Daily Archives: January 1, 2012

Maoists shadow over Hirakud

The joint combing operation by the security forces may have forced the Maoists to retreat to neighbouring Chhattisgarh but not forever. They are bound to return once the operation slows down. Their presence is now being reported in new areas close to Hirakud Dam and Gandhamardan hill range. It has, in fact, come as a headache for the police, as there is no security system in place to guard the reservoir.

Sources said a group of armed Maoists, including female cadres, held meetings over the past few days in the villages of Khajria, Santra and Jhagdabehera in Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary area of Barapahad forest range. During their meeting with the villagers, it is learnt, that the Maoists asked them to fight against Dungri Limestone mines of ACC Cement here and resist any mining. The Maoists called upon people to demand development activity in the area and reassured their support.

Hitting out at the Government for their anti-people policies, they said all the policies were targeted at the rich and powerful and the people should wage a war and fight for their legitimate rights.

Though there were reports of their movement in the sanctuary area, police denied. However, with the police launching combing operation, their earlier visit to the area has been established.

Krishna, nemesis of Kansa, is born

The highlight of day two on Saturday was the much-awaited birth of Lord Krishna. With this, the Dhanu Yatra has livened up and begun to draw crowds.

Enactment of ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’, began with demon King Kansa forcibly taking over the reigns from? his father King Ugrasen and imprisoning his sister Devaki and her husband Basudev after a celestial voice warned him of death by her eighth child (Krishna).

As the parents were aware that Kansa would kill the newborn, Basudev embarks on a journey to Ambapali which turns to Gopapur with the river Jeera, flowing in between Bargarh and Ambapali, converting into the Yamuna.

The guards of the prison in deep slumber, Basudev sneaks out with baby Krishna and carries him on his head to Gopapur __ an enactment more popularly referred to as “Basudev’s Gopapur Gamana”. He replaces Krishna with Bijuli Kanya, daughter of Yashoda who happens to bring up Krishna. Later, Basudev put Bijuli Kanya on the lap of Devaki.

It is Bijuli Kanya who slipped out of the hands of King Kansa and warned him of impending death as he tried to kill her taking the baby as the eighth child.

The entire drama will now shift to Gopapur from Sunday.

It was a different sight at Ambapali with the entire village wearing a festive look to welcome Lord Krishna. Aryan Dash (7) and Ayush Dash (10) are playing the role of Krishna and

His brother Balaram respectively.

Sunday will be marked by inauguration of Ranga Mahal where cultural programmes will be performed throughout the festival. Collector Bhabagrahi Mishra inaugurated the stage on the direction of King Kansa.

Bargarh Dhanuyatra 2011 – 2012

“Dhanuyatra” happens to be a great mass festival of Odisha which is based on the exploits of Lord Krishna. Whenever the virtuous and the righteousness are demoralized and the sinners are at the top of the Supreme. Being, the Almighty God, manifess himself on Earth to protect the saints and innocents as well as to destroy the wicked. In fact, in all the ages and in every religion God has been manifesting himself with a purpose. In Dwapara Age, Lord Krishna, the very incarnation of God, appeared in Aryabarta with a view to destroying Kansa, the cruel king and the unjust Kauravas. The great exploits of Lord Krishna has been instrumental in the creation of folk tales,  music, art, literature and mythology. Thus, Lord Krishna has become an integral part of our life, our culture and our civilization. He is conveniently used as the central point of reference of values, philosophy and religion in India.

Bargarh is one of the thirty districts in Odisha and it is situated in its Western border in  between  20º.20’.0” (North) latitude and 83º.37’.15” (East) longitude. This district is located towards the south of the river Mahanadi and the district headquarters is 330 KMs from Bhubaneswar by road. The district has 5834 sq.km. in area and 13,45,601 in population as per 2001 census. This district is famous in the World for the holy place of Nrusinghnath in Gandhamardan Hills, the Papanga Hills,  the Barapahad Range which was well known as the battle ground for the great freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai against the Britishers, the Sambalpuri Bastralaya and the World famous Dhanu Yatra. Presently, the story from the point of the marriage between Devaki and Vasudeva until the death of Kansa forms the subject of many Dhanuyatras in Western Odisha. However, the Dhanuyatra at Bargarh is the oldest and the most famous one. Every year in the month of Sagittarius  (Dhanu or Pausa) it is celebrated for eleven days of the month from the 5th day of the bright fortnight till the full moon day. For this occasion the town of Bargarh becomes the city of Mathura, the river Jeera becomes the river Yamuna and Ambapali situated on the other side of Jeera becomes Gopapura. For eleven days the whole of Bargarh town is transformed into a very big stage even though the story of Kansa, his death and the exploits of Sri Krishna are enacted  in 14 main places at Mathura and 4 main places in Gopa. This mass festival, which came into existence in 1948 with the inertia of festive mood due to celebration of Indian Independence and victory over unjust British rule, symbolically shows the victory of Lord Krishna, the embodiment of truth, justice and righteousness over Kansa who personifies arrogance and wickedness. This festival has earned its fame in the World as much due to the separate stage along with movable stage used to show the mythological story  as also due to the special involvement of the entire populace in the process. Therefore, this festival is rightly called the greatest play in the world enacted in the biggest open air theatre.

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Orissa Police detain 4 Maoists in Bargarh

The tip coronet of a district military disclosed this to a mediapersons during Bargarh on Sunday.

Kavita Jalan, Superintendent of Police, pronounced a fifth insurgent managed to shun while a 4 others were hold on a highway in Amarpali.

“Acting on a tip off, we were told that a china colour automobile in Paikmal area was speeding towards Amarpali. When we stopped a automobile to do a confidence check we found things that are suspected to be compared to Maoists and in it we found dual tiffin bombs, dual detonators, glow arms, 6 live rounds and gelatin sticks and some Maoist literature,” pronounced Jalan.

“The novel is created in Hindi and Oriya. Some letters created in a internal denunciation of India’s eastern Chhattisgarh state were also found. They were addressed to their state secretary of a Maoist outfit,” she added.

Two of a arrested Maoists are women and one of them is 5 months pregnant.

According to a police, 3 of a indicted go to Chhattisgarh’s Kanker District.

The arrested Maoists have been identified as Anil Kumar alias Azad of Kasadand village, Rambati Usendi of Alpara encampment and Shambati Dubba of Bhimnar. The fourth, Makunda Naik hails from Rajapada encampment underneath Padampur Police Station of Bargarh.

The military have also seized income amounting 1,350 rupees.

The Maoists on inquire told a military that they were formulation attacks on supervision institutions in a segment over a subsequent integrate of days.

Superintendent of Police Jalan also pronounced Shambati was carrying an event with a Maoist leader, who forced her into a ultras movement.

The Maoists were holding Shambati to a sanatorium for an termination before a military hold them.

The military have also pronounced that a nabbed women mentioned that ladies were physically abused in a Maoist camps.

Revelations of women cadres being intimately tormented by Maoists over a past few years are reportedly on a rise.

However, Tapasi Praharaj, President of Orissa Chapter of All India Democratic Women’s Association, a forum compared with a Communist Party, hold a supervision obliged for such trends.

Praharaj told mediapersons during Bhubaneswar currently that a women are forced to join a insurgent organisation to acquire income for their family in a deficiency of good growth and associated pursuit opportunities.

“We have been observant that there should be growth in a back areas of a state. If there is no growth a women would not get any jobs. And when they don’t get any work they tend to get shabby by anyone. And that is because they would join a Maoists,” pronounced Praharaj.

“So far, all those women Maoists who have surrendered themselves have told a military that they get monthly stipends though they have not been removing it. Everybody is in need of income and if a supervision is not means to give them an practice and do not yield them with simple amenities afterwards one can’t stop them from fasten a rebels,” she added.

Praharaj serve mentioned that Maoists captivate women with an declaration of a monthly stipend.

Of late, many Maoist women, on their possess part, have surrendered themselves to a military after being intimately tormented or refused of their stipends.