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Exclusive interview with Eminent Sr.Journalist Prasanta Patnaik

Friday, 15 December 2017 06:30 Written by

Manoj Kant Dash,


with Prasanta Patnaik,Sr.TV Journalist & Patron of odishabarta

Sir please tells us about your child hood (?)

Prasanta: - I was born on 10th April, 1941 in Olasingh village under Khurda Sub-Division of undivided Puri district. 

Family Background and nativity please (?)

Prasanta: - My father Raghunath Patnaik was a freedom fighter and was one of the founder members of Communist Party during the pre-independent days. He was a social activist and motto of his life was to help all for their development. My mother Harabala Patnaik, though was a house wife, she was indirectly associated with all activities of my father. We are four brothers and nine sisters. I am the eldest among sons. I had an elder sister Prativa who died on 10th March, 2011. My third brother Dr. Pragati Patnaik, who was serving the deprived and downtrodden in Nagaland, was assassinated by the militants. 

Very Sorry Sir (!),
Student carrier(?) .
Prasanta: - After completing my school career from Dasarathi High School, Olasingh, which was established by my grandfather a popular zamindar, I joined S.C.S. College, Puri from where I completed my intermediate. Then I did my graduation as well as post graduation in English from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. 

Your portfolio (?).

Prasanta: - 
From my student career I was interested in literature and journalism. I was contributing short-stories, poems, satires, news photographs to various magazines and newspapers. While a student of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack I was actively associated with “DAGARA” and edited “CHANDRIKA “a monthly devoted to literature, art and culture. I was also reporting for The Eastern Times, edited by Sri Janaki Ballav Patnaik.

After completing my M.A., I had got an offer to join as a lecturer in P.N. College, Khurda and on the same day I also got an offer to join as a sub-editor in Amrita Bazar Patrika, at Cuttack. Since journalism was my first love, I preferred to join Amrita Bazar Patrika in 1967 and since then I am continuing as a journalist. During my journalistic career, I have worked for the Kalinga with Sri Surendra Mohanty as the Editor, and then joined Hindustan Samachar, a multi-lingual news agency as Bhubaneswar Bureau Chief after sudden closure of Kalinga. After a brief stint, switched over to Patriot, English daily and LINK news weekly published from Delhi. Simultaneously I also worked as photo-correspondent for Pan-Asian Photo-News Agency with head office at Tokyo and Land & Life Photo-News Agency, Calcutta. I contributed photographs and features for ONLOOKER,Mirror, Bhavan’s Journal, SUNDAY, Ravivar, Current, The Week, Sunday Observer etc. After quitting Patriot & Link, joined News time English daily published from Hyderabad and subsequently headed the Orissa Bureau of News time, EENADU and ETV till 2001. Edited Chandrika, Oriya News weekly.

Today you represent (?)
Prasanta: -
 Worked for Rajat Sharma’s Independent News Service. and finally joined as Orissa Bureau Chief of INDIA TV . 

Political view (?)

Prasanta: - I believe in Marxism, which is aimed at well being of the masses.  

Political interest (?)

Prasanta: - No interest in politics as I feel it is the “ last resort of scoundrels”.

What you are dreaming for Odisha(?)

Prasanta: - A rich and exploitation free Odisha.

Since when you started creative writing (?).

Prasanta:- I started writing poems and short stories since 1958, while I was a student of S.C.S. College, Puri and was contributing to various newspapers and magazines. My first published book was KALAPANA RANI, Oriya translation of Alaexander Puskin’s QUEEN OF SPADES. My other publications include ANDHAKARARA KABYA, PUNASCHA ANDHAR, RAVAN PODI AND KRUSHNACHUDA RA RANGA, all short-story collections. I have also written more than a dozen of crime novels published in Masik Detective, Goenda, edited by my eldest brother-in-law Kanhu Charan Patnaik in the pen name of Falguni Das. A number of my satires had also been published in DAGARA and other magazines under the pen name of Sri Lachhaman. You were one of the pioneers in photo-journalism, what were your achievements? I tried to give a new twist to photo-journalism in Orissa. Instead of head hunting (covering VIPS only ), I started highlighting problems of people. Human touch gave me more pleasure and satisfaction. My news photographs have appeared in almost all local and national newspapers and periodicals as well as in some international newspapers and magazines. Because of my love for visual media, I had introduced a half-page photo-feature in CHANDRIKA while editing it. Besides news, my other interests were wildlife and tribals also. I was also founder of Eastern Press Agency and Associated Media Foundation. 

You expect from the Society (?)

Prasanta:- Many claim that you were also one of the pioneers in feature writing in Oriya and many of your features had sent shock-waves in the State and outside: I tried my hand in feature writing in the seventies being inspired by Sri Srikanta Panda, who was editing ASANTAKALI from Kolkota. All my features were appreciated as those were supplemented by a number of photographs. 

Which aspects of journalism you have never touched (?)

Prasanta:-I have tried my hand in all branches of journalism. I was associated with English and Oriya journalism, Agency journalism ( Hindusthan Samachar), Photo-Journalism,TV Journalism (ENADU TV, Independent Media and INDIA TV) & Web Journalism ( ). 

Because of your bold and investigative journalism you were subjected to threats, attacks and harassments, how you accepted all these cooly (?)

 My first love was investigative journalism for which many vested interests were unhappy with me. I was repeatedly threatened and harassed. My children and family members were subjected to threats. But we accepted it cooly. 

You were the only media person who was a victim of political atrocity during tenure of J.B. Patnaik as the Chief Minister . How you reacted(?)

Prasanta:-Yes I and my family were thrown out from the Government quarters on a winter night, while my wife was undergoing treatment from suspected brain injury. I accepted it as a part of the game. I am very much thankful to the politicians who had taken such steps as because of them I could become the richest media person in the country, though not materially, certainly by experience. No other media person in the country had ever faced so much harassment. But God and blessings of my parents, support of all my family members, friends and readers were always with me, which was my greatest strength in life. 

Why you have chosen for Media line Sir (?)

Prasanta: - As I was keen to do something good for the State and the society as well as the common men of Orissa by creating awareness against exploitation and corruption, I choose media as my career. Both me and my fifth brother-in-law Dhiren Patnaik who was bringing out Tuesday weekly and Khabarkagaj daily had planned to go ahead with strengthening the circulation and contents to create awareness among people against corruption in political and administrative level. But unfortunately Dhiren died of heart attack about 24 years ago, which shattered all our dreams.  

You’re blessed with (?)

Prasanta:- Two sons and two daughters. Now I am a proud grand father of four grandsons and a granddaughter. 

Sir Pls tell us few line about Madam (?) 

Prasanta:- My wife Chandraprava was a senior lecturer in Kamala Nehru Women’s College, Bhubaneswar. She is a social activist and was a office-bearer of National Federation of Indian Women founded by Smt. Aruna Asaf Ali. She was also a national vice-president of Indian People’s Theatre Society (IPTA) and worked with Kafi Azmi, Shabna Azmi, Farooq Seikh, A.K. Hangal. She writes poems and features. Recently her first poem collection SWARA MAYA has been published. 

In your carrier please tell us your memorable day(?).

 My most memorable day was the day when I had brought the then Chief Minister Biju Patnaik in my Kinetic Honda scooter, after he had a fall from the bi-cycle.

Have you ever accepted any gift from any politician or businessman (?).

Prasanta:-None had ever dared to oblige me materially. But I had to accept a Canon Camera from Smt. Nandini Satpathy which she had brought form during her  foreign tour with lots of love and appreciation for my photography. Though I was her worst critic while she was the Chief Minister, she loved me immensely till she breathed her last. In the meanwhile the camera has become obsolete after introduction of digital technology, but still I have preserved it carefully as a token of memory. 

What is your choice (?) And what you hate (?)

Prasanta:- I love boldness and truth and hate hypocrisy.

You were feliciated by various organizations for your contribution to journalism, photo-journalism and creative writing can you name a few(?)

 I was felicited by Jiban Ranga as well as Utkal Sahitya Samaj for my literary activities, Chintamani Panigrahi Memorial Committee for life-time achievement in journalism, and also Narad Samman by Viswa Sambad Kendra, life-time achievement in photo-journalism from Swarajya.

Besides photo-journalism what were your other activities in photography (?).

Prasanta:-I also worked as a still photographer for Srikrushna Rasa Leela film and had tried my hand in model photography before any photographer had did so.

You are a non-smoker, but you has modeled for Captain Cigarette why (?) 

Prasanta:-Just for fun (!) As far as I know till date none of media persons have been offered to model for any product.

Last :what is your Dream for your Media friends, Brothers(?)

Prasanta:- My dream about media is to ensure a true free and fearless media, free from political, bureaucratic, corporate and mafia influence which can serve the interest of the State, the country and people at large.

Thanks for valuable time share with us. We seek your noble guideline and advice for ever. Namaskar

Amitabh Thakur,IPS - Dynamic Personality

Friday, 15 December 2017 06:27 Written by

By; Manoj Kant Dash,Editor,Orissabarta with Mr.Amitabh Thakur,IPS, I.G.Police,Southern range, BERHAMPUR,ODISHA,INDIA 

Q.Please tell us something about you and your family like parents,Brothers and sisters, place of Birth, date of Birth etc..

Ans:Mr. T.N.Thakur ,Brother , AVINASH Katihar, BIHAR

Late Mrs. Krishna Thakur,Brother 2: ANSHUMAN

Date of Birth: 11.08.1972 

Q.Your marriage anniversary and you blessed Please (?) their names (?).

Ans:26th January,



Q. Your Academic Back ground Please (?).

 Ans:Graduation & Post Graduation; 

Economics; Master’s Degree in Police Admn.  

Q. Why you have shown interest on Police Service (?). 

Ans:This was my childhood dream

Q. Working Stations (?).







Delhi and today at Berhampur.

Q. What you find any special in Police Carrier (?).

Ans:Police can be instant justice and is one of the most noble profession dedicated towards service of people.

Q. Being a Busy officer how much time you are sharing with your family (?).

Ans:I try and spend as much time as my job permits.

Q. What you Love(?)  (Reading,Writing,TV,News ,Games etc..)

Ans: Gardening and reading. I love to play cricket.

Q. Any Awards (?).


i.Sadar Patel Trophy 

ii.BSF Trophy 

iii. DGP’s Disc 

iv.Bhubanananda Mishra Trophy 

v.Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service.

Q.What is most important/Memorable day in your Police Carrier (?).

 Ans:- Being the Ist DCP of Bhubaneswar 

-Getting conviction in a minor rape case within 9 days from registration of the case in Bhubaneswar.

Q. What is your Goal Set after retirement (?).

Ans:Public Service.

Q.Do you like Odishabarta (?).

Ans:I love to read the analytical news. It carries in-depth and detailed analysis as well as critical appraisal of all events and news. 

Thank you Mr.Amitabh Jii

Sangeet is my life, Ms.Swagatika,to Odishabarta

Friday, 15 December 2017 06:20 Written by

Direct Interview with Manoj Kant Dash,Editor in Chief of  odishabarta 

Welcome to odishabarta Ms.Swagatika 

Swagatika: Namaskar.  

OB:Your Full Name Please(?). 

Swagatika: Swagatika Tripathy . 

OB:Your Date of Birth Please ? 

Swagatika: 22nd March 

OB:  Your academic Career Please (?) 

Swagatika: I’am a Mechanical Engineer   from a reputed College of Bhubaneswar.  

OB Tell us about you and your family (?) 

Swagatika: My father and my Sangeet Guru  Sri.Gopa Bihari Tripathy .We have a musical institution named Saraswaty Kala Pitha”.My Mother Smt.Sabitarani Tripathy is also a Visarad in both Odishi and Hindustani sastriya sangeet..We are two sisters,my little sister Ms.Smaranika Tripathy is also a famous singer in Odisha,All over I can say,I have a musical family. 

OB: Other than Sangeet are you in any other profession as you said basically you are an Engineer (?). 

Swagatika:Yes I was in a Company named  OCCL as Mechanical designing engineer for 1 year. Now I am doing lectureship in a Private Engineering College at Bhubaneswar. 

 OB:What is Daddy (?). 

Swagatika: My father is Guru Sri Gopa BIhari Tripathy.He is visually disabled.(Tears) (!!!)When he was 4 years,his eyes were affected by smallpox and he lost his Vision.( cried). Yet he is doing a Job as Telephone erator in a Company with continuing his Journey as a Musical Mentor. 

OB: Ohh no.. Very Sad... OK 

OB:Your nativity Please (?). 

Swagatika: Village Raghunathpur in un divided Cuttack district but now we are established in Bhubaneswar. 

OB: Tell us  your feeling being an Music lover (?). 

Swagatika:As I said, I born in a Music family and I  born with Music with this continuous encouragement and support from my parents and sister and mainly my fans I am heading towards my destination. I am trying my best to do but in God’s hand. 

OB: Other than Music what else you love (?). 

Swagatika: Music is my 1st Love.Besides that I love to write songs and compose them. 

OB: Any achievement in Music Platform  (?).

Swagatika: Yes....

Semifinalist in “Voice of Odisha” Season-I (Tarang TV-2011)Finalist in “Swara Vaktee ra” (Tarang TV-2015)1st Runners-Up in Lion’s Idol -2012 and 2013 Winners of “Sare-gama-Pa” Sambad in both Zonal and State level.“Sare-gama-Pa” 2012 in best 1005“Sare-gama-Pa” 2012 in best 960.  

OB:What is Dream (?). 

Swagatika: My one and Only Dream is to fulfil my Parents Wish and make them proud upon me. 

OB: Is there any barrier (?).

 Swagatika: Yes there are many.But the main barrier in my journey is lack of scope and opportunity.I am trying my best in my was but still I don’t get the proper platform.  

OB: Please brief of your Choice (?). 

Swagatika: I like to read News papers and watch TV.  

OB: What you Love and Why (?). 

Swagatika: I love “Perfection” every work needs perfection.Love to be a Perfectionist in my life.Just want to blossom as a famous playback singer.In my musical journey the love and support of my fans and blessings from my elders will help me to cope up in my musical career. 

Thanks you So So.....much odishabarta for being a supporter of me and Namaskar for giving me an opportunity to gave such opportunity in your Media House.

T Krishna Reddy, Prince Dance Group, Berhampur

Friday, 15 December 2017 06:17 Written by

Manoj Kant Dash, Berhampur on 30-08-2009

Prince Dance Group Contact Person;Mr.Raj Kumar,Mobile: +919583888722

Congratulations from Orissa, We are the first media house who reported your win to the world the very moment you won it on Colors TV.

odishabarta:- Congratulations Sir. How did Prince Dance group come into Existence? Who was the first person to dream it(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- I myself was the first dreamer and formed this Prince Dance Group at Ambapua, Berhampur.

odishabarta: - When it started what was your aim? To win prizes or to show your talent(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Nothing only to explore the Orissa talents specially Ganjam District.

odishabarta: - How many members are there currently in your group? Introduce them with their names.


Krishna Reddy (PDG):- 25 members as on date and all have participated in India? Got Talent.

odishabarta: - What do you all people do for a living? (jobs / work).
Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Only this for self employment.

odishabarta: - Who was your inspiration for creating Prince Dance Group(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Non other than me.

odishabarta: - When was your first performance(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- At Mumbai.

odishabarta: - You were the first team from Orissa to perform in Boogie Woogie and get recognition? How did you decide to go there and compete(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- From Sony T.V we applied to participate and selected.

odishabarta: - What did you learn from your experience with Sony TV's Boogie Woogie(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- During 2006 we were nominated to perform in Boogie Woogie and presented our performance and become runner with Rs.75,000/- cash award that developed our confidence level before the T.V camera.

odishabarta: - When did you hear about India's Got Talent(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- From Colors television advertisement.

odishabarta: - How did you decide to participate in the programme(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Concept developed based on mythological performance.

odishabarta:- How do you manage to collect money for your programmes(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Self finance.

odishabarta: - When you went to the finals of India's Got Talent, what was your biggest fear on stage / who was your biggest competitor(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Sneha & Richard.

odishabarta: - How do you plan to perform a particular act? Who does the planning and who directs(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- I myself the Director no decision rather decision was made instantly to present a lucrative item.

odishabarta: - Do anyone of you have any training in dance and or performing arts(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Yes, everyday my team practicing two to three hours daily.

odishabarta: - Where is your official practice room(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- At Ambapua entrance point of Berhampur Silk City in a rented house.

odishabarta: - Tell us about your time table in a typical day(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- No, time table because prior to this T.V channel before that we have performed for Maa T.V, Gemini T.V, E-TV, etc.

odishabarta: - After winning the coveted India's Got Talent show, you have become stars over night. How do you feel (?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- I am not feeling that I was a star I am casual rather the concept what my team presented in final round I am thankful to the Orissa voters for them only my team own the top rank.

odishabarta: - People from all over the world want to meet and interview you, and felicitate you? How do you people feel about it (?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- I am really feeling great by now felicitated by our popular Chief Minister Mr.Naveen Patnaik, KIDS Bhubaneswar, Sambad, Samaj, International Sai School Bhubaneswar,
E-TV and odishabarta and invitations are there from Rourkela Steel Plant, Blind School of Berhampur, Bhubaneswar Lions Club.

odishabarta: - Did you ever dream of such a day(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG): - Unexpected dream even today also I don? believe for such achievement.

odishabarta: - Government has decided to provide you with free land to establish your own dance academy in both berhampur as well as Puri. Are you having any plans (?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Already we have received a confirmation that Orissa Govt. to provide 4 acres of land at Amabapua but Govt. land was not available at Ambapua they have decided to provide a land at Gopalpur and 1Cr for building construction. Southern region RDC looking into the matter.

odishabarta:- What are your future plans(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG): - International level competition.

odishabarta:- We came to know that you are denying people to perform because of a pact between Prince dance group and Colors TV? Is it true? If yes, was it a pact which was part of India's Got Talent or it is a new agreement(?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG): - Yes, at the time of fulfilling the participation form with colors T.V they have made an agreement that we can? perform for two years anywhere without their knowledge. The condition was 1st year our share 40% and remaining 60% of colors T.V subsequently for second year the condition was 50%-50%.

odishabarta: - Are you planning to expand your group and include more people in it (?).

Krishna Reddy (PDG): - Definitely to encourage and involve more and more people in our team education was not the condition rather Talents proves everything.

odishabarta: - Give your words for all people of Orissa as well as world, which are deprived and poor and yet who want to leave their mark in the world, you have been idols for them.

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Votes supported us for this success otherwise we were in doubt on such tough competition in the final round. So convey my best wishes to entire citizens those have voted us globally.

Through your media convey my special thanks to Puri Kansu Group they have allotted 2000 sq.ft land at Puri to my Prince Dance Group, convey my best wishes RSB Metaltech Pvt.Ltd they have given us 10lacs and we also in this success Orissa Govt. planning to send my team to London and New York the entire cost shall borne by the State Govt. and during December this year we are leaving for U.S.A.

odishabarta: - Strict talks that some active politicians were involved behind the screen to gain their political mileage.

Krishna Reddy (PDG): - No, question only those leaders were encouraging to us.

odishabarta: - Last but not in the list tell us a sentence.

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- I was restricted to move in two wheeler I don? know for what reason. But a temporary Maruti Ritz provided to me for the time being till the awarded car reach. And I have decided I shall dedicate that car for public utility service in emergency for free of cost.

odishabarta: - Thank you for giving us so much time.

Krishna Reddy (PDG):- Thank you.

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My mission for Justice to the Society said, IPS,Asish Singh

Friday, 15 December 2017 06:12 Written by

An exclusive interview with Manoj Kant Dash, editor in chief, odishabarta

OB: Welcome and Namskar 

Asish: Namaste 

OB: Sir,Please tell us something about you (?). 

Asish:I myself Asish Singh,My father Ashok Kumar Singh , Mother,Mrs.Shail Kumari and we are three sisters. My Date of Birth is 5th March,1980 and birth place is Azamgarh (U.P).I completed my master degree in Ancient History.

 OB: If not mind could you please tell us your date of marriage (?) 

Asish: Sure,it was 12th December,2004.

OB: You are blessed with (?) 

Asish: (Smile) Two Children’s Son Master Yatharath and Daughter Miss.Hritika.

OB: Nice Dear, Why you opt for Indian Police Service (IPS) ?. 

Asish:Good question Mr.Dash,  see in my City maximums are in Indian Civil Service each and every family. During my College Career I have taken a stand if, he/she can why not me (?). So with that determination I improved my will power to be a Police officer and to make the dream of mine as well my parents true. 

OB: So, Dear, finally you success (?). 

Asish: Sure why not if the will power is strong anything can be possible and I proved it. 

OB: When you got IPS (?).

Asish:I got IPS in the year 2004 .and you know to achieve my Goal I did 15/16 Hours labour per day in studies.  

OB: Congrats. You got Odisha cadre IPS is not it (?). 

Asish: Yes. 

OB: Dear, tell us after the training your probation posting stations are Please (?). 

Asish: 1st I posted at Malkangiri as SDPO then Bonai(Sundargarh District),Gunupur,(Rayagada District). After my Probation I was posted as Superintendent of Police, Rayagada, Keonjhar, Ganjam,Puri and now again Ganjam and Berhampur Police District. 

OB: Dear earlier you are SP, Ganjam, in which year (?). 

Asish: It was in the year 2012 to 2014 than I posted as SP,Puri now again back to Ganjam. 

OB: What I recall exactly during your tenure 2012-14 you are very much concentrate on  Maoist  operation. that time people of Odisha  still remembering your  name. But today we are getting a separate type of message from public that “DABANG-BACK” (?). 

Asish: ha ha know Mr.Dash now I am in dual charges both Ganjam and Berhampur Police District. I am sharing more time to Berhampur police District cause of many  Anti-Social roaming and operating their crime every day. Keeping in view I have taken the issue on  priority to clean crime first with a mission 100%  from Berhampur city so that a common man even a lady can move openly in late night without fear. 

OB: Nice, Do think have you won  the Success with this mission (?). 

Asish: Yes you see how many anti-socials, Plot Mafias and Goons are now  in Jail . 

OB: TRUE, any more tips Please (?). 

Asish: Look by now I have achieved 50% task especially in Crime control as a whole in Ganjam. If I shall continue for another few months. I am confident to  make Ganjam total crime free.

OB: Do you believe any Political pressure(?). 

Asish: Absolutely No, I believe only to give Justice to the People of Ganjam. 

OB: Any memorable day during your Service Period as a Police Officer (?). 

Asish: Everyday is memorable for me as long I am in my official position to discharge my responsibility properly. 

OB: What you Love (?). 

Asish: I love my duty, I respect my Parents and I love my family. 
OB: Sir last question, as you said, during your studies you are giving around 15-16 Hours. But today as a responsible Police officer in Ganjam how much time you are spending (?).  

Asish: Same 15-16 Hours. 

OB: Thank you so much Sir, Go ahead with your Mission and Goal. Let the people of Ganjam feel comfortable and social attraction to Ganjam. 

Asish: Thanks.

Naveen The Most Popular Leader As He Has Excelled In The Art Of Corruption: Soumya Ranjan Patnaik

Friday, 15 December 2017 06:04 Written by

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Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, an educationist, a visionary and above all a statesman, is known in Odisha. Out of his endeavour, Amo Odisha has turned into a political party called Amo Odisha Party [AOP] in 2014. He had a vision of a prosperous and clean Odisha, which led him into politics at the tender age of 18. Since then, Patnaik has been passionately involved in civil society networking, institution building and in varied social activities. The visionary leader termed Naveen as the most popular leader as he has excelled in the art of corruption. On the other hand, he also alleged Congress, a party which does not allow natural leaders to grow and no self-respected person can remain in the party for long.

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Some political analysts perceive Amo Odisha Party [AOP] as a clone of Aam Admi Party at National level. How do you react to it(?).

I don’t agree with that. Amo Odisha organization was formed way back in 1996 has the sole motto to render social service. Of late, we have decided to convert it into a political party after I left Congress. It has no relation with Aam Admi Party [AAP] except some accidental similarity in name.

Whether the formation of AOP was an accident or a pre-planned move to help Naveen Patnaik as the new party has split anti-BJD votes and helped Naveen.

The formation of AOP was neither an accident nor a pre-planned move. AOP has been formed in a natural process following my expulsion from the Congress party. How can you allege that we have formed the party to help Naveen Patnaik? The policy of AOP is very clear and unambiguous. It directly ask questions to all those who had been in power for the last 50 years. Especially, it demands an answer from
Naveen Patnaik who is in power for the last 14 years. Our question to him is why Odias are poorest in the country despite Odisha being endowed with huge natural resources(?).

You have landed in to the battleground for general election – 2014 with a slogan Maa-Mati-Matrubhasa and Swabhiman. What does it signify(?).

‘Maa’ signifies protection and promotion of women. ‘Mati’ is a generic term signifying agriculture as a form of development of the state. ‘Matrubhasa’ is our cultural tradition. All these put together should create a basis for self respect, i.e. ‘Swabhiman’.

Party-hopping has been quite significant this time in the state on the eve of the GE-2014. What is your take on it(?).

Political animals have to survive in the political jungle. Come election time, party hopping is again a natural process. One cannot be politically relevant without being in a party. People like us who cann’t do this happening have formed party of their own.

Every political party is saying about the development of Odisha in their manifesto. What is the definition of development according to you(?).

Four crores of people of Odisha should be happy. We have enough resources to make them happy. Need of the hour is efficient management of our resources, which unfortunately is lacking.

You had been in the Congress Party for quite long. Despite that, you had to face the wrath of the central party leaders and ultimately ousted from the party. To whom do you held responsible for that(?).

I don’t hold anybody responsible. It is the Congress system which does not allow natural leaders to grow. I joined Congress because of my family. My father, father-in-law, uncle all were in Congress. No self respected person can be comfortable in Congress party. I value self respect more than any self interest.

How do you think the ideology of AOP is different from that of Congress (the party in which you had been earlier), as far as the development perspective of the state is concerned(?).

AOP ideology is very clear. Its focus is on Odisha. One may call it a regional party with a regional bias. This is how AOP is different from the Congress.

Every party including AOP has held Naveen-led BJD government in Odisha as the most corrupt in terms of governance. But, Naveen emerges as the most popular leader of the state over the years.

This is an irony. Post-liberalization, electoral politics has brought about a massive change in our democratic set up. Votes are not own anymore, they are literally bought and traded as if we buy commodities in the market. As a result, corruption is bound to increase to fuel the needs of modern electoral politics. Naveen Patnaik has excelled in the art of corruption; hence he is the most popular leader of the

TIMES magazine, one of the leading and acclaimed news magazines had featured Odisha as ‘India’s State of Excellence’ along with Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra in the past. How do you like to comment(?).

This is a brilliant example of paid news. Statistics can prove and disprove anything.

You have declared in your manifesto to give priority to Agro-based industries in the state but not to the iron and steel sector, which also bears significance for the state economy…

As I have said before, we have plenty of natural resources. Hence, industries will come on its own. We don’t have to roll red carpet for the investors. Iron and steel sector does not necessarily generate the impetus for the ancillary growth. Our example of Rourkela Steel Plant [RSP] should teach us iron alone may not be the key to the growth and development of the state. On the other hand, ours being a agrarian state, we should give more thrust to agriculture, without which the state economy cannot prosper.

What is your take on the mining sector that has been confronted with serious scams(?).

Supreme Court is seized with this matter. We need a reform in the mining sector and in the mining policy. Pending this long term policy changes, state government can immediately takeover the mining rights of all ores. This will substantially reduce the scope of corruption and enhance stability and resources.

What about the involvement of your family members in Mining Scam(?).

Everybody is open to investigation. Anybody found guilty should be punished. Invoking family relationship is a convenient strategy of political rivals to divert attention.

Do you welcome the recent Supreme Court verdict for a CBI inquiry into the multi crore chit fund scam in the state(?).

I not only welcome but hope, CBI will be efficient enough to unearth the money that has been looted from almost every family in the state. If mining scam was rape, chit fund scam is mass rape.

Are you thinking of any post-poll alliance with any other political party, as your party had already into pre-poll tie-up with Kharabela Swain of ‘Utkal Bharat’(?).

Kharbela Swain has joined our party; there was no such political alliance. We are a new party, election results are yet to come. We have very little time to organize ourselves. It is premature to talk about alliance. However, we will support any move which will help in the development of the state.

What is your winning prospects in the Khandapada assembly constituency
in General Election 2014(?).

I have not the habit of saying that I am confident of winning like other political leader. Ours is a new party. We have got our party symbol just 15 days before the general election and did not get enough time to mobilize people across the state. We have fought this election not in the context of winning but we just want to spread our message among the people of Odisha.

What is post-poll political equation both in Odisha and at the Centre(?).

Both Odisha and India are looking for a change. Let’s hope for the best.


Tea Table Discussion With Mr.Bhagaban Gantayat By Manoj Kant Dash

Friday, 15 December 2017 06:02 Written by


Brief: Dr.Bhagaban Gantayat, Born during 20-02-1956 native of Berhampur,Ganjam,Odisha(India) S/o.Late.Narasingha Gantayat and Smt.Laxmi Gantayat a Professional academician, Senior Politician, Social activist .

OB: Family Background and nativity (?)

Gantayat:I am native of Berhampur City. Nephew of Late eminent parliamentarian late Brndaban Nayak, Married to Smt.Ranjita Gantayat during 1983.

OB: You are blessed with (?)

Gantayat: Blessed with three son and all married today.


Gantayat: from my College carrier I was President of students Union during year 1997 of Evening College under Khallikote College.

OB: Your Professional Carrier & Social Service please (?)

Gantayat:In the year 1980 I was General body member of Sanjay Memorial Institute of Technology (SMIT),In the year 1985 Town Congress President, Secretary of the Management of SMIT-1994,Councilor of Berhampur Municipality continuously for 29 yrs with INC ticket to till date and became Vice Chairman in the year 1992 for 5 years. In the year 2006 I was taken over the charge as President of Sanjay Memorial Institute of Technology (SMIT),In the year 2006 till continuing.

OB: Good Mr.Gantayat.Any more please (?)

Gantayat: Yes above all I was Vice president of District Congress Committee (DCC), Ganjam in 2007 and in the same year High Command selected me to act as DCC president. Apart of above I am the President of Lanjipalli High School, Jt.Secretary of DAV School, President of Brundaban Nayak M.E School, President of Govt.Girls High School, Lanjipalli, President of Govt.Boys’High School, President of Nodal School, President of Balukeswar Development Committee, President of youth Reddy Sangha, President of VLC of Lanjipalli, President of Govt.Upper Primary School and Member ,South Odisha Management Association (SOSA).

OB: Ohh such long list. Congrats Mr.Gantayat. Your main work station Please (?)


Gantayat: Maximum time I am contributing to SMIT but it does not mean I am neglecting my Political assignment.

OB: Will you be happy to speak about your business interests (?)

Gantayat: Well, I am in to various businesses at different times. However, the most remarkable ones are when I worked on some public road projects. During the work I was all along standing under the hot sun to monitor the quality of work. I never compromise with quality because I know for his quality work my uncle Late Brindaban Nayak is remembered all over even long after his works and he passed away.


Gantayat: 18 hours

OB: As you told that are associate with many institutions’ and as you say mainly concentrate for SMIT and Congress Party work please tell me how you are making your time schedule(?)

Gantayat: Look gentleman every day I am working for 17 Hrs per day and you can’t believe I am never feeling worn-out (!!!)

OB: Are you not feeling tired (?)

Gantayat: No never rather I am getting much pleasure with my satisfaction.

OB:Political view (?)

Gantayat: A political person should find for the truth and should be helpful to the society He should try his best effort to provide the natural justice to the common man.

OB: Being a high profile academician other hand a eminent politician don’t you think the combination of both the platform looks Odd (?)

Gantayat: Absolutely NO. As I told I am the nephew of late. Brundaban Nayak a popular Parliamentarian and ex Minister as well a great personality of Odisha History.During my student carrier he involved me in Congress politics, trained me and after his death he handed over his entire responsibity to my shoulder and with honour I accept his order.

OB: In present political situation in our state are you happy with the present Government(?).

Gantayat: No because this government runs by bureaucrats by using Money power and false commitment to innocents.

OB: Any Political Vision (?)

Gantayat: Yes for coming 2014 election I am interested to contest for OLA election from Gopalpur constituency provided our party should provide a INC ticket.

OB: Why Gopalpur why not Berhampur (?)

Gantayat: There are three reason.1st is I belong to Gopalpur constituency 2nd reason and 3rd is people from this area should accept my candidature. Because people under Gopalpur segment are still crying on demand of their basic need.

OB: What is your opinion on to-day’s governance as a whole (?)

Gantayat: I am a bit unhappy. I feel governance should be more public friendly, open and far reaching.

OB: Do you feel you are adequately qualified to comment on the governance (?)

Gantayat: Yes, I do. I have completed my Doctoral Degree work after M.B.A and also I hail from a family which had been at the forefront of governance all along. I myself have experience of a couple of decades in the field as I am closely associated with the public as well as the administration. I am also associated with various institutions like academic, religious, cultural, social etc.


Gantayat: I love every one and I hate dual mind people.


Gantayat: Any doubt (!!!)I LOVE MEDIA

OB: Have ever visited abroad (?)

Gantayat: Many time many places.

OB: Can you help any poor students those are not in good financial condition and some Odia may need some small token of help for his/her education can you feed at least one year School/ College Fees (?)

Gantayat: Yes many students benefited. Even If some disable need a tri cycle or artificial Limb I am ready to provide.

OB: It is said that you have a long list of awards to your credit but you rarely speak of them in public meetings.

Gantayat: With a smile Mr.Gantayat replies, “I have 22 awards, all from local bodies, State level, and National and International level. But I don’t believe in self-advertisement. Rather I work for people.

OB: Which is your latest award?

Gantayat: Indira Gandhi Excellence award at New Delhi on 21.12.2013.

OB: Well, thank you and wish you all the Best

Gantayat: Thank you Mr.Gantayat.

Face To Face: Ms.Meghali With Manoj Dash, Editor Of Odishabarta

Friday, 15 December 2017 05:59 Written by


She is just six years old, but she is already a human search engine in the making. Meet child prodigy Meghali Malbika Swain who has all the information about geography at her finger tips.

Ask her the name of any country and its neighboring countries, Meghali would blink for a moment, imagine their location in the map and effortlessly tell you the names. If you are not impressed, then go on and ask her a country’s capital, its currency and its major mountains or rivers. She will not disappoint you.

Today i.e. 16th Nov, 2012 fortunately I met her father Prafulla Kumar Swain an (OAS), Odisha Administrative Officer at Chatrapur, Ganjam, Odisha and share few hours spell bound after my interaction. She is normal kid. But at home, she is in her own world taking in all the information she can access.


SIX-YEAR-OLD MEGHALI KNOW THEM ALL (!!!)COUNTRIES, CAPITALS, MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS…..SIX-YEAR-OLD MEGHALI KNOW THEM ALL (!!!)COUNTRIES, CAPITALS, MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS…..Meghali is a bubbly kid like others her age. She studies in standard 1 in the city’s DAV Public school. At school, she is normal kid. But at home, she is in her own world taking in all the information she can access. “When my daughter was just a four-year-old, I spotted the extraordinary talent in her. At that time, she was not even able to properly identify alphabets. But to everybody’s surprise, she could memorise the names of all the countries,” She is normal kid. But at home, she is in her own world taking in all the information she can access.

While asked to Mr.Swain he said, “When my daughter was just a four-year-old, I spotted the extraordinary talent in her. At that time, she was not even able to properly identify alphabets. But to everybody’s surprise, she could memorise the names of all the countries. Every day, I keep answering a number of queries she throws at me. If anybody thinks she has memorized world geography after being tutored intensely, then he is wrong. As parents, we don’t belive in burdening the child at such a tender age. It is her astonishing curiosity that has made her what she is

Astonishingly, she will also tell you where a river originates and where it falls. It seems she has captured the world atlas in her mind.


SIX-YEAR-OLD MEGHALI KNOW THEM ALL (!!!)COUNTRIES, CAPITALS, MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS…..Her parents are anxious to avoid distractions. “We don’t let her watch television. We are afraid that with her incredible grasping power, she might pick up distracting habits,” Mr. Swain said.

Her parents have not decided on her career. “Unnecessary burden could lead her nowhere, Mr. Swain said. Of late, Meghali has picked up interest in the socio-economic situation of various countries. She can tell which countries are rich and which are not.

About Meghali: -

She has an excellent knowledge and grasp over world physical Geography. She can identify and locate Physical features across the world with reference to the countries / continent i.e. Mountains, Plateaus, Plains, Peninsulas, Islands, Deserts, Oceans, Seas, Bays, Gulfs, Straights (Connects and separates), Channels, Rivers (origin, flow and empties into), tributaries, etc.



In a “Blank World Map” she can identify and locate any countries or any physical features of world.

Most importantly, she can name “the Neighboring Countries” of any of the 193 countries of the world with cent percent accuracy. For example take Ghana or Serbia or any of the 196 countries of the world she will name the countries/ physical features neighbour/ border/adjacent to it.

Memorised “the CAPITALS & CURRENCIES” of all countries of the world.

Able to “Identify/Recognise the FLAGS” of any of the 196 countries of the world.

Her remarkable achievements were appreciated and Telecast (when she was only 5 years old )in Electronic Media ETV (Odiya) on 30th April-11, OTV”(Odiya)Sahara Parikrama on 28th Sept.-11 Naxatra News (Odiya) on 18th Nov-11, The UTV (Berhampur) on 19th Nov. – 11. Please refer youtube ---nimijhia.flv (first video).

Published on The Telegraph (19th Nov.-11) The Samaj on 5th Aug-11, The Anupam Bharat on 17th No.-11 The Indus Valley Times on 18th Jan. - 11 , The Enadu(Telugu) on 6th Dec. 11,The Sambad 22nd Aug-12(Dakhin Odissa Special, The Hindu 5th Nov 2012 (some paper clippings appended),.

Name: Meghali Malbika Swain,

DOB: 7th Feb. 2006

Education: Standard-1(Continuing),DAV Public School,Unit-VIII,Bhubaneswar

Contact: Prafulla Kumar Swain (OAS) ODISHA (Ph. +919937975446)

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