Why the Judgment against G. Udayagiri Member of Orissa Assembly is Noteworthy?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

There is nothing noteworthy in sentencing a man called Manoj Pradhan to 7 years of imprisonment by a First Track Court for a murder offense. But noteworthy is the fact that Pradhan is a member of Orissa Legislative Assembly elected from G.Udayagiri Constituency in 2009 election, the same election that has helped the incumbent Chief Minister capture the chair for the third term.

Judge Sovan Kumar Das has on June 29 found him guilty of offenses under Section 326 (making severe injury to a person that caused his death) and Section 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon or anything capable of causing death).

And his crime is viewed in the context of mass mania created in Hindu community following the murder of Hindu activist Laxmanananda, who had emerged as the strongest obstacle to conversion of Hindu society’s poorer fellows to Christianity in the district of Kandhamal.

Pradhan belongs to BJP, the party of the communalists that are eager for transforming India from a Constitutionally Secular State to a Hindu Religious State (Hindurastra). It is easy to assume that murder of Parikhit Digal, a Christian resident of Barepanga village under the Raikia Police Station on August 27, 2008, for which Pradhan has been held guilty, was an act to avenge the death of Laxmanananda.

In view of the judgment, Pradhan is a rioter that caused death. But there is nothing noteworthy in that. Any rioter or murderer may belong to any political party. In fact, in political parties at present these sorts of people rule the roost. So Pradhan being a member of BJP is not noteworthy.

What is noteworthy is that, he had bagged massive majority of the votes in the constituency when he was put behind the bars due to his role in the riots. He had defeated his nearest rival by over 30,000 votes.

The judgment is noteworthy because of this.

This judgment gives us opportunity to understand that in our system persons who catch massive votes may possibly be the persons, who could one day be held guilty of heinous crimes like murder, attempt to murder, loot and arson.

This happens, when people without reading a person on the matrix of sacrifice for common cause give whimsical and misconceived support to sons or daughters of political fathers, retired service-holders that had drawn salaries from the State Exchequer, Bankers and others that were habituated in sabotaging democracy to facilitate emergence of plutocracy.

Judge Sovan Das’s judgment is significant is this context as it reaffirms a phenomenon that the gullible voters give their massive support in elections to politicians not because of their positive contributions to society, but because, criminals are more organized, influential and insurmountable.

No wonder election 2009 has ushered in persons to power that play havoc upon our motherland in order to safeguard and serve the interest of foreign traders, mass-killers, mine-mongers, land-grabbers and looters of our natural resources. It is difficult to say who in politics is how much different from Manoj Pradhans; because all of those in power say their victory is because of the mass support they enjoy.

The judgment on G.Udayagiri MLA is capable of being used as a mirror, by looking into which, our democracy may remove the dirtiness its face has acquired in course of its “tryst with the destiny” so far.

This is why the judgment is noteworthy.

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DEMOCRACY DEFILED: HOUSE OUSTS CONGRESS MEMBER FOR A WEEK; REALITY ENTOMBED

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Legislative Assembly has ousted Congress member Tarakant Bahinipati for seven days as on adoption of a treasury bench motion to suspend him the Speaker decided to enforce it on 11th December.

Bahinipati attracted the harsh decision by venturing to hit the Speaker with an earphone though that had missed the target. It was an affront to dignity of the House, members felt. Bahinipati also felt the same way; but explained his action as a reaction to anti-democratic conduct of the treasury side.

After successfully stonewalling the House the preceding day on the ground of absence of a white paper in respect to the official notice calling attention on killing of Laxmananand and consequent communal violence in Kandhamal that turned into exposing the government’s reluctance to provide the same for use as the base of debate, the Opposition on 11th December allowed the House to proceed so that its own version as well as the government’s could be kept on records and the reality could be known.

And, thus the House started to proceed on Kandhamal issue.

And, thus the House came to hear what the Deputy Leader of Opposition, Narasingha Mishra, known for clear comprehension and in-depth analysis of any issue in hand, was to say on Kandhamal.

Mishra began his speech by razing down the “rosy picture” painted by the initiator of the debate, government chief whip, B.K.Arukh on the present situation in Kandhamal. This district, he reminded the government, is one of the most backward districts of India, where Schedule Tribes constitute 52 per cent and Schedule Castes 17 per cent of its total population. But 90 per cent of its population perish Below-the-Poverty-Line (BPL) with an average per capita income of Rs.4, 743/- as against Rs.5,264/- in other districts of Orissa in the same segment, he showed from statistical reports. And roared, is it the evidence of development that the government boasts of? And then, as he proceeded, he cited certain documents on records in print media to show the darker side of the communal flare up at Kandhamal, the core issue of the particular debate.

Giving vent to his suspicion that Laxmananand’s murder might have been the BJP’s handiwork in executing its stratagem to cultivate communal support in approaching elections, he went ahead to support his apprehensions with circumstantial evidences, to the utmost discomfort of the BJP members of the treasury benches.

He cited newspaper reports to show how contemptuously Togadia of saffron combine had alleged that it was Chief Minister Navin Patnaik’s chilling nonchalance that had facilitated the murder of Laxmananand.

And, as bruised BJP members were at a loss to understand how to stop Mishra’s trigger, he went on to show how Laxmananand was a destroyer of societal solidarity in the affected district in the name of religion and how he was the arch villain behind the 1994 caste conflicts that in acrimony had surpassed every conceivable violence in that district.

Even as no action was taken against perpetrators of that crime against the community, it is the BJP’s alliance government that surreptitiously withdrew the security cover from Laxmananand before his murder in the night of August 23, 2008, although as many as 26 hours before the murder, he had informed the Police that there was threat to his life.

After the murder of Laxmanananda BJP has tried to use him posthumously for consolidation of its vote bank, but its coalition government has not net in the real murderer.

This, he said, points the needle of suspicion for the murder of Laxmananand to the BJP and its allies, which they might have done in thirst for votes.

He cited the instance of Kendrapara where a BJP leader had organized bombardment on the house of another leader of his own party with the motive to project the crime as an act of Muslims, so that communal passions ignited against the minority community could have helped the saffronists in having a new polarized vote bank in their favor. There is no reason not to see the same modus operandi in the murder of Laxmananand, Mishra thundered.

Referring to Togadia’s tirades as reported by the Press, Mishra wondered as to how and why the BJP Ministers sharing the dais with Togadia at that time were not taken to task for having not protested against the acerbic words hurled at their Chief Minister. Recitation of the reported words by Mishra was unbearable for the BJD members and even as they squealed, Mishra went ahead to cite Puri Sankaracharya who had alleged that it is the Chief Minister who alone should be held responsible for the murder. The CM, Mishra wondered, was unable to stop the crime as he was dependent on the Sangh Parivar to stay in power and the Sangh Parivar was to make a sacrifice of Laxmanananda at the altar of their ambition that could be fulfilled only through electoral politics. To put his apprehensions on a supportive base, he read out a letter of the Sangh Parivar that was pregnant with the conspiracy as published in a printed edition of Lokamat.

This was more than enough for the BJP members and their BJD allies to digest. They rushed into the well of the Hall demanding deletion of Mishra’s citations.

Under the waves of uproar that soon engulfed the House, Kalpataru Das of BJD was allowed to raise a point of order when Ms. Draupadi Murmu of BJP was in the Chair and as Das started saying, the microphone of Mishra was laid inoperative. The Opposition stood in protest and the pandemonium took a turn towards the worse. In that oral free for all environment inside the Hall, Bahinipati ventured the most condemnable offense against the Chair. He whisked out an earphone and hurled it at the august authority. Democracy was defiled as never before in the very heart of its throne.

Rightly he has been put under suspension. His is an offense that no lover of democracy can tolerate.

But it is also a fact that had the House not been goaded by the treasury bench members into the environment that precipitated the offense, what happened might not have happened at all.

If the peoples of the State are now unable to know the behind the screen reality that could have addressed appropriately to the issue put on agenda of the Assembly by the treasury side itself, whom to blame except the treasury side?

KANDHAMAL CONFLICT: ORISSA POLICE CHIEF IN THE TRAP OF CONFUSED CONCEPT

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Taking over from superannuated Director General of Police Sri Gopal Nanda, the new DGP Sri Man Mohan Praharaj has put priority on ending communal conflicts in Kandhamal.

Communal conflicts are not absolutely criminal in character. Hence how can Sri Praharaj lead police to end them?

Every peace-loving and patriotic citizen must want that there should never be any communal conflict. But utopia has nowhere come true. And, Kandhamal is no exception.

As I have discussed earlier, communal conflicts are religious conflicts. As long as every religion is not banned there shall exist different religions. Existence of different religions means existence of rival religions. Existence of rival religions means existence of rival communalities. Existence of rival communalities means existence of the fire of communal conflicts. Police cannot extinguish this fire. So the new Orissa DGP’s assertion that he will end communal conflicts in Kandhamal as his first work is mere sophomoric.

As the new DGP took over, curfew has been promulgated afresh in Kandhamal. This itself is the proof of the fact that despite earlier repressive steps taken by the police, communal rivalry has not ended as yet.

Orissa High Court has asked the Union to press more police to action in Kandhamal. The Judiciary is worried over continuing communal conflicts. But verdicts or judicial directions cannot terminate communal conflicts.

In Kandhamal, the ongoing communal conflicts are conflicts between the indigenous culture of immemorial age and an alien culture of recent origin. The conflict has aggravated since killing of Laxmananada, as persons who oppose the alien culture suspect the alien culturists to be the culprits, notwithstanding Naxal claims that he being a religious revivalist and a stooge of local mafia they have under notice executed their death sentence on him.

Both the police and judiciary have failed to catch and punish the culprit(s) so far. The blatant inability or deliberate negligence of the law and order machinery to catch and punish the culprit(s) that killed the known antagonist of the alien culture is surely instigating the indigenous culturists to avenge the killing by taking the suspected alien culturists to task the way that suits them and how can this be stopped before the culprit(s), who killed Laxmanananda is/are punished?

Congress autocrat Sonia Gandhi, born a Christian, being the supreme boss of the central minister that holds home portfolio, the police controlled by IPS officers of central service like Praharaj may unleash state terror on indigenous culturists of illiterate Kandhamal in the name of law and suppress the conflict. But that would be mere suppression. Suppression is not extinguishments. So, even if the present communal conflict in Kandhamal will be suppressed, communal rivalry will not die.

This is the danger to our democracy that needs urgent attention.

The illiterate peoples of Kandhamal have given a golden opportunity to administration to understand this danger so that correctional measures may be evolved. But it seems the failed political leadership both in the state and the center, concerned only with their careers and tenures, are not interested in India’s future and hence, they want to manage the instant scenario with the muscles of the police force.

More baffling than this is the intelligentsia’s total failure to study the real cause of communal conflicts.

As stressed supra, existence of rival religions flares up communal rivalry. If peoples are not addicted to religions, wherefrom communal passion would surge and communal conflicts emerge?

Why should peoples be addicted to religion? As I have told earlier in these pages, despite brain and virtues, human beings by birth suffer from a sense of insecurity to overcome which they form their society or nation and cherish societal or national solidarity. Nationality is the collective formation of the peoples of a geographic unit to ensure economic stability. Economic stability of all of the society is ensured by elimination of all process or factors of exploitation. The state that eliminates exploitation and ensures economic stability is epitomized in terms of unreserved allegiance of its peoples. This allegiance is termed as political nationality. When anti-people programs of the state shatter economic stability of the peoples, political nationality dwindles and the peoples in search of collective identity to overcome inherent sense of insecurity build up or revive their cultural solidarity, which is expressed in the name of religion. So religion is a pervert expression of peoples’ anxiety to have a collective identity in order to overcome their inherent sense of insecurity or in reality the fear of economic insecurity and therefore, all the religions are pervert socio-economic formulations. Every pervert formulation is susceptible to control by schemers. So the schemers, who use the strength of solidarity amongst peoples under their control for factually their own economic benefit in the guise of the peoples’ economic stability, patronize and control every religion. This being the position, different religions compete with each other to expand their support base so that economic empires of their respective patrons would expand. In Kandhamal, political nationality having dwindled due to continuous state support to economic exploiters, the religious nationality has raised its ugly head as the substitute and in the specific circumstances, competition is going on between the Hindu and Christian schemers to keep the area under their grip. Hindu schemers are known saffronists who work for business community of India when Christian schemers having their fountainhead in foreign lands are suspected shadow workers of imperialism.

If economic exploitation of our peoples will stop, both these religious schemers shall have no impact on the minds of our peoples and political nationality will revive to extinguish communal conflicts.

Politicians will fail to bring out this as they have en mass lost their credibility. The new DGP can play a positive role if he directs his police force to eliminate economic exploitation of the peoples. It is well known and he can, if he wants, see that all the welfare programs are being derailed as traders, contractors and bureaucrats hand-in-glove with unscrupulous politicians are looting the allotted funds. He as the police chief can intervene and arrest these scoundrels without delay. He can take stringent punitive action against caste supremacists in Hindu religion to stop socio-economic exploitation and this will stop exodus of people from Hindu religion to Christian religion. He can investigate and find out the time and cause of conversion of Hindu members to Christianity and under the anti-conversion Act in force can start stringent action against the Christian conversionists while moving for legal nullification of the so-called conversions so that the unholy competition between communalists of both the Hindu and Christian sectors would stop.

Laws of the land have given him enough power to take these steps. If he fails to do this and in stead, takes steps against peoples who emotionally join either sector in search of collective security in view of administration’s blatant failure in preserving political nationality that a real welfare state could only have given, he will fail and be seen as fallen in the trap of a confused concept.

DELAY IN DISSOLVING THE ASSEMBLY WILL HELP ONLY BJP TO GRAB ORISSA

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

But for conceitedness Navin should be able to read the writings on the wall.

He is no more enjoying the confidence of the people. Any delay in dissolving the Assembly will only help the BJP to grab Orissa, because spangled with American agents, Congress will not be able to gather support in Orissa and thus there will be no alternative to BJP, notwithstanding vested-interest votes BJD may bag in ensuing elections for the urban bodies.

Navin has stopped the twenty BJP rebels from voting against him by using the central leadership of the communal party. But communal conflicts in Orissa have not stopped. As seen in Jeypore, communal hatred has engulfed students even.

Communalism is not a law and order issue by origin. So law and order authorities – the police and the courts – cannot extinguish communal fire. Chief minister Navin Patnaik’s sophomoric litany that law will take its own course will not apply to communalism.

Communalism is not born out of criminality. So law and order implementation authorities cannot eliminate it.

Communalism is born out of religious nationality. Religious nationality cannot be neutralized as long as all religions are not banned.

In a country like India where leaders play populist politics, religions cannot be banned and hence religious nationality will grow more aggressively and in corresponding malignancy, communal conflicts too.

Acting on a litigation to end communal conflicts in Orissa, the judiciary seems to have expressed deep concern leading to issuance of certain direction to the government for restoration of peace. It is sad to note that the judiciary at this juncture has no ability to extinguish communal fire. Why, let me say.

Despite brilliant brains and expertise in acquiring power, every human being is a born victim of a sense of insecurity. So it needs a collective identity to feel secured. This collective identity is nationality. This is why there is not a single person in the world who does not belong to a nationality. Sense of insecurity makes highly educated and well-placed persons join the nationality of countries to where they migrate. Some of these migrated persons have even dual nationalities. So, there is none sans nationality in the human society. Nationality is the base that a human being cannot discard.

Nationality has two interlinked but separately distinguishable spheres: political and cultural. When political nationality looses its relevance, persons seek security under cultural nationality.

In India, specifically in Orissa, political nationality has lost its relevance day by day due to increase in economic inequality and decrease in social security amongst the people as the state power has constantly and consistently stood with the exploiters of the land’s natural and human resources in nonchalant disregard to disadvantage of the working class, marginal and small farmers, landless jungle-dwellers, small traders and autonomous social forces like the craftsmen.

Political leaders are so treacherous that the country has already been pushed into American hegemony as witnessed in the matter of the nuke deal that erstwhile party in power – BJP – had initiated and the party currently in power –the Congress – has precipitated.

Therefore peoples’ faith in politicians has severely declined leading to decline in political nationality.

This decline has got pervert expression in regional and sub-regional chauvinism as witnessed in bifurcation of original provinces. UP-Uttarakhand, MP-Chhatisgarh or Bihar-Jharkhand bifurcations are instances that were caused by regional chauvinism than by administrative necessities. Bifurcation of Orissa’s thirteen original districts to thirty is an instance of populist politicians siding with sub-regional chauvinism. There are instances when sub-regional chauvinism has precipitated internecine quarrels amongst local innocents over finalization of the locations district headquarters.

All these factors, often overlooked, are behind loss of relevance of political nationalism in our soil.

Against this backdrop, cultural nationality is getting stronger amongst the economically exploited people. Cultural nationalism is in applicability religious nationalism.

The exploiters are using religious revivalists to use religious nationalism to their own advantage. They are profusely patronizing religious revivalism, as is seen in high concentration of wealth in the hands of so-called god-men.

The only work the god-men do is aimed to generate amongst the exploited people a sense of self-hatred by prompting them to hold their supposedly sinful previous birth responsible for their present suffering.

Because of these god-men peoples fail to see the mischief of exploiters and looters of their exchequer. And, in their sub-conscious, political nationality gets further weaker.

Such a development being totally detrimental to democracy, conscious political activists have been trying to educate the ignorant peoples in matter of their economic and constitutional rights. It is a shame that these activists, who are campaigning for reduction of economic inequality so that faith in political nationality no more falters, are being termed as leftist terrorists and prosecuted against by the state, sometimes ending in encounter deaths. Media under grip of plutocracy is actively collaborating with the perpetrators of state terrorism against the pro-people activists and there are instances when judiciary has preferred not to be less harsh in the name of law and order. Under such circumstances, majority of our people fail to feel the benevolence of political nationality. They rather feel that they are victims of exploitive supremacy of the political state and hence political nationality has lost its meaning to them.

Naturally, therefore, religious nationality has gained ground and religious revivalists have emerged as societal arbitrators. Through pervert interpretation of secularism, the plutocratic state is protecting and patronizing these religious revivalists, who taking advantage of decline in political nationalism are tactfully using religious nationalism to usurp state power that further strengthens plutocracy.

But plutocracy under the present phenomenon called globalization has two internecine components that we can call national capitalism and international capitalism. In our country national capitalism has its ally in Hindu religious nationalism and international capitalism has its ally in Christian religious nationalism.

Political outfit of the Hindu religious nationalism is BJP that had so far been in rivalry with the religion of Muslims in Pakistani context. The Hindu religious nationalists thus engaged against Muslims have failed to notice how sharply the Christians have built up their religious nationalism in India, specifically in the belt of Hindu lower castes.

The Christian tactics of retaining Hindu names has helped it proceed as silently as predators move to engulf their preys.

Ever since Sonia entered into Nehru’s daughter’s family, Congress infested with sycophants of this particular family, has shown support for Christians by hoodwinking Indians in the name of secularism. Dismissal of J.B.Patnaik’s government a short while before elections in strong display of disapproval of alleged Hindu atrocities on Christian conversionists in Orissa is a pointer to this.

With Sonia as its supreme boss, congress now stands as political muscles of Christians even as international capitalism metamorphosed in USA trade design in India has got the Sonia led Congress as its strongest stooge.

So rivalry in Orissa’s soil between Hindu religious revivalists and Christian religious conversionists culminated in propagated annihilation of Christian conversionist Graham Stains in Mayurbhanj and proven annihilation of Hindu counter-conversionist Laxmanananda in Kandhamal is in fact the manifestation of rivalry between the two types of capitalism in their competition to grab the Indian soil and its resources for exploitation by the true beneficiaries thereof, the private profiteers.

Unless the state resurrects political nationalism and banns private wealth accumulation, the foul game that national capitalism and international capitalism now play on our soil in the name of religion cannot be stopped and/or eradicated.

What will happen?

With political nationalism dwindled, peoples will madly rush into religious nationalism and wherever whichever religion has the majority support-base will grab political power.

Indian Christians can never go against their life springs flowing in the foreign lands and conscious children of Indian soil will never like foreign hegemony. So, Sonia’s Congress will fail politically and even though BJP is the other side of the ongoing economic offense against the country, it being the political outfit of the users of Hindu religion that comprise majority of Indians at the moment, will rise more vigorously, specifically in Orissa.

I believe, BJP has studied this phenomenon clearly and hence has cleverly been instigating communal conflicts. Courts may issue wishful directions to dissuade communalism but unless religions are banned, religious nationalism cannot be stopped from growing and then in a state like Orissa where Hindus form the majority, who can stop BJP usurping power?

Chief Minister Navin Patnaik should pause and cogitate.

He should stop use of state terror against political activists who are trying to give the downtrodden working class the voice they need for their economic rights and instead of working for POSCOs and Jindals, should work for restoration of faith of the peoples of this state in political nationalism.

As I understand, when a novice in politics, he could not but fall in the trap of Subas Pani & Co of the IAS syndicate that has pushed him into the labyrinth of POSCO and other minegrabbers’ network from where he does not know how to escape. I understand, he is surrounded by sophomoric political hoodlums that have entered into BJD in shameless display of sycophancy and have ruined peoples’ faith in political nationalism.

But despite all his failings, he has shown matchless political guts in risking wrath of colleagues by dismissing ministers on ground of corruption. No other Chief Minister so far in Orissa had embarrassed so many senior IAS and IPS officers by subjecting them to vigilance raids and compelling them to suffer ignominy of enforced idleness. So, he may be kept under trial for a fresh term in hope against hope that peoples’ magnanimity may prompt him to correct the wrongs he has committed by siding with national and international industries to the detriment of farmers of Orissa.

If he dissolves the Assembly and terminates his alliance with BJP, the communalist party of traders and seeks a fresh mandate, I am sure, he will win, as peoples of Orissa will not opt for Congress, the party of American lobbyists. But if he does not do this, I am afraid, BJP will proceed to further flare up communal nationalism by posthumous use of Laxmanananda and eventually grab Orissa. If that happens, it would be the start of a sad phase in Orissa’s life.

CHANGE IN MEDIA STANCE REFLECTS LOSS OF PEOPLES’ CONFIDENCE IN ORISSA CM

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If Chief Minister Navin Patnaik could be distinguished for any specific behavior that is his shying at the peoples of Orissa.

As is evidenced in his visit to Kandhamal on August 30, he could not dare to visit any village that perished under communal fire. To please his communal allies he visited the Hindutwa activist Laxmanananda’s murder spot and interacted with a very few persons who were clearly in Hindu fold; but he never dared to meet the vandalized villagers.

There were severe intracommunity conflicts at Koradagarh as high caste Hindus subjected low caste Hindus to atrocious hooliganism by obstructing their rights to worship Sri Jagannath even to the extent of contemptuously contravening High Court orders. Navin could not dare to reach the spot to inspire peoples to drop caste prejudices and to build up social solidarity.

His uniformed forces killed innocent tribal peoples in Kalinganagar as they were opposing industrialists like Tata taking over their mother-soil. He never dared to visit the families of the victims after the mayhem.

Peoples have been fighting for their mother-soil in Kujang Tahsil where foreign firm POSCO is using Orissa administration to grab their land. Peoples are fighting against acquisition of their mother-soil at Puri for handing over the same to non-Oriya Anil Agrawal. Peoples are also opposing the same land-grabber’s nefarious design at the foot of Niyamagiri. Seeking implementation of their birthright to get justice without difficulty the peoples of western Orissa have been agitating to have a division bench of the High Court in their portion of the State.

Like this everywhere peoples are feeling that they are abandoned by their state government and so, are fighting for their rights in their own ways.

As the leader of the State, Navin should have gone to their midst to have conversations with them, to acquaint himself with their problems personally in order to find out how they will not feel abandoned. But he has never.

This is simply because he knows that the aura of his-father’s-son-status that he and his cronies had dandled before the gullible people was too artificial to live long and has by now dwindled.

He knows peoples have lost their misconceived confidence in him and hence he is shying at them.

He has lost the confidence since long. But the media, specifically Oriya language media, propelled by plutocratic tentacles, has kept him erect in the political arena so far. To understand this phenomenon one needs to know the contemporary Oriya newspapers and their nexus.

Oriya language newspapers are mostly in right-wingers’ hands with a common creed of antagonism to communism. In other words, they are anti-progress. Navin’s obsessions with industry oblivious of the grief-struck-grassroots never seem to them as anti-people policies. He has a well-set nexus with them as the anti-progress practices these newspapers have adopted in search of advertisement revenue suits him most.

Most of the Oriya newspapers have given false and fabricated circulation figures that the government knows quite well.

Almost all of them are guilty of unfair labor practices and in no newspaper in Orissa, working journalists are paid with due wages.

Were the labor law implementation machinery being used against the newspaper owners, most of them might have been legally incarcerated. This has never happened.

There are journalists in Oriya newspaper organizations whose wealth is thousand times more than what they draw as salary. This illegitimate wealth accumulated by lead journalists of lead newspapers is generally generated by their nexus with economic offenders. Newspaper establishments know it, but they also know that the said journalists know the unholy nexus of their owners with the underworld and the packs of people in power. So, there is no action against any journalist on charge of corruption.

Concealment of wealth is a penal offense. For any wealth disproportionate to known source of income, the Laws have penal provisions. But Laws are rendered inoperative in matter of illicit wealth accumulation by media persons.

The vigilance wing of state police can intervene and unveil disproportionate wealth and subject the offender to prosecution. Vigilance police knows who of the Orissan journalists have wealth hundredth or thousandth time more than their legitimate income. But it has never dared to intervene, as it knows that journalists of this type know how corruption is going on in the vigilance organization itself.

Only last week, a low rank engineer, who has been working in the vigilance organization for about two decades, has, due to a whistle-blower, been discovered as a man of crores, which, in terms of money exceeds his legitimate income by hundred times. This accumulation was going on when the present Director General of Police was the Director of vigilance. Only an idiot can accept that this was going on without the knowledge of vigilance department. If the vigilance police claim to be ignorant of this corruption, then it is to admit that the organization is not vigilant. What a shame!

Lest the shame exposed, the vigilance police have never tried to expose the newspapers and the journalists who they know have undisclosed wealth accumulated by way of misuse of professional power.

On the other hand, the IAS officers who are ruling the roost are having their agents in newspapers and amongst journalists. A close watch on them would lead to know that IAS officers in senior echelon have their preferred persons in Oriya media. They often work according to their advice. There is no official sanction for any IAS officer to have any journalist as his advisor. But visit any IAS officer in odd hours; you may see in his official chamber or in his residence a journalist whose rapport with the officer may make you astonished.

The rapport is not professional, but personal. The base is secret. You may use your imagination to any extent to find out the secret if you can, but be sure of one thing that such a journalist who enjoys no-bar-entry into the inner circle of a senior IAS officer acts as a conduit and is certainly a possessor of undisclosed wealth. .

Men who matter know how an officer after elevation to chief secretary rank had patronized a small group of journalists to bring out a daily newspaper and how this newspaper starting from the inaugural edition fetched crores of rupees from advertisement by help of the said officer. The vigilance police that are officially entitled to obstruct corruption never looked at this new phenomenon and never tried to know if the said officer was fetching undisclosed money under the cover of this newspaper. This may just be the tip of the nexus-iceberg.

A blatantly corrupt fellow placed in lift irrigation wing has been unveiled in a recent vigilance raid propelled by insistence of a whistle-blower as possessor of several crores of rupees. But this officer’s ability to practice corruption without attracting anybody’s attention was considered as an outstanding administrative ability by his controlling officers in the IAS echelon and therefore he was rewarded with promotion to IAS from OAS.

These are just instances. The whole gamut of administration in Orissa has become corrupt. A collective lootraj in active collaboration with unscrupulous lot amongst the journalists and lead newspapers is going on in Orissa in the regime of Navin Patnaik with stooges well placed in all nerve centers of administration.

Therefore, Navin and his officialdom enjoy a situation where they claim to be enjoying peoples’ confidence.

But the situation has started changing.

In every newspaper now-a-days most of the headlines show how Orissa is being duped and drowned under misrule. Every newspaper in almost every page is highlighting ongoing corruption and deficient administration.

For an instance we may look at certain headlines of selected newspapers Dated August 30 as on editions of this day, the news of ‘no’ to no-confidence motion against Navin was published.

Let me start with Khabar. This is the newest language daily of Orissa. BJD’s most powerful MP, Pyari Mohan Mohapatra off the records owns it. In a five-column photo-studded story captioned “Manisha Hata” (Human Market), it highlighted in its op-ed page how workers are distress-selling themselves when labor laws are freely contravened in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. It has many other reports on misrule in the same edition like the one under another five-column headline, “Faltering in highway repair causes 767 casualties in Khurda within three years”. Similarly, “Health services in disarray due to want of Doctors”, “Rs.2 per kg. Rice in Black-market” etc highlighted by Khabar are multi-column reports on misrule in Orissa. The daily, Dharitri, virtually owned by another BJD MP, Tathagat Satpathy, in a multi-column story exposed how clandestinely the state government has ordered for location of forestland to be handed over to POSCO to the predicament of local peoples agitating against allocation of their soil to the foreign firm.

When papers under virtual ownership of BJD MPs are thus eagerly highlighting the dark-side of Navin administration, the scenarios in other newspapers need no specific elaboration.

The visible shift in media stance is indicative of the fact that notwithstanding defeat of the no-confidence motion on August 29 in Orissa Assembly, Orissa media has grasped that peoples of the State have lost their confidence in chief minister Navin Patnaik and that is being reflected in the change in their stance.

UNPRECEDENTED: OPPOSITION SILENCE STONEWALLED ORISSA ASSEMBLY

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Opposition decided to remain silent. But their silence stonewalled the House like never before. The ministry of Navin Patnaik was too demoralized to run the business of the House for more than a hundred minutes on August 28.

The catastrophic collapse of law and order implementation in the State that has culminated in unprecedented communal carnage following killing of Hindu communal leader Laxmanananda is so serious that the Opposition has been stressing on formation of an all-party-committee to overview the situation and to use collective wisdom for restoration of social harmony and peace. But the government did not bother to care.

As the House was called to business at 10.30 a.m., deputy leader of Opposition, Mr. Narasingh Mishra wanted to put on records the concern that the Chief Minister’s conduct is not conducive to democratic norms that the House stands for.

The CM has failed to understand how Opposition is important to democracy.

He has not thought it prudent to take the Opposition to confidence in tackling communal conflicts that has set the state on fire.

Pointing out how a partner in coalition ministry, the BJP, has been caught red-handed when a nephew of its top-ranking leader B.P.Agrawal was arrested by Kendrapada police in bomb throwing offence, Mishra regretted that the CM is more partisan than prudent and it is futile to voice concern when the CM does not hear. He therefore declared to silently protest against the ongoing misrule.

Veterans of Opposition spoke in his support and the Opposition joined him in a silent Dharana in the well of the House before the Speaker’s podium. As adjournment after adjournment went in vein, the Speaker adjourned the House to 3pm. But, as the House resumed, Misra insisted upon urgent formation of all party committee for proper assessment and remedy of the communal flare-up. His words not heeded to, the Opposition again resorted to silent protests.

The Speaker, not knowing how to overcome the silent stonewalling, adjourned the House for the day, with only a Bill on Orissa’s name spelling somewhat passing unopposed.

LAXMANANANDA’S POSTHUMOUS MISUSE BY ADVANI AND CNN-IBN

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

BJP leader L.K.Advani and media organization CNN-IBN have preferred Hindu sectarian leader Laxmanananda’s posthumous misuse against Leftist ultras through premature assertions that Naxals have killed him, when, his own organization Viswa Hindu Parisad that is supposed to know where the shoe really pinched has declared that it is the Christian fanatics who are the real killers.

Both the assertions are premature and irresponsible specifically as the matter is under active investigation by rightful authorities.

We have earlier discussed that religious revivalism that has ruined the peace and tranquility of tribal belt is meant to counter Naxal influence by pushing peoples into the labyrinth of fate so that they can tolerate economic exploitation by accepting their wretchedness as the result of sins they might have committed in previous birth. So religious revivalism, conversions and counter-conversions and acrimonious sectarian quarrels practiced by both the Hindu and Christian chauvinists are not meant for making peoples religious but are promoted by Indian capitalism and American imperialism to stop evolution of exploited peoples’ conscious rising for their economic rights by blocking the spread of Naxal influence. In other words, rival religion practitioners are not their enemy; the real enemy is the Naxal organization. Therefore, Advani was quite eager to attribute Laxmanananda’s annihilation to the Naxals only.

Naxals are known as politically aggressive advocates of wretchedly poor and blatantly exploited peoples’ economic rights. Therefore to oppose them is a clear act of exploitive political activism. Advani is an exploitive political activist. When peoples of Orissa had raised the first ever Indian mass movement against deliberate price rise by profiteers and hoarders and blackmarketeers in the early eighties, Advani had instigated marwadis to observe Diwali as ‘Black Diwali” in protest against the Orissan movement. So there is nothing unusual in his attempts to make propaganda that Naxals have killed Laxmanananda. And he has not done any wrong by that, because that is the right way in pursuit of his political creed and nothing other than that is expected of him. In doing this he has just extended the mission of Laxmanananda in a political way that he is supposed to do as a right wing politician.

But why a media organization like CNN-IBN has ignored the minimum professional discipline needed in such cases and shown so eagerness to use Laxmanananda posthumously against the Naxals?

Conduct of this organization in cash for confidence vote matter exposed recently is yet alive in mass memory. Therefore it attracts suspicion in matter of its motive in trading this most premature but prejudiced propaganda that Naxals have killed Laxmanananda, the master craftsman of counter-conversions so dear to Hindu ultras.

Advani and this media organization look like close collaborators in frustrating the peoples who love democracy, peace and tranquility and want inequality to honorably end.