray shall have no death. Yet, to think that he will not be available to our eyes any more is just a shock his innumerable admirers shall find difficult to tolerate.

I stand silently in his honor.

Truth Prevails: Arun Upadhyay pays tributes to JB by revealing how conspirators had used Illustrated Weekly to tarnish his image

Orissa’s uncompromising police personality, IPS (Rtd) Arun Kumar Upadhyay, who, despite serving for decades the heartless profession of policing, has a very unique heart of culture and endless quest for our ancient knowledge, has, in a comment on our obituary on J.B.Patnaik, given a very insightful input that he was privy to and which, I feel, was most needed.

As I thank him for the privilege he granted ORISSA MATTERS to enrich its comment section, I feel that his words on JB should also be available on the home page here. People have the right to know how vested interest elements had conspired to soil him through the Illustrated Weekly.

The Weekly had begged apology for the wrongful report it had published against JB and yet, having failed to overcome the adverse impact of loss of its credibility, had to exterminate its own existence.

People are to be reminded of that.

So, here is what Sri Upadhyay has said in his comment on our posting on JB:

Janaki Babu was a great man in many respects. Even in old age he worked till 2 AM in office and again ready after 4 hours for next day’s work. While out of power, he guided me personally in Yoga practice in Satyananda Yoga Vidyalaya, Bhubaneswar. He could not overcome strong bureaucratic lobby which blackmailed him by false propaganda publications. Police chief first collected & created fake evidence and got it published in Illustrated Weekly by giving it advertisement for first time by the then OTDC Chairman Sri A. B. Tripathy. After blackmail, he became DGP. After publishing material, it was seized and story further publicized by seizing & starting criminal cases.

Even while in power, he discussed with me for 3 hours about Vedic description of Jagannatha in Jagannatha Sanskrit University. Despite some difference, he got it published from Tirupati Vidyapeetha in 2006 where he had granted Rs 50 lakhs to start Orissa chair. It looks old fashioned, but his uniqueness is obvious by his death in a sacred place Tirupati on Akshaya Tritiya date.

It will be difficult to see a similar man.

Stunning Sorrow: J. B. Patnaik Passed Away

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The greatest personality of contemporary Orissa, esteemed Janaki Ballav Patnaik, doyen of journalists of the bygone days, whose editorials were steering Orissa administration for decades before he preferred the platform of politics to better serve the people and who, till today, continued to illuminate the political sky of his State, passed away at Tirupati whereto he had gone to attend the convocation ceremony of the Rashtriya Sanskrit University. A keen student of Sanskrit, he has contributed to Oriya literature so immensely that I am not sure, if any other leader heading a State Government could ever vie with him in this respect.

In his demise, Orissa shall suffer the loss of a foresighted concerned leader who had the unique courage to tolerate his adversaries and to honor his foes.

I will cite two personal instances.

(1)               I was leading the Communist Party of India in Athgarh when he was the Chief Minister representing the same constituency. And, I was the official candidate of CPI against him. I was his most active opponent. Yet it was he, who had abdicated his seat for me and the Congress had given me its ticket that I had declined. But, I am to dwell here on another aspect of his greatness, which would show how respectful was he for foes in public life. When I managed to place my demand for construction of the Mundali Bridge on River Mahanadi to connect Athgarh directly with Bhubaneswar on road, he had not only appreciated that, but also taken immediate steps to execute the idea. Lest time be lost on tender formalities, he ordered the Bridge Construction Corporation to execute the work. But, after him, when Biju Patnaik became the Chief Minister, commission agents took over reigns of administration, the BCC was jettisoned and a private contractor namely P.C.Das was assigned to complete the Bridge. Whenever I go to my birthplace Tigiria on that Bridge, I gratefully remember the magnanimity of J. B. Patnaik who had the heart to hear his most tenacious political foe so positively in public interest. I had recalled this episode in my Oriya column ‘Singhavalokana’ in the Sambad on March 5, 1999. It is available in the Sambad Archives as well as my mega compilation of the same title, though inadvertently ‘Mundali’ has been mentioned as ‘Naraj’ therein.

(2)                He had got an irritant in education minister Bhagavat Mohanty. Dharitri carried a photo of Mohanty with his head on the lap of a lady when his legs were being massaged by another woman. A single line annotation beneath the picture was absolutely derogatory in meaning. That picture was enough to dismiss Mohanty from the cabinet, by then known to be in bad books of the CM. But, as I found that the three of them were posing before the camera in a public place, I diagnosed the same as a mischief of Dharitri in my column Singhavalokana. A top executive of Sambad informed me that the same being helpful to Mohanty, may displease J.B.Patnaik. Never to be browbeaten, I decided to elaborate what I had argued in my column published by the Sambad. Assuming that the same may not be carried by Sambad in that situation, I preferred it to Satakadi Hota, editor of Samaya, telling him over the phone about the background thereof. It was published in its entirety. In the night passed 12, the landline phone in my bed room rang. My wife picked up the receiver. Janaki babu was on the line. It was difficult for me to believe that it was J.B.Patnaik who was calling me in the night over phone. He normalized me in a moment. “Samaste Jai sarila pare apananku dakuchhi kebala dhanyabad janaibaku” (After all others left, I have called you to express my thanks). I was astonished. What for the thanks? He replied, “Mote eka bhul karibaru nibarttai thiba hetu” (for having saved me from committing a wrong). How is it? He replied, “Samayare apananka tarjama ti sambhabatah sathik” (Perhaps you are right in what you have analyzed). And, it was seen; Mohanty was not dismissed and continued to be in his cabinet despite all the filthy conspiracies he contrived against JB in nexus with Biswal.

J.B.Patnaik was a great person. If irrationally ambitious people, constantly suffering from inferiority complex, had not tried to soil his image and to foil his practical programs, Orissa in particular and the country in general could have immensely benefited from his unfathomable knowledge, vast experience and matchless political acumen.

I stand in silence in honor of the great man, whom men of letters adore and whom people of Orissa shall remember forever.