IS ORISSA CHIEF MINISTER ACTING FOR THE CRIMINALS?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Is Orissa’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik acting for the criminals? The question pains me. But crimes against Orissa are too painful to feel the pain in raising this question.

Let me come to the subject.

The most revered humanitarian and founder leaders of Orissa, whose penances at Satyabadi had built up Orissa’s first section of learned, competent citizens to meet the requirements of modern Orissa at her most critical juncture of resurrection, were subjected to brutal conspiracies and their brainchild – the Samaja – was hijacked by criminals, who forged Utkalmani Gopabandhu’s Will to legalize their offense.

It was found that two former ministers of Orissa – Lingaraj Mishra and Radhanath Rath – were involved with hijacking of the Samaja by forging the Will of its co-founder Gopabandhu Das.

The newspaper, with emotional support of the people for being the newspaper of the Satyabai Panchasakha has been earning thousands of crores of rupees. But its entire revenue is being looted by the Servants of the People Society (SoPS), a body of miscreants that have killed the principal object of the organization, but have been using the forged Will of Gopabandhu in continuous crime.

When Save the Samaja Forum (SSF)  moved the RNI to drop SoPS from the ownership register of Samaja, and an inquiry was assigned to ADM of Cuttack by the RNI, the offenders filed the forged copy of the Will as genuine and yet, in its forwarding written submission confessed that only the Satyabadi Press, not the Samaja was made over to SoPS by Gopabandhu in his Will.

So, it is admittedly the fact that, the SoPS has occupied the Samaja without any legality or authority and has been looting its revenue to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees, which should have been made available to develop the Panchasakha’s Bana Bidyalaya to the stature of Jatiya Bana Bidyalaya University. Instead of developing the Bana Bidyalaya, the criminals operating under the cover of SoPS have given it starvation death, by misappropriating all the revenue generated by the Press and the Paper.

As ORISSA MATTERS continued to expose the felony, the CMO partnered with the exposed offenders and silenced the police when the Director General of Police was contemplating action against them.

We had to run from pillars to posts to retrieve Gopabandhu’s original Will in hope against hope that once the original Will would be in his hand, the Chief Minister shall not hesitate to initiate action against the offenders. We got the original Will and notified him of the same. He kept mum.

Besides ORISSA MATTERS, a specific site addressed to the subject – savethesamaja.com – was created, which carried all the reports published in the former site, with repetition thereof in social media Face Book in a specific page styled “savethesamaja”, where appreciations are rising every day.

For the convenience of non-netizens, SSF has published a compilation of those well documented postings in a book under the title “The Samaja in Maze of Forgery” available in well known book shops including A.K.Mishra.

Orissa’s greater interest is so calling and the necessity to retrieve the Samaja from the criminals that have occupied it by using a forged Will of Gopabandhu is so urgent and recovery of the multi-thousand crores of rupees they have looted from Orissa’s iconic paper by using the forged Will of Gopabandhu is so very necessary for resurrection of the Bana Bidyalaya to its desirable status of a “Jatiya Bana Bidyalaya University, that, SSF wanted an appointment with the Chief Minister to apprise him of the facts on presenting him a copy of the compilation – The Samaja in Maze of Forgery – so that the Government understands its responsibility to the people of Orissa in this specific matter. But surprisingly the Chief Minister has not yet shown the minimum courtesy of answering to our request, as if by being apprised of the crime committed against the people of Orissa, he shall commit a crime!

The Chief Minister is supposed to be the strongest sentinel of Orissa. But, his conduct shows, he is hand-in-glove with the criminals.

It pains to come to this observation.

Therefore, I put this question to all the fellows that have kept the habitual nonchalant Naveen Patnaik clamped on Orissa like filarial worms continue to keep human body loaded with the unwanted elephantine growth: Is Orissa Chief Minister acting for the criminals?

If not, I request all the BJD members to prevail upon their leader to heed to our request dated May 04, 2015, to give us time to be apprised of the issue, or if he still shies, to procure from the market the book “The Samaja in Maze of Forgery” wherein documentary evidences of forgery and loot are given, to read it deeply, to locate the felonies, to act against the criminals that have swindled multi-thousand crores of rupees from the Samaja revenue by using the forged Will of Gopabandhu, to take over the Samaja with immediate effect in view of the admitted and proven fact that Gopabandhu had never made over the Samaja to the Servants of the People Society, to recover the swindled money from that society sans any compromise and to resurrect the Bana Bidyalaya in the Bakula Bana complex where the Panchasakha had established it and had brought to it national fame more than that of Shanti Niketan till Nobel prize made Rabindranath a world celebrity. Let them discipline their leader, so that there shall be no room for us to question: Is Orissa’s Chief Minister acting for the criminals?

Chit Fund Felony: Artha Tattwa Facilitator Rewarded with Promotion and Posting of Choice

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Who is the Godfather of Smt. Gayatri Patnaik, now Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies-cum-MD, Orissa State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Ltd, is a must for the CBI to find out, as otherwise root of the felony may not be reached at.

Smt. Patnaik was Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies when all administrative norms and practices were contravened by her in registering the cooperative gimmick of Pradeep Sethy – the Artha Tattwa Multipurpose Co-op. Society Ltd on 3 November 2010, within 3 days of receipt of his application.

She has been rewarded with promotions and postings of her choice, keeping inconsequential the departmental proceeding instituted against her for serious offenses located through an inquiry.

Government of Orissa in the department of Cooperation had asked B.B.Mishra, DD (Statistics), Office of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Orissa, vide Letter No. 1026 dt.27 January 2011, to inquire into allegations leveled against her by leading members of Capital Coop. Housing Society Ltd.

The Inquiry Officer found that, Ms. Patnaik had captured the said Society’s CEO post by herself, “by utilizing one administrative order of the Govt. having no relevance to any authority under OCS Act and Rule 1962 and 1965 respectively”.

While holding this self-acquisition of the post of CEO absolutely illegal, the IO observed that “Smt Gayatri Patnaik should have waited for formal acceptance of her joining report by the management of the Cooperative Society before starting work including handling of cash and assets of the Society”.

Holding that, “A person acting as chief executive of the cooperative society without express permission of the management amounts to impersonation and her action can be very well termed as trespassing”, the IO declared, “all action done by Smt. Gayatri Patnaik are ultra vires in law unless until approved by the management of the Capital Housing Ltd”.

She was found to have transferred the Society’s funds to another organization “surreptitiously” allowing the chief executive thereof to operate it. This is “quite illegal and breach of trust” and “provision of the by-law (of the Society) has been seriously flouted by Smt. G. Patnaik in this case”, the IO has reported.

The report is full of adverse remarks on Smt. Patnaik. It was submitted on 2 November 2011.

It gathered dust in the Government for about one and half years. On 10 April 2013, vide order No. 3034/Coop, the Commissioner-cum-Secretary to the Government in the department of Cooperation, suspended her “with immediate effect” for “acts of omission and commissions during her incumbency as ARCS, Bhubaneswar”.

But the charges against her were suppressed and under signature of an Undersecretary, in the name of the Governor, which is a normal practice, she was “reinstated in Government service” on 23 September 2013 under Notification No. 7814/Coop.

On reinstatement, she was placed under the department of Hand-looms, Textiles and Handicrafts “for posting as DRCS (Industries) in the Directorate of Handicrafts”.

After she was thus rewarded with reinstatement and placed in a very comfortable post, as a matter of formality, she was served with a charge sheet on 30 October 2013. That charge sheet is not yet acted upon and she has been given extra lucrative assignment as MD of Orissa State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Ltd (Utkalika).

Had she not been in alliance with Pradeep Sethy in registering the Artha Tattwa Multipurpose Co-op. Society Ltd in total disregard to departmental norms in 2010, she would have faced prosecution for the serious offenses enumerated in the Inquiry Report and memorandum of charges the Government had asked her to meet.

Who is her godfather in the Government that has kept the disciplinary proceeding instituted against her inconsequential till date should be found out by CBI that has been investigating into Artha Tattwa’s chit fund felony.

It is worth mention that the General Secretary of All Orissa Primary Handicrafts Co-op. Societies Presidents and Artisans Association, in a letter to the Chief Minister written on 19 October 2014, has raised severe allegations against Smt. Gayatri Patnaik .

But, there is no action on the same as yet.

The mystery of CM’s silence on the Association’s letter is intriguing.

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is either corrupt or incompetent, as suggested by Gowala scam

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The preceding posting was a prelude to this presentation.

Scams in every sphere of administration have engulfed Orissa in the regime of Naveen Patnaik. His stay in power is also based on ‘election scam’ that he executes by stupefying the people under overwhelming impact of all the official welfare programs named after his father Biju. Gullible people fail to understand the difference between welfare projects named after Biju and the political party named also after Biju, and mistake the welfare programs as gifts of Biju Janata Dal, and this mistake helps the BJD win the elections. Naveen is in power for 15 years despite all his misrule because of this ‘election scam’.

Audits and Courts have stripped his government layer by layer for corruption and incompetency, embezzlements and such other offenses signifying scams of severe nature. State Crime Branch, State Vigilance, Central Bureau of Investigations, and various Judicial Inquiry Commissions are busy in investigations into various scams perpetrated in Naveen’s regime.

However, I am going to focus in this presentation on another scam that severely endangers human health and living environment; but continues unabated.

This not-yet-investigated scam may be called by us as ‘Gowala scam of Bhubaneswar’. This scam is suggestive of how Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is either corrupt or incompetent, crying for immediate judicial investigation.

At the moment, the scam possibly is of Rs. 16,000,000/- per month, because, according to a source in GA department, around 4000 milkmen are paying Rs.4,000/- each as unofficial fees against government plots they have encroached in prime locations.

Every milkman (gowala in Supreme Court’s language) knows the collection agent of his locality and faithfully pays the payola to him every month. The ruling party gets the benefit and manages the mandarins so as not to implement the Municipal Corporation Act, 2003, which bans cow keeping in the capital city.

Most secured

This amount may be more or less. My source may be right or wrong. But, it is certain that, the milkmen are the most secured encroachers of prime plots in Bhubaneswar, more secured than even the present President of Orissa branch of BJP and former urban development minister K.V.Sighdeo, ill-famed for encroachment of government land in front of the Governor’s house.

To protect these milkmen, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has de facto killed the law his government had enacted in 2003.

I have discussed this phenomenon earlier and will repeat the discussion in this presentation to provoke the Chief Minister to place before the public his explanation, if any, over his government’s criminal silence, despite the the Supreme Court having fully endorsed the said Law in 2006, mandating the government to immediately oust the milkmen from Bhubaneswar and its periphery.

The 2003 Act and the Supreme Court

To save the city’s inhabitants and visitors from mosquito menace and from pernicious pollution, Orissa Legislature had made provisions in the Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, 2003 that had stipulated that cowsheds must stand obliterated within the limits of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) with immediate effect.

Orissa Milk Producers Association had moved the Orissa High Court against this new Law praying simultaneously that the Government be asked to rehabilitate them in suitable places in the city before eviction and not to impose prohibition on running of cowsheds. Orissa High Court rejected their plea.

They went to the Supreme Court of India against the order of the High Court. There they also failed.

The Supreme Court, in deciding Civil Appeal No.940 of 2006 arising out of SLP (C) Nos. 16362-16363 of 2004, made it absolutely clear that the milkmen must be evicted from the limits of BMC and must not be rehabilitated anywhere in the City and its periphery, as “Right to environment being a fundamental right, it is the duty of the State to make it sure that people get a pollution free surrounding”.

The milkmen had pleaded that the present Chief Minister’s father had assured them with rehabilitation and hence they should be given plots in substitute to run their business. Rejecting this plea, the Supreme Court had declared, “In view of the 2003 Act, even the doctrine of Promissory Estoppels will have no application”.

It had further ordered that the milkmen cannot even be allowed to put up cowsheds in villages bordering Bhubaneswar. “As by reason of the Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, within the periphery of the town, dairies or cowsheds cannot be maintained, the State cannot be entitled to adhere to its earlier plan of rehabilitating them in villages mentioned therein”, the Supreme Court had said while observing, “Not only filth, stench and unhealthy places have to be eliminated, but the (town planning) would be such that it helps in achieving family values, youth values, seclusion and clean air to make the locality a better place to live”

Thus the Supreme Court has not only rejected the plea of milkmen to have cow-buffalo-swine-sheds in Bhubaneswar, but also has fortified the provisions laid down under Sections 409, 543 and 548 of The Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, 2003, which prohibit keeping animals of cow category anywhere within and around the city limits.

The judgment delivered on February 2, 2006 is published in (2006) 3 Supreme Court Cases 229.

So, there was no legal problem at all over demolition of cowsheds and eviction of milkmen with their herds of animals to free the city from stench and flies and mosquitoes and malaria and filariasis and threats of cancer and tuberculosis.(ORISSA MATTERS, January 7, 2009).

But, for reasons best known to the Chief Minister, the milkmen, instead of getting evicted, are protected.

The following is a sample picture of demolition of roadside kiosks run by unemployed persons in pursuit of livelihood in the Unit 9 area of Bhubaneswar on October 30.

demolition of road side shops on 20.10.14

BMC has demolished many such kiosks of unemployed people trying to eke out a living. Another instance captured by camera in 2008:

demolition of shops

It has demolished tiny temples established by people for social utility. Some instances as caught in camera:

demolition of temple_twodemolition of temple 4demolition of temple_one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has used state terror in demolishing the slums where abjectly poor migrant laborers live braving inhabitable conditions, so that they can live for a day. The picture below presents how the evicted poor workers are helpless before the uniformed muscles of the State.

demolition of slum 2

Shameful, yet real
It is shameful for the Republic of India that, when there was no instance of an Indian selling himself/herself in a market for a day’s bread during the Britishraj, Bhubaneswar is having several laborer-markets, called ‘Mulia hat’ where every morning daily laborers (Mulia) gather to sell themselves for money. Only a few of them get a day’s engagement, many return resigned to fate.
The picture below is of one such Mulia Hats, where slum dwellers gather daily for selling themselves to anybody who can engage them in work for a day.Mulia Hat 1

 

In the labyrinth of misrule

Naveen Patnaik has misruled the State to such severe shrinkage of avenues of livelihood that Dadan (migration of laborers from Orissa to other States in search of work) is in constant rise. Dadan often ends in death of the worker due to non-payment of wages, slow starvation, and torture by the employer beyond endurance and resultant suicides. Whosoever fails to migrate to other states, tries his/her luck in the ‘Mulia Hat’ at Bhubaneswar. The picture shows this sordid reality.

These helpless people, resigned to fate, live in slums. Instead of giving them agricultural land, which, as excellent workers, they can use to earn their bread, the Naveen Patnaik government has been sacrificing thousands of acres of land at the altar of avarice of the ultra high rich people – mostly non-Oriyas – for industry and commercial hubs.

demolition of slum_oneWhen so generous to the rich, he is demolishing slums after slums, as if poor people have no right to earn their livelihood at Bhubaneswar. More menacing is the cruelty shown in demolishing their slums. The picture below carries a sample of this cruelty.

But when demolitions of slums, of self-employment kiosks, of temples etcetera is executed without any mercy for the affected, the milkmen are the only people who never face any eviction from encroached prime plots in the heart of the City.

In the preceding article of October 29 that was a prelude to this presentation, a particular location has been highlighted with relevant pictures for ready reference. I have given in that posting the location map for any functionary or conscious citizen to reach there and see what havoc is being played upon the living environment.

Here below are some more pictures that would show how the capital city of Orissa has been infested with illegal cowsheds and unrestrained cattle.

The milkmen leave their cattle roam freely and rest on the road that causes severe disadvantage to vehicular traffic, particularly in the night. A sample picture may suffice in understanding the threat to human safety.

Threat to life on the road

cows on the road 1

cows on the road 3

 

 

 

 

The menace is widespread.

gowala menace 1

The above picture is just a sample of illegal cow-keeping in another location in Bhubaneswar.

And, how is city environment affected by these illegal cowsheds?

3 ft high cow dung on the road, the cow shed behind the green fense4 to 5 ft high heap of cow dung on western main road to Capital Hospital

The above two pictures show, 3 to 4 ft high mount of cow dung has been heaped on a main road. And it has engulfed at least 5 to 6 ft of the road. Because of flowing cow dung and urine mixture, nearby slum houses are also very severely affected, as the picture below shows.

flow of cow dung on western main road to Capital Hospital

Severe danger to human health

As the corrupt government has protected this menacing danger to human health, the city of Bhubaneswar has become a den of nitrous oxide, methane and other greenhouse gases as well as noxious stinks produced by these illegal cowsheds.

It is established that ammonia (NH3) evaporating from cow dung and urine play havoc with environment. An adult cow emits 80 to 110 kilograms of methane gas over its lifetime. Four thousand illegal cowsheds in Bhubaneswar harbor at least 4,00,000 adult cows at the rate of 100 per shed in the average. So, one fears, Bubaneswar is forced to face 400, 000, 00 kg methane gas menace, because Naveen Patnaik’s government is in nexus with the milkmen.

The whole city is under layers of arsenic gas generated by burning of cow dung cakes by the milkmen for cooking and for repelling mosquitoes from their cowsheds and attached huts where they live. Arsenic is slow-poisoning the people residing near the cowsheds and specifically, the children. Cases of TB, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases and Pneumonia, Lung Cancer are increasingly hitting the Bhubaneswar Hospitals. Malaria, Filarial infection, Dengu and such other diseases caused by mosquitoes, various allergies, skin diseases, and cardiac problems are in the rise in the obstinately unhygienic environment the milkmen have created.

Most beneficial Act most brazenly killed

To save Bhubaneswar from this monstrous danger, the Assembly had laid down under Sections 409, 543 and 548 of The Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, 2003 that the city must be immediately made free of Milkmen. Their association, as already shown supra, had challenged it up to the Supreme Court and failed.

As my sources say, the milkmen were paying Rs.300/- as protection money to GA department Officials which after enactment of the Act of 2003 had reached Rs.2000/- per cowshed. After the Supreme Court rejected the milkmen’s case and fully endorsed the Act of 2003, giving a direction to the State government to oust the milkmen forthwith from the city limits and periphery of Bhubaneswar, the protection money has been increased from Rs.2000/- to Rs.4000/- well within the knowledge of the Chief Minister.

If  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is not involved with this scam, he should come forward to clear the doubts by explaining as to why his administration has not taken any step to demolish the cowsheds and to evict the cowherds and to free the government plots from their encroachments and to save Bhubaneswar from pollution, from the hazards of nitrous gases, from arsenic poison, from ammonia, from filth of cow dung and stench and from abnormal rise of temperature and collapse of its habitable climate under impact thereof.

The most beneficial Act has been most brazenly killed by Naveen Patnaik’s government. It is time, the Supreme Court should ask the CBI or appoint a special Commission to conduct an in-depth investigation into why the State Government has slept over its order passed in Civil Appeal No.940 of 2006 arising out of SLP (C) Nos. 16362-16363 of 2004, published in (2006) 3 Supreme Court Cases 229.

We may remind the Supreme Court that in the said order it had mandated that “Right to environment being a fundamental right it is the duty of the State to make it sure that people get a pollution free surrounding”.

We may remind the Supreme Court that in the said order, it had further said that. “Not only filth, stench and unhealthy places have to be eliminated, but the (town planning) would be such that it helps in achieving family values, youth values, seclusion and clean air to make the locality a better place to live”.

The pictures of filth we have given in this posting, as captured with the camera. We expect that the Supreme Court would appreciate that no camera can capture the stench.

The ‘Gowala scam of Bhubaneswar’ strongly suggests that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is either corrupt or incompetent.

But the correct picture can come out only if the Supreme Court asks the CBI or appoint a Special Commission to investigate and report as to why the Orissa Government has kept its own Law – The Orissa Municipal Corporation Act 2003 – inoperative in matter of the milkmen and has rendered the above noted order of the Supreme Court inconsequential so far.

We do not expect that the Supreme Court shall fail to ensure that its orders are honored and implemented by a State Government.

Chief Minister’s link with Chit Fund as suggested by a Picture needs CBI Probe

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

 

chit fund cheat in naveen camp_photo Sankar Parida

This picture with annotation in Oriya has come to my hand from poet and socio-political activist Shankar Parida. Many of his FaceBook friends might also have got it.

It shows that Chit Fund accused Ranjan was an integral part of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s inner circle, whose prominent presence was a guiding factor behind filing of Naveen Patnaik’s nomination papers for the post of BJD President.

He is seen, stamp in hand, authenticating the nomination.

The picture is self-explanatory and massively suggestive. May the CBI take the cue and zoom in on the Chief Minister, as delay may give him contrive ways to escape.

Former IPS officer and scholar par-excellence Arun Kumar Upadhyay has posted a comment in chit fund related story in ORISSA MATTERS that I am going to quote below:

“Supreme court had given order for CBI investigation when records were produced that Artha-tattva had given 6 free flats to the then Police Commissioner Sri B K Sharma who is now ADGP Crime branch and investigating Chit fund scam. Police Commissioner could not allow this without matching flats to the then DGP Sri M M Prahraj who has got legal impunity like High court judge after retirement as Member of State Administrative Tribunal in ending moments of UPA Govt. But the original cause of CBI inquiry is not being looked into and officers leader combine is trapping only Ashok Mohanty who had taken a single house on payment. Ashok Mohanty also must be aware,but can he tell the secrets? He must be under assurance that matter will be pacified after a short period”.

Mr. Upadhyay’s note is as apposite as pertinent.

Who but the Chief Minister is GodFather of these officers? RTI activist Jayant Kumar Das has sent me chilling details of one of these two officers that makes me infer that the offense attributed to him could not have been carried out or gone unpunished without the blessings of the chief minister on his head.

The CBI is doing discernibly excellent in penetrating into the felony. It must have drawn its roadmap to reach the crux.

But, unless the Chief Minister is immediately brought into investigation, the nexus of the offenders is so unfathomably intricate that where, when and in which layer what evidence shall get lost may be totally impossible to locate.

The Chief Minister may be immediately grilled on his connection with Ranjan.

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.

Health Insurance to scribes will never benefit the majority if “all journalists” are not included

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

BHUBANESWAR based journalists are happy that out of their demands, the one for health insurance is achieved. But a small section of journalists of Orissa may benefit from this insurance package advanced under orders of the Chief Minister this afternoon. The package comprises one lakh INR health insurance, which a qualifying journalist will be entitled to that would cover five members of his / her family per year.

The package is restricted to “working journalists” when majority of Orissa’s scribes are “self-employed journalists” and if the definition of “working journalists” under the Working Journalists (Condition of Services and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act and/or Working Journalists (Fixation of Wages) Act is adhered to by the department, most of Orissa’s journalists shall not qualify for the insurance.

It is incumbent upon the State Government to ensure that journalists get the “working journalist” status and get their due wages under the law. The first Press Commission had stipulated that no journalist will either be paid or be allowed to receive less than the amount of wages prescribed by the Wage Board. Inspectors under the Working Journalists Acts in the department of labor are required to conduct regular inspections and take necessary actions to ensure this, the laws say. But this has never happened in Orissa. No newspaper or media organization has ever earned commendation of the labor laws implementation authorities for having properly implemented the Wage Board awards. But no action has ever been taken against erring managements for non-implementation of the Wage Board Awards. When unfair labor practices continue to harass the journalists in every news media organization, no action has ever been taken against the owners of those media houses, as the media power they enjoy by exploiting the journalists is too massive for the labor officers to book them.

All the rural correspondents of all the media organizations of Orissa are kept out of the ambit of the Acts, as the authorities are afraid of media power the media owners possess. As a result of this, even though, de facto, each of the rural reporters of every media house is entitled to be treated as a working journalist, he/she is de jure a non-journalist. These rural media-persons constitute the majority and are he most oppressed and disadvantaged. They really need the health insurance. But they will not benefit from the assured health insurance if the definition of Working Journalists is not amended to include self-employed journalists in its fold.

Since Sangma’s days as the union labor minister, I have been demanding as Secretary of Forum of Freelance Journalist that, be defined that working journalist would mean “employed and self-employed journalists”. But, to no effect.

The assured health insurance package that Orissa Chief Minister has offered, probably to woo the media support in sharply approaching elections to the Assembly as well as the Lok Sabha, will not be available to rural journalists and the self-employed ones, if the words “working journalists” are not replaced with the words “all the journalists” in the instrument the Chief Minister has approved.

Evolution of progressive justice system ought not be obstructed

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A responsible Chief Minister should take all possible steps to ensure affordable justice to the common public and hence, we stand with the Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik in his recommendation for High Court benches in Western and Southern Orissa, though, as we have earlier argued, the people of Northern Orissa also deserve a HC Bench.

It is sad that members of the High Court bar are in strike in protest against the CM’s recommendation for benches beyond Cuttack.

The lawyers have a very distinguished history of fighting for human rights. But attempts to obstruct reach of justice to affected people of remote parts of Orissa, who are unable to afford the cost of engaging lawyers at Cuttack , are the same as denying them human rights.

To cite any decision or any observation of any authority to show as to why the people of Western and Southern Orissa should have no High Court benches is of no strength as the people have woken up against denial of affordable justice to them.

No decision of any legal forum is stronger than the people’s right to affordable justice.
Opposition to HC benches in Western or Southern or Northern Orissa is nothing but opposition to evolution of a progressive justice system.

So, we oppose every opposition to establishment of High Court benches in Western and Southern Orissa while strongly supporting the demand of Northern Orissa to have a Bench as entirely justified and proper.