Citizen’s Forum discussed the Role of Media in Election-2014

From Suresh Panigrahi
(Photo from Asis)

Bhubaneswar based Citizen’s Forum, on May 28, organized a discussion on, “ Role of Media in 2014 General Election” by inviting among others a few prominent media persons of the state. They included Subash Ch Pattanayak (orissamatters.com), Rabi Das (Ama Rajdhani and ex-Editor Pragatibadi/Paryabekhak), Sudhir Pattnaik (The Samadrusti), Praffula Dash (The Hindu) and Basant Majhi of the Samyabadi.

Veteran left leader Sri Janardhan Pati presided over the event.

on media's role in election 2014

Sri Rabi Das initiated the discussion by making a scathing attack on the irresponsible role that media played in the last election. He said, this was the first general election in the post independence history of the country where it appeared as if the media fought the election and won it. In his view, the mass media was preparing Modi since 2012 Gujarat election victory and was therefore influencing public opinion accordingly. The media today is not in a position to think independently. It has become a mouthpiece of the corporate world. They have followed the American Presidential election campaign pattern, said Sri Das. The corporate world by using media has now captured India’s parliamentary democracy. The coming in to power of communal, fascist and corporate forces indicates the grim danger ahead, warned Rabi Das.

In his presentation, Sri.Sudhir Pattnaik, Editor of the Samadrusti clarified that there should not be any confusion about the character of media today since they are very much part of the corporations. Media is being used as the ultimate weapon to clear all hurdles that come on the way of an aggressive capital. According to him, the progressive forces have failed collectively to understand media, Modi and the Indian electorate-all of them are controlled by a restless aggressive capital which is globally advancing its agenda, Said Pattnaik. He wanted people to be careful when they treat Modi an autonomous man as he represents an ideology and there are forces behind him who are projecting him as an individual who will deliver good governance only to capture power. These forces have been preparing Modi for this coveted post for quite a long time and at a huge cost. Today, they have become successful. This is how Modi a man who became subject of household discussion because of Gujarat Muslim genocide in 2002 became an extremely popular man in 2014.

But it would be wrong to say that the credit of the Modi victory goes to corporate media alone, as RSS was working hardest at all level staring from the booth to ensure that its Swayam Sevak becomes the PM. Modi’s media package was total which included all forms of media-social, print, electronic, physical events etc each one complementing the other. On the contrary, we see progressive forces lacking in all spheres of the campaign. We must understand media and make use of it if we are to succeed. The most feasible way out would be to strengthen non corporate media in all forms, said Sudhir Pattnaik.

Media mischief made India’s Parliamentary democracy suffer blatant defeat in the hands a single individual Narendra Modi in Election 2014, said Veteran journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak. He pointed out that primacy of Parliament in selection of a Prime Minister was relegated by the media into insignificance, as much ahead of election of the MPs to say who should be their leader, Modi was projected by Media as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, when in fact, he was appointed by BJP as head of its propaganda committee. His Goebbels in media were so eager to reduce India’s Parliament-centric democracy to person-centric, that, to make their design gather momentum, they even were instigating the Congress leadership to announce their Prime-Ministerial candidate before the Parliament election, observed Pattanayak. And, in this design to keep voters dazzled under propaganda for Mr. Modi, the necessity for raising issues for mandate was totally discarded by media, he said. Media did not educate the people on Modi, on all the facets of his political ideology and activities, when he was the only person projected as Prime-ministerial candidate. When ills of capitalism crippled India, in reaction whereto people were so discernibly against Manmohan Singh government, whether capitalism should remain the norm of administration or the country should return to its fundamental resolve for socialism should have been made the issue by the the fourth estate of democracy; but it failed to fulfill this responsibility, as its priority is profit, not the people, he said.

Media never wanted to tell the masses what were the causes behind great scams of the UPA government, inflation, price rise, unemployment etc, and what difference Modi would bring, if he comes to power and how. Modi and the media have not uttered a single word against neoliberal economic policies and the corporate raj. As evidenced in Election 2014, Media has abandoned its social, political and nationalistic responsibilities, a deeply saddened Subash Pattnayak told the audience.

The Hindu’s Odisha chief Prafulla Dash was extremely critical of the way media played a pro-Modi and pro-Nabin partisan role under the heavy influence of corporations invading the soil of Odisha. They carried relentlessly unqualified pro-corporate news under the influence of unaccountable money. The Mafia in Odisha has taken over media in Odisha, opined Dash. It is not easy to challenge the tyranny of corporate media but unless we strengthen small media initiatives at the grassroots level, there is no hope for a better world, said Sri Dash.

Sri Basant Majhi, Associate Editor, Weekly Samyabadi presented statistics suggesting the scale and involvement of corporate power and their money in the last general election. He lamented that the intellectuals and media have become servants of capital today. Henceforth money and only money will decide the future of Indian democracy- a message that one gets from the 2014 general election.

In his presidential address, Sri Janardhan Pati did not appear so hopeless and assured all that it will not be wise to write off Indian masses and accept the temporary success of corporate media as their ultimate success. The media will be rendered useless and irrelevant by the masses if it fails to raise issues affecting the common men.

The Secretary of Citizens Forum, Sri Suresh Panigrahi offered a vote of thanks at the end.

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Naveen Patnaik to propitiate Jagannath before oath taking; but which Jagannath: the Secular or the Communal?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

On bagging fresh mandate, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to take oath as Chief Minister of Orissa for the forth term today. But before taking the oath of office, he is to visit Puri to propitiate Sri Jagannath.

Which Jagannath he is to propitiate is the question; because Jagannath is now not the one that belong to the Oriya orientation. He has become what originally he was not. He has now two aspects: secular and communal. People of Orissa have a right to know to which aspect their Chief Minister adhering.

Originally Sri Jagannath is Buddha, the supreme leader of ancient Oriyas, who, to save the democratic uniqueness of his motherland Tosala (modern Orissa), had rushed to Rajagrha (Magadh) – the heartland of Vedic imperialism – to obstruct the spread of autocracy by uniting the Vajiyan Tribes in the pattern of Orissa’s tribal democracies against empire building.

The Magadh emperor Bimbisar had stopped empire building on being convinced of the irrelevance thereof and had adopted Buddha as his friend, philosopher and guide.

The Vedic chauvinists had instigated his son Ajatasattu to take over Magadh by putting his father behind the bars, which he had done and through his Brahmin minister Bassakar, had tried to dissuade Buddha from obstructing empire building.

Buddha had rejected the request, as a result of which, Ajatasattu had failed to spread his empire beyond what Bimbisar had built.

When Vedic empire had thus to stop at Magadh, the people of Tosala were safe to pursue their democratic practice because of Buddha.

Hence to the inhabitants of his motherland Orissa Buddha became the most revered master and his tenets became their ism.

The entire Orissa became a land of Buddhist practice and his birthplace Kapilavastu (land of red soil – RANGAMATIA) in the Dhauli Guri region of Bhubaneswar became the fountainhead of Buddhism, which was the most insurmountable obstacle to spread of Vedic empire building.

To destroy this fountainhead, Asoka, the wicked emperor of Magadha, had attacked Orissa at Dhauligiri and having been brought to knees in the historic Kalinga War, where Orissa’s women warriors had even overwhelmed him, he had fled with life after adopting Buddhism as his creed. He, however, used this conversion to Buddhism to destroy Buddhism in the guise of spreading the philosophy, which history is yet to note. (Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Sri jaya Devanka Baisi Pahacha, Bharata Bharati, Cuttack).

Like Gorbachev destroyed USSR by using Perestroika and Glasnost, Asoka destroyed the atheist uniqueness of Buddhism by making Buddhists accommodate interpolation of theism on their philosophy through the epithet “Devanam Piya” (beloved of the Gods) that Asoka used for himself while posing a great patron of Buddhism (Ibid).

However, Buddha’s support to matriarch democracies of Orissa had encouraged Oriya tribes to revere him as the embodiment of mother Nature and lifted him to the level of deity Jaganta that they were worshiping in a wooden log as a symbol of mother Nature. While doing so, to Jaganta (the wooden log shaped like a female torso representing reproductive qualities of nature) they had added drawings of a pair of ‘Thana’ (breasts) recognition of the mother’s ability to feed her child. Thus Jaganta had evolved as ‘Jaganta-tha’ (Ibid).

The great Buddhist leader of Orissa, Indrabhuti, who founded Bouddha Vajrayan, elevated this Jaganta-tha to Jagannatha, who, to him, was non but Buddha. After demise of Buddha, his followers were projecting him as omnipresent (Gaganopama) and Bouddha Shunyavad was trying to safeguard the Buddhist tenets. But, an object of direct worship was necessary to face the image worshipping design of Brahminism. Indrabhuti in that circumstances had tried to develop an idol of Buddha in a pattern most acceptable to majority of Orissa, the tribals. So, he amalgamated Buddhist tenets to the tribal deity Jaganta-tha and created Jagannath.

In delivering ‘Jnanasiddhi’ the canon to Vajrayan, he first propitiated Buddha as Jagannath in the verse noted below:

Pranipatya Jagannatham Sarvajina-vararchitam,
Sarva Buddhamayam siddhi-vyapinam gaganopamam,
Sarvadam-sarva satvoyahsarvajna varavararjinam,
Bhaktyaham sarva bhavena vaksye tat sadhanam param” (Two Vajrayan works, p.-31).

And since then, Jagannath has remained Buddha to Oriyas. In innumerable Oriya works of letters and scriptures, Jagannath is depicted as Buddha.

Vedic chauvinists have rushed to Puri and established various Maths to transform Jagannath from Buddha to Vishnu, a Hindu deity and Brahmins have promulgated caste apartheid in his abode with the help of their patron kings and post-independence administration. Yet, till date, his worship as well as preparation of Mahaprasad are based on Tantra. His most popular public rituals such as Snana Yatra, Ratha Yatra, Naba Kalebara et cetera are all tantric in charecter he himself is known as the God of Tantra (Bhairav) and Goddess of Tantra (Daksina Kalika).

So, Jagannath at present has two distinctly opposite identities. Originally as Buddha he is entirely secular and under hegemony of the Brahmins, he is totally communal.

Now when foul play of plutocracy has pushed politics into religious polarization, and communalism has replaced political ism as the issue in election, of which Naveen is an offshoot, it is pertinent for him to let people know as to which Jagannath – the the secular or communal – he is going to propitiate before taking the statutory oath of office as the State’s Chief Minister.

Last Hope or Lost Hope

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In a legislative house monstrous majority of the ruling party generates an environment where compradors use power to build up their empires at the cost of democracy.

With 117 out of 147 seats in Orissa Assembly, the ruling BJD will pursue its agenda of serving the foreign and Indian private sector like the POSCO and Vedanta more vigorously and the poor peasants and proletariat of Orissa, who are so much devoid of purchasing power that rice at Re.1 per kg is provided to them for saving their life from starvation deaths, would suffer imperilment exactly as the fishes that rush into the fisherman’s net perish.

State terror would more menacingly be unleashed to suppress the voices of protest against displacement and oppression. Mother Orissa would more aggressively be denuded of whatever mineral wealth she has yet preserved and of waters her rivers yet save the people with.

Dark days would soon overwhelm Orissa, as ruling politicians having earned the expertise in fetching votes despite having put the people in debacles, will not bother about how the common man would perish under industrialization.

The Executive that has produced even multimillionaire peons in government offices in the BJD regime would be more ruthlessly accommodative to loot of the exchequer, as the massive majority the government in the Assembly would create for the regime’s corrupt collaborators the safest haven.

At such a critical juncture, the last hope or lost hope is Opposition, howsoever small be its size. Members of only three parties – Congress, BJP, and Samatakranti – may constitute the Opposition. Two independents could be known by their actions in future.

So, regardless of who rules the State, the most precious for the people of Orissa shall be Narasingh Mishra, Chiranjibi Biswal, Jogesh Singh, Prafulla Majhi, Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Bhujubal Majhi, Krushna Sagadia, Nabakishore Das, Surya Rao , Amshuman Mohanty, Subala Sahu , Jacob Pradhan, Chandra Sekhar Majhi, Prakash Behera, and Kailash Kulsika of the Congress Party and Dillip Ray, Nitish Gangadev, Basanta Panda, Radharani Panda, Duryodhan Majhi Rabi Nayak, Bibhuti Harichandan, Govind Das and Pradip Purohit of BJP as well as George Tirkey of Samata Kranti and the lone Communist Lakhmana Munda from Bonai.

Let them – specifically the members of Congress and BJP – stay away from mindless loyalty to their central bosses and act in honor of the faith the people of Orissa have put on them in their respective constituencies. Let them not forget that the election was nothing but a veiled contest between American imperialism sponsored by Sonia and Manmohan Singh and Indian capitalism epitomized by Narendra Modi. Orissa has rejected both those parties quite clearly. Hence let them appreciate that they are elected on the basis of their personal acceptability to the people of Orissa belonging to their respective constituencies.

They will make a mistake by taking that in electing them the people have elected their parties.

Hence, let them act as individual and collective sentinels of interest of the people of Orissa as otherwise the State cannot be saved from the clutches of the compradors representing the interests of POSCO and Vedanta and the likes.

Let them remember that they are the last hope or the lost hope for Orissa in the present phase.

No miracle was necessary; Congress helped Naveen win the mandate

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Anti-incumbency-undercurrent was so strong that many observers were thinking, only a miracle may help BJD continue in power. But, no miracle was needed. Mr. Naveen Patnaik has got the fresh mandate to rule Orissa in absence of Opposition, though people’s support to him seems very positive. He has shown a perfect sample of how serious should politicians be in electioneering, even as under the secret agenda of the Congress high command he was to win.

Orissa, the birthplace of Jagannatha Buddha, and hence of universal brotherhood, is by orientation a secular land in the true sense of secularism and it has proved this uniqueness by ignoring the media generated Modi wave that has overwhelmed whole of India.

The State, where, despite the highest Hindu density, Jagannatha Cult guides the masses, was not supposed to be and has not become a den of BJP.

In view of this, and in absence of the Left, the Congress party should have given the real challenge to Naveen; but Congress versus Congress in Orissa has ensured his victory.

As a result, the State is the loser. To cite just an example, the new House will miss Prasad Harichandan whose researched inputs and legislative acumen had made tremendous contributions to the outgoing Assembly.

Tricks of administration trying to legitimatize the wrongs against the people may find no notable obstacle in an environment of totalitarianism that mandate 2014 has created in absence of a challenging Opposition.

Though people of Balangir deserve unreserved praise for having elected Sri Narasingh Mishra, who would probably lead the CLP in the benches of Opposition, one wishes if Prasad Harichandan of Congress, Bijay Mohapatra of BJP, and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik of Ama Odisha could have come to the House, perhaps the rampart of democracy in Orissa could have been better guided not to take any decision per incuriam which compradors in power generally do when their party enjoys massive majority in the House.

Such a situation would never have emerged had the high-command of Congress not sabotaged the Orissa unit by replacing Niranjan Patnaik with Jayadev Jena when Patnaik had almost revived the dilapidated party in the State and the approaching steps of election were already audible.

How long Rahul’s frustration could have been kept under the lid?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Unless Rahul Gandhi’s heart was full to its last brim in wrath and frustration over the harm his mother and Manmohan Singh combine had done to the uncomplicated common man of India, he would never have done what he did by skipping Sonia’s farewell dinner offered to the outgoing Prime Minister on 14 May 2014.

The common man had made its supreme sacrifice to free India from the foreigners; but this treacherous combine along with the present President Pranab Mukherjee did everything to help the foreigners grab our lands and establish their empires in India.

Dreams of freedom fighters, who had dared British gallows, bullets, batons and boots to make their motherland the land where they shall dwell in peace with full ownership over all the natural resources and all the means of production, got shattered by the above said gang of the three to the total detriment and ruin of the common man.

Self-employed small farmers were brutally displaced from their lands and habitations for allocation thereof to private and foreign industries, under whose design the forest-dwelling tribes to whom mountains and hills are Gods, springs their blessings, plants the staple sources of livelihood, in the name of and devotion to which they had made the maximum contribution to martyrdom in the freedom struggle, were thrown out of their living environment and brutally tortured by the State, in the regime of Singh that Sonia was controlling.

To the young, unmarried, unpolluted Rahul Gandhi, who is marked for his eager concern for the tribal people, this treachery was unbearable. His humanly conscience, as we have marked, was militating against his political entity as a team mate of the very same politicians who, in power, were playing havoc with the poor people in the name of their development, when, in fact, their actions were pushing people to imperilment and exploitation by the rich.
He is marked to have expressed solidarity with the tribes fighting against the State power and private industries to protect their revered hills like Niyamagiri and eco-systems that are being destroyed for mining by private industries and the mafia.

As a very informed insider, he must have seen the nasty game his mother and Manmohan were playing against our people and must have felt ashamed of being a passive onlooker of the treachery.

He was evidently ashamed of how his mother’s remote-controlled Manmohan Singh had tried to foil the Supreme Court mandate on convicted politicians and had no qualms in terming the official ordinance in that regard “nonsense”.
He must have felt how people of India were, during electioneering, looking at Modi as a lesser danger than the Congress rulers and in sheer frustration, he must have preferred to keep away from the dinner in order to display his total disapproval of what Manmohan Singh has done to India under stewardship of Sonia.

May 16 may be a day of national calamity for India as a new phase of harsher misrule ensured by continuance of of the same political economy of capitalism that Manmohan had clamped on India is feared to engulf the country with the mandate, which certainly would be mindless, as nobody has condemned relegation of Parliament from its pivotal role to peripheral , under a wave manufactured by the ‘rich media’ for Modi, declared “Prime Ministerial Candidate” in total disregard to the role of elected MPs in selection of Prime Minister .

With the phase of Sonia-Singh meretricious concern for the common man over, and their aggressive collaboration with American imperialistic design gone with the reign going into Modi’s hands, one may expect that Rahul will rip apart the cocoon and, instead of passive resentment to the high-command controlled misrule, which he disapproved by discarding the dinner Sonia offered to Manmohan, he may begin afresh with his marked concern for the common man and emerge the expected obstacle to the profiteers’ mischief that is bound to overwhelm India post May 16.

Modi’s Goebbels fought shy of seeking why polarization is on religious line

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If political parties are as popular as they claim, why are they polarizing on religious line? Modi’s Goebbels was engaging viewers with this question on Times Now last evening. The verbal acrobatics, however, were far from seeking the answer.

If one tries to find out the answer, he/she may reach the religions. Religion puts people to opiumism that makes them too inane to oppose exploitation.

The rabid proponents of the system of exploitation that are seeking mandate are afraid of admitting that political economy of capitalism practiced and promulgated by Manmohan Singh has ruined India; because, thereby, they shall be attacking their own political economy.

Therefore, they are using religions to their benefit by obfuscating the voters and are trying to gain from the majority community in India by polarizing them on communal lines.

Communalism is the other name of religious opiumism caused by religious fanaticism and so, agents of capitalism, after capitalism as a political economy is showing symptoms of its failure all over the world, are not electioneering on issues of political economy; but have been using communalism as the main medium of vote-catching in Indian Elections 2014.

Since when fellows with more physical prowess and wild avarice started exploiting the weaker ones, religions are grown and used as shock-absorbers in their vehicles of tyranny. Even intellectual endeavors in Puranic days to save the human society from the mischief of religions have been overturned by agents of the exploiters.

Geeta a Victim of Religious Notoriety

As for example, umpteen attempts are made in India to convert Geeta into a religious canon, because herein alone, for the first time, a clarion call was given for discarding all the religions.

“Sarva Dharman Parityajya” (After discarding all religions) “Mamekam Sharanam Braja” (come only to my refuge), says the author Vyasa in the lips of his main character Sri Krushna in his epic ‘Mahabharata’.

The word ‘Mamekam’ (me alone) was elaborated in projecting ‘Vishwroopa’ (concise form of universe) of Sri Krushna. Arjuna saw the entire Vishwa in concise form in the body of Sri Krushna and, finally, stayed content in the human form of Sri Krushna. This indicates that in Geeta, by saying “Mamekam Sharanam Braja” Sri Krushna, in general the concise form of the universe, had been defined as human society in particular, in interest of which, all religions were required to be discarded.

This concise form of Universe/human society was further refined into the concept of unity of the people when the Devi defined herself as united form of the nation (“Aham Rastri Sangamani”) after showing her Vishwaroopa too.
And the concept was fully projected in Kali, the assaultive flame of awakening, arising out of the dormant society lying like a Shava (corpse) and with that awakening, the Shava becomes Shiva (destroyer of demons). Shiva in Indian mythology is also the last of the Trinity (Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva) regarded as the final arbitrator in whom all the Gods find their refuge. So, in mythological perception, Shiva is amalgamation of all religions. This indicates that Kali puts all the religions down at her feet and rises as the assaultive flame of people’s wrath against tyranny. So she also symbolizes that, when determination of the people to destroy the tyrants becomes aggressively active, it is necessary to discard the religions to dust of the soil, so that human society as a whole shall benefit.

So, Sri Krushna in concise form of Universe is the same as Kali in the age of mass awakening (“Kalou Kali, Kalou Krushna, Kalou Gopala Kalika: Tara Rahasya).

Sri Jagannatha (Lord of the Universe), regarded also as Sri Krushna, is, therefore, worshipped as Kali in His citadel at Puri (“Niladrou Sri Jagannatha Sakshat Dakshina Kalika”). So, Sri Krushna is, like Kali, conceived as eliminator of tyranny and its offshoots –the religions – to safeguard the interests of the exploited peoples. In other words, he symbolizes the collective conscious awakening of the exploited people of the world and their assaultive prowess. His views were clear: Religions are the obstacles to emancipation, discard them in entirety. Getting extricated from religions, the proletariat must fight against the exploiters, he had emphasized.

Paragon of revolutionary progressivism, Sri Krushna of Vyasa had called upon the proletariat (landless Pandavas) to fight against the land swindlers (Kauravas) as that fight only can give them emancipation (“Hato ba prapsyase swargam, jitwa ba bhogyase mahim, Tasmaddutistha Kaunteya yuddhaya krutanishchaya”). But religious taboos were hindering the progress, besides being factors of disunity of the have-nots, which was making them too pusillanimous to fight against the tyrants. Therefore, the call was given in Geeta to discard all religions. But religion being the vehicle of exploitation, attempts to transform Geeta into a religious canon has been made by the practitioners of religions.

World’s Parliament of Religions was aimed at foiling May Day impact

In modern time, we see how religions were used by the Industries to foil the effect of May Day.

May Day, celebrated as the International Workers Day, has its origin in Chicago of USA where workers in strike for their right to rest and reduction of working hours to eight hours a day, were subjected to State terror that brutally extinguished innocent workers through bullets and gallows to please the exploitive private industries and avaricious owners of means of productions.

At Chicago’s Haymarket Square, on May 4, 1886, to serve the interests of the private empires of exploitation, the Police had pounced upon the workers to disperse their peaceful rally. And the exploiters used an agent provocateur to throw a dynamite bomb at the police in order to precipitate the situation for gunfire from the police to extinguish the leading lights of the labor movement.

The exploiters-police nasty nexus, having caused the mayhem, known as Haymarket massacre, had tried to terrorize the awoken working class by using the judicial system. Eight of the labor leaders were convicted with one of them given imprisonment for 15 years and the rest sentenced to death. This judgment was delivered and enforced despite the fact that the prosecution had blatantly failed to prove who of them had thrown the bomb. In fact, none of the convicted had thrown the bomb as evidence on records had shown. Yet, four of the seven death row convicts were hanged on November 11, 1887 while two were saved from gallows as Governor Richard J. Oglesby of Illinois had commuted their death sentences to life imprisonment; one had died in the prison. People had continued their protests against the exploiters-police- Judiciary nexus when a new Governor of Illinois John Peter Altgeld had to condemn the wrong done to the workers through the stage-managed trial, for which, he had pardoned the surviving ones in 1893. By this year – 1893 – Chicago had become a seat of the working class consciousness that the exploitive class was no more able to face.

As the exploiters were eager to extinguish the fire of class consciousness of the workers, religion was the only way they found congenial to their design. So, to get a monumental audience easily for their purpose, they convened a World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, when the city was agog to have the World Columbian Exposition in 1893. Swami Vivekananda had joined this Parliament projected as representative of the Hindus and contributed his might to protection of the exploiter class through religious jargons. His speech was found so suitable to the exploiters that he was encouraged to continue preaching Vedanta, the philosophy that aims at making the people acquiesce into the system of exploitation in the name of God, as thereby only, emancipation would be achieved, if not in life-time, in the next birth.

The working class uprising against restless exploitation in Chicago that gave birth to the May Day, which the world observes as the International Workers Day, discernibly dwindled after that Parliament of Religions held in 1893, the year which had found the Governor of the State, as noted supra, condemning the wrongful trial of workers following Haymarket massacre.

The technique of suppressing working class consciousness is used by the exploiters always under the guise of religion.

Chanakya Method

Chanakya, the author of the Arthasastra (canon of political economy) had advised the kings, that, if any of them desires to expand his territory, he should depute his trusted ministers to the targeted area to generate amongst the inhabitants thereof a strong faith in a God while linking the same God to himself to cultivate their faith also in him. Once confidence in a God grows, self-confidence would recede and there should be no difficulty in grabbing their land, because people lacking in self-confidence would never stay strong enough to give a battle to protect their territory; even as they will not hesitate to go against their own king in support of the king they believe to be the man of their God, Chanakya had elaborated.

And India has witnessed how territories were subjected to fierce battles in the name of different Gods, projected as presiding deities of the quarreling kingdoms. Subjects of the kings were worshiping them as incarnation of the Gods they worship and tolerating horrific tyranny of the kings and their officers, because of the fear that the God would be dissatisfied if His incarnation- the king – and his acolytes are resented to. So, faith syndrome makes the tortured people too pusillanimous to revolt against oppression and exploitation. This is ensured by religions.

Thus Chicago was chosen

Therefore, the same Chicago, where workers were massacred by the rich owners of industries by using the State’s Police and Judiciary, as the workers were demanding for recognition of their right to rest, the World’s Parliament of Religions was willfully organized in 1893.

Religions were used to foil the instant impact of workers’ awakening and their supreme sacrifice that Haymarket had witnessed.

Satya Yug Ayega, Sab Thik Ho Yayega

The then Government of Orissa had put me in Jail in August 1983 as a preventive measure when the Communist Party of india had given a call for Bharat Bandh against pernicious rise in prices of essential commodities. Despite all sorts of oppressive steps taken against Communist activists all over the country, whole of India had responded to the call like never before and the Bandh was observed even in places where Communist influence was not that defined. This unmistakable rise of the masses against price rise had sent such shock waves that the profiteers and hoarders and their agents in political as well as executive governments both in the Center and the States were stunned.

However, on release from jail after a week, as I was waiting at Khuntuni of Athgarh for a public bus to proceed to Cuttack, four persons with buckets of colors and sprayers and brushes alighted from a car and proceeded to the nearby ‘bus-stoppage-shade’. They sprayed white color on the side-walls of the shade to cover whatever was written there earlier. As the white color dried up, they wrote “Satya Yuga Ayega, Sab Thik Ho Jayega, Jay Guru Paramatmaka” (Good days will come, every problem would be solved, Glory to Guru Paramatma). Onlookers read the apparently innocent lines and nodded in approval. “Yes, unless Satya Yuga comes, our misfortune won’t end” they were murmuring.

Everywhere in Orissa the same display was painted by the said hired artists and while going to Bhopal after a month, I had seen the same painting up to Bina at rail side vintage points and on road sides from Bina to Bhopal and in Bhopal Township too.

Who were those painters? Who had funded them to write this particular set of message? And why?

After many months, when I was in the chamber of a lawyer friend, I found him giving advice to a delegate of a business chamber to settle the issue mutually as otherwise, once the matter reaches the Court, it would be embarrassing to them.

I gathered that the said business chamber had engaged the painters mentioned above to write the above message as a part of the chamber’s campaign to erase the effect of the CPI led Bharat Bandh against price rise. But as the painters had not been paid with the promised amount, they had preferred a dispute, which the Chamber’s lawyer was trying to settle through compromise.

In fact, within a short time of writing of this message, I had observed how the effect of the Bharat bandh against pernicious price rise had evaporated. People had relapsed into the previous state of non-agitation believing that “Satya Yuga Ayega, Sab Thik Ho Yaega” under the grace of “Guru Paramatma”.

People of India are discernibly condemning Manmohan Singh for his wrong economic policies that has ruined India and, particularly, for his inaction against price rise. But the man who asserts to replace him in the top post is leading his campaign on the basis of religion, as he has no other political economy than that of Manmohan Singh.

Irrespective of which party bags how much votes, the people will continue to suffer as long as religions are allowed to keep them too opiated to believe “Satya Yuga Ayega, Sab Thik Ho Jayega”.

Modi’s Goebbels, as expected, keeps mum on this.

Plutocracy_a Specimen is Orissa: Study it and get ready for a revolution

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa is reduced to a state of inanition by Naveen Patnaik inasmuch as more than half a crore, at least 5,967,215 persons as per the list of beneficiaries under Public Distribution Scheme, are suffering from continuous slow starvation, who just thrive on subsidized rice at the rate of Re.1 per kg; when as many as 63,759 persons are identified as paupers having not even this abysmally little purchasing power to have rice at Re.1, for which they are given the rice they need free of cost under the Annapurna scheme. “This initiative” confesses the State government “helps to mitigate the maladies of hunger, deprivation and poverty. AAY scheme specifically caters to the need of the poorest of poor people living in urban & rural areas, who face difficulties to buy essential commodities even at a relatively lower price”.

When UNDP puts the figure of poor in Orissa at 15.32 million based on data of 2009-10, a CLAP project finding on “State of Children in Orissa” shows that, the State has the “highest percentage of Infant Deaths and Neo-Natal Deaths among the States of India. The IMR for the State is 83 per 1000 live births. The Neo-Natal Mortality is 61 per 1000 live births. 54.4% born in Orissa are underweight. 20.7% of Children below 3 years of age are severely underweight and another 54.4% are moderately underweight”, attributing this sordid reality to severe malnutrition and continuous slow starvation.

In such a State, against 147 Assembly seats, 217 multimillionaire (crorepati) candidates, have been fielded by non-Communist political parties, who have also fielded 324 declared criminals, most of whom are charged with serious crimes like murder, attempt to murder and rape.

In Naveen babu’s regime, Orissa was blackened through mandate 2009 with 18 MLAs and 3 MPs who could not be punished, as criminal cases against them continued to limp, because prosecution did not dare to pursue those cases in right earnest.

This happens in plutocracy where mafia rules the roost.

In plutocracy corrupt politicians whom people really hate get elected because elections become Hobson’s choice. And in this process they use the administration and machinery of election like the Election Commission in the Center and Chief Electoral Officers in States. This technique is glaringly evident in Orissa.

The ruling party here is named after Biju Patnaik, more a mafia than a democrat. All officially instituted welfare projects are named after the same Biju Patnaik which is a ruling party design to keep the voters too dazzled to differentiate between the Biju Janata Dal and Biju-named projects. As a result, BJD appears as the provider of their welfare, though all the Biju-named projects are created with and funded by the State exchequer.

A fare and non-plutocratic election machinery – the EC, India and CEO, Orissa – should have banned all advertisements in media and mention in electioneering of every official project named after Biju since the very day of commencement of preparation for election, if Orissa voters were to use their unbiased, unprejudiced, uninfluenced, free wisdom in casing their votes.

I had pointed out the malady much earlier on 5 March 2014 and 9 April 2014, but it did not happen.

Over and above this, several instances of heavy cash being carried in vehicles engaged in electioneering of ruling and non-communist parties, as located by stray officials sans any punitive action, indicate to what extent the election is made undemocratic, which proves that, the election which our innocent people believe to be a democratic process of their mandate, has become a plutocratic phenomenon, where they elect their enemies only as their representatives.

These plutocratic politicians do not allow their voters to know even their election manifestos.

bjpAs is well known, the BJP, which is aspiring to capture India by exploiting people’s wrath against Manmohan Singh-Sonia misrule, had not issued its manifesto till closure of electioneering in Orissa for the first phase of election. When it released its manifesto, the total copies thereof were only 1000 when Orissa has a total of 2.88 crore voters.

bjdThe BJD had no more copies of manifesto than what was necessary for release to the Press. It disdainfully disobeyed the election law to print the numbers of the copies of the manifesto which it circulated only to members of the Press at Bhubaneswar. We did not get a copy of BJD manifesto in any of its electioneering camps and none of its slogan-raisers or campaigners candidates could give us a copy either, which establishes that the ruling party of Orissa had no scheme of equipping the people with the election manifesto.

congressThe Congress had limited its manifesto to 10,000 copies as against 2.88 crore voters of Orissa too, when its offshoot Ama Odisha had printed only 500 copies. aop

So, for all these non-Communist parties, planting candidates in all/almost all the Assembly constituencies of Orissa, seeking of mandate on the basis of manifesto carried no meaning. They have made the election a farce and a medium of plutocracy in the guise of democracy, and nothing else.

Read the scenario and find the specimen of plutocracy in Orissa and be ready to fight against whosoever forms the next government with such treachery and foul play, if you really love your motherland and wish it stay a democracy.

A violent class war is inevitable, as from now on, plutocracy will tighten its grip to further imperilment of the poor, perishing under slow starvation and silently suffering the ignominy of thriving on Re.1 per kg rice.

Your post-election responsibility is to try to forestall the violent class war by building up a non-violent revolution to force the government(s) to put a ceiling on private property, so that concentration of wealth in hands of a few shall stop and corruption caused by unlimited avarice of the rich and aspirants for richness would shrink to obliteration and enough funds shall be available for all round development of all Indians.

Get ready.