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INTERNET GOING BUZZ ON “GOA DAY” - “WORLD GOAN HERITAGE DAY”
We are all talking about soon to come “GOA DAY” and “ WORLD GOAN HERITAGE DAY “ And praise the Lord that we goans have embarked on such a serious mission. Goa can only benefit from this extravaganza.
And we have talked about wining and dining, its merits and de-merits. We have talked about “sannas & sorpotel” We have talked about fund raising for supporting needy Goans in Goa.
We have talked about preserving our heritage temples and churches and forts and monuments. We have talked about cussing and being cussed. We have talked about the MCs of crab mentalities, where, as far as Goa is concerned, “Kul’leamchem xhek-xhek” (crab dish) will never run short in our goan Kundlins (pots).
We have talked about the rip-offs that has been taking place in Goa by our very own goans. We have talked about the millions of rupees of NRI funds repatriated to Goa by NRI goans, goan merchant mariners/sailors, gulf goans et al. We have talked about preserving goan Tiatrs, Mandos and Dulpods. We have talked about preserving and saving Goa’s environment and ecology. We have talked about how Goa’s agriculture has been destroyed to be replaced by concrete jungles. We have talked about how every new Official Gazette notification eats up on our agricultural lands.
We have talked about Alibabas and the 40 thieves, of open pockets which never fill, and secret (Swiss) bank accounts that will never be emptied. We have talked about the massively polluting plants like META STRIPS, ZACL and numerous others. We have talked about River Princess, and its affinity for the Candolim beach. We have talked about the saffronisation in Goa. We have talked about the harassment of minority educational institutions by the Education Department.
We have talked about panchayats and municipalities being the training grounds for crooks and Alibabas of the future, a breed, thousand times worse than their patrons. We have talked about deforestation and its direct effects on rains in Goa. We have talked about future drying up of our age old Mandovi river due to diverting of Madei waters by Karnataka for their own selfish use.
We have talked about goan elections which are a shame to democracy. We have talked about how our government administration is thriving on graft and favours. We have talked about how our government departments, with the only exception being our Adilshah Palace in Panjim and the new Assembly Complex at Porvorim, have become hawker’s paradise. We have talked about our stinking and un-hygienic goan markets, its half rotten, unfit for human consumption, so called fresh meats. We have talked about our Food & Drug administration which perpetually slumbers while people fall ill and crowd the hospitals and clinics and help swell the doctors’ bank accounts as well as help bring more and more pharmacies in our towns and cities.
We have talked about goan roads that are moonscapes, perpetually in dug out condition with gutters being the burial places for water pipes and telephone cables. We have talked about the dadagiri of the fishing trawler lobby and its direct nexus with the government and their combined scorn for the judiciary.
We have talked about non-planning of our towns and cities. We have talked about mining rejects silting whatever is left of our rivers when it is not used to cover and claim government lands. And we have talked about the preoccupation of our MLAs about winning the next election no sooner they have won the present one. Their entire work is concentrated in pampering the voters to achieve that goal. We have talked about how jobs, however lowly, are brokered from the secretariat, for that is the only job our elected representatives are good for.
We have talked about how a single brain of a single CM is expected to convert Goa into the paradise which all goans dream about. We have talked about government policies that are dependent on the whims and fancies of temporary people occupying temporary posts. We have talked about how the police is lining its pockets through its golden nexus with the crooks and criminals. We have talked about worst crooks getting bail due to doctored chargesheets by the police and eventually going scot free.
We have talked about our government corporations being gifted to favour brokers, to do with them what they like. We have talked about goan government canteen contracts going to Biharis. We have talked about industries preferring out of state labour to goan labour.. We have talked about our health services and health institutions going backwards instead of forward. And we have talked about goans selling their properties to the highest bidders and running away to foreign lands.
And we have talked about this, that and everything and we can talk about zillion things that have happened to Goa and Goans from the time of Dayanand Bandodkar to the present time of Manohar Parrikar. And we shall be able to talk about another zillion things that will have made goans run away from Goa to be replaced by Kanadigas, Oriyas, Tamils, Keralites, Kasmiris, Biharis and Marathas ofcourse, who are home grown.
And we know our goans very well. They never stop thinking about their dear motherland Goa from wherever they may be. But this has never resulted in uniting them for Goa’s sake. And without goans getting to sit down together, wining and dining, and getting to know each other first, it would be a daunting task for them to get to know Goa any better. And the question of raising funds becomes secondary to the question of goan unity. Funds have been raised before on umpteen occasions for umpteen reasons but the only beneficiaries have been the alibabas who roost the nests in Goa. Collecting funds would be a simple task if goans can muster unity, identify the heads that needs to be chopped and then go about shopping for the swords, knives and daggers that will be most suited to accomplish the jobs. And if goans know any better, the first casualty must be the “Goan politics of opportunism
What Rene Baretto has embarked upon and what he has accomplished so far, is to be well appreciated and commended by every goan, without exception. This is the beginning of the “ thinking “ on the right track, and, goans must realize that this is only the tiny root. If this tiny root is to grow into the giant banyan tree of goan unity, then, this root be better be planted in the soil rich in dedication and self-sacrifice. Let us goans be the ANTS that are needed to build a new Goa. Let us goans not be the TERMITES that have perennially eaten away the fair chances for our Goa and Goans.
Rene Baretto, I salute you.
(Note: This issue is specially dedicated to Rene Baretto for his hard and committed work to bring about Goan Unity. This issue is also my acknowledgement to my good friend and valuable critique Cecil Pinto for his invaluable advice. Thank you Cecil)