Mahatab is now at the helm of affairs at Orissa.
The luxury of Bombay wherein he was for some years Governor,
did not rob him of his energy and imagination—bright
and active personalities on attaining Governorships,
usually tend to grow fat in body, and thin in their
enthusiasm and imagination.
Placed now at the helm of affairs, in a place which
has attained the position of being a problem State,
this Ex-Governor, has begun well to prove his mettle,
He has taken upon himself in order. Not only that. He
is all enthusiastic about the State's rights and rightly
Burdened with 'Yes-men' in our own State, it is refreshing
to note the energy and vision shown by this ex-Governor.
Taxes and more taxes, explanations followed by apologias,
promises and more promises without an iota of idea to
carry them out—these are the guiding principles that
some of the Chiefs have set before themselves. Not so,
this man with the mettle!
"I have a mission to fulfill"—he is bold enough
to say, not merely a place to occupy, or a duty to shoulder,
but a Mission One rarely finds men at the helm of affairs
talking about Mission!! Most of them seem to think that
all talk about Mission in life, should stop with the
attainment of office, big or small!
But Mahatab feels that having been placed in position,
he should stand by the people in all their legitimate
aspirations—and should not let them down, by mouthing
tall talks and pious platitudes
Orissa have got a grievance against Delhi.
When the States were re-organised Delhi parcelled out
bits of territories from various States, and tagged
them on to other States, without much rhyme or reason.
Protests were not heeded to—deputations returned, empty
handed—and Delhi had only one argument to say. "It
is foolish to be provincial or parochial, or communal!"
Much injustice has been perpetrated by Delhi, in the
name of the theory Bharat, one and indivisible.
Orissa has not forgotten, the injustice done—and forgets
to snore over the incident.
are the territories that belong to Orissa, looked at
from any point of view, historical, economic etc.
But Delhi had only one angle—its own—irrespective of
the wishes of the people of any particular State!
So Orissa was not given a fair treatment—and today the
State stands emaciated—slices of its territory having
been cut off from it.
Yes! But what is there to cry over? These patches have
not been sold or rented out to Afghanistan of Azerbaistan;
they are in Bharat and part of it! Why this uproar!
What if they are with Bihar or Bengal?—all these are
but parts of that one whole, Bharat!—said, Mr. Kamaraj,
when in our State, we have lost,
and such other, rich portions.
All arguments, that any impartial tribunal will accept
were advanced by the Kamaraj ministry too. Historically,
these areas belong to Tamil Nadu! The majority of people
who inhabit these areas, are Tamilians! These areas
are contiguous with the present Madras State!
The State departments had ample evidence and these were
arrayed before the Demi-gods at Delhi—but after a cursory
glance at these faces and figures, Delhi said, "What
if? We have had the pleasure of promising these areas
to the Kerala people! Do you dare to ask us to go against
our own promises?" The frown was enough to make
our masters here to beat a hasty retreat, of course
after thanking the Masters at Delhi, for their lessons
Both the Houses of the State Legislature passed resolutions
declaring that these areas do belong to the Tamilians
The ministry and the party caucus, made solemn promises
to get justice rendered.
Most of the political parties that are at loggerheads
on many issues have joined hands in demanding these
areas for the Tamilians
There was a successful, peaceful, Hartal throughout
Vox Populi it was, but Delhi thought in a different
way and these Tamil areas are today part and parcel
of the New Kerala State.
They say from the housetops, that the Communist Ministry
in Kerala is bent upon righting all wrongs and restoring
the legitimate rights of all people! It is to be seen,
whether the ministry now functioning there is going
to be really Communist or only a replica of the former
THE CHAPTER IS CLOSED!—says the Chief of our State!-muttering
to himself perhaps, that God be thanked for not parcelling
out more territory.
'The issue can not be reopened'—say the Parliamentarians
of the Congress fold, here.
But let us hear what Harikrishna Mahatab, has to say
"There was no doubt injustice was done to Orissa
with regard to Saraikela and Kharswan"
How very sincere! And how very bold!!—one is apt to
exclaim, especially men of this State, manned by a bunch
They here would shudder to mutter the word, 'injustice!'
"What a sacrilege—a heinous crime to dub Delhi's
decision as injustice—it is the fountainhead of justice
and fairplay, the reservoir of prerogatives and privileges
and to speak so disparagingly about it is to court hell-fire!"
the Hon'ble ministers here are sure to say. But not
so Mahatab—he is a man with mettle—and calls a spade
And Mahatab is not content with that. He promises to
render justice to his State.
"The Parliament was the supreme authority and it
had passed the bill. They had therefore to wait for
the appropriate time to pursue their claims to win their
When one compares this statement pregnant with rich
possibilities, with the indifference shown by the 'Yes-men'
in our State, are we not tempted to exclaim, give us
men of Mahatab Mettle! Rid us of these Yes-men here!!
Note, the voice of the man with a mission! Hon'ble Mr
Mahatab says, "I feel that my work in Orissa is
not complete so long as Saraikela and Kharswan are not
remerged in Orissa!"
And this is Hon'ble Mahatab's declaration—when the Orissa
Assembly passed unanimously a non-official resolution
requesting the Government of Orissa to move the Central
Government for the appointment of a committee to re-open
the Orissa boundary issue to include Saraikela, Kharswan,
and Singhbhum Sadar in Orissa on,
While, we find Hon'ble Mahatab, rising equal to the
occasion, and making a declaration of sincerity—we here
are reminded of the sorrowful spectacle, of more than
a hundred Tamilians meekly submitting to the party mandate,
and voting against the demand for re-naming our State—or
rather giving it its due, by declaring Madras as Tamil
Look at this picture and at that!—Ye, Yes-Men Note this,