Communal forces have restarted executing their ongoing agenda in Goa; revenge against people who spoke and aired their views against them in the run up to Lok Sabha elections. By targeting Dr Francisco Colaco, an eminent doctor from Margao, the present dispensation wants to send a strong message to peace loving Goans that any criticism and negative views expressed will not be taken lightly by systematic use of police force and goons and by threatening to use false charges like rape, etc. By now, we know the Christians MLAs who have sold their soul to the devil have even started threatening and sermoning our Priests. What can we expect of politicians who have even poisoned their own loved ones and who took services of the Priests to get elected to the Goa assembly? Traitors and betrayers of Goan and Goan Christians specially will be taught a lesson in the near future. I was amused to read an advertisement regarding exposition of our Patron Saint SFX. Are these crooks trying to tell us that they are doing a favour to Christians when the conduct of the sacred event is a duty of the State? I can imagine the future of India if communal and fascist elements get elected in the ensuing elections and I wait for the day when our betrayers will also suffer at the hands of their same present political masters. Beware, we need to support our Priests & upright Goans like Dr Francisco Colaco.
Praxy Fernandes, Sankhali
The article "Female Harassment of a Different Kind" highlighting the shoddy treatment meted out to these crusaders of mercy was very touching. The author's stamp of conviction is visible as she has been the one leading by example and bringing great relief to both distressed animals and humans tending to them. She can be rightly hailed as the Messiah of God's creatures exploited by insensitive humans and the saviour of women who are harassed and insulted while rendering selfless service. Her support for the cause of animals has undoubtedly made this world a better place for humans.
The article, apart from being a tribute to the dedicated women is also aimed at creating awareness which is the need of the hour. We should laud the efforts of women who have the courage to serve the strays despite the social ostracism it invites. It’s heartening to know that dog feeders as well as women harassed for no reason are protected by strong laws. Every dog has his day and for the atrocities committed since time immemorial every man has to pay...
Ms Rama Sampath, Ribandar
In the past, a hue and cry was raised in certain quarters over the roads and lanes in Goa bearing Portuguese names. There was even a demand to change them to Indian names. A visit to Morjim and the coastal belt and villages like Assagao, Siolim, Mandrem, Chopdem, etc and one will see several signboards in the Russian language. So much so that at one point of time it may seem that one is on a beach somewhere in Russia and not on a Goan beach. But then no group, leave alone the panchayats and other government bodies seem concerned over these signboards in Russian sprouting all over the place. Would signboards in Konkani be tolerated on beaches and in the coastal areas of Russia? If not why should the authorities not take action against these signboards as Goans are not even aware of what these signboards actually mean. Will the authorities concerned allow the Russians to monopolize their business activities along the coastal areas by their inaction?
Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco
The third category
The Supreme Court of India, on April 15, 2014 has given a historic and revolutionary judgment by recognizing the transgender people as a third category, either male or female to his/her choice. By virtue of this judgment, they are henceforth entitled for reservation in government jobs and education, in line with other minorities, as well as for key amenities. It is estimated that there are about two million transgender people in India and this is now a challenging job for the government to implement the order of SC. The crux of the problem of the judgment is that this verdict comes after the SC decision in December 2013, which criminalized gay sex by reversing a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order and therefore the latest SC judgment (dated 15/4/2014) puts transgender people in a fix and strange situation. On one hand, they are now legally recognized and protected under the Constitution, but on the other hand, they may be breaking the law if they have consensual gay sex.
Vijay D Patil, Pune
Disaster management teams
Scientists have forecast that there will be adverse weather this year as they have detected a rise in temperature in the surface seawater in the Pacific Ocean, which gives rise to El Niño. When this happens, the results are devastating floods in some parts of the world while severe draught somewhere else, hurricanes, and typhoons besides altering the pattern of monsoons in the sub-continent.
We have already seen the devastation caused by the cloudburst in Uttarakhand last year. Though, Goa has been blessed by good weather conditions so far and protected by our Goencho Saib, we cannot afford to go on destroying our mother nature and let our Goencho Saib to take care of us. It is time to put our disaster management teams in place and prepare them to face eventualities. Those who want to shift the Navy to Karwar need to do a re-think as the armed forces and the Navy are the first to assist as was the case in Uttarakhand.