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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.

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.

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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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An Interview With Dr. Prasant Kumar Sahoo, Sr. Consultant Cardiologist & Director,

Friday, 15 December 2017 05:56 Written by

By;Prasant Patnaik,Sr.Media Associate and Patron,odishabarta

What is the purpose of celebrating ‘world heart day’(?).

World Heart Day is a campaign established to spread awareness about the health of heart among common people all through the world. This initiative was founded in the year 2000 to inform people to take care of their heart. A huge percentage of common public in the society is suffering from the heart diseases like stroke, heart attack, heart failure, etc. Heart problems are the leading causes of death in the world.It is celebrated annually all over the world on 29th of September. A particular theme is decided for the each year celebration in order to focus on the main subject and make it effective. Theme is prepared by keeping in mind the key issues of heart health.

How is it celebrated(?).

World Heart Day is celebrated throughout the world every year by organizing variety of events and activities related to the heart health for more awareness in the common public. The aim of this campaign is to motivate people for active participation in huge number to make this campaign successful and world free of heart diseases. There are many ways people can be involved in the celebration such as planning their own ways, sharing healthy heart selfies on Twitter, Facebook pages and other social media sites to boost the campaign, keep an eye on the website of world heart federation regularly for current updates and information.

The main aim of world heart day is to improve global heart health by encouraging people for lifestyle changes and gain knowledge about ways to be good to the heart. There is a target by WHO to reduce non-communicable disease mortality rate by 2025 by reducing the premature deaths because of cardiovascular disease.


The World Heart Federation motivates the health care professionals, medical societies, policy makers, patients, organizations and other healthy individuals to come forth and participate actively in the campaign to reduce the fear of heart disease and stroke as well as ensure people for longer and better lives.

What is the theme of ‘world heart day’ this year(?).

The theme of world heart day this year is ‘‘Power Your Life’

Can you explain what is the meaning of this theme(?).

Your heart powers your whole body. It lets you love, laugh and live your life to the full. Heart health is at the heart of all health. When you look after your heart it means eating and drinking well, exercising, stopping smoking. all the things that make you not only healthier, but also feel good and able to enjoy your life to the fullest. That’s why it’s so important to look after it. If you don’t, you’re putting yourself at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease and stroke.

Why are we so worried about heart disease(?).

Heart attacks are the world’s number one killer. Each year, it’s responsible for 17.5 million premature deaths, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million.India is no exception. Our country is the ‘capital’ of heart attacks for the world. Maximum number of patients who have heart attacks are from India. Our resources are limited and usually heart attacks strike Indians almost a decade earlier than our western counterparts. Families have been ruined when heart attacks strike at the ‘prime time’ of ones life. Treatment of heart attacks are costly and as a result in is a big burden for the middle class families when the sole bread earner of the family dies due to a heart attack. So every Indian should be aware about what a heart attack is and try to prevent such incidents by taking simple measures.

Is heart disease in ‘males’ different from ‘females’ (?).

Heart disease is no longer considered a disease that affects just men. In the past, women usually received less aggressive treatment for heart disease and were not referred for diagnostic tests as often. As a result, when many women were finally diagnosed with heart disease, they usually had more advanced disease and their prognosis was poorer. We now know that cardiovascular diseases affect more women than men and are responsible for more than 40% of all deaths .Women have different symptoms of heart disease than men do, and those differences can make for deadly mistakes .Despite stunning improvements in cardiovascular deaths over the last decade, women still fare worse than men and heart disease in women remains underdiagnosed, and under treated.

What are the common complains that a person has when he/ she gets a heart attack(?).

Know the warning signs: the sooner assistance is sought, the greater the chances of a full recovery.Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light headedness

What should the person do if he / she suspects a heart attack(?).


DO call for help ; call for an ambulance; Inform your family doctor.

DO try to stay calm until help arrives.

DONT delay calling for help

DON’T dismiss your symptoms as the flu / stress/ gas .

Do chew a tablet of Aspirin and if available, put a tablet of Nitroglycerine under your tomgue.

DON’T drive yourself to the hospital

Before reaching the Emergency room of the nearest hospital, try to give them a call and inform that you are reaching- so that the doctors attend you fast and see that a bed is available in the ICCU for further treatment.

Is it true that heart attacks are getting more common in younger age group these days(?).

When the afflicted individual is under the age of 40, the tragic consequences for family, friends, and occupation are particularly catastrophic and unexpected. Indians are prone as a community to CAD at a much younger age. In the Western population incidence of CAD in the young is up to 5% as compared to 12-16% in Indians. The percentage of patients below the age of 45 years suffering from heart attacks is reported as high as 25-40%. Indians have 15 times higher rate of CAD than Chinese and 10 times higher rate than local Malays below the age of40 years. The prevalence of CAD is two-times higher(10%) in urban than in rural India. South Indians have higher prevalence, 7% in rural and 14% in urban areas.

What is the reason for this(?).

The vulnerability of urban Indians to CAD is possibly related to different nutritional, environmental and life-style factors. Life style factors mainly contribute to a steep rise in heart attacks . People adopt sedentary life styles, do not exercise, take fatty food- especially the much sought after ‘ fast food’ and smoke a lot. These factors have played an important role in the steep rise in heart attacks in our country.

How can we prevent oneself from getting a ‘heart attack(?).

It is very important to stop smoking, to keep optimal weight, to take regular exercise like walking and to adhere to medical advice seriously. In the industralised countries there has been a continuing decline of heart attacks during the last three decades. This has been possible by focussing on public education programmes for modifying the known risk factors and by targeting high risk individuals and emphasising on healthy life-styles. This achievement of the industrialised nations must become an example for the people, for physicians and policy-makers in India.

What all tests do you advise for persons suspected to have heart disease(?).

First of all one has to calculate as to how much risk is involved. For example people who have diabetes or hypertension , or smoke a lot and arte overweight are more prone to heart attacks. Basic tests like a Serum lip[id profile, ECG, exercise ECG ( TMT) and an echocardiogram are essential for detecting the presence of heart disease. To investigate further, a coronary angiogram may be essential to pin point the diagnosis of a heart problem.

How are heart attacks treated(?).

A heart attack is a medical emergency. Delaying treatment can mean lasting damage to your heart or even death. The sooner treatment begins, the better your chances of recovering.

Restoring blood flow to the heart is vital to prevent or limit damage to the heart muscle and to prevent another heart attack. The main treatments are the use of thrombolytic (‘clot-busting’) drugs and procedures such as angioplasty.

Thrombolytic drugs (‘clot-buster’) are used to dissolve blood clots that are blocking blood flow to the heart. When given soon after a heart attack begins, these drugs can limit or prevent permanent damage to the heart. To be most effective, they need to be given within 1 hour after of the start of heart attack symptoms.

Angioplasty & Stenting procedures are used to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. This form of treatment is widely picking up and is definitely preferable in certain subset of cases.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery uses arteries or veins from other areas in your body to bypass your blocked coronary arteries.

Could you highlight something about ‘primary angioplasty(?).

If heart attack occurs, patient can undergo immediate angiography and stenting ( called as Primary Angioplasty). Primary angioplasty is the best form of treatment available, as of date to save a heart from getting damaged further .In these procedures the patient is taken to the cardiac catheterisation laboratory, where a coronary angiogram is done. Based on the angiogram, the block is identified. If there is a ‘clot’, then it is sucked out with help of a catheter ( thrombosuction), so that blood flow to the artery is restored.. After this a ‘stent’ is deployed to keep the blocked artery open. Best results are obtained, if this procedure is done within 6-12 hours of a heart attack. A stent, which is a tiny metal mesh tube, may be placed in the artery to help keep it open. Results have shown that Primary angioplasty is the best form of treatment that is available for acute heart attack.

How safe are these procedures(?).

Angioplasty procedures are extremely safe these days, if performed by experienced hands. Regarding the hospital set up one should go to a hospital, where there is expertise in performing Primary Angioplasty and according to the US regulations the operator (Cardiologist) should have performed at least 75 Angioplasties per year (and the team should perform 200 Angioplasties and 36 primary angioplasties per year)..By performing primary angioplasty immediately following an acute heart attack it has been possible to reduce the chances of death and to salvage lot of heart muscle so that the quality of life of the patient in future does not deteriorate.

What are the different types of ‘stents’ available for use (?).

Indian market has been flooded with hordes of stents either produced abroad or in India. Discuss about the ‘merits’ & ‘demerits’ of the type of stent you select for your heart with your treating cardiologist.It is always safe to use an US FDA ( Food & Drug Authority) approved third or fourth generation drug eluting stent (which is approved for use in USA and is time tested).Certain stents are approved foruse in diabetics, and have shown good long term results.. The newer generation of ‘Bioabsorbable scaffolds’ (melting stents) are good as within 3-4 years there is no metal in the heart. And the artery gets back its natural shape. These have been recently approved in USA and is freely available in our country.

What is better for the patient in a case of acute heart attack – angioplasty or Bypass surgery(?).

During an acute heart attack, the primary aim is to restore blood supply to the occluded artery. If multiple blocks are there, then the artery causing the heart attack has to be opened first, so that blood flow is restored and heart muscle death does not occur. This is known as the ‘infarct related artery’. The best way to open the infarct related artery is by angioplasty and stenting. Once this is done , thereafter in a second stage one can go for further angioplasty to other arteries or go for a bypass surgery. Hybrid procedures ( angioplasty of the infarct related artery in the initial stage , followed by bypass for other arteries) are commonly done these days, to save heart muscle. In rare situations ‘em,ergency Bypass surgery’ is required, as angioplasty may not be feasible in some cases. The main aim is to salvage as much of heart muscle as possible, as we have only ‘ONE’ heart.

What tips would you suggest to our readers to have a ‘healthy heart (?).

Get active;30 minutes of activity a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Try to make exercise a regular part of your life: use the stairs instead of the lift, get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. Being active is also a great way to relieve stress and control your weight, which are both risk factors for cardiovascular disease.Stop smoking and protect yourself from tobacco.If you stop smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease will be halved within a year and will return to a normal level over time. Avoid smoke-filled environments: exposure to second-hand smoke significantly increases the risk of heart attack.

3. Eat healthily

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, a variety of whole grain products, lean meat, fish, peas, beans, lentils, and foods low in saturated fats. Be wary of processed foods, which often contain high levels of salt. Try to avoid drinking alcohol or if you do drink, make sure it is in moderation. Drink lots of water!

Maintain a healthy weight

Keeping a healthy weight and limiting your salt intake will help to control your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. A good way to keep track of a healthy weight is to use BMI (Body-Mass Index) which is a measure of how much body fat is on a person based on their height or weight. To calculate your BMI, you divide your weight (in kilograms) by your height squared (in meters). A healthy adult should keep his or her BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 kg/m

In other words, take measures to ‘POWER YOUR LIFE’ by protecting yourself from heart attacks !!!

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