A friend of mine, an acclaimed individual in Goan Society, tongue-in-cheek stated that Parrikar, with the latest dispensation, seems to be the savior of Goa, which according to him although we believe in St. Francis Xavier, in contemporary circumstances according to him, St. Francis is an obsolete identity not even worth a thought. I found the utterances abhorrent and contemptible, although somewhat comical, as we cannot vie for accolades in the present scenario with corruption having reached the zenith of degradation, while Saints (with their deeds or misdeeds) are placed at the High Altar of Sanctity to be worshipped earnestly by all the devotees who pray for their intervention to alleviate their souls from any further detriment. To elucidate, the difference between a Leader and the Saint is that the Saint is the living hope of liberation and salvation of the poor souls seeking an outlet against the mundane discrepancies and antagonism of the world; who can think only about themselves and nothing else, while Saint thinks about his flock that is wallowing in grime, and devises the best solution to salvage them from that sad extremity. A Saint infuses soul into soulless people so they can walk through the pathways of their destiny with their heads held high.
The games of life cannot be played with Saints who changed the lives of people adherent to their way of thought, seeking a better tomorrow away from chicanery which hitherto never allowed them to be people in the proper perspective. Saints do not play politics of generalization, but rather politics of emancipation of the oppressed without compromise at any stage. Can present day politicians ever achieve what Saints have achieved, or are they wallowing in malicious solutions liked depriving the flow of water for nearly five continuous days.
I brought this topic up, to analyze the causes which are corroding the psyche of the people in general, who are dreaming about riches and glory, irrespective of how they acquire it, and to exacerbate the sameness there are still those piddling matters which is showcasing India in its rightful perspective with the praises for Parrikar never ending, although the matter should be thoroughly considered; because this same friend of mine was on the Committee which approved the cost required to revamp the already existent and functional Kala Academy without blinking an eyelid. However Parrikar presumably felt that his supporter, who was the contractor, deserved some consideration over the high cost, thus how can he be our savior?
It is felt that in India, money is all that counts and not honesty, which should be the pillar of probity; but not anymore as we are left to analyze and visualize the best solutions to solve this impasse which is turning our population to be zombies; people are apathetic to the trying circumstances although deep inside they feel that drastic changes are needed. However, my moot question is, will the people collectively be at the forefront to be change that we need?
If we read news reports, we can firmly conclude that ‘money corrupts but absolute power demonizes’. Nevertheless we live in a world full of sham , where decency and dignity is just a bye-word with no meaning at all. The show of riches and power is not sporadic to one segment of people only, as it is noticeable with the ‘Empress of Discord’, the ‘Stormy Petrel of Bengal’, Mamata Banerjee, who in her new dispensation is stalling the progress of the Government at the Centre, to which she belongs, with her tantrums and ridiculous demands. I could agree with the demands of the BJP and other parties against the UPA Government, as it is their privileged right to demand the near impossible, but from a member of its own coalition is absurd and is making India suffer in all fronts.
Goa is not left far behind with our montris cribbing for some compensation because they have no Power that they can fall upon people like Churchill Alemao and Ramakant Khalap who think that they are Omnipotent and wanted to contest the Cortalim elections against the (luckily) newly elected Alina Saldanha for which my moot question is: do they know the electorate of Cansaulim or are they with just a bluster of bravado, trying to frighten Congress High Command into submission. It is veritable to concede that these politicians once out of power will go to any length to regain what they have lost for which I safely state – ‘power corrupts; but absolute power is demonical which can be witnessed from abnormal behavior of ex-powers that be.
As a last resort I have every right to question the ‘Saviour’ on his righteousness, when the faith of Government is at stake: why are the taps in the Capital City running dry, and why was Dr. Susana de Souza not promoted in lieu of Mr. V. M. Prabhudessai. Is it ‘witch hunting’ on communal lines?