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Tag: Sandeep Sahu

Modi Naveen
Column: Does An ‘Aerial Survey’ Serve Any Purpose In This Age?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come and gone after the customary ‘aerial survey’ of the areas in West Bengal and Odisha devastated by Cyclone Amphan. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who had done the same yesterday, accompanied the PM on the aerial survey today. The PM, of course, had done the same – making an aerial […]

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Life during lockdown: The New World Order is living with coronavirus

By Sandeep Sahu Life during lockdown is debatably the new living order. Officially, the nationwide lockdown is still on and will remain in force for 10 days more. But if you are out on the streets, you don’t quite realise it. Lockdown 4.0 is only a shadow of Lockdown 1.0 imposed on March 24 midnight. […]

Monsoon
Be Indian, Trust Indian: Three Cheers for IMD!!

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has done it again! The ‘desi’ weather forecast agency has proved once again, if any proof was needed at all, that no ‘phoren’ agency comes anywhere close to it when it comes to predicting the course of cyclonic storms – at least in the India seas. Cyclone ‘Amphan’, as we […]

Migrant
Column: Why Bringing Back Migrant Workers Was The Right Decision

By Sandeep Sahu The exponential growth of Corona positive cases in the state over the last few days has expectedly raised an outcry against the government decision to bring back lakhs of migrant workers from Odisha stranded in big cities in other states due to the nationwide lockdown that has already lasted more than a […]

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Column: The Real Challenge Will Begin After May 3

By Sandeep Sahu So far, so good. We have got a great measure of success in arresting the spread of the deadly virus, ‘flattening the curve’, doubling the ‘doubling rate’, holding back the crucial – and dangerous – third phase of community transmission, setting up exclusive COVID-19 hospitals, significantly augmenting testing facilities and limiting the […]

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Column: ‘Access’ vs. ‘Independence’: A Scribe’s Perennial Dilemma

By Sandeep Sahu Access to the ‘powers that be’ is the staple that no journalist can do without. In fact, the pecking order of a hack is often determined by the number of ‘contacts’ and ‘sources’ s/he has in high places. But ‘access’, as any journalist with reporting experience would tell you, don’t come gratis. […]

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Column: Dear Health Dept, Who’s Creating Confusion?

By Sandeep Sahu “During the time of an extraordinary situation like this, all are requested (to) play a positive role and not create any confusion. We can’t afford to be distracted at this hour of crisis. Help us to fight COVID-19. Everyone must play his role.” This was the text of a tweet by the […]

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Column: ‘Lockdown’ Isn’t Such A Terrible Thing After All!

By Sandeep Sahu Come to think of it! The 21-day countrywide ‘lockdown’ in force since March 23 hasn’t been such a terrible thing after all! Please have patience as I explain just how!! Cut back to the first week of May, 2019 and imagine the state we, the people who had the misfortune of living […]

BMC Commissioner Premchand Choudhury
Column: To Reveal Or Not To Reveal!

By Sandeep Sahu Poor Pradipta Dalabehera! He must be feeling cheated at earning the ‘dubious distinction’ of being the only person in the state named as having tested positive for the deadly n-Corona virus. While revealing not just his name but other crucial details like his plot number and the area he lived in on […]

Utkala-Dibasa
Column: The Questions We Odias Should Be Asking Ourselves

By Sandeep Sahu [My sincere apologies at the very outset. The time for this particular piece was yesterday, which was the 84th Utkala Dibasa (the day Odisha was born as India’s first linguistic state back in 1936). But the issues it discusses, in my view, will remain relevant not just a day after D Day, […]

Punishment
Column: Human Rights In Corona-induced ‘Suspended Animation’!

By Sandeep Sahu A youth is asked to do sit-ups – and asked to keep counting as he does so. At another end of the state, two youths and their bikes are caned by lath-wielding cops. Elsewhere, four youths are asked to sit on their hunches, move their hands between their legs, hold the back […]

Coronavirus Oubreak
Column: Corona Has Scored Many Firsts!

By Sandeep Sahu By now, everyone must have realized that this is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetime. And in keeping with the unprecedented nature of crisis precipitated by the rampaging nCorona virus, we are witnessing some never before things and scenes in our society, polity and public life. Sample the following and […]

Puri-Srimandir
Column: Playing Around With The Lord’s Money

By Sandeep Sahu The corona virus scare could not have come at a more convenient time for the ruling dispensation. It provided the government the excuse it was looking for to adjourn the ongoing budget session of the Assembly just when things were getting too hot to handle in the House over the suspicious deal […]

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Column: Living Off The Lord

By Sandeep Sahu It may sound blasphemous. But the unpalatable truth, shorn of any sugar-coating, is that Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity of Odisha, has become nothing more than a money-spinning venture for our powers that be. The Lord is the biggest brand the state has to offer and our rulers certainly know how to […]

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Column: Ten Takeaways from Delhi Election Results

By Sandeep Sahu The Delhi voter has spoken – loud and clear. And the message that he has delivered has ramifications that go well beyond the boundaries of the National Capital Region (NCR). Here is this author’s take on the 10 big takeaways from the Delhi election results. 1. Hate as a political weapon is […]

English
Column: English From Class I- Cosmetic Changes Will Not Do

By Sandeep Sahu At a time when the rest of the world is moving towards primary education in mother tongue, the Odisha government’s decision to introduce spoken English from Class I defies logic and betrays a gross misunderstanding of the problem that bedevils our primary education system. While announcing the decision yesterday, School and Mass […]

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Column: Do Rape-Murder Convicts On Death Row Deserve Any ‘Mercy’?

By Sandeep Sahu It’s not over yet. Before we exult that “Justice has finally been done to Nirbhaya’, let us not forget that the four beasts who brutalized the 22-year old paramedic on a cold evening in Delhi seven long years ago still have the option of filing a curative petition against their death sentences. […]

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Column: Gender Equality: We Need Equitable Division Of Labour, Not Cooking Work

By Sandeep Sahu My late mother, I am sure, would have certainly balked at the proposition. She would have been positively horrified at Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Sudhansu Sarangi’s exhortation to young women the other day not to marry those who don’t know cooking. A member of the old school, she enjoyed nothing […]

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Column: How About A ‘Cold Store Mission’?

By Sandeep Sahu The visuals say it all! A bag of onion falls off a truck carrying the stuff from Nasik to Sambalpur near Debahal in Bargarh district and there is a stampede of sorts!! People stop their cars bang in the middle of the road and start picking up as much of the onion […]

BBC-Hindi
Column: A Requiem For BBC Hindi Radio

By Sandeep Sahu As the world prepares to usher in the New Year, I am steeling myself to say, with a heavy heart, goodbye to the BBC Hindi service radio. By the time this piece reaches you, the iconic service on 25 and 41 meter band of short wave radio that had kept millions of […]

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Column: Tipplers Submit 7-Point Charter Of Demands To Govt

By Sandeep Sahu To The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha Sir, On behalf of the Tipplers’ Association of Odisha, I express our sincerest gratitude to you for your kind decision to allow liquor shops and bars in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri to stay open till 1 am on January 1 in ‘public interest.’ The decision is […]

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Column: We, The People, Are Barking Up The Wrong Tree

By Sandeep Sahu It’s far from over. Three staff of the Esplanade mall in Bhubaneswar, including the lady sales manager who allegedly led the attack on Argus TV journalists Swati Jena and Pramod Mohapatra on Saturday, may have been arrested in view of the rare show of strength and solidarity by the media fraternity. But […]

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Column: Has Pradeep Majhi Started Thinking Of Life Beyond Congress?

By Sandeep Sahu Pradeep Majhi is the last person you would expect to say the kind of things for which he has been at the centre of media attention for over 36 hours now. He is even more unlikely to stubbornly defend what he was caught saying on camera during the 12-hour Nabarangpur bandh organized […]

BJD-Naveen
Column: BJD Is Not Just ‘Dependent’ On Naveen; He Is Indispensable To It

By Sandeep Sahu Did he mean it? Or was he just being disingenuous? It was, of course, magnanimous of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik to claim, while addressing the 22nd foundation day celebrations of the BJD on Thursday, that the party was not ‘dependent’ on him for its survival and growth. But was […]

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Column: Cosmetic Changes Mean Nothing

By Sandeep Sahu “A rose”, Shakespeare had said, “by any other name would smell as sweet.” To paraphrase the bard, “A rotten egg by any other name would smell as foul.” So what exactly is expected to change after the renaming of Sachivalaya Marg as Lok Seva Marg? Will the traffic cops along the way […]

Mahtab-in-LS
Column: When Exactly Was The BJD ‘Secular’?

By Sandeep Sahu Those who value secularism are aghast at the BJD’s decision to support the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Parliament, even after its suggestion to include Sri Lanka in the list of countries from where minorities have fled into India due to religious persecution, was rejected. But frankly, this writer cannot understand why […]

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Column: Sorry, Mr. Chief Minister, Cheerleading Is Not The Media’s Job!

By Sandeep Sahu Speaking at the annual day function of Prameya News 7 on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the media, whether print or electronic, should ‘always’ focus on ‘positive news’. But is it really the job of the media to spread positivity? Aren’t our governments, including Mr. Patnaik’s own, already doing a remarkable […]

Student-sets-himself-fire
Column: These ‘Taare Zameen Par’ Are Too Precious To Be Lost Before Time

By Sandeep Sahu There is such a deluge of ‘shocking’ news these days that we have stopped being shocked by most such news. But this one is in a category all its own. Forced by his elder sister against his will to go to school, a Class IX student in Mayurbhanj district shut himself up […]

Hyderabad-Police-Flower-Sho
Column: The Perils of ‘Instant Justice’

By Sandeep Sahu Such jubilation on the streets is seen only when Team India wins a major world cricket tournament like the World Cup. Sweets were exchanged, crackers burst and “Hyderabad police Zindabaad’ slogans rent the air across the country. In Hyderabad, scenes of people showering flowers on city police personnel were reminiscent of lawyers […]

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Column: Enemies Before Polls, KALIA, KISAN Now Bhai Bhai

By Sandeep Sahu So, the ‘game changer’ has turned into a ‘game spoiler’! Of course, it was too good to last and had to unravel at some stage. After all, the outgo from the state exchequer on account of just the first six monthly installment of Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) alone […]

Suicide
Column: Book Jharpokharia Cop Under Sec 306

By Sandeep Sahu Who drove the Rairangpur lady lecturer to suicide? It was certainly not Soumya Ranjan Sahoo, the man who allegedly raped her and was arrested for it – but only after her death. Had that been the case, she would have committed suicide nearly a month back, soon after she was raped by […]

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Column: Love for Gold Is Gender-neutral

By Sandeep Sahu The Indian women’s fascination for – even obsession with – gold has long been the subject of much mirth, ridicule and unflattering jokes among men. But what has gone under the radar – perhaps because it’s the men who dominate public discourse – is that Indian men are not far behind their […]

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Column: Lawyers Can’t Be A Law Unto Themselves

By Sandeep Sahu It’s an extraordinary situation for sure and I seriously doubt if the judicial system in India has seen anything like this before. Just imagine a High Court, no less, as one of the ‘parties’ in a case! It had to the unenviable task of appointing a counsel to ‘represent’ it in the […]

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Column: Will ‘Mo Sarkar’ Change Anything?

By Sandeep Sahu Ahead of the launch of the ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative on October 2, the Naveen Patnaik government has already started a ‘dry run’ with DGP Bijay Kumar Sharma and Twin City commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi calling up visitors to police stations and asking them about the quality and efficiency of the service provided and […]

dillip-satpathy
Op-Ed: You Left Too Early, Buddy!

I feared the worst when the phone rang at 1.38 am. It was good friend and senior journalist Ashok Mohapatra. Late night calls, as all of us know, have a habit of bringing dreadful news. And what could have been more dreadful news than the death of dear friend Dilip Satpathy, widely and justifiably acknowledged […]

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Op-Ed: High Time Govt Came Clean on Demolition Around Puri Temple

By Sandeep Sahu A fortnight after the demolition drive inside a 75-meter radius around the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri began, no one knows what the government proposes to do with the land thus cleared. Will it be a No Man’s Land with only a passage left for devotees to enter the temple? Will part […]

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Op-Ed: Let Us Spread Love, Not Hate!

By Sandeep Sahu Like most controversies of our highly toxic times, this one too had its origins in social media. At the centre of the controversy was a video, first uploaded on YouTube and later shared on Facebook (both deleted now), showing the burning of ‘Madhu Barnabodha’, the grammar primer for Odia language. What lent […]

J&K
Op-Ed: A Sledgehammer Approach on Kashmir Would Backfire

By Sandeep Sahu Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck all the right notes in his address to the nation, explaining at length the circumstances that persuaded the government and to all but abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution, which has been the basis of the relationship of Jammu & Kashmir with the Indian Union since 1950, […]

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Op-Ed: Poma Tudu Transfer Proves The Govt Will Go To Any Length To Oblige Mining Lobby

By Sandeep Sahu Weeks before the 2004 elections, I happened to be Kalahandi. After completing the day’s work, I happened to meet a few people who had just returned from the Gram Sabha earlier in the day where consent was wrested for setting up of the 1 million ton per annum (MTPA) capacity bauxite refinery […]

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Op-Ed: Tirade Against ‘Bol Bom’ Has No Rational Basis

By Sandeep Sahu Suddenly, ‘Bol Bom’ bashing has become fashionable among a section of the people in our state. As in most other cases, the opposition is voiced by those who never had the experience of being part of it. Do they even know what it takes to complete a ‘Bol Bom’ trip, the toll […]

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