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Author Sandeep Sahu

Sandeep Sahu is a senior Bhubaneswar based journalist with over 35 years of work behind him. He has worked for a host of top local, national and international media houses.

Naveen Patnaik and Soumya Patnaik
Odisha Govt’s Mantra: ‘Toe the Line or Face the Music’!!

The similarities between the two cases, five years apart, are stunning. Just as in the case of the raids on Sambad today, the elections were just a few months away when the organised, systematic and meticulously planned attempts to go after OTV and harass all those even remotely connected with it started.

  • Tuesday, 19 Sep 2023
Ink Attack: VK Pandian’s Transition as Politician now complete
Ink Attack: VK Pandian’s transition as politician now complete

The police that had slapped Sec 307 (attempt to murder) charges on a bunch of Youth Congress activists who had dared to throw eggs on the Chief Minister’s cavalcade a few years ago – none of which hit the CM’s vehicle, by the way – set the accused, Bhaskar Sahu, free.

  • Sunday, 20 Aug 2023
Amit Shah with Naveen Patnaik
Amit Shah Visit Leaves State BJP Red-faced!!

Top BJP leaders from the state, who were having a discussion with the Home minister over a breakfast meeting, discreetly left the place as soon as Pandian arrived so that the two could have a free and frank chat without being constrained by the presence of ‘others’!

Time for BJD, BJP to Revive ‘Formal’ Alliance!
Time for BJD, BJP to Revive ‘Formal’ Alliance!

At an informal level, they have always been in an alliance since Modi rode to power at the Centre in 2014. But it is now high time the two parties involved – the BJD and the BJP – accorded it a formal shape.

  • Wednesday, 02 Aug 2023
  • BJD
Naveen Patnaik
Naveen Patnaik Reign: A Mixed Bag

While his political exploits are well documented, not even the most seasoned political commentator has been able to put a finger on what exactly is behind his continuing honeymoon with the people of Odisha that shows no signs of waning anytime soon.

Next polls won’t be an INDIA Vs Bharat battle
Next polls won’t be an INDIA Vs Bharat battle

Having announced the name of the alliance, the leaders of INDIA themselves appear to have realized the damage potential of this strange-sounding acronym as evident in the late-night decision to add a tagline “Jeetega Bharat” to limit the damage.

  • Thursday, 20 Jul 2023
Manoj Das Memorial: What’s the Fuss About?
Manoj Das Memorial: What’s the Fuss About?

And pray what they were raising a din against? First, that Manoj Das was described as a ‘poet’. Was he not one? The din raisers clearly don’t know that the doyen of Odia writing started his long and illustrious literary career with poetry.

  • Tuesday, 18 Jul 2023
A Letter to a Father on ‘Father’s Day’
A Letter to a Father on ‘Father’s Day’

I remember the values you ingrained in me; the principles you lived by all your life (and often paid a heavy price for it) and the lessons you imparted in sharing the joys of life.

  • Sunday, 18 Jun 2023
The Odisha Brand of ‘Democracy’!!
The Odisha Brand of ‘Democracy’!!

The most startling part of the whole thing is that everyone appears to be perfectly happy with this arrangement. Ministers fall over one other to pay obeisance to the officer. Bureaucrats way senior to him in the hierarchy are in awe of him.

Heroes at IPL, Zeroes at WTC!!
Heroes at IPL, Zeroes at WTC!!

Test cricket, for them, is a needless distraction that has to be somehow endured till the marquee event. And the tragedy is: the players and the BCCI are on the same page on this.

  • Tuesday, 13 Jun 2023
“30 seconds of misery”
“30 seconds of misery”

Unknown to the intrepid reporter, the grieving woman and her angry relative, I too was recording the sound byte of the wailing on my mobile phone. My commissioning editor in Delhi had kept reminding me about that elusive wailing audio with which she wanted to start the radio package even before I had reached Ground Zero.

  • Tuesday, 06 Jun 2023
Karnataka Polls: Lessons for Both BJP, Cong
Karnataka Polls: Lessons for Both BJP, Cong

Those interpreting the Karnataka results as an early indicator of the defeat of the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections would do well to remember what happened the last time.

Wrestlers Must Guard Against Politicisation of Protest
Wrestlers Must Guard Against Politicisation of Protest

Political motives are being imputed to the protest by all and sundry in the establishment. A triumphant sounding Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the ‘sidelined’ president of Indian Wrestling Federation (IWF) who stands accused of sexual harassment by top female boxers of the country, is leading the charge against the protesting wrestlers and has the temerity to accuse the protesting wrestlers of being backed by ‘one family’, ‘one akhara’ and funded by an industrial house.

Of lies, damned lies and white lies: Odisha leads the way!
Of lies, damned lies and white lies: Odisha leads the way!

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it," says a statement attributed to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. Someone in the ruling dispensation in Odisha appears to have taken the advice too seriously.

Congress president elections
High Command has only itself to blame for mess in Congress

What was supposed to be a question of who will become the next Congress president has now been reduced to who will be the next Chief Minister of Rajasthan!

A Tale of Two Foreign Visits by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik
A Tale of Two Foreign Visits

As Naveen Patnaik readies for his second visit to foreign land, possibility of a ‘revolt’ looks as remote as the sun rising in the west!

Odisha CHSE Plus-2 exams postponed for Brajarajnagar bypoll
Why postpone exams? It's just a bypoll, after all!

The decision to postpone CHSE Plus-2 examinations scheduled on May 31 marks the height of callousness. After all, it's just a by-election!

  • Sunday, 22 May 2022
  • CHSE
BJD in Odisha
‘Be Petty In Victory’: All-Conquering BJD’s Credo  

Be magnanimous in victory, gracious in defeat, they say. But the ruling BJD appears to have turned this old adage on its head, if its conduct over the last few years in general - and the period since the last panchayat and urban elections in particular - is anything to go by.

  • Friday, 15 Apr 2022
  • BJD
Elections in Odisha
Odisha ULB Polls: The Real 'Game' Will Start Two Years From Now

More than causing headache for the three major contenders - BJP, BJD and Congress, the results of the municipal elections have instead created the possibility of instability sometime in the future in several ULBs.

Odisha Panchayat Polls 2022
Rising Poll Violence In Odisha: A Case For Use Of EVMs In Panchayat Elections Too?

The one noticeable thing during the three phases of polling so far has been that the most of the major incidents of violence have taken place in the politically volatile coastal Odisha while polling has passed off relatively peacefully in the areas grappling with left wing extremism.