Naxals in Judicial Wisdom

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

“The poor and the deprived people revolt” when “manifest injustices of all forms perpetrated against the weak”, the Supreme Court of India had observed in what is famous as “Salwa Judam” judgment. It had held, “People do not take up arms, in an organized fashion, against the might of the State, or against fellow human beings without rhyme or reason. Guided by an instinct for survival, and according to Thomas Hobbes, a fear of lawlessness that is encoded in our collective conscience, we seek an order. However, when that order comes with the price of dehumanization, of manifest injustices of all forms perpetrated against the weak, the poor and the deprived people revolt… … …”

But the very same fellows who have never condemned Nathuram Godse for having cold-bloodedly murdered Mahatma Gandhi, while demanding death for killers of so-called Swami and Saraswati Laxmananand, whose acts of religious revivalism had breached communal harmony in Kandhamal in such acrimonious velocity that a mayhem had to get rid of him at the cost of peace and tranquility in that beloved land of tribal magnanimity, have been condemning the “the poor and the deprived people” when they “revolt’, their leadership that the Naxals/Maoists constitute.

Laxmananand’s extinguishment forms the crux of a Judicial Enquiry headed presently by a former Judge of Orissa High Court, Justice Naidu. Yet, the Godse admirers and their allies in the pro-rich administration – always eager to perpetrate State-terrorism on progressive people – are one in condemning the opponents of caste-divide in Hindu society in general and Orissa’s icon of modern revolution Sabyasachi Panda in particular, for the homicidal death of the Hindu sectarian leader who was executing a mission of conversion of vulnerable people from other religions to Hindu, oblivious of how Indian Constitution was being denuded of its spirit thereby, even though the commission of enquiry is yet to find out who really was responsible for the death of Laxmananand.
It may so happen, if the Commission of Enquiry acts without any bias, Justice Naidu, who has wanted Sabysachi Panda to be produced before him for study of his role, if any, in the murder and its environment he is inquiring into, may held Laxmananand responsible for his own death.

But, the Godseites have been trying to obstruct the process of free thinking of Justice Naidu by shrouding the Judicial Commission with clouds of libretto that the Naxala/Maoists are criminals.

Had it been so, people would never have punished Manmohan Singh

There was a Prime Minister of India in Manmohan Singh whose Americanism was so shamelessly anti-Nasxals that the people of India have avenged their ruin by throwing his party to such filthy depth of the dustbin of electoral politics that the Congress, despite all its cries before its party-planted President, has been rightly found too stoutly rejected by the people to claim the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, had described the left revolutionaries as “left viruses”. People have punished him and the Congress for this nasty conduct, though in their anxiety to get rid of the Congress they had become so rash that they are yet to extricate themselves from another set-up of supporters of FDI in India, which the middleclass opportunists and ultra-high-rich combine, has brought into power in a climate of conglomeration of rich media and religious revivalism. Lest the Supreme Judiciary, known for its free thinking so far, becomes a hurdle, the new set-up has already taken steps to make it easier for the pro-rich elements entering into the high benches. Yet, it looks pertinent to see what the Naxals are in the wisdom of the supreme Judiciary.

In the eyes of the Supreme Judiciary

In trying to locate the reasons of the growth of Naxal movement, wherein tribal youths are conspicuous by their participation, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in ‘Nandini Sundar v. State of Chhattisgarh’ (AIR 2011 SC 2839), have noted: “Many of these tribal youngsters, on account of the violence perpetrated against them, or their kith and kin and others in the society in which they live, have already been dehumanized. To have feelings of deep rage, and hatred, and to suffer from the same is a continuation of the condition of dehumanization. The role of a responsible society, and those who claim to be concerned of their welfare, which the State is expected to under our Constitution, ought to be one of creating circumstances in which they could come back or at least tread the path towards normalcy, and a mitigation of their rage, hurt, and desires for vengeance” (Para 52).

At Para 71 the Court further observed, “As we remarked earlier, the fight against Maoist/Naxalite violence cannot be conducted purely as a mere law and order problem to be confronted by whatever means the State can muster. The primordial problem lies deep within the socio-economic policies pursued by the State on a society that was already endemically, and horrifically, suffering from gross inequalities”.

In the eyes of the Father of Indian Constitution

“We must remove the contradiction (this gross inequality) at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up”, Dr. Ambedkar, father of the Constitution had warned while replying to the last debates on the draft Constitution (Constituent Assembly Debates, Volume 8, p.279).

The Supreme Court, in their observation quoted above had to so observe, as the gross inequality between the Indians divided in two parts – the meager numbers of the rich and the massive numbers of the poor – instead of being removed, has become more savagely severe.

As Naxal/Maoist movement has grown against this background, agents of imperialism in power have made rigorous laws like Act No 15 of 2002 that equates the Naxal/Maoists with terrorist and applies the Act to them with retrospective effect.

But, by enactment of this act, the Supreme Court verdict cited supra is not denuded of its wisdom and Dr. Ambedkar’s words of their wise relevance.

Human conscience cannot be suppressed by Laws of Intimidation, whosoever in power frames and enforces them.

Revolutionaries were there, who brought us freedom.

Revolutionaries are there who dare State-terror to bring us emancipation.

Revolutionaries will be there, on whom shall depend people’s liberation from the yokes of exploitation.

And, in true judicial wisdom, not the exploiters, but the ones suffering for saving the people from exploitation, shall always have the right place of importance.

Therefore, despite draconian Laws equating politico-economic revolutionaries with cross-border and communal terrorists, in Judicial wisdom, as per Justice K. S. Ahluwallia of Calcutta High Court. “Naxalism or Maoism is a political movement wedded to violence and the participants thereof are political offenders”, not criminals.

Interpretation of Laws in various Courts by various Judges may differ, but judicial wisdom uttered in cases of politico-economic relevance, such as the ‘Salwa Judam’ and ‘Political prisoners’ cases, cannot be viewed as anything but expressed wisdom in matter of social and politico-economic developmental perspective.

One is to decide how to read between the lines.

Shameless Srikant, ashamed Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Self-seekers who join politics always hanker after power and change from party to party if that helps them fetch ministerial berths. The party they enter into feels burdened with them; but they survive there by ingratiating themselves with the top leader of that party and showing more aggressiveness against its rival political parties, specifically against the party they leave behind. These self-seekers have no self-respect and they tolerate any insult the party of their refuge – earlier embarrassed because of them – inflicts. Srikant Jena is no different.

He has more experience as a minister than some of the cabinet colleagues of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. With the experience of handling important departments like Industry and Urban Development in Orissa in the last part of 1980s, he rendered his services as Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industry, Agro and Rural Industries in 1990 and after a gap with parliamentary assignments as Janata Dal’s Chief Whip, he again joined the Union Ministry as Cabinet Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism.

It was, therefore, expected that, when, despite anti-Congress wave in the State, he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009, the Congress, for which he had deserted the Janata Dal, would offer him a cabinet berth that he deserved. But Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his extra-constitutional boss Sonia Gandhi wanted to offend Orissa by appointing him as a mere Minister of State, because Orissa had rejected the Congress. It was a direct assault on Oriya mana. Srikant should have refused to accept the position. But shamelessly he accepted and joined as Union Minister of State, Chemicals and Fertilizers. In the last part of 2011, he was allowed to work independently and later put in charge of Statistics and Program Implementation which he had to relinquish in October 2012. Sans any grumble he stayed satisfied with his stultification. He failed to understand that thereby Orissa was embarrassed.

Congress Party has further embarrassed Orissa in the last reshuffle of Singh’s cabinet. When a more deserving MP like Orissa’s former Chief Minister Hemanand Biswal hailing from the tribal community was not even considered for a cabinet berth, Jena was made to make a farce of himself by acquiescing into the PM’s reluctance to elevate him to the cabinet. It was a deliberate design of Sonia-Singh combine to reject Orissa’s claim for representation in the Union Cabinet as thereby the POSCO pal Naveen Patnaik is to politically gain. We have, in these pages, time and again shown, how the Congress high-command has been helping Naveen to stay in power in Orissa in order to help imperialism continue to have a docile servant as Chief Minister in the land of fabulous mines and natural wealth. The same motive of Sonia-Singh combine manifested in keeping Jena out of consideration for a cabinet berth in the last expansion of the Union cabinet. Had he even an iota of self-respect or shame, he should have resigned in protest. But to him, staying docile to the Congress autocrat is more important than staying loyal to Oriya mana.

He is shameless, but for him, Orissa is ashamed.

Despite difference in banners, they are of the same feathers

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A person, who, sans any sacrifice for the people and their motherland, gets enthroned as the Prime Minister or a Chief Minister in a democracy in a situation of paucity of befitting claimants, may rule over the gullible people with sycophants blowing trumpets in his/her praise without stoppage; but it is a must that democracy shall stop breathing under that very undeserving person because of machinations he/she must have to employ to thrive on the throne; and because of emergence of plutocracy in the resultant environment.

Both the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Chief Minister of Orissa Sri Naveen Patnaik belong to this category.

Both of them were placed in power by political midwives in peculiar situations of paucity of claimants and have continued to bag power, term after term, despite blatant misrule in every term.

Both of them have served foreign interest more than they have shown any honest concern for the indigenous toiling masses.

Both of them have given reigns of scams and unleashed State terror to suppress voices of protests.

Both of them have partnered in worsening the miseries of the common people through their pro-rich policies.

When only 150 Indians posses wealth in the range of USD 500 million to USD 999 millions, and only 109 billionaires in the country control 20.5% of the total fortune the ultra wealthy segment comprising 7,730 individuals posses according to World Ultra Wealth Report, 2012-13 by Wealth-X, the UNESCO report on nutrition has exposed that 20% of children under years of five suffer from wasting due to acute undernourishment in India where live one-third of the world’s wasted children. The report has further shown that 43% of Indian children under 5 are underweight and 48% are stunted due to chronic undernourishment. India accounts for more than 3 out of every 10 stunted children of the world, the report has shown.

The Prime Minister had to confess while releasing the HUNGaMA report on hunger and malnutrition on January 10, 2012 that “Despite impressive growth in our GDP, the level of under-nourishment in the country is unacceptably high. We have also not succeeded in reducing this rate fast enough” (PIB 10.01.12).

The HUNGaMA report released by Dr. Singh has also shown that in Orissa, in all the districts surveyed except only one, have much more than the national average of 48% of the children bellow 5 that are stunting. In districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, and Gajapati percentage of underweight children below 5 are much more than national average of 48%.

So, both Dr. Singh and Sri Patnaik know that their misrule has ruined the people and pushed massive majority of our children below five years of age to severe malnourishment while helping the rich comprising a very small number as shown above grab India’s national wealth.

They know that under the rule of the rich,which each of them has promulgated, the people have lost their purchasing power and unless they are supplied with highly subsidized rice, they would die of starvation.

And, lest massive starvation deaths, inevitable in the climate of starvation they have created, exposes how harmful is the economic policy they have been practicing, a condition of slow starvation was contrived to replace the condition of starvation, by ensuring supply of rice at Rs.2/- per kg.

But the people are so ruined that it was soon realized that they have no financial ability to purchase rice even at Rs.2/- per kg.

Therefore, Naveen has reduced the rate of rice to rupee one per kg in Orissa, which Manmohan is eventually to promulgate in the national level to escape censor for his harmful economic policy and to cultivate votes in 2014 by using the magic of meretricious sympathy for the wretched which the savagely subsidized rice is expected to weave.

You may find in these pages, discussions galore about their misdeeds. Will you, dear readers, wake up to save our fellow beings from the pernicious network of undeserving politicians like these two when our country offers us the opportunity to do so in the coming general elections?

India needs it now

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Maoism is not a mission of murder, but a means of emancipation. The people who pose as Maoists do not appear to have understood this.

In writing the introduction to M.R.Masani’s famous book: ‘The Communist Party of India – A Short History’ (Derek Verschoyle, London, 1954), Guy Wint had mentioned of the two different political systems India and China had adopted in the initial stage and how economic achievement may justify which of the two systems is correct.

I am tempted to quote a few lines from the same.

“The contemporary history of Asis is strongly dramatic. In the two great land masses, India and china, new orders of government and society came into existence within two years of one another. In India, the Congress State succeeded the British Raj in 1947. In China two years later the Communist Party became master of the whole country, and dedicated it to the principles of Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism as interpreted by Mao Tse-Tung.

“The systems in India and China are opposite poles……………….India the great example of liberalism in Asia, China the first full-fledged example of Asian Communism”. Despite this contrast, “They have one characteristic in common. In neither can it be the aim of government simply to keep an existing social machine in smooth function. In each country the urgent need is for a radical transformation; and the governments are under immense pressure to make themselves responsible for bringing this about. The bane of both countries is poverty and technical and industrial backwardness. The demand of all the educated classes is that this state of affairs should be brought to an end. They want their countries modernized, made strong in relation to other countries, and equipped with industry. They want to end for ever the familiar sights of Asian penury – the beggar, the under-nurished masses, the hovels and slums, the dirt, disease and squalor.

“Inevitably and without intention, India and China have become symbols of the different methods by which economic and social change may be brought about. ………………….“Whichever country shows the more impressive economic progress, India or China, is likely to be accepted as the social, and perhaps the political, leader of Asia”.

China has unambiguously emerged the leader. Her success in economy is so bright and high, and her share in markets of the world is so huge and dominant that not only in Asia but also in the global economic sky she is shining as a leading star.

But India has remained the country of “contradiction” whereinto she had entered on January 26, 1950 on becoming a republic.

“On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradiction”, the author of the Constitution Dr. B. R. Ambedkar had confessed in his concluding speech in reply to the debates on the third reading of the Draft Constitution before its adoption in the Constituent Assembly of India. Despite political equality offered through the right to vote of equal value, right to private property ensured by the Constitution was bound to legalize inequality in economic structure. He had, therefore, warned that unless the post-British Government steers the Parliament to be elected by the people through universal franchise to wipe out concentration of wealth in individual hands in order to undo the inequality, “those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up”, he had told the country.(Constituent Assembly Debates, Vol.XI,p.979).

The post-British government failed to steer the Parliament to remove this inequality and therefore the country has been pushed further into the very same contradictions Dr. Ambedkar had warned about. As a result, India has become a country of concentration of wealth in only a few hands and a country of wretched poverty for the maximum majority.

Economic inequality, which Dr. Ambedkar had admitted in the Constituent Assembly to have been woven in the Constitution created by representatives not chosen by the general public but placed in the CA by special arrangement in the pre-independence environment, and which, he had strongly wanted to be quashed by the first Parliament elected by the people, failing which the democracy provided for in the Constitution would eventually be destroyed by victims of inequality, has instead of being quashed, increased many fold after independence. Wealth of the country, money the people pay in form of tax and land revenue, have gone into the hands of the schemers, scamsters, swindlers,trade and industry operators by the help of the compradors who have grabbed political power and transformed Indian democracy to plutocracy with the media controlled by the rich class keeping mum and foreign intelligence agencies generating for them the necessary climate in this country of gullible people overpowered by political sycophants and communal maniacs.

The country has come to such a sorry state that farmers are committing suicides to escape ignominy of inability to repay their loans and mothers are distress-selling their babies to eke out a little food for themselves while nurturing a hope against hope that the sold away babies me get a little nourishment in new environments!

National shame

“This is a national shame”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had cried while releasing the Hunger and Malnutrition (HUNGaMA) report (2012) prepared by the Naandi Foundation, prepared on in-depth study in 112 districts of the country, that tells us how 42 per cent of our children are underweight and 58 per cent are stunted by the age of 24 months due to malnutrition. The country is running in such a fashion that, 92 per cent mothers have never heard the word ‘malnutrition’, the report has exposed. But Dr. Singh was not ashamed of his role in dragging India into this sordid state of malnutrition.

As far back as in 1989 Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze had written in Hunger and Public Action that about four million people die every year in India from malnutrition and related causes.

This biting tragedy was again focussed in a report of the UNISEF, which, in using NFHS 3, 2005-2006 data, had observed: “In India 20 per cent of children under five years of age suffer from wasting due to acute undernutrition. More than one third of the world’s children who are wasted live in India. Forty three per cent of Indian children under five years are underweight and 48 per cent (i.e. 61 million children) are stunted due to chronic undernutrition, India accounts for more than 3 out of every 10 stunted children in the world”.

But the government’s deliberate apathy to such observations and relentless support to the swindlers of the national wealth has so devastated the people that highly subsidized rice supplied to them at the rate of Rs.2 per Kilogram has become the only way to halt mass starvation deaths.The sad scenario has further deteriorated. The Government has comprehended that the people have not even the ability to pay Rs.2 only per Kg for the subsidized rice, as a result of which a State like Orissa has reduced the rate to rupee one.

Why has it happened?

This has happened; because, the compradors in power have helped their masters grab the national assets.

Wealth-X observation

The Press Trust of India quoting Wealth-X has reported on September 17, 2012 that there are only109 persons in India who represent the top 1.4 per cent of the Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) population, and control 20.5 per cent of the total fortune attributable to the ultra wealthy segment comprising 7730 super rich individuals that have grabbed the country.

This concentration of wealth in the coffers of a tiny class of the rich has pushed maximum Indians into a state of abysmal poverty, and wretchedness, and slow-starvation and starvation deaths.

Two Indias even in the eyes of the Apex Court

Marking this sordid scenario, Justice Dalveer Bhandari of the Supreme Court of India had to cry on April 21, 2011 in course of a hearing over a petition from the People’s Union for Civil Liberty in matter of public distribution system that the wrong policies of the Government of India has divided the country into two: a small India of the rich and a large India of the poor. From the bench comprising besides him Justice Deepak Verma, he told the Additional Solicitor General, “You cannot have two Indias”, which gave vent to how the apex judiciary is also worried over the misfortune the people of India have been pushed into by the Governments.

Multi-dimensional poverty estimates

International observers of disasters afflicting the people because of anti-people economic policies are also of the same opinion. One such observation available in multi-dimensional poverty estimates developed for UN Development Program by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) in 2010 holds that eight of Indian States – Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal – have more pathetic poor people than the 26 poorest African nations, even though all these Indian States are immensely rich in hardworking manpower, natural resources and intellectual activities. They are such poor because only of exploitation that the rich is perpetrating by the help of their agents in power.

Malnutrition is not a matter of India alone. Even USA and other rich countries have this problem, howsoever marginal be it.

But we will like to see where India and China stand in this matter, specifically as both the countries, to recall Guy Wint quoted supra, had suggested which of the two – political economy of liberalism adopted by India and political economy of Maoism adopted by China – at the initial stage of their emergence as independent countries, would be considered correct on basis of tackling economic backwardness and elimination of hunger.

India and China in worldwide survey

The World Health Organization helps us in this regard. After a worldwide survey, it has put India in the high level of mortality due to malnutrition in comparison with China putting India’s malnutrition death rate at 5.9 as against China’s 1.2 (WTO data 2011).

This establishes that the political economy of liberalism India had adopted and is more vigorously practicing in the present regime has failed and political economy of Maoism that China had adopted and is practicing has succeeded.

Wrong is transforming Maoism to mission of murder

So, there is no wrong in trying to replace India’s present economic policy with Maoist policy.
But wrong is the menace the so-called Maoists are causing in India.

Their conduct is transforming political economy of Maoism into a mission of murder that majority of Indians, by nature addressed to peaceful coexistence, cannot countenance. Therefore their conduct is counterproductive to emancipatory revolution that India needs to build up so urgently to foil plutocracy.

The mission of murder has kept the Maoists isolated in mostly inaccessible forest areas far away from the educated mass, which should have been their strongest support base.

The strength

All over the world the persons of extraordinary erudition, persons of concern for human beings and their habitations, persons of responsible world outlook, persons of perseverance in pursuit of world peace, persons of committed adherence to campaign against exploitation, persons stubbornly opposed to all sorts of oppression and discrimination, are the persons who support Communism.

But mission of murder is not acceptable to them. Those who identify themselves with Maoism, therefore, should shun the mission of murder that has kept them isolated and cultivate these support bases of Communism in right earnest. The world knows the success of China. And the world knows how capitalism is failing.

The weakness

Both the mainstream Communist parties – CPI and CPI(M) – and their so-called socialist allies, having appended themselves to power-grabbers and promulgators of plutocracy in India, have ruined their politico-class character and lost their credibility.

The exception

But Maoists are the exception. They have not run after parliamentary power so far. This is their greatest plus point.

The country needs their leadership to save herself from the labyrinth of plutocracy which, having no thirst for electoral power and no faith in the present electoral system, only they can provide. Only they can lead the real war of independence that so badly is necessary now.

Let them shun the mission of murder; the Indians who are desperately in search of the way to escape the pernicious net of the right viruses, will embrace them.

The only way and the necessity

Political economy of communism is the only way to emancipation. But, for that, necessary is political education, not the murderous bullets and bombs. They should only be used if the State obstructs such education. And to create the necessary environment to gain legitimacy to impart such political education on Economy of Communism, with arms and ammunitions stashed, Maoists must halt their mission of murder, even if that lands them in danger to their lives exactly as had happened to our freedom fighters in the British regime.

India needs this now.

Ceiling on Private Property Essential for Realization of Freedom Dreams: Subhas Chandra Pattanayak while addressing RRVM Annual Day

By A.K.Mohapatra

s.c.pattanayakEminent journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak repeated his old demand for creation of Law to put a ceiling on private wealth to save India from breaking down in inevitable war against socio-economic inequality.

He was speaking as the chief speaker on the occasion of the annual function of Radhanath Rath Vigyan Mahavidyalaya and observation of 116th birthday of the late lamented leader and journalist, at Khuntuni of Athgarh, his birthplace, on 6 December 2012.

Recalling Dr. Rath’s role in freedom movement, he said that the freedom fighters had only one dream. That dream was emancipation of people from the labyrinth of political, social and economic subjugation. That dream can be realized to a greater extent if ceiling on private wealth is promulgated, he said.

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The Khuntuni College having been named after Dr. Rath, Sri Pattanayak recalled him in context of education.

Quoting from Rath’s address, as education minister of Orissa, to the 1952National Conference of Educationist, Pattanayak showed how he had stressed upon “radical treatment” of the education system to make it relevant to the people in the grassroots.

Radhanath RathIn those formative days of Indian democracy, as the Education Minister of Orissa, Dr. Rath had rightly cautioned the country that, “There is something inherently defective with the system and it needs an immediate and radical treatment”. His warnings gone unheeded to, the present system of Indian education is preparing students to serve the multinational corporations and foreigners, not the people in the national grassroots. As a result of this, the real India is left in the lurch with the poor parents, who mortgage themselves or even sell away whatever little property they possess to impart modern education to their children, finding their educated children distanced from them in most of the cases, Pattanayak said.

This is killing India. Indian education has no national approach, no national agenda, no national commitment, no national standard and no national oneness. The seed of this syndrome was sown in the Constitution by the rich class comprising the majority in the Constituent Assembly, Pattanayak pointed out.

Dwelling on the debates of the Constituent Assembly, Pattanayak recalled how Laxminarayan Sahu of Orissa had described the Draft Constitution as “altogether useless and worthless”, as the ideals on which it was framed had “no manifest relation to the fundamental spirit of India”. This had prodded Dr. Ambedkar to confess in the Constituent Assembly that unless the socio-economic inequality inherent in the Constitution is removed by the very first Parliament to be created on adoption of the Draft, “those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously build up”.

It is sad and alarming that, instead of removing the inequality, post-independence governments, specifically the governments that have stood on Manmohan Singh’s economic policy, have helped the avaricious community to grab India’s maximum wealth leaving the grassroots perish under slow starvation, thriving on distress sale of their labor and whatever they possess including , sadly often, their offspring. Citing UNESCO reports that 46% of Indian children below 3 are too small for their age, 47% underweight and 16% wasted, Pattanayak juxtaposed this wretchedness of majority of Indians with concentration of around 70% of India’s wealth in the hands of only 7,730 Indians located by the global leaders in providing intelligence on ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals such as Wealth-X. Concentration of immense portion of this pocketed wealth in the hands of only 109 families shows how the freedom dreams are shattered by the wrong economic policies of the governments run by the compradors. Indian democracy has been converted into plutocracy, he said.

The most aggressive architect of this conversion, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has not only reduced India to a threatened land of nuclear hazards in order to provide a bonanza to American nuke traders, but also has subjected the country to pernicious SEZ designs and FDI in multi-brand retails. When the country is thus perishing, new attempts to divert public attention from the wrong economic policy are being made through campaigners against corruption and through use of mass media against active left that wants to save India from economy of inequality, Pattanayak said.

Mass media under corporate control is hiding the reality that the country is drowned under corruption, because corruption is the method that the rich has invented to use to stay safe and to become richer. Hence, he said, corruption cannot end unless the country is saved from the accumulators of wealth.

Therefore, it is essential that wealth accumulation be subjected to ceiling, so that the the mad motivation for accumulation of unlimited wealth would dwindle and the excess wealth above the ceiling could be retrieved from the black coffers for realization of the dreams that had drafted people like Dr. Rath into fight for freedom, he pointed out.

prof. mohapatraChief Guest Prof. Pradipta Mohapatra of Ravenshaw University eulogized Dr. Rath by recalling his compassionate conduct in relief operations. Relinquishing political life to devote full time to the newspaper Samaja founded by his mentor Pt. Gopabandhu Das was a rare quality that others should imbibe, he said.

Ms. N.DasGuest of Honor Ms. Nebedita Das, S.F.O. of Athgarh Sub-Division held that education in any stream of knowledge in any environment may be achieved if aptitude for learning is cultivated amongst the students.

b.b.pradhanOne of the founders of the College, eminent political figure of the locality, Sri Bipin Bihari Pradhan strongly disapproved the mad rush for technical education even though in absence of universal standard in curriculum thereof, the certificate holders in majority are not meriting the job they aspire for. The education system needs drastic correction, he said, while advising the students to adhere to discipline and sense of responsibility, as was personified by Dr. Radhanath Rath.

IMG_1875Sarapanch of Khuntuni Gram Panchayat Sri Kailash Chandra Das recalled Dr. Rath’s contributions to freedom movement and post-independence development of Athgarh. He was just like a guardian of the people, he recalled.

IMG_1878The function, commenced with garlanding the statue of Dr. Rath, was presided over by the Principal of the College’s junior branch Prof. Rabi Narayan Das.

Felicitations to victorious students

There were cultural and athletic competition amongst the students in both the senior (+3) and Junior (+2) wings of the College to mark its annual day. The winners were felicitated with prizes.

Culture Prizes bagged by +3 students

Kabita Swain, Subhashree Beura and Manaswini Sahoo got the first, second and third prize respectively in Oriya essay competition. Similarly in Song competition the three top prizes went to Chinmayee Pradhan, Birendra Mohanty and Banita Mallik. In one-act-play, Sumitra Nayak bagged the first prize whereas the second and third prizes went to Birendra Kumar Mohanty and Saraswati Jena. When in debate competition, Sumitra Nayak and Birendra Mohanty bagged the first prize jointly, Manaswini Sahoo got the 2nd prize and Dipak Kumar Jena as well as Bishnupriya Behera jointly obtained the third prize.

Culture Prizes bagged by +2 students

Madhusmita Jena, Mamata Jena and Sunyabasi Behera bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively in song; in the same order, Paresh Kumar Raut, Madhusmita Jena and Sunyabasi Behera bagged prizes in Oriya debate; Prasanta Lenka, Priyanka Priyadarshini and Priyanka Das got first, second and third prizes in Oriya essay whereas Subrat Kumar Swain and Nihar Ranjan Mohapatra got the first and second prizes in quiz competition, with the third prize jointly offered to Manoj Kumar Jena and Prasanjit Lenka.

Athletic Prizes

The students of the +2 wing participated in in athletic competitions exclusively.

The girls who won in order of first/ second/ third, were: Sonali Senapati, Shanti Hesa and Alladi Murmu (100 Mtr Race); Sonali Senapati, Santi Hesa and Alladi Murmu (200 Mtr Race); Sonali senapati, Monalisa Das and Swapnarani Rana (400 Mtr Race); Alladi Murmu, Shanti Hesa and Tanushree Mohanty (Long Jump); Sonali Senapati, Tulasi Laguri and Geetanjali Behera (Javelin Throw); Gitanjali Behera, Alladi Murmu and Priyanka Das (Putting the Shot) and, Geetanjali Behera, Priyanka Das and Santi Hesa (Discus Throw).

Sonali Senapati was felicitated as the Champion amongst the girls.

The boys who won in the same order were: Debashish Jena, Shashikant Pradhan and Sangram Keshari Rana (100 Mtr Race); Shashikant Pradhan, Sangram Keshari Rana and Jitendra Behera (200 Mtr Race); Jagabandhu Swain, Sangram Keshari Rana and Rakesh Kumar Lenka (400 Mtr Race); Jagabandhu Swain, Abhaya Sethy and Debashish Jena (Long Jump); Manoj Kumar Kandi, Subrat Swain and Abhay sethy (High Jump); Abhay Sethy, Banesh Naik and Alok Mohan Swain (Javelin Throw); Jagabandhu Swain, Sumanta Sethy and Prasanjit Lenka (Putting the Shot); Jagabandhu Swain, Swapnesh Parida and Abhay Sethy (Discus Throw).

Jagabandhu Swain was felicitated as the champion amongst the boys.

Attention Warranted

Athgarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain was praised in the function by local participants, specifically the Sarpanch, for his contributions to foundation and functioning of the College. But, sadly it was marked that, though the College is named after Dr. Radhanath Rath, neither the family members of Rath nor The Samaja he served and developed till his death, have made any contribution to the College. Even Gopabandhu Sahitya Mandira, which has published various compilations of literary and journalistic works of Dr. Rath, has not yet come forward to help the college Library with any of its books.

For the people of Khuntuni and the adjoining areas, as Sri Bipin Bihari Pradhan precisely put it, the College is the epitome of their aspirations, the object of their pride and prestige. They are determined to build it up as major College by their own strength.

It was deeply felt that the State Government should extend all possible and permissible assistance to this College, keeping in view the special provisions of the terms and condition of the State-Merger, specifically as, belonging to an Ex-State, the area is inherently backward.

IMG_1877mmWhen Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty had welcomed the guests, Principal of the senior branch Prof. Shashi Bhusan Mishra brought the event to a close after proposing the vote of thanks.

Manmohan Must be Made to Quit

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Manmohan Singh government is justifying fuel price hike on the basis of more money being paid for fuel in Dollar value. This, in other words, is caused by weakening of the Rupee vis-a-vis the Dollar.

In these pages we have been frequently discussing how dangerous to India is Manmohan Singh.

Here below are some of our headlines:

Dr. Manmohan Singh gets murkier

Leftists and Rightists must come closer to quash treachery of the Prime Minister

The Question Is: Why Should Singh Continue As PM?

Is it not the time for the Congress party to change its Prime Minister?

It is Time, Congress Should Change the Prime Minister

Now both the leftists and Rightists have started echoing what we have said.

To any Indian, who prides over his own patriotism, Manohan’s continuance as Prime Minister would be shameful phenomenon.

People elect a Government to have a better economy. But Manmohan Singh runs a Government that has been ruining the Indian economy. All the unveiled mega scams are evidences of how he has given the worst of governance to India. And, now by hiking the fuel price to match the degradation in the value of Indian Rupee, it has proved that it is a totally irresponsible and blatantly malfunctioning government that has no qualms in scourging and oppressing the people.

It has patronized black money deposits in foreign banks and encouraged private indian industries to use huge profits fetched from the country’s people in their investments in foreign lands, for their further personal profit, whereby foreigners benefit out of exploitation of India’s nature, natural resources and manpower.

It has continuously and constantly weakened the Indian Rupee as a result of which its international value has been sharply receding leading to rise of fuel price in the country.

It has now clamped a cooking gas ration on the common man with such inbuilt mechanism that the black-market would get a very great bonanza out of this rationing.

The country is in unprecedented turmoil over unprecedented hike in diesel price.

Had the Government not been weakening our Rupee, the price rise in international market, could not have affected us such adversely. Besides the fuel price rise and cooking gas rationing, as the whole country has woke up against him, he has allowed foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail.

This malfunctioning Prime Minister must be made to quit.

Left, the Last Hope, shouldn’t be Lost: India’s interest instead of Singh’s, is Essential

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

What the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is doing after his office and the department under his control got exposed in the coal block scam by the Country’s highest Constitutional Authority on audit and accounts, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India?

He himself has been trying and encouraging his cabinet colleagues to damage the credibility of this Constitutional Authority, the CAG.

Such a disservice to the nation from the highest political authority is not found in any democracy.

The parties that practice economy of inequality like the BJP do not look at this intricate offense against India; because, besides being allies of the Congress in plutocracy, their role during the reign of Vajpayee was also averse to the primordial role of CAG in ensuring financial discipline a government is needed to adhere to.

But, the left parties in India too, are conspicuous by their silence over the biting reality that the Prime Minister’s attempt to denigrate the CAG is the most harmful assault on the very structure on which India’s Parliamentary Democracy stands.

Economy being the essence of the country’s life and the basis of all its activities, denigration of CAG by the Prime Minister would precipitate ruin of the credibility of the specific and the only instrument created by the founders of independent India to provide the Parliament with the necessary feedback to make the government answerable and to draw up direction of administration. So, more than the massive scam, the monstrosity of Prime Minister Singh’s attack on CAG deserves serious remedial measures.

The only remedy to this serious syndrome lies in removal of Dr. Singh from the Prime Minister post. The BJP is absolutely right in demanding his resignation as a prerequisite to discussion over the issue in Parliament. Otherwise, it would help Dr. Singh to escape by throwing further confusing tirades against the CAG, notwithstanding how harmful that would be to the economic management of the country.

In this critical juncture, instead of acting a go-between, the left should stand with the BJP in demands for Singh’s resignation. The rank opportunism of the smaller parties that have no adherence to any political economy and no track record of political probity, are susceptible to money-bag influence as has often been observed. Hence a great responsibility lies on the Left to help India get rid of the compradors and, in this respect, their plea for hearing the PM on the issue is of no real utility. If they are serious, they should strengthen the demand for Dr. Singh’s resignation. Dr. Singh’s leader Sonia Gandhi, who is on records to have asked her followers to “attack” the Opposition, must not be allowed to derail democracy by such tricks of browbeating. And, unless the Left becomes one with the BJP in refusing to be browbeaten, the country would suffer an injury that can hardly be tackled instantly.

It pains us recalling that the left’s alliance with Dr. Singh in the preceding Parliament had ushered in the era of India’s subjugation to USA hegemony, specifically in the matter of the nuke deal with that country. The gateway to a “bonanza” to US nuke traders, the Hyde Act was “signed, sealed” and made “irrevocable” by Dr. Singh behind back of the Parliament even though for signing the agreement, the prerequisite was that “the Indian Parliament must agree to the text” of the Hyde Act. The “text” of the Hyde act was not placed before the Parliament and the Left, despite vociferous protests against signing the nuke deal, had never made the point that the Parliament “must agree” or “disagree” to the “text” of the said Act. It had neither wanted the speaker to make the Parliament discuss the “text” of the Hyde Act in order to “agree” or “disagree” to the “text” thereof nor had it terminated its alliance with the Congress on the ground of treachery against the country. It continued its alliance with Dr. Singh, till, smaller fishes, sans any political ideology, were netted in to stand with him in his seeking of confidence in nuke deal context. Such acrobatics are of no gain for the country and it would be wrong again for the left to fall into the trap of debates on the coal scam before Dr. Singh, who has denigrating the CAG for the exposure of the scams in his report, resigns to ensure that through the debate, the Parliament does not become a platform of abuse of the apex auditor.

We have also the experience of how BJP acts in connivance with the Congress when thereby the underworld is sure to benefit. Jaswant Singh’s withdrawal of his motion on collapse of the terror funding bank BCCI is an instance. So, there is no reason for us to believe that the BJP is sincere in its demands for resignation of Dr. Singh.

But to us, resignation of Dr. Singh is the only way to ensure an appropriate appraisal of the CAG report.

When the country has been transformed into a plutocracy by the compradors in nexus with non-communists, the Left is the last hope for our people for revival of democracy and it should not make it the lost hope.

Hence, it is now the Left’s responsibility to strengthen every voice that demands for Dr. Singh’s resignation without bothering about from beneath which flag that voice emanates. Otherwise, it will fail in its duty to our innocent people that are uninformed, less informed, misinformed.