TiTs & BiTs (013)
On unlucky for some, Number 13.
And, I must assure the readers that they are absolutely safe reading TiTs & BiTs No. 13. It has always been my lucky number. The only time I was unlucky was when, after having used my resourcefulness in convincing the good Padre in Houston, Texas, where I had landed , on my very first ship, that someone should take me to “NASA” instead of for the Sunday Mass. It was Harry Bretting and Gloria Houard, his young wife who volunteered to drive me down to NASA , a good 80 kilometers from downtown Houston. Harry was one of the mission controllers for the Apollo 13 . The unfortunate part was that the Mission Control was sealed for the impending flight of the failed Apollo 13 Mission. I had to be content in only watching the “eagle” landing craft from the outside and enjoy the mesmerizing sight of radio controlled planes and helicopters being flown by kids on the NASA grounds. Back home in 1971, we did’nt even have the TV.
On Presidential visit to Gujarat:
And Fr. Cedric Prakash, who has been complaining about the police intimidation that has kept him away from meeting with the President, at the cosmetic sites the President was allowed to visit, must realize that he is dealing with the Gujarati NAZIS. Very shortly we should be witnessing the Indian SWASTIK which, I am told, stands for PEACE , is worn by the GUJARATI/ INDIAN NAZIS as the sign of ETHNIC CLEANSING. And a lot is expected from our dear President Abdul Kalam. Sorry to say, but I only hope that he does not become the intended sacrificial BAKRI to grace the occasion of the next Bakri Idd.
Back home, the way the last “NAZI VHP GOA BAND” that was termed as a “Total Success” by our RSS Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar with a comment “ What if a few stones were thrown?” only goes to show that it is his “BAB KA RAJ” I was, at the least, expecting some stern questions to be asked about this particular “GOA BAND” by our enterprising OPPOSITION in the current session of the Goa Legislative Assembly, forget about introducing a BILL to BAN all future GOA BANDs in GOA.
On COMUNIDADES and Revision of its Sacred “CODE.”.
It was heartening to see a few more heads than usual turning-up for the meeting of the Components of the Comunidades at the TB Cunha Hall on Sunday, August 18th. And the final resolution that was passed goes against what the Revenue Minister, Mr. Pandurang Madkaikar has been saying in Yesterday’s papers (H), that “the House committee constituted under his chairmanship will go into the issue of revising the Code of Comunidades” supposedly to remove the inconsistencies regarding encroachments on Comunidade lands.
And who is this House committee?, the Revenue Minister, the Chief Minister or the Governor or the Government itself, to suggest this revision ? Revising the SPURIOUS and ILLEGAL translation of the CODE is like flogging the dead body of some unknown person. The government must realize that it cannot play with a serious institution like the Comunidades with half baked knowledge and malafide intentions. The upcoming writ petition in the High Court will put to rest this illegal flogging of the illegal translation of the CODE of Comunidades.
For those who would like to know, under the management of the Comunidades, the vast cultivable land holdings of the Comunidades were never allowed to lie fallow and at the discretion of the cultivators / temporary tenants. These lands, which mostly lie fallow today or which have been already converted into concrete jungles, were the revenue earners for the Comuminades, affording them to look after their respective villages, river bunds, sleush-gates (Manoses), roads, gutters, cutting of the roadside brambles and even the up-keep of the churches and temples. A slice of this revenue was paid to the King (now the Governor, representing the government) as “DERAMA” for acting the arbitrator in the disputes between the Comunidades and its tenants. The unspent moneys were distributed to the share-holders as ”ZONN” as an incentive to take part in the Management of the Comunidades.
Today, the revenue of the Comunidades is limited to the interest earned on the bank balances (if at all, for most Comunidades are turned to paupers) which are solely the proceeds of the transfer/sale of its properties. And the Government is utilizing this revenue to pay fat salaries and kingly perks to its own appointees to the offices of the Comunidades, such as the administrators, escrivaos and office staff for “NIL” work done. It is believed that the administrators draw-up the budgets arbitrarily and some are even charging the up and down taxi-fares to the airport for their private visits to Delhi etc., to the Comunidades account.
The present Tenancy and Mundkar Acts is the destructive work of the government that needs to be REVISED and, of which, the Revenue Minister and the government itself must take serious note. Foremost, The Revenue Minister must understand that the LAND REVENUE CODE cannot be super-imposed on the CODE OF COMUNIDADES.
If at all the Comunidades, today, are not the TIGERS that they must be, to challenge the gross and brazen illegalities committed by the government, it is because of the paucity of funds available with the Comunidades to fight these cases, the cost of which are prohibitive. The government knows this well, and continues with its malicious thrusts to seek the destruction of the Comunidades. BUT THE GOVERNMENT OF GOA WILL NEVER SUCCEED. The Comunidades of Goa shall WIN. There are the GAUNKARS who are not DEAD YET.