Friday, December 21, 2012
When Child Rights are talked about everywhere, cases of child abuse and sexual assault increase in an alarming rate in Odisha and, particularly, in Kandhamal district. The juvenile justice system, which could ensure justice to the victims in the aforesaid cases, is almost defunct in Kandhamal district.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Keeping in view the claim of Odisha Government about the apathetic attitude of Indian federal government towards the issues relating to poverty, regional imbalance and disparity in Odisha and, in the other hand, CAG’s report placing the government at fault for slow implementation of programmes and a commercial focus about utilisation of surplus deposit, one can see how poverty is made to exist in the state with a surplus fund for welfare programmes.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Leave apart the real magnitude of the mining scam in Odisha, which Srikant Jena imagines to be of 4 lakh crores, even an irregularity of 70,000 crore rupees is worth enough for a CBI probe. And, a probe by CBI can only track the involvement of bureaucrats, senior officials and political leaders in the illegal mining and bring them to book. But, in spite of several demands for a CBI probe, why the government of Odisha is not going for it when it would largely help in re-establishing the transparent image of the government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as well?
Adamant and ‘different-from-others’ attitude of the bureaucracy are the bottlenecks in effecting decentralisation in Odisha. So, to make decentralised district planning a reality in the state of Odisha, what is primarily required is a change in the attitude of the bureaucracy and the people in power who design policies for the development of people. They mustn’t rule over people but serve people and facilitate decentralised planning and development.
Thousands of Dongria Kondh tribals and agrarian community members took out a rally at Lanjigarh on December 6, 2012, Thursday, demanding complete closure of Vedanta Aluminium unit on the foot of Niyamgiri hill range. Tribals from both Kalahandi and Rayagada districts, who depend on Niyamgiri for their livelihood, participated in the rally, held under the banner of the Niyamgiri Surakshya Samity (NSS). Leaders of various democratic movements including Lingaraz Azad of National Forest Worker’s Federation and Prafulla Samantara, Convenor of National Alliance for People’s Movements, also joined the rally to extend their solidarity.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
With the 17 year old agreement between Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and the Australian mining company Rio Tinto facing a possible end as OMC is not very much keen on the renewal of the agreement, the Australian government has entered the scene to ensure revival of Rio Tinto business in the resource rich eastern Indian province of Odisha.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Incident of child selling is not new to Odisha. There were incidents in the poverty stricken KBK districts of Odisha where starving poor parents being unable to feed themselves and the child had sold their offspring under compulsion to make the child survive somehow. But the recent case of a Mother selling her child for material needs like Jeans and mobile phone throws many questions for the social thinkers of India to think upon.
Taking a step beyond just reaching the people, ‘Namaskar’ – the first purely community produced and managed newspaper – made its appearance in Konark as a 16 pager fortnightly tabloid on October 1, 2012. Under patronisation of Naseem Ahmed Shah Ansari, popularly Ansari, the chief functionary of Odisha’s first community radio centre ‘Radio Namaskar’, the newspaper is not just a newspaper, but a forum for the people of Gop block in Odisha’s Puri district as it empowers common people and the local community with the basic tools to do reporting for it, to do the editing and manage the newspaper.
A science post graduate of his time, the veteran revolutionary of Odisha Gananath Patra left his job as a lecturer and joined people's movements to protect the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden class of Odisha. From the anti-displacement movement in Baliapal to the kashipur movement and the kalinganagar movement against corporate conspiracy, Gananath Patra has been a common face to stand with the people fighting for their rights.
It’s hardly a week when a woman and a minor boy in two different parts of Odisha have been beaten and tonsured in public by some locals and three women have been forced to dip their hands in boiled water mixed with cow dung. The cases indicate how, for a few smaller reasons or, at times, for no reason, social rights and justice of people are threatened in Odisha.
According to various provisions of the Odisha Industrial Security Force Bill, 2012, the proposedIndustrial Security Forcepersonnel can arrest a person without any warrant and, even,without any order from a magistrate.The bill also empowers the forceto search a person or somebody’s house even without any warrant.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
When Congress party and the UPA government at the centre is facing a terrible situation in the parliament for being involved in scams of lakhs of crores of rupees, who will buy to its preaching about political system and transparency in Odisha? It’s more like diverting people’s attention and saving its own face by blaming the other.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Climate change has made the agrarian communities living in coastal, tropical and sub-tropical regions of Odisha its worst victims. The change in the time and amount of rain during the cropping seasons has badly hit the agriculture making it an unviable livelihood option. As a result, the communities’ vulnerability to livelihood loss and food insecurity has increased and Youth of the communities are now forced to migrate as labourers.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Placing the violence of Kandhamal in Odisha as one of the worst of its kind in the country and listing it among three major instances of violence like the Gujarat violence of 2002 and the Anti-Sikh riots of 1984, the commission’s report mentions that, “In December 2007, in Kandhamal, Orissa, violence between Christians and Hindus resulted in several deaths, dozens of injuries, churches and homes destroyed and displacement. The murder of an influential Hindu political leader in August 2008 sparked a further violent campaign targeting Christians, even though Maoist extremists claimed responsibility.
Odisha's Keonjhar based orphanage MMSB is now under the scanner of Odisha High Court for alleged abuse to its inmates and workers. MMSB is believed to have strong clout in the political and bureaucratic circles of the state with the Governor of Odisha being its ex-officio patron-in-chief, former IAS Officer and present Rajya Sabha MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra its patron, Collector and District Magistrate of keonjhar being the ex-officio president.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
While the verdict in Rohit Sekhar Paternity case came in Delhi High Court on July 27, 2012 on basis of N D Tiwari's DNA report, it has its ripples felt in Odisha as a similar battle is fought here on the paternity claim case filed by Sanchita Dhali claiming her to be the daughter of the former minister of Odisha and a sitting BJD MLA Arabinda Dhali. As per the latest information, Sanchita Dhali has again appealed before the Odisha State Women Commission claiming her to be MLA Arabinda Dhali's daughter and demanding DNA test of Arabinda for a confirmation.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
As per claims made by the President of Odisha Congress' women wing on the basis of a white paper tabled in State Assembly, about 4,100 cases under section 376 (rape) were registered in different police stations of Odisha during last three years. The statistics is not only shocking but is also loud to explain how women have become vulnerable to the unmanly instincts of men in the society.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The death of alleged gang rape victim, Babina Behera of Pipili in Odisha has given a new turn to the movement for protection of the rights and dignity of her family. After the death, the civil society bodies and opposition political parties in Odisha have demanded immediate arrest of persons linked with case under charges of murder. A civil society body 'Odisha Gana Samaj' has resolved to observe June 28, 2012 as Black Day.