Writings on the walls be read instead of finding fault with the police

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Police is being accused of laxity in Chief Minister’s security after students and youth leaders hurled eggs at him in course of a black flag demonstration when he was on his way to Utkal University today to attend a function.

The demonstration was so sudden that the Police Commissionerate could not have the slightest smell of it. Who is responsible for the lapse is being investigated into.

But the fact is fact. The Chief Minister had to face the wrath of the people, howsoever marginal that be. Elements of Congress are claiming credit, but that does not matter. The demonstrators were carriers of public displeasure over continuous misrule. It is relevant to note that hundreds of young educated unemployed persons were demonstrating today against government’s blatant failure in keeping its pledge to feel up vacant posts. A striking allegation was that during the last ten years, the government has failed to hold competitive examination for State Civil Services or for Government Colleges. Naveen Patnaik is eager to serve avaricious interest of private industrialists, but has no mind for providing employment to Orissa’s educated youth, they were crying before the cameras. In such a climate, hurling eggs at the CM might have come from somebody such affected.

Even ruling party members today came down heavily upon Naveen babu’s government that has subjugated governance by people’s representative to overlordship of bureaucracy. Clealy, the administration is collapsing. Public wrath is increasing.

Misrule is giving birth to anarchy.Police security to CM and action against some police officials for laxity in his security will not end the anarchy. Today’s black flag demonstration and egg hurling have inscribed handwritings on the wall. The same should be read before it is too late.

Left Parties in Orissa Protest Against Anti-People Hike in Petrol Price

The left parties in Orissa have raised strong protests against the anti-people hike in petrol price.

The people are so angry over the hike that the parties that are
bedfellows of the profiteers are also making dramas of demonstration against the price rise.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Several of the kings in pre-independence India specifically in Orissa were so tyrant that they had imposed on the people they were torturing a tax called PITUNI KARA which was a fine in cash for being beaten. The masses ultimately woke up against such tyranny and the kings were so thrashed that they had to abdicate their thrones and merge their States in independent India.

When Congress misrule surpassed the limits, in several States in India, people refused to grant a fresh mandate to this party of the factotums of Nehru family in 1967 and thus in Orissa, one of the former kings, R.N.Singhdeo managed to form a ministry in coalition with Jan Congress, comprising Congress members opposed to Nehru family hegemony. Corruption in the state acquired elite status and defamation of political opponents and victimization of bureaucrats who did not dance to the tune of the CM’s proteges became the norms of the day. Hypocrisy stood for administration. And, as people got disillusioned, protests galore, Singhdeo with many ex-kings in his segment of the coalition, wanted PITUNI TAX to be imposed on areas where organized resistance to what he called governance, was discernible. It was strongly resented to in Orissa. Fissure in the coalition grew and the Jan Congress withdrew from the coalition. Government collapsed. People refused to give mandate to Singhdeo. Like a house of cards, his party – the Swatantra Party – also collapsed and got obliterated from political sky of India.

Emboldened by repeated return to power, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who by sheer misuse of power has reduced Orissa to a Bijudom by naming and renaming utmost majority of public institutes and welfare projects after his father Biju Patnaik with himself as its preening prince, has revived the PITUNI TAX of the kings’ concept, as informed, exploited and tortured people in rising numbers in every segment of society are demonstrating their protests against ongoing misrule.

This time, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is being used as the medium of this punishment to still even the still small voices.

It would be wrong not to say that, in Orissa, the Governments in succession have gone against the people to please private industries and traders who prosper at the cost of the masses, as thereby, they, who run the Government, fetch fabulous financial gain.

In the process, people have been left at the mercy of exploiters and a climate of oppression and opportunism has engulfed administration pushing the entire working class – both in public and private sector – and self-employed ones – mostly in agriculture sector – into colonized condition. Naturally, people must protest.

One of the governments, run by J.B.Patnaik, sensing that protests in front of the citadel of power would obviously be by the well-informed ones and hence of immense impact, had contrived a method of obstructing all such protests against misrule and all possible campaigns for any alternative, by converting the vast open space kept by the original planners in front of the State Secretariat for such democratic activities, to a park named after Indira Gandhi after her demise. People of Orissa, after that, like they had thrown down Singhdeo to dustbin of time, thrashed the Congress out of office.

But, since the conversion of the democracy point to Indira Gandhi Park, despite the Governments’ insistence that people should express their concerns and/or protests in the Janata Maidan, away from the Secretariat, victims of government apathy and injustice were using the boulevards adjacent to the said park, spanning in front of the Sate Assembly up to the Master canteen square, to demonstrate their protests. Rallies and Dharana demonstrations were also being staged by the general public in expression of solidarity with the victims such as the ones conducted when the Naveen Patnaik Government became a butcher in Kalinga Nagar or its police became protector of the rapists in Pipili.

Naveen has now enhanced JB’s restrictive tactics against voices of mass conscience by imposing a PITUNI TAX in a different form.

Be it noted that the Government of Orissa rules from the City of Bhubaneswar. And, the City is run by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation that lives under the pleasure of the Urban Development Department of the Government. Though managed on records by an elected body of ward representatives headed by a Mayor, the BMC is controlled by the Government through Laws enacted and enforced by it, through Government instructions and notifications leashing or unleashing its activities and through Government officers that administer it.

Now, this BMC has been used to tax the demonstrators to the tune of Rs.1000/- for staging their demonstration with the rider that the amount shall be recovered with penalty from leader(s)/organizer(s) of demonstration(s) if the tax amount is not paid in advance.

We mark that the Communist Party of India has staged a protest demonstration in front of the BMC office while demanding instant withdrawal of the new version of PITUNI TAX.

We deem it proper to warn the Government that if ventilation of people’s resentment against misrule is thus obstructed, the inevitable outburst of the tortured people’s wrath would be too sharp for the administration to overcome. From the former kings of Orissa who had imposed PITUNI KARA on their subjects to the former ruler of Balangir who in the attire of Orissa’s Chief Minister had taken steps to enforce PITUNI TAX, to a former journalist who had become the first CM to rule the State for a decade – all were thrashed to the dustbin by people of Orissa for having used devices to obstruct their voice against misrule. If Naveen fails to learn, it would be his mistake. This tax cannot be but anything other than a fine for being misruled in Orissa! It is better for Naveen to take note of it.

Historic Rally Against the Rape Raj: OGS Submits Memorandum to Governor In Absentia

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP), in its principled fight to protect freedom of press from nefarious design of the Minister hailing from Pipili where gang rape of a dalit girl by politically pampered crooks has driven her into coma, has earned unreserved support from patriotic persons of Orissa active in politico-social spectrum in the State.

A protest rally, from which the ruling party stayed away although the Pipili felony is too serious for politicians with concern for the people to stay away, despite obstructions created on its way by the police, gave the Governor a memorandum in absentia against the administration siding with the rapists.

The MUFP initiative has given birth to Orissa Gana Samaj under which banner the rally was organized on 16 January 2012. After the rally, it reviewed the outcome of the peaceful  demonstration participated by nine opposition political parties, social activists, poets, artists, lawyers, intellectuals, women organizations,  youth organization etc. in protest against the Pipili Gang Rape.

Representatives of Congress, BJP, CPI, CPI (M), CPI (ML) Liberation, CPI (ML), Forward Block, Samajbadi Party , Odisha Nagaraik Samaj, Chasimulaia Adivasi Sangh,Save Odisha Forum, CITU, Basti Surakhya Manch attended the review meeting and expressed their satisfaction over success of today’s  protest march and congratulated all for the success of the historic rally in which members of all opposition parties had participated.

The review meeting resolved that Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das, the joint
conveners of the Gana Samaj would brief the media about the various programs of the Samaj .

It was decided to send a team on behalf of the Gana Samaja to the village of the rape victim  to meet her family members and extend support to them.

The meeting also resolved to organize demonstrations in Cuttack on 21st January, in Sambalpur on 24th January and in Berhampur on 27th to protest against the Pipili gang rape incident.

It was also decided to appeal all political parties and civil society organizations to organize dharana and  hunger strike all over the State near statues of Mahatma Gandhi on  30th January ,2012.

It was further resolved to press upon  the Orissa Government to immediately implement the Supreme Court Guidelines on Section 3 and 4 of the S.C.S.T. Act. 1989.

Earlier, at 10.30 the protest rally had started from the Station Square as per its announced program.

For the first time in the history of Orissa political luminaries from all non-BJD parties had joined the rally without party flags, the Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) being the originator of the current protest.

The Government fidgeting in fear of the unprecedented public support to MUFP initiative against threat to freedom of Press from the Minister representing Pipili, refused to allow the rally have a Sit-in-Dharana in front of the Governor House and instead had insisted that the rally should return to the starting spot though the AG square.

But, in the AG square, the police tried to stop the march that further exposed the government’s anti-people and anti-democracy attitude.

The determined demonstrators drafted a delegation to the Raj Bhawan under leadership of the two MUFP leaders Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das, who also are joint conveners of the Gana Samaj to give a memorandum to the Governor.

Here is the copy of the memorandum, signed, besides the MUFP leaders, by delegates of the political parties and civil society organizations and submitted to the Governor in Raj Bhawan in absentia:

Shri Muralidhar Chadrakant Bhandare
Honourable Governor
Odisha State,
Raj Bhavan,

Respected Rajyapalji,

With deep shock and utter disbelief we the concerned citizens of Odisha would like to bring to your kind notice yet another fact which would shake and shatter any citizen’s minimum faith in the government and administrative system of the day. The Government has turned out to be nightmare for women of the state and this  has been abundantly
proved in the Pipli gang rape case and all other rape cases reported from across the state.

A dalit girl who could gather the courage to depose before the court in a rape case committed by powerful local elements with ruling party affiliations three years latter herself becomes a victim of gang rape and attempt to murder by the same forces. Not only that, the earlier victim also has mysteriously died giving rise to speculation of a well
thought out murder and not suicide as officially stated. The incidence that occurred on November 28, 2011 causing the gang rape and attempt to murder of the dalit girl who was witness to the rape of 2008 was also part a criminal conspiracy. In both  cases the complicity of the police  has been exposed. The way the police handled the whole case in the last three years and  the way the state run hospitals behaved with a dying victim of rape could no more be kept away from public eyes. The role of the local M.L.A, and Minister for Agriculture has come under strong suspicion.

Without wasting any further time as presumably you are aware of the developments in the Pipli gang rape case we would like to put forth the following demands with the expectation that as head of state in odisha you will kindly intervene at the earliest and put a check on the erosion of faith in the criminal justice of the State.

1. The dalit rape and attempt to murder victim of Pipli must be provided with all medical support and her recovery must be ensured keeping in mind the terrible reality that her death may destroy all hopes for punishing the criminals and criminalized political elements.

 She must be provided with a well proof security cover as there is always a threat to her life.
3. All ruling party elements connected with the crime/accused to be having links with the criminals must immediately be arrested and put behind bar.

4. Instaed of Crime Branch of the State Government , the case should be handed over to the  CBI for  investigation immediately.

5. All rape cases/gang rape cases in the state must be reviewed by an independent body and cases closed before judicial verdicts must be reopened.

6. All rape victims must be enabled to lead a normal life and they must be adequately rehabilitated including the Pipli gang rape victim.

7. Those who have died/got killed/committed suicide next of their kith and kin must be financially compensated.


When pictures and placards silently speak aloud, there was no necessity for the forum of professional media persons of Orissa – Media Unity for Freedom of Press – to use amplifiers in the historic demonstration it organized this forenoon before the Assembly on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg. See, where chief minister Navin Patnaik has landed Orissa, the land that had pioneered freedom of Press through specific legislation!

We place here these speaking pictures with a hope that they may help Navin wake up to the calls of democracy.