A Poem from Dr. Sudhansu Dash

Dr. Sudhansu Dash


Dr. Sudhansu Dash, a higher education teacher in English, belongs to my place Athgarh, with his ancestral home in Tarading. The Athgarh Sub-Division has given tremendous contributions to the world of letters. I find a fine incarnation of the literary excellence of my area in him. Hence, I feel it a pleasure to share one of his poems with my esteem readers. It is captioned ‘Moving with the Crowd’




Dr Sudhansu Dash

I am walking with the crowd with my mind
It is always with me
Many moving with me
On the Solid and concrete highway
I think
The crowd is going somewhere
It gives me a feeling of security with the calculated map
In fact
It is moving but not moving anywhere
No crowd has ever reached any goal
Excepting a secured falsity
I am disillusioned of it.
It goes on moving and moving before I was born
It will move after my death
The moment I start falling towards the heart
I fall to the abyss of my being
Go astray
With my heart I am alone
All that is dangerous comes out of it
Fear grasps me, possesses me
‘Where are you going
Carrying the most dangerous thing in the world?’
Nobody is with me
But me and my total loneliness.
I am at the centre of my being
Unmapped , unmeasured and fearless
From every dimension
The center without any circumference.

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.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

BJD candidate for Athgarh, R. P. @ Raja Swain filed his nomination papers yesterday with much fanfare. On my way to my village, I was stunned by what I saw.

Most of his followers were drunk, who made all nuisances on the road. Some were hurling bawdy, vulgar words at imagined challengers and some were in such unmanageable condition due to inebriety that lifting them out from midst of the roads was being necessary.

I got it from silent onlookers that hundreds of bundles of currency notes of Rs. 500/- denomination were paid to workers at their places at the rate of one such note for two persons, as paying Rs.250/- per head was not advantageous.

If Swain is not the fountainhead of this flow of Rs.500 notes and not the shadow patron of these drunkards, he should bring to discipline whomsoever he had relied upon to organize this procession. Election processions are not meant to intimidate any rival candidate or any reluctant voter with show of beastly strength.

If followers of all the BJD candidates are drunkards and users of vulgar words like these Swain supporters, and if this is a tactic to browbeat rivals or freethinking voters, Naveen Patnaik should feel ashamed of what he has done to political environment of Orissa.

Athagarh Bikash Parishad vowed against corruption

From Dinesh Das

Athgarh Sub-Division is drowned under corruption and hence all out attempts must be made to expose the practitioners of corruption, sans any compromise, vowed the participants in a grand meet of friends organized by Athgarh Bikash Parisad at Maa Uttarachandi temple on Thursday.

athgarh bikas parisad

The meeting was chaired by Parishad President Ramnarayan Mohanty and attended by more than 100 activists from the four ex-States of Athgarh, Tigiria, Baramba and Narasinghpur comprising the Sub-Division.
There is discernible nexus between politicians in commanding positions and bureaucrats everywhere in the Sub-Division and the people in the grassroots are perishing by loot of their purses in every office. Every welfare project is being derailed by the combines of corrupt executive hand in glove with political touts. This mischief must have to be finished, the participants resolved.
Amongst others, Advocates Suryanarayan Mohanty, Bikram Dash, Jagadananda Tripathy, Pradosh Swain, Arun Mohanty and social workers such as Prataprudra Beuray, Shyam Sundar Barik, Kiran Bihari Khatua, Nutan Rout, Govind Nayak, Sanjay Ratha, Ajay Nayak etc. participated in the discussion and vowed to root out corruption from every table in different offices by organizing protests, agitations, campaigns to make the masses aware of the fraud and irregularities going on for the last two decades.

Mass Media is drifting away from the Masses, warns Prof. Biswaranjan

Mass media is changing into corporate-class media, which portends disaster for democracy, warned Prof. Biswaranjan while speaking on ‘Role of Mass media in present context’ in a seminar organized by Athgarh Press Club in the auditorium of B. N. Bidyapith, Athgarh on 25 November, 2012.

Prof. Biswaranjan, a political scientist who till recently was the editor of Khabar, a vernacular broadsheet major, was the Chief Speaker.

Mentioning of how the first attempt to share information with the society was made by a man of Athgarh late Sadhu Sundar Das through his unique depiction of news on sheets of bark of a plant called Bhurjapatra plant at Kujibara, Prof. Biswaranjan dwelt on contributions of media to the cause of the people, till it drifted away from the masses with the concept of market economy transforming its mission to profit motive. As an alternative, he said, neighborhood Medias with local low cost ads are evolving.

Representative-in-Chief of ORISSA MATTERS, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, as guest of honor, gave an elaborate picture of India’s present politico-economic condition in the pernicious hands of compradors in power. Expressing deep anguish over media in India increasingly becoming the rich man’s media, leading to loss of democratic prudence to mediacracy controlled by corporate houses, he called upon conscious journalists to expose the real picture of politicians that have pushed the country into ruins.

He contextually mentioned of Orissa where official welfare programs are named after Biju Patnaik when the ruling party –Biju Janata Dal – is also named after him. This trick is so vote-catching that the fraction of BJD that opposes Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, also brandishes Biju as its trade mark! This is the context in which media has a primordial role to play in order to save the State from the ruins, he observed.
Diagnosing that Orissa is in ruins by politicians using Biju Patnaik as their mask, he said, unless media dismantles this mask, the State cannot be saved from the labyrinth of misrule. He, therefore, contextually dug out from the debates of the Parliament, how India had to suffer the ignominy of defeat in 1962 Chinese aggression because of the treachery he had played against the country, for sheer personal profit, through his Kalinga Airways.

The degradation of the country has not developed in a day. Ever since independence, the politicians in power have individually and collectively contributed to its ruin. It is now time for the patriotic media persons to unmask the people in power, even if required posthumously, so that the people of the country can be saved from politico-economics disasters, he said.

In the process, there shall be clash between the corporate owners of media organizations and the working media persons. But, as a class, the media persons must act, notwithstanding how that irritates the owners of their organizations. Victory shall be theirs and of the people; not of the corporate owners of media, he envisioned.

Media trade-unionist Devi Prasanna Nayak, Sub-Editor of The Samaja, who heads the Association of its journalists and non-journalist employees, as a guest speaker said, burden of saving the people from repression, oppression and exploitation, has in every phase of the modern age been soldered by the journalists working under or with media houses. They must not falter in exposing the miscreants even if that embarrasses corporate media owners; because the people are of prime importance to journalists, not endearment with the operators.

Bijay Ketan Mishra, Resident Editor of The Political and Business Daily, as the Chief Guest, lauded the Athgarh Journalists for having come up with the Press Club, which, he was sure, would promote cultural solidarity amongst the media persons active in the area.

Earlier, before leaving for a welfare function elsewhere in the constituency, Athgarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain had welcomed the Press Club and lauded local journalists for having constantly acted as sentinels of public interest in the area. Focusing on evolution of different branches of journalism, he said that the responsibility of journalists has grown immensely in the present context of political and economic complexities.

The Press Club President Sarbeswar Panda presided over the function. Dinesh Das, Secretary of the Club had introduced the guests as well as the subject.
Besides members of the Club, socially active Advocates and writers of the area were also present in the function.

Subhas Pattanayak Stressed on Revival of the District in Athgarh Vikash Parisad

From: Lalatendu Senapati

During the Puja celebrations, Athgarh Vikash Parisad, a noted pressure group of Athgarh, had a special interaction of its members with eminent persons of the area that usually reside outside.

With Prof. Artabandhu Mishra in the chair, Chief Guest Subhas Chandra Pattanayak reminded the people of Athgarh of their lost District that was created after merger of the four sister Garjat States: Athgarh, Tigiria, Baramba and Narasinghpur with the province of Orissa in 1948; and called upon them to put top priority on its revival, as the District status would ensure flow of necessary funds from the State and Central pool for development of the four ex-States. He called upon the people to revolt against the discrimination they have been subjected to, as all the ex-States like Nayagarh that were formed into Districts after the State merger, but subsequently dismantled, have got back their district status, except the four States that had then comprised the Narasinghpur District.

He and Guest of Honor Satya Prakash Patnaik, the Managing Director of the Nilachal Ispat Nigam Ltd unveiled Prayas, the souvenir brought out on the occasion.

Decision to march ahead with corresponding commitment to the decision would help to have the target fulfilled, said Satya Prakash, who hails from Khuntukata, a village near Athgarh town.

All the guests on the dais recalled the glorious past of Athgarh when she was a center of culture-tourism attracting people from all over India to not only Dhabaleswar, but also to various shrines and landscapes spangling the entire State. They recalled also the contributions Athgarh had made to India’s freedom struggle through leaders like Radhanath Rath, Braja Kishore Pattanayak, Lingaraj Jena, Govind Chandra Mishra, Duryodhan Jena, Achyutanand Dash, Arjun Sahani, Gopal Chandra Sahani, Ksetrabasi Subuddhi, Anant Charan Beura, Bairagi Charan Pratihari, Ramachandra Sahu, Chakradhar Behera, and Nanda Kishore Pattanayak et al.

In his presidential speech, Prof. Mishra juxtaposed ‘Bipulashcha Prithvi’ (unfathomable earth) with ‘Bahulashcha Vidya’ (infinite knowledge) counting on matching correlation between resources and needs under the vexing canopy of survival and development.

Parisad advisor Adwait Charan Panda, in introducing the event, had focused on the necessity of unity of the people amidst socio-political diversity in order to achieve common goals for development of the area.

Parisad President Ramnarayan Mohanty’s excellent coordination and the local artists’ singing glory to Athgarh made the event real grand.

In the audience, eminent persons like Dr Durga Charan Mohanty, President, Budhijibi Sangha Athgarh; Sj. Pranakrushna Das, President, Bar Association, Athgarh; Sj. Pratap Rudra Beuray, Eminent Social Worker; Dr Rajib Mohapatra, G.M., Balasore Ferro Alloys; Dr Durga Prasad Misra, G.M., Nilachal Ispat Nigam Limited; Sj. Swadhin Panda, Security Officer, Nilachal Ispat Nigam Limited; Sj. Pradwait Mishra, Senior Manager; Sj. Narendra Bar, Director, Culture, Govt. of India; Sj. Narasingh ayak, Retd. D.I.; Sj. Kiran Bihari Khatua, President Dhabaleswar Seba Sanstha; Sj. Pradipta Kumar Jena, S.D.P.O., Athgarh; Prof. Jatin Nayak of English, Utkal University; Er Bimal Mishra; Sj. Jagadananda Tripathy, Secretary, Bar Association, Athgarh; Sj. Bibhuti Bhusan Mishra, Senior Congress Leader; Sj. Bikram Das, Senior BJP Leader; Mrs Pravat Nalini Patra, Retd Teacher; Sj. Sudhi Ranjan Dash, Reporter, The Samaj; and Sj. Chitta Ranjan Das, Retd. Judicial Officer were conspicuous by their presence.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Ranendra Pratap Swain, victim of BJD’s internecine leg-pulling in 2009 elections to Orissa Assembly won the re-election at Athgarh, which he could have also won at that time had his party not sabotaged him, using the Returning Officer in illegal rejection of his nomination papers.

BJD had spent, according to a source in that party, about a crore of Rupees against Swain in litigations up to the Supreme Court by engaging, off the records, costliest lawyers of the country in defense of Swain’s rival, Ramesh Raut.

Raut was working like a pageboy in BJD office before being clandestinely readied to file nomination papers against Swain, that had made him de facto candidate of that party after success of the scheme to keep Swain out of fray.

Where from he got the massive amount of money to defray the costliest lawyers’ charges? Possibilities are two: (1) the BJD that had coined the scheme to block Swain’s re-entry into the Assembly for reasons discussed earlier in these pages, had borne Raut’s litigation cost. (2) after being elected to the Assembly, Raut had amassed such massive amount of money that he had no difficulty in defraying the huge cost of litigation.

When there are peons and night watchmen that have become multimillionaires by exploiting the climate of corruption the Naveen Patnaik’s government has created in Orissa, it cannot be said that it was not possible for Raut to amass huge money after being a MLA in the same climate .

But which of the above two possibilities is the reality can be ascertained if official agencies detecting tax evasion are asked to investigate into Raut’s litigation cost.

Swain’s return that has exposed the foul play BJD had played at Athgarh craves investigations into the financial foul play enacted in the intervening period, which is yet kept shrouded under mystery as yet, though it smacks of secret income and tax evasion.

But as far as Orissa Assembly is concerned, the question that Swain’s return has raised is unique and urgent.

The Orissa High Court had stripped layer by layer the illegalities resorted to in rejection of Swain’s nomination papers and declared the election in Athgarh null and void. Raut had challenged the HC verdict in the Supreme Court, but failed. So, legally, election of 2009 in Athgarh was no election.

In view of this, Raut’s participation, if any, in the Assembly must stand obliterated with retrospective effect. Had the Court order does not allow Raut to have any life as a member of the Assembly as his election is declared null and void.

So, now, it is the minimum duty of the Speaker to delete from Assembly records the participation of Raut in its entirety. When he is legally not a member since the day of his election, his oath as a member of the House must also be deleted. Therefore, all the salaries and perquisites he has received as MLA must be must be calculated in terms of money and recovered from him with retrospective effect. The Assembly accounts section should immediately be asked to complete this calculation and communicate the the same to him demanding recovery thereof. If the Speaker prefers to waive such dues, he can do so maximum up to the day of the High Court order. The HC order had unseated him with retrospective effect. Had he resigned immediately, the salaries and other benefits he had drawn might have seemed justifies, as, on the strength of the election, he had participated in the Assembly businesses till that day. But by not resigning from membership and going instead to the Supreme Court, he had continue as a member subject to decision of the Supreme Court and drawn the salaries and perquisites commutable in terms of money at his own risk. So, from the day of the High Court order till the day of his termination, whatever he has received materially from the Assembly was undue receipt. The Speaker has no prerogative to waive the dues he has received unduly by pursuing the luxury of litigation in the Supreme Court.

So, besides deletion of every participation of Raut from the Assembly records, it is incumbent upon the Speaker to recover from Raut the money he has unduly drawn from the House and to declare Swain as the representative of the Assembly with retrospective effect from the 2009 elections, activating his membership only from the day of his oath taking for financial purpose.

Anything else would create wrong precedences in handling the period of nullification as the election of 2009 in Athgarh has been declared unchangeably null and void.