Speakers lambast govt for denying permission for morcha, microphone
PONDA: The demands for a ban on Sanatan Sanstha rang loud and clear – even without a mike – at the public meeting organised by Bandora locals in Ramnathi on Sunday.
The speakers also criticized the government for denying permission for the morcha and the use of a mike for the meeting, which proved that people had no freedom under the BJP government’s rule. They also questioned why fingers were pointed at Sanatan members every time if the group is not guilty.
At the meeting, Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco demanded that the government ban Sanatan Sanstha as its members are connected with murder and violence. He stated that all religions are living together peacefully in the State and urged Goans to keep this unity intact and not allow communal forces to destroy it. He also alleged that the MGP is funding the ashram.
Dr Vivek Pansare, who is protesting the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare in Mumbai, stated that he and his fellow protestors had come to Goa “to uphold the constitution and law of the land”. Condemning the communal forces involved in murder and violence, he said that India is country of not one religious community, but of many communities.
Environmentalist Ramesh Gawas criticized Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for stating that he would act only after the Maharashtra government’s report on rationalist Govind Pansare’s murder.
Trade Union leader Christopher Fonseca alleged that Sanatan Sanstha had filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Pansare at Margao and Ponda to harass him, but the case had been thrown out of court. He also stated that it was shameful for him to be speaking without a mike in Goa for the first time. He stated, “If I have a right to express myself, then why no mike? Communal forces are stripping our fundamental rights and deciding what we can eat, wear and how to behave in society.”
Trade union leader Raju Mangeshkar stated that it was cowardly of the BJP government to deny permission for the morcha and a mike at the meeting. Like Fonseca, he stated that it was his first time addressing a meeting without a mike. He added, “We must conduct a meeting at the Ponda bus stand even if the government denies permission because it is our right to protest and express ourselves. This is exploitation of the ‘Bahujan Samaj’. Humanity is the biggest religion. Let us fight evil without a mike.”