This is in context with the statement made by the Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza with regards to allowing the entry of Ram Sene in Goa. We takes strong objection to the statement of D’Souza who said, "Let (Pramod) Muthalik come, we'll take care of him," when he responded to demands from opposition MLAs for not allowing entry to Shree Ram Sena in Goa.
The minister’s comments only go to show the partisan, forgiving attitude adopted by his government in dealing with the right wing elements approaching the state. Despite opposition form the Goans at large, the government is turning a deaf ear and instead welcoming such organisations to set shops in the state.
Minister’s reference to the Constitution is even more shocking in the wake of the activities carried out by Ram Sene which are highly un-constitutional.
Ram Sene has already been part of the Hindu convention held in Ramnathi that unanimously passed a resolution demanding that India be declared as a Hindu Nation. They have beaten up young couples in pubs so also on Valentines Day. We consider Ram Sene to be threat to the entire country. We believe that the Constitution of India is supreme and hence non-secular organisations like ram Sene are an obvious threat to our country.
Pramod Muthalik, chief of Ram Sena has even gone to the extent of saying that his ‘young Goan brigade’ which is interested in joining SRS would act like Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and not like Gandhi, with violent action against the bar and pub culture in the tourist state.
“We are aggressive in our approach and that is the only way to protect the country”, says Muthalik while indicating that similar kind of actions of beating up youth sitting in pubs would repeat in the tourist state. Does the government has any concern for the safety of Goans or would it tactfully sideline this threat as altu-faltu?
It is absolutely wrong on part of the urban development minister to make a statement that "Everyone can come. How can you stop any one? No one can be stopped..... Read the Constitution of India."
The Constitution does speak about the right to freedom; however the Constitution also imposes restrictions on these rights. The Constitution restricts these freedoms in the interest of Secularism, Independence, Sovereignty and Integrity of India. In the interest of morality and public order, the government can also impose restrictions.
Anwesha Singbal, Mukul Pai Raiturkar, Prasanna Timble
Shree Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik appears to have thrown an open challenge to the people of Goa. He has reportedly said that he will not lower the stance on westernization of Indian culture and that the local unit when set up, would deal with clubs and parties severely.
The Sene chief reportedly said that his organization follows an aggressive approach towards dealing with issues. With such comments made by Sene chief, at least now Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should not overlook the threat that the outfit posses to the peaceful Goan society.
The Chief Minister can no longer say “I do not want to comment to such elements”. With such aggressive statements coming out from the outfit, the Goa government now has the opportunity to ban it from entering Goa, as it must be considered as a threat to peace in the state.
Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco
Your editorial “Rooms to rent and the rules” dated July 11, 2012 made interesting reading. I would like to add a few more points in view of the large number of thefts occuring in Goa.
The Government of India has initiated the system of having made the Adhaar cards for all citizens. These cards carry vital information of the card holder like photograph, home address as well as the thumb impression. I would like to say that when any citizen travels, he has to carry the same card whether he wants a job or wants to stay in a guest house or a starred hotel, or rented premises. The police must note the unique Aadhaar card number of habitual law breakers.
The goverment should make it compulsory for all owners of establishment as well as guest houses, private houses as well as starred hotel to rent their rooms or provide employment only those who have adhaar cards, and in turn, the owners of these hotels, guest houses, rented premises or any establishment must furnish compulsorily the adhaar card number of its employees, guest or tourist to the nearest police station.To have this system in place, the adhaar cards must compulsorily be held by all the citizens.
George J. Fernandes, Navelim
IFFI V/S novenas
The novenas of St. Francis Xavier should not coincide with the International Film Festival of India. I am sure all our peace-loving citizens will surely welcome the below mentioned dates, as it is very convenient to all Goans to take part in the novenas and also in all IFFI programmes.
The dates marked for IFFI could be either from 10 to 20 November or from 5 to 20 December, so as to enable all people to enjoy and participate in the great events, without having to miss either IFFI or Novenas.
Many people from abroad also visit our State and people from across the border come here on a walking pilgrimage.
I hope our present and most effective chief minister who appears to have resolved to a great extend the MoI issue, looks into this matter and does the needful for this noble cause. I am sure all Goans will surely give a big pat to our dynamic chief minister.