SUCI (Communist) Engages Attention on Unity and United Movement of Intellectuals, Genuine left, Democratic and Progressive Forces in the Backdrop of Freedom Struggle

Lohia Academy auditorium was packed to the capacity and beyond on October 7 on a seminar on “Need for unity and united movement of intellectuals, genuine left, democratic and progressive forces in the prevalent crisis-ridden situation of our country in the backdrop of freedom struggle”, convened by the Bhubaneswar branch of SUCI (Communist).

The seminar aimed at promoting exchange of experiences of progressive persons in their respective activities and to acquaint the participants with thoughts of cross section of intellectuals and to raise the level of thinking on national issues.

In welcoming the seminar, Secretary, SUCI (C) Bhubaneswar, Purna Ch. Behera said, when the two main rivals in Indian power politics – the UPA and the NDA – are the same in their politico-economic concept and conduct, it is necessary that patriotic intellectuals and genuine left should unite to save the people from further disaster.

In a short introduction to the topic, State Office Secretary, Shankar Dasgupta stressed upon unity of the genuine left, as in the present political environment, when religious revivalism and divisive forces are raising ugly heads, the dreams of freedom struggle are getting shattered and mass welfare programs are getting derailed. Citing Rourkela Steel Plant as an instance, he pointed out that massive vacancies in permanent posts are being caused while work execution is being assigned to increasing numbers of labor on contract. The capitalist government is thus trying to shatter the working class unity that can only be remedied by united efforts of the left, he said.

Eminent mathematician Prof. Dr. Swadhin Pattanayak put emphasis on creation of a climate that may force the rich to shoulder projects meant for welfare of the poor. For this, the unorganized sector needs necessary guidance as the middle class, benefiting from free economy, would probably continue to feel comfortable under corporate culture.

Eminent scientist Dr. Ashutosh Parida pointed out that the pre-independence scenario of the plights of the common man has not changed. Whosoever from the poor class gains influence because of education and electoral situations, sides with the rich and overlooks the poor, despite that being his background. In a situation like this, intellectuals need be involved with the poor and notwithstanding media gone mostly into corporate control, media persons belonging to working class need be used for the disadvantaged and mass movements need be supported by the intellectuals, as they too are exploited by the rich, he said.

Former Vice-Chancellor Prof. Gokulananda Das opined that the best of remedies to all the maladies the country has been subjected to lies in reform in education, not in economic reforms the government is clamping on the people. He stressed on Gandhiji’s basic education and promotion of environment of self-reliance. For elimination of corruption, honesty at the top is essential, he said.

Journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak took the audience to the phase of formation of free India at the end of the freedom movement. Citing Orissa’s Laxminarayan Sahu in the Constituent Assembly, he pointed out how dreams of the common man for emancipation was discarded by the framers of the constitution under overwhelming presence of the propertied class in that Assembly and how Dr. Ambedkar had even confessed that with promulgation of the constitution on January 26, 1950, India would enter into a life of contradiction because of denial to the people the right to social and economic equality, as the Assembly had to go by the majority that the affluent persons had comprised. Dr. Ambedkar had hoped that the Loksabha to be elected under the constitution being a house of people’s representatives, unlike the Constituent Assembly, would remove the contradiction. But, the governments of free India perpetuated the contradiction by transforming democracy into plutocracy. Its remedy, therefore, lies in obliteration of all the components of social and economic inequality which should begin with a campaign for imposition if ceiling on private property, he said.

Prof. Lambodar Prasad Singh stressed on the necessity of transformation of the country’s education system to a single and universal pattern.

For Dr. Birendra Kumar Nayak, elimination of economic disparity is the task that patriotic segment of intellectuals must address themselves to; and for this, the policies and political ideology that help concentration of wealth in a few hands must be fought against ideologically.

Social activist Prafulla Samatra stressed upon united action for promulgation of a single pattern of education and protection of environment which is so very essential for future generations but which capitalism so savagely destroys. Ex-MLA Surendra Pradhan and educationist Smt. Aparna Nayak also stressed upon the necessity for equal pattern of education.


General Secretary of International anti-imperialist co-ordinating committee and polit-bureau member of SUCI ( C ) Manik Mukherjee gave a clarion call for united action based on the ideology of communism to save the country from pernicious grip of capitalism. He came down heavily upon the central government for promulgation of FDI not only in multi-brand retail trading but also in areas like insurance that directly affects people’s economy. Elaborating on the difference between capitalism and communism, he showed how capitalism has not only ruined the working class but also has damaged the cultural fabric of the country. The achievement of political freedom has been lost in the labyrinth of capitalist exploitation as Nehru’s mixed economy and confused socialistic pattern has merged in invigorated free economy masterminded by Manmohan Singh under the umbrella of USA induced imperialism. It is time for the genuine left to initiate united action against every tentacle of capitalism that thrives in India by hoodwinking people through pseudo fights between the ruling party and the rightwing opposition, he said.

Udhab Jena, member, State Committee of SUCI ( C ) presided over the seminar.

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KILL THE MAN-EATER FIRST; ACCEPT BJP, OUST THE CONGESS

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A man-eater wrecks havoc. A hunter marks it. His social responsibility commands him to proceed immediately after the tiger and get the area rid of the danger. But he is not in possession of enough ammunition. He has a single barrel gun and a single bullet. He knows, he can unfailingly use that single bullet against the man-eater. So he proceeds. But he finds another tiger with the man-eater in the forest at the same time at the same place and acquainted as he is with the animals of the jungle, instantly recognizes which one of them is the man-eater.

Which of the tigers must he shoot at first? Obviously the man-eater. Because, he knows, the man-eater is the immediate danger to the society and to him as well. He knows, he cannot kill both the tigers at a time with a single bullet. If he kills the tiger other than the man-eater, the man-eater will kill him. If he kills the man-eater, the other tiger may not dare to attack him and in course of time, he may get the area rid of it.

So, to a hunter with a single bullet to use to get his area rid of the greatest danger, using the bullet against the man-eater should be an unavoidable must if the hunter is having his intelligence is integrated with his purpose.

Whosoever loves India and wants to get its political jungle rid of the man-eater, must act against the Congress that has not only sabotaged our national pledge for socialism, but also has been sabotaging our democracy by promoting dynastic hierarchy. Sonia’s two children are being projected as “prince” and “princess” by her factotums as well as by the media in India. What a shame!

This is the party that had given birth to Khalistani terrorism and this is the party that also had allowed Pakistani terrorism spread its tentacles in India by allowing BCCI conduct its business here in blatant disregard to warnings issued by our intelligence agency, RAW. In these pages, there are discussions on how its governments from Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi to Narasingh Rao had promoted and protected the Pakistani dirty bank of terror, BCCI.

According to Lucy Komisar, “ BCCI was the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, a dirty offshore bank that then-president Ronald Reagan’s Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) used to run guns to Saddam Hussein, finance Osama bin Laden, move money in the illegal Iran-Contra operation and carry out other “agency” black ops. President George W. Bush had tried to justify his act to extinguish Hussein by stating that he had links with Bin Laden. Komisar reported that critics had dismissed that statement as an invention. But “they were wrong. There was a link, but not the one Bush was selling. The link between Hussein and Bin Laden was their banker, BCCI.

“But the link went beyond the dictator and the jihadist — it passed through Saudi Arabia and stretched all the way to George W. Bush and his father. The Bushes also benefited privately; one of the Bank’s largest Saudi investors helped bail out George W. Bush’s troubled oil investments” (Inter Pres Service, April 5, 2007).

When against this report of Komisar we recollect the 10th Lok Sabha debate on the Motion on collapse of BCCI (discussed in the preceding posting) that showed how Sri Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister was protecting the dirty Paki bank and the outgoing Loka Sabha debates that showed how as the Prime Minister he subjected us to a nuke deal that was coined by the BCCI beneficiary George W. Bush to provide American traders with a “bonanza”, we feel it justified to diagnose the Congress as the man-eater in India’s political jungle, specifically as it wants the same Manmohan Singh to continue as the PM.

But this man-eater cannot be killed by bullet. It must be killed by ballot.

In a democracy killing of a political party means removing it from power. But in a democracy like India. a party like the Congress cannot be removed from power through mere wishful thinking. Support must be given to a party that is as strong as the Congress. Otherwise, that would be squandering way the ballots and an indirect support to the Congress. In view of this, support to BJP should be the priority preference.

If BJP is supported, Congress could be removed. Patriotism requires Congress to be removed.

Communists have a historical responsibility in making it feasible.

They should come out of the misconceived cocoon of secularism.

All political parties including the communists are communal.

Whosoever does not accept Indian Constitution as his / her only religion and does not work for elimination of all other platforms of theism that are known as religions and prescribes or promulgates codes of conduct parallel to or in contrast with the spirit of Indian constitution, whatever be their names, are communal in their respective environment.

Whosoever displays any religious symbol as his own in the public that comprises members or followers of other religions does so only in order to exhibit the greatness of his or her religious practice; hence is communal.

Whosoever worships any god or recites any religious code in public when the entire public does not belong to his / her own path, is communal.

Political parties of India including the Communists cannot show that they are parties of peoples who are not communal.

So, opposing the BJP under the assumption that it is the only communal party is a misconception from which the Communists should extricate themselves.

By opposing the BJP as communal and by supporting the Congress as secular, the Communists have neither strengthened Communism in India nor have served the common man’s interest in India.

Manmohan Singh’s regime has forced more people to perish under poverty. The National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector, appointed by the central government in 2004 to assess the real condition of the unorganized workforce and recommend a better deal, has handed over the final report to the PM. According to it’s finding, 836 million people, comprising 75 percent of India, live on less than Rs. 20 a day!

On the other hand, sample audits conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has umpteen times unveiled misappropriation of welfare project funds under Singh’s tenure. The CAG even has said, a sum of Rs.5000 crores from the exchequer has simply vanished! And the looters have enjoyed so much immunity in Manmohan Singh’s regime that not a single instance of any of them having been punished for the loot has come to our knowledge.

Singh’s regime has encouraged plutocracy take over India. This is clear from 1285 men of many crores contesting as candidates against 548 Lok Sabha constituencies this election. The Congress has planted candidates from this category in majority of Lok Sabha constituencies where it is in fray. According to scrutiny of property list submitted by contesting candidates, this is the party that tops the list of crorepati candidates fielded by all the parties. The property list of candidate in election for 15th Lok Sabha clearly shows that money grabbers and black money hoarders in more numbers and in organized manners are eager to hijack our democracy and are in actual advantage. Power has gone to their hand ever since Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister dragged us into GATT and day-by-day they are grabbing power more organizedly. 1285 multimillionaires/ billionaires in fray in 543 Lok Sabha constituencies to represent our peoples of whom about 75 per cent numbering 836 millions perish in slow starvation being bound to live on Rs.20 per day as per report of the latest official commission, is perhaps the worst quagmire our democracy has fallen into. Manmohan Singh’s economic policy has dragged our motherland to this sorry state. And this has been possible because of Communists’ support to Singh despite knowing his role as Finance Minister.

Congress must be isolated to save our country from agents of imperialism. Besides, the dynastic hierarchy that the Congress has promoted must be defeated to save our democracy. The treachery Congress has played against our country in the nuke deal must be avenged. Those who prefer personal political interest to India’s are bragging about forming non-Congress-non-BJP fronts under attire of secularism. Any such front will not serve India. If India is to be saved, it is to be saved from Manmohan Singh, it is to be saved from the collaborators of Manmohan Singh it is t be saved from agents of American imperialism, from the facilitators of plutocracy, from the hijackers of our democracy, from the factors of dynastic hierarchy. Support to any other party than the BJP by the smaller parties would be disastrous to our democracy at the moment.

Majority of Indians has even in the present elections rejected the Congress and the party knows it. So it is trying to net in smaller parties to reorganize a coalition. Its further occupation of power in India will lead to total collapse of Indian democracy. In the guise of secularism this collapse must not be encouraged. The communists ought to understand this. They ought to understand that their role in supporting the Congress has already affected their credibility. It would never be a surprise if they decline in strength in the Lok Sabha after results are declared. It they support Congress again they may never gain back peoples’ faith. Then the scenario would be total disastrous for whatever semblance of democracy we still believe to be having.

In the circumstances, for the Communists – because they are the last hope for our peoples perishing in slow starvation under plutocracy whose wretchedness, as admitted by the latest official commission referred to supra, is compelling their families to live on Rs. 20 per day – priority program should be removal of Congress from power.

And, in order to do it, BJP should be used; because at the moment it is the ablest weapon that one can use against Congress, the man-eater in the political jungle of India.

PAKI TERRORISM AND THE BANK OF TERROR-FUNDING: DR. SINGH EVEN TODAY SHOULD TELL THE TRUTH

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The tenth Lok Sabha in its first session was in debate over a motion moved by BJP’s Jaswant Singh on collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), which was a Pakistani Bank of terror-funding and drug trafficking. The motion was discussed in our Lok Sabha, because, under the cover created by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this dirty Paki Bank besides having shattered the depositors including various institutions and nationalized Banks of India that had obviously under Finance Ministry pressure invested massive money in it, had ushered in danger to our security. Hints to this were given in our posting on 4th.

The then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was exposed to have tried blackmailing tricks on George Fernandes to silent him on the question of who helped this dirty Paki Bank operate in India.
Starting his speech, Fernandes told the House that in order to “understand the ramifications of the issue”, which was “being debated upon in the House”, it should be the first thing to know, “why and how did this Bank made entry into the country and who gave permission for opening its branches”. Therefore, he said, he had written a letter to the Minister of Finance detailing why it was pertinent to know the facilitators of this Bank in India.

“In response to my letter”, Fernandes told the House, “The hon. Minister of Finance verbally unofficially communicated to me five minutes before the start of sitting of Lok Sabha, that if he gives reply to all the points raised in the letter then the previous Government, in which I was a Minister will come under clouds”.

Fernandes narrated in the House whatever he had told Dr. Singh. “I told him that I have always admitted that all Governments make mistakes. Some Governments make more and some make less. All Governments are bad. But some are worse than others”. In such circumstances, Fernandes told the House, he had requested the Minister of Finance “to bring all the facts to light”.

But Dr. Singh did not bring all the facts to light. Therefore, even after 26 / 11, we are groping in dark about how could the Paki terrorists organized the Mumbai attack.

The Lok Sabha debate shows us that Dr. Singh and his colleagues in Congress had tried to obstruct Fernandes from dwelling on facts germane to establishment of Pakistani terror network in Mumbai through BCCI and the role of Reserve Bank of India when Dr. Singh was its guiding spirit.

Attempts were made by senior Congress members like Digvijay Singh and Ministers like R. Kumarmangalam, Jagdish Tytler, Santosh Mohan Dev etc to obstruct Mr. Fernandes. As he protested and sought protections from the Chair, the Chairman said, “George Sahib, I know your trend of thought is broken a number of times”. But he could not control the Congress members who were determined not to allow Fernandes to proceed with his speech.

The attempt to stifle the discussion was so sharp and sinister that a member, Srikant Jena asked the Chairman, “Is this the way to conduct the House?” and riding over “interruptions”, the Chairman had to say, “Honorable gentlemen, I have been trying to regulate the debate with all the fairness at my command. I agree that Mr. Fernandes was frequently interrupted”.

Why was Mr. Fernandes “frequently interrupted”? It was because, facts quite uncomfortable to Congress were getting revealed.

Let us go to the debate.

Dr. Singh had told the House, “the intelligence agency had reported in 1988 that BCCI has made overtures for acquisition of property and is trying to enter the hotel and real estate business in Lucknow and Bombay in partnership with Amar Rizvi”. Fernandes wanted to know “the role of Shri Amar Rizvi in facilitating entry of this Bank into the country”. Dr. Singh agreed that there was such reports from the intelligence agency, but “nothing was found”. According to him, “The Reserve Bank of India scrutiny of BCCI, Bombay branch did not reveal financing/acquisition of real estate business/property.”

“Before the Reserve Bank of India came in, Mr. Finance Minister, the intelligence agency had come into the picture” and “the intelligence agency viewed this as a fraught on the security risk”, Fernandes reminded Dr. Singh citing from the Minister’s own statement.

But Singh’s version was very funny. The intelligence agency had wanted the matter “to be looked into” and hence “the Reserve Bank of India looked into this. And, they said that there was no truth in it”.
Slowly but steadily it was manifesting that the RBI was used to blur the intelligence report.

RBI was also used to bestow credibility upon BCCI.

The BCCI Bombay Branch Depositors Forum, C/o Bombay Cricket Association, in a document signed by four prominent persons such as Madman Mantri, President Bombay Cricket Association, M. R. Pai, President, All India Depositors’ Association, A. N. Parikh and A. Lobo, after holding a meeting of the forum, had noted that the RBI had been keeping a watch on the activities of the BCCI, as they do in the case of nationalized Banks and they have been issuing certificates. “Since the RBI has a reputation for adequately safeguarding through maintenance of substantial statutory reserves and through tight controls, the interest of the depositors of all Banks operating in India, none of us had an idea that we would be devastated by double blockage of our moneys” they had noted in the document.

Stressing on this document Fernandes had told the House, “In fact, it was the Reserve bank of India, which granted BCCI the license to operate in India and which audited its accounts”.

When the BCCI cheated innumerable Indian depositors by sudden closure of its operations, the employees earning wrath of the public, in a way to seek protection, had raised a case in the Bombay High Court vide Ordinary Original Civil Jurisdiction, Company petition No. 389 of 1991, wherein they had wanted to say that they cannot be held responsible for collapse of the Bank as that was functioning under strict scrutiny of the RBI, which was continuing to certify in its favor.
“We will rely upon the statement made by the Finance Minister of India on 7.8.91 that nothing illegal or irregular is found in the working of the Bombay Branch of the BCCI”. This is what they had told the Court.
Fernandes had told the House that the employees were the “poor Indians who had been employed by the Bank. They are no way at fault; they were merely working in the Bank for their livelihood. Today, they are jobless; yet they are not worried for their future. Rather, they have expressed their concern over the fate of the depositors, those who have taken loans from the Bank, those who wanted to take loans and those people, whose business has come to a grinding halt, as a result of the collapse of the Bank”.

Fernandes had further mentioned about the BCCI’s “advertisement blitzkrieg” offering huge interests. “Many innocent people and institutions got lured by these advertisements and deposited their money in the bank, in the belief that their money was in safe custody as the R.B.I. was issuing them certificates”, he pointed out.

To the embarrassment of the ruling Congress, Fernandes had hinted on a letter from the British Organization of Peoples of Indian Origin signed by a member of the Government of India’s Consultative Committee for N. R.I.’s investments, Sri Prafulla Patel, wherein it was also mentioned that Indian Citizens “had deposited about Rs. 10,000 crores in India and the U. K.” in this Bank making it clear thereby that Dr. Manmohan Singh’s assertion that the “Reserve Bank of India scrutiny of BCCI, Bombay branch did not reveal financing / acquisition of real estate business / property” was contrary to actual and was absolutely misleading.

The massiveness of misleading ingredients in Singh’s statement got exposed when it transpired that the State Bank of India in UK had given loan of 50 million dollars to BCCI. Fernandes wanted to know as to why this loan was given to the bank that was ill-famed as Pakistan’s terror-funding bank. He further alleged that the Syndicate Bank, once most successful amongst Indian Banks, had to suffer “a loss of about 200 million dollars due to the BCCI.”

In 1986 it had come to notice that some Indian companies operating from Isle of Man purchased shares of Reliance Company of the BCCI. worth Rupees two crores on the basis of share capital of 200 Pounds. The BCCI-Reliance company link was earlier revealed by Fernandes when he had told the House that in response to a letter he had addressed to Minister of Finance, “the reply was given by an official of the company and in response to that letter, M/s. Reliance Industries also wrote a letter”.

Let us take a break and look at how apolitical eyes had looked at BCCI.

SUNDAY magazine (25-31 August, 1991 issue) had noted that according to sources, “the Research and Analyses Wing (RAW) had at least from 1975 onwards consistently opposed the idea of allowing the BCCI to operate in India. Time and again, the Agency had advised the Cabinet Secretary and high-ranking politicians not to let the bank in. The intelligence agency’s advice was based on evidence that the then Pakistani owned BCCI was engaged in secretly funding the country’s nuclear programme”.

TIME magazine of April 1, 1991 had noted, “Nothing in the history of modern financial scandals rivals the unfolding saga of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. The twenty billion dollar rogue empire, the regulators in 62 countries shut down early this month in a stunning global sweep. Never has a single scandal involved so much money, so many nations or so many prominent people.”

According to journalist Lucy Komisar , it was “a dirty offshore bank that the then President Ronald Reagan’s Central Intelligence Agency used to run guns to Hussein, finance Osama bin Laden, move money in the illegal Iran-Contra operation and carry out other “agency” black ups. ……. Its corporate strategy was money laundering. It became the banker for drug and arms traffickers; corrupt officials, financial fraudsters, dictators and terrorists…..The money BCCI stole before it was shut down in 1991 — somewhere between 9.5 billion and 15 billion dollars — made its 20-year heist the biggest bank fraud in history.

Most of it was never recovered. International Banks’ complicity in the offshore secrecy system effectively covered up the money trail”.
Now let us go back to the debate.

Fernandes had quoted from the report of Enforcement Branch (EB) of the Ministry under Manmohan Singh that had said, “Another point that needs to be carefully examined in details is the source of funds provided by BCCI, London and EAB Hamburg, through the Colombo branch for purchase of shares of Reliance, on behalf of overseas firms. ….If detailed enquiries are made with the BCCI, London it may throw light as to how funds were received by BCCI, London for remittance to India for the above purpose and whom the interest/dividend and sale proceeds of debentures received from India on account of the overseas companies were actually disbursed. Such an enquiry may indicate the real persons, behind the transactions”.

That necessary inquiry was not done.

However, the EB had suspected some persons involved in India and abroad in purchase of Reliance share by NRI companies in Isle of Man and had insisted that they should be immediately interrogated and subjected to action under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act. Fernandes had brought to Lok Sabha records their names as the government had failed to act upon the EB report. They were (1) Dhirubhai Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (2) Vinod Ambani, Company Secretary of Reliance Industries Ltd. (3) C.H. Chowksi, one of the Directors of Prabhat Fabrics Private Ltd. Stallion Private Ltd. (4) Pankaj Ishwarlal Kapadia, Share Broker (5) D. Chaturvedi, Chartered Accountant and Share holders of Companies of Isle of Man, namely (I) Krishnakant Shah and his family members of UK (II) U.C. Khamani of Djbouti (III) Praful Shah of USA and Mr. P.S.W. Henwood, Constituted Attorney of Overseas Companies of Isle of Man.

Ambani and the pack thus exposed in the Lok Sabha, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s ministry was also exposed.

Fernandes dived into the background of EB report. “The money was taken out of the country by Reliance and brought by Padiyar through BCCI into the country”. Stumbling upon this nefarious network of black banking, convinced of stupendous illegality involved, the EB has suggested for immediate interrogation and inquiry under the FER Act.
“Has the inquiry been conducted? If so, the facts thereof? What action has taken or proposed to be taken by the Government in this regard?” Fernandes had asked. But Dr. Singh had preferred not to answer.

Fernandes had raised the issue of corporate take-over to show how BCCI was “acting as a conduit for shell companies to bring into the country unaccounted money for investment in selected Indian companies, and indulging in various sub rosa activities including financing the smuggling of arms and other contraband material”. He had questioned the taking-over of Larson and Turbo by Ambani Company. The credibility of this company was so low that, he said, “The financial Institutions run by the Government of India, Life Insurance Corporation, rusticated the elected member of Ambani family by convening the very first and special meeting of the company”.

L & T was working for the defense department of India and in other fields particularly in the field of atomic power. Its former chairman under an affidavit filed in Bombay High Court had complained that his and his family members’ signatures were being forged to take over the company. Disclosing this, Fernandes had asked, “Would you like to hand over this company in the hands of the Reliance, and to its owner, Shri Padiyar, who was directly linked with smuggling out the money from foreign countries and who was transacting the business of B.C.C.I. from London?”

Dr. Singh did not react to this.

But the Congress members did not desist from stifling the discussion.

Sri Somnath Chatterjee of CPI(M), who as Speaker would be ill-remembered by history as the man that betrayed his party in the matter of Manmohan Singh’s nuke deal with USA, had at that time contributed a well-documented discussion on the motion. “The main charges against BCCI includes defrauding depositors, giving out dubious loans to select customers, acting as conduit for terrorist activities and CIA operations and having played convenient bank for corrupt rulers of Third world to salt away their illegal wealth. There is a long list of accusations of bribery of the central banks of different countries, political authorities in various countries and acting as brokers in various shady deals” he had thundered, citing various documents including the News week that said, “The CIA had intimate knowledge of BCCI’s alleged dealings with terrorists, drug dealers and corrupt Government officials all over the world.”

Dwelling on BCCI’s connection with CIA and other networks of terror worldwide, Somanath had cited a Time magazine report that divulged, “The soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the resulting strategic importance of neighboring Pakistan accelerated the growth of BCCI’s geopolitical power and its unbridled use of the black network. Because the U.S. wanted to supply the mujahedin rebels in Afghanistan with Stinger missiles and other military hardware; it needed the full cooperation of Pakistan. By the mid-1980s, the CIA’s Islamabad operation was one of the largest U.S. intelligence stations in the world.” But the inquiry instituted in U.S. against such backdrop was limping. The Times magazine, attributing the information to a U.S. intelligence officer, had reported, “If BCCI is such an embarrassment to the U.S. that forthright investigations are not being pursued, it has a lot to do with the blind eye the U.S. turned to the heroin trafficking in Pakistan”. Similarly, in England also, because of the involvement of secret Service the investigations were being delayed by the Bank of England, Somanath had shown. It has been described as a ‘Cocaine Bank’ because of its large scale dealing in drugs and one of the biggest criminal enterprises in the world, Somanath had told the House quoting the Times magazine.

“BCCI has a definite role vis a vis funding the terrorist who have been smuggling arms into Pakistan which are being used in Punjab, Kashmir and other places”, he had stated.

“We are fighting with so much concern rightly in this country about terrorism; the whole country is now concerned about terrorism. Secessionism and terrorism, they are eating into the vitals of our country. Innocent people are being murdered. Innocent people are being kidnapped. What is happening in the country? I need not remind the hon. Members here. Everyone is highly concerned. I have no doubt about it. In such activities BCCI’s hands are seen. Therefore, should we not be extremely cautious, extremely careful and should we not revamp cur intelligence activities, particularly our economic intelligence activities, to find out what has really been happening?” He had asked.
“In that context”, Somanath had cried, “when we find that a new Branch was permitted to come up in 1983, certainly certain questions arise which I request the hon. Finance Minister to answer, because, the files are not with us. What prompted the Government to do it?” Had Dr. Singh honestly answered, the country might have been saved from terror attacks.

But he had stated, “As regards the points raised in this House in respect of reports alleging payments to Indian politicians and bureaucrats and financing of terrorist organizations by the BCCI (Overseas) Ltd., Bombay Branch, from the information available from the intelligence agencies and the Reserve Bank of India, there is no indication of specific instances or any definite information of that nature.”

What a cover up!

“Who has done this investigation, MR. Finance Minister? Has this investigation been done by your officers in the Reserve Bank? Will it be to their interest to disclose the facts?” Asked Somanath. “At what level the inquiry has been made by the Intelligence agencies? I would like to know who has made this inquiry. Where are the reports? Will you share them with the House if they are in favor of the BCCI?”

Manmohan did not answer.

“If nothing against the country’s interest has been found out, then share it with us and let us see those things”, Somnath demanded.

It was never shared.

On the other hand, the Congress had coined a secret pact with BJP to save its skin as in course of the debate the role of its leaders from Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi in helping this dirty Bank entering into India and spreading its nefarious activities had been exposed over and above unveiling of the patronization it was getting from the Ministry of Finance of the day.

To the greatest relief of Dr. Singh, the mover of the motion, Jaswant Singh had withdrawn the motion.

“In the chamber of the Speaker, …… the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and others and indeed the hon. Speaker said: why do you not concede to the fact that you would withdraw your motion at the end of the debate? So, I am bound by my word, and I seek the leave of the House to withdraw my motion” was the withdrawal statement of Jaswant.

Safe, being aware of the fate of the motion, Manmohan had told the House that he would look into the matter afresh.

“Whatever has been said on the floor of this House I would transmit to the Reserve Bank, to our intelligence agencies. I may also inform the House that I have appointed, rather the Reserve Bank have appointed M/s. Billimoria and Company to do a comprehensive audit of the activities of the Bombay branch (of BCCI) right from the date of its inception.

What had happened to that comprehensive audit? Who were the men behind the spread of the loot and terror network of that dirty Bank of Pakistan-CIA-Taliban combine in India?

When the Finance Minister of those days became the Prime Minister of these days, did he ever look at the report, if any, of audit that he had pronounced then in the Parliament?

Had the BCCI not acted as facilitator of Pakistani terrorism in India?

Should Dr. Singh not come up with the truth even today to save India from the pernicious grip of cross-border terrorism? Should our peoples not know who of the politicians and officials have betrayed them?

DEFEAT POLITICAL HYPOCRISY

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Political hypocrisy is the worst enemy of democracy. Plutocracy has engulfed our democracy only because of political hypocrisy. The rich and the agents of the rich are contesting elections and on occupying Parliamentary floors, are framing rules and running administration for benefit of the rich.

More numbers of multi-millionaires and dreaded criminals than ever before are in the fray. This is election 2009!

Rarely independently but mainly from party-platforms they are contesting to represent our people in various constituencies.

Most of our peoples in any constituency are wretchedly poor, illiterate and innocent; but they are not multi-millionaires and / or dreaded criminals.

So, the contesting candidates and the majority of the electorate belong to two distinctly different classes.

How the class of multi-millionaires and dreaded criminals can represent our peoples that in majority comprise the wretchedly poor, illiterate and innocent?

They, in fact, will not represent our people, but will be elected as the representatives of our peoples, because they will get the votes, as the voters have no other choice than Hobson’s choice.

Our peoples have always tried to get rid of the meretricious politicians. They have changed Governments. But they have not been able to change the scenario of presence of these fellows in the political forums. Because political hypocrisy has always made them hoodwinked.

JP derailed people’s determination

As for example, when our peoples had woke up against Congress misrule and had relied upon J.P.Narayan to bring in the alternative, all the fellows, who were in the Congress party and when in power had indulged in such corruptions that the Congress party had appeared anti-people, had left the Congress and joined the JP movement and formed the Janata Party. When they fought against the Congress under the banner of this Janata Party, peoples voted the same corrupt and anti-people politicians again by believing that they were voting against the Congress!

JP was credited with fathering the first non-Congress Government in India; but in reality he had fathered a new era of political hypocrisy wherein the corrupt elements of Congress had congregated to contrive new masks for themselves that would look like non-Congress and to form, if possible, a government that would cover up their past offenses against the country and further their self-interests.

Thus, under the wave of this hypocrisy, the master practitioner of nepotism, Morarjee Desai, whose son Kantibhai had shown how an offspring of a person in power could materially prosper, had become the Prime Minister, even though his shameless practice of nepotism in the past had made major contributions to loss of credibility of the Congress.

Political hypocrisy of JP had helped all the known practitioners of corrupt practices in the country, because of whom, in course of time, the Congress had been branded as a corrupt party, to acquire credibility as leaders of “non-Congress” politics.

One such was Orissa’s Biju Patnaik.

In his first phase of his incumbency as Chief Minister, he had corrupted Orissa administration so crudely that Congress had to oust him from his post around three years ahead of when his term should have normally ended.

There were many investigations against him; but with the help of Atulya Ghosh who as Congress treasures was in know of such facts that could have embarrassed the Prime Minister, he succeeded in preempting criminal prosecutions.

Despite Cabinet Sub-Committee and CBI reports against him and despite evidences of how India had suffered humiliation in the Chinese aggression because of his treachery, no penal action was taken against him.

But the peoples of Orissa had not pardoned him. They had not only refused to support him in the next election, but also had punished the Congress party, as its Government had not instituted any criminal prosecution against Biju.

Till even 1977 he was kept rejected. JP’s political hypocrisy had revived him.

Once fallen in his trap, peoples of Orissa were getting so disgusted because of his misrule that they were rejecting him at least for two subsequent terms. So, after a win obtained though the JP generated confusion in 1977, he was rejected in subsequent two elections. And, after two terms of rejection, when internecine subterfuge that Basant Biswal had cooked up against J.B.Pattanaik had destabilized the Congress Government, Biju had grabbed the opportunity to capture power; but as always the peoples of Orissa had woke up to oust him again from office, which he had not been able to gain back till he breathed his last.

He was the embodiment of political hypocrisy that has ruined our peoples. When he was alive and was in power I had, in public interest, exposed this hypocrisy by bringing into public gaze relevant evidences through my column Singhavalokana (animadversion) in the pages of Orissa’s top-ranking broadsheet Sambad. Scanned copies thereof are available in saubhasya.com and an e-compilation is available through http://thenewssyndicate.com/store/ and a print edition thereof is also published by Orissa’s eminent publishing house, Bharata Bharati, Gajapati Nagar, Sutahat, Cuttack.

But with his demise political hypocrisy has not died. His son Navin Patnaik has taken over the mantle of political hypocrisy. He is hoodwinking poor peoples through machinations of subsidized rice in order to bag votes in this election even though it is he who had sloughed over the pogrom perpetrated on the poorest of poor tribal peoples of Orissa at Kalinganagar when the TATA company was facing stiff resistance from them in taking away their dwelling soil.

In trying to defend his chief minister position, he has activated a scheme to supply rice at the rate of Rs. 2 a Kg to peoples bellow the poverty line when, in fact, his obsessive support to private industrial houses has pushed even self-employed cultivators of Orissa into dire poverty.

In this game of political hypocrisy, both Navin and the Congress party led by Sonia Gandhi are great collaborators.

The Central Government led by the Congress party is feeding the media with sumptuously funded advertisements to project that rice supply in this low rate is possible, because Prime Minister Man mohan Singh has allowed subsidy worth Rs.11 per Kg of rice for the poor peoples.

On this premise, Congress claims, Navin cannot claim credit entirely for himself.

Two-rupees-rice a ploy

It seems, both BJD and Congress are competing with each other in claiming credit for supply of rice in low price to the poor. But this difference is a stage-managed one to keep beyond easy public gaze their collaboration in protecting the interests of rich men.

BJD MP B.Panda Bilks Rs.32,000 crores
as BJD and Congress Act Together

As for example, together they have helped a rich politician of Orissa, Baijayant Panda, bilk the exchequer of Rs.32, 000 crores, an amount that far exceeds the amount spent on subsidy for rice.

Both Navin Patnaik and Man Mohan Singh have their own role in giving the benefit to Panda, who, otherwise, should have been forced to pay huge sum to Banks whose loans were standing unpaid.

After the matter was exposed, Panda had cited many instances of waiving up of Bank loans to huge numbers of greater defaulters at the discretion of the Government.

This shows that the Governments, both under Navin Patnaik and Mon mohan Singh are in habit of helping defaulters bilk the exchequer of several thousand crores of Rupees through organized waivers on Bank loans while trying to divert public attention from that by publicly competing with each oher to show as to how they have helped the poor in subsidizing the price of rice.

This is happening because under political hypocrisy, both Navin and Man mohan are shrewd partners, whose outwardly different but inwardly confluent purpose is serving the capitalists at the cost of the poor; to quote the latter’s Goebbles Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi in nuke deal context, “come what may”.

But why the other political parties that are contesting against BJD and Congress in Orissa are not raising the issue of this massive loot of exchequer on Panda’s account? Were it raised, the people, whose poverty is being used by Navin and Man mohan to pose as redeemers on the basis of subsidy on rice price, could have at least got a chance to compare the benefit they are getting vis-à-vis the benefit granted to a single industrialist.

This was essential in the context of the ensuing election. It even might have prompted peoples to reject the pro-poor picture both the BJD and the Congress are presenting of themselves. And perhaps, it could have helped the non-BJD, non-Congress parties. But why are they silent?

Their silence is factored by extended political hypocrisy.

Even the Communists co-operate

The BJP being the party of the Indian traders, it is not expected of it to discuss the Panda loan-waiver issue. In Orissa context, other parties, except the Communists, are yet to show that they are to be seriously taken. Then, why the Communists are silent?

This is because; the Communists have sided with the patron of POSCO in Orissa, Navin Patnaik!

They have, in fact, distress-sold their support to Navin as except him nobody in Orissa was financially sound to open his purse in the brothel of electoral ambition.

But they are hiding the truth and projecting this dating with the BJD autocrat as their contribution to curb communalism. This is another instance of political hypocrisy that affects our democracy.

Political Parties are required to run on political economies. Communalism does not constitute political economy. It is a cultural perversion that every political party in India is vitiated with. This perversion is produced by faith in God. Faith in God is created by inherent sense of insecurity. Sense of insecurity is generated by economic instability. Economic instability is shaped by private ownership of means of production. Private ownership of means of production is ensured, encouraged and enforced under political economy of capitalism. As long as capitalism is not defeated, communalism cannot be defeated. To support a factor of capitalism under plea of opposing communalism is a political folly that the communists have now fallen into under the canopy of extended political hypocrisy.

This hypocrisy needs be defeated. This is needed to save our democracy.

ACTIVE INDIVIDUALS IN ORISSA POLITICS PRESENTLY PREFER BJP

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Active individuals in Orissa politics are eager to join BJP in the context of Election 2009.

Repentant for having spent so much energy for a party that has turned into a body of Sonia factotums and a launching pad of American interest, Sri Tara Prasad Bahinipati, who was markedly the most vociferous member of Congress in the outgoing Orissa Assembly, has resigned from its primary membership and has joined the BJP.

Uma Ballav Rath, the lone crusader against Navin misrule in the district of Puri is leaving Congress in protest against factotumism. BJP being a party run on internal democracy, he is trying to make his tryst with it.

Amongst all political activists of Orissa Bijay Mohapatra is a noted name, who, despite being a founder member of BJD, was dismissed by Navin simply because he had refused to accept Navin Patnaik’s personal hegemony over the collective body. He has joined BJP after his party NCP allied with Navin.

Ms. Archana Nayak, who was a BJD Member of Parliament in the outgoing Loksabha and known from her student days as a person dedicated to the cause she takes up, has joined BJP.

The list is long and rising.

But note worthy is, when politicians with a sense of self-respect are resigning from Congress and BJD is trying to catch as much of them as possible but getting only the sophomores, seasoned politicians and veterans of hustings are joining only the BJP.

Communists have become such a laughing stuff after seeking refuge under the POSCO pillar Navin Patnaik that not a single political fellow worth mention is even looking at them.

This is worrisome for the progressive peoples; but in context of election 2009, this is the realty.

IF DEMOCRACY IS TO BE SAVED, BJP IS TO BE HELPED

FACTORS OF POLITICAL FACTOTUMISM MUST BE DEFEATED

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

India is in the battlefield to save her democracy. It can be saved only if Election 2009 rejects political factotumism.

All the political parties except the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the left parties are parties of political factotums.

The non-BJP and non-Left parties have no internal democracy. They of course have their respective party constitutions and on provisions thereof, committees like working committee or political affairs committee etc. But these are only contrived to show that they honor democracy and therewith to hoodwink the election commission and the gullible peoples of this country. In reality, individuals own them. The factotums claiming to be members of any of these parties call their masters or owners as high command; but the media has developed the habit of describing the owner of such a party as supremo. A supremo or the high command appoints any of his or her faithful factotums to any post in the party at any point of time and the person so appointed feels no shame in celebrating the said appointment. K.P.Singhdeo’s proud assertion, after being “appointed” President of Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee, that he is a Sainik of Sonia provides us with an instant instance.

There are only two political ideologies in the world: Capitalism and Socialism. In India, BJP has its real creed in Capitalism (in Indian language, Punjivad), the Left parties in Socialism (Samajvad). Political Science recognizes these two isms as isms of democracy (Ganatantra). Hence we can say, Punjivad and Samajvad, notwithstanding difference in application, are applied form of Ganatantravad (Democratism). But the Congress and its descendants like Trinamul Congress, Rastravadi Congress etc and individual outfits like the Biju Janata Dal of Orissa do not belong to any of these two ideologies. Their common character suggests that they have developed Factotumism, which in Indian language can best be called Golamvad.

Election 2009 has called upon the citizens of India to choose any of the two isms: Democratism and Factotumism. To say if they support Ganatantravad or they support Golamvad.

If India is to be saved, Ganatantravad is to b supported and Golamvad is to be discarded.

In other words, in the present context, if India is to be saved, BJP is to be supported. This is unavoidable for a democrat, as the other practitioners of democracy, the Left Parties, have established that they are too confused to be relied upon.

The allegation of communalism raised against the BJP is not relevant; because every political party in India is communal.

Communalism is display of personal religious preference in public. Any display of religious symbols or manners in public that may not match with the religious practice of everybody in the society is communalism. Why a Manmohan Singh displays his turban in the public? Just to project himself as a Sikh. This is communalism. Why a Navin Patnaik starts electioneering from the citadel of Sri Jagannath? Just to display that he is loyal to the Almighty of Sri Mandira in whom the peoples of Orissa find the unending stream to quench all their religious thirst. Is he not communal? Who of the Communists have opposed public worship of Durga or Kali in Kolkata? Are they secular? Or conversely, are they not communal?

So communalism is not the crux of concern at the moment.

The crux of concern is whether India shall stay a democracy.

India cannot survive as a democracy if political parties afflicted with supremo-syndrome occupy power. The factors and practitioners of factotumism must be kept away from power to ensure that democracy is put in hands of parties that practice democracy in their own organization.

In view of this, Communists having forfeited their credibility by shameless hobnobbing with agents of imperialism, Manmohan Singh yesterday and Navin Patnaik today, the only available practitioner of democracy in India is BJP.

And hence, if democracy is to be saved, in Election 2009, BJP is to be helped and helped by all the progressive people so that post-elections, it may morally distance itself from Arun Shouries and Pramod Mahajans and discard the plutocratic tenets that the Congress party under Sonia Gandhi with Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister has crippled the country with.

SOMANATH CHATTERJEE: INDIVIDUAL VERSUS COLLECTIVE CONSCIENCE

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Loksabha Speaker Somanath Chatterjee has again said that in rejecting party line in the nuke deal with USA issue, he has acted in accordance with his conscience.

Everybody acts according to his or her conscience. Even a criminal acts according to dictates of his/her conscience and never finds any fault therein until censored by collective conscience of the society.

Individual conscience is questionable. Politicians know this better than any. Therefore they organize themselves into political parties based on collective wisdom of individual members of their respective classes, lest personally they may fail to act properly.

In critical conditions individuals tend to act as they like, often improperly, behind the curtain of their personal conscience. This adversely affects the common purpose.

In a political party free pursuit of personal conscience culminating in improper acts creates anarchy. Hence collective conscience whips the individual and in the floor of the Parliament or Assembly this whip is known as Party Whip, which, if dishonored, leads to termination of membership of the person concerned from the concerned House.

Speaker Somanath Chatterjee, honored as India’s best Parliamentarian after Indrajit Gupta of CPI, knows this and hence he knows that in Parliamentary party politics individual conscience is not allowed to dishonor the collective conscience of the party one belongs to.

Hence it is sad that he is harping on importance of his individual conscience vis-à-vis the collective conscience of CPM that had put him in the Speaker’s chair.

Communists had contributed their might of so many decades long organizational excellence to make him shine as the speaker of Indian Loksabha; but after becoming the speaker, he took so little a time to shun the communists.

Power. How baffling are its manners!

However, from this the communists should learn a lesion. Any alliance with class enemies leads only to loss of class commitment and weakens the struggle of the proletariat.

Communists everywhere, irrespective of the attire they ware, must appreciate that no sentinel of the working class should be allowed to act according to individual conscience to the detriment of collective conscience formulated by the collective leadership of the party they belong to.

Individual conscience militating against collective conscience is questionable conscience and is blatantly harmful to harmony amongst the peoples who dedicate themselves to the cause of the proletariat with a common commitment.

There should be no doubt over the basic truth that war against class enemies cannot be won by tolerating individual assertions against collective wisdom in an army of the working class, anywhere anytime.

So this can be safely said that the CPM has done the best thing by dismissing Chatterjee from the party, obviously holding his individual conscience as a questionable conscience.