Goans all over the state, country and the world, celebrated the feast of St Francis Xavier on the 3rd of December with appropriate solemnity and fervour. This is one feast that brings the Goan diaspora together like no other.
What better way to pay tribute to Goa's patron saint than for the church and the state government to jointly invite the Holy Father, Pope Francis to attend next years' exposition of the body of St Francis, the namesake of the Pope. The invitation may be routed through Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) who is very close to the Holy Father being a member of G8, a core group of cardinals set up by the pontiff himself to advise him.
The very invitation will serve to boost the political image of the present dispensation. Acceptance of the invitation by the Holy Father will also give a tremendous boost to the state's tourism department and earn the eternal gratitude of all Goans.
Robert Castellino, Calangute
The vandalism and goondagiri by Nitesh Rane, the son of a politician from Maharashtra and Tarun Tejpal’s sexual assault incident has once again brought forth the wrong notion of Goa and Goans to tourists coming from across the borders. Some Indian tourists thinks that once they land in Goa they can do whatever they want. To quote Tejpal’s own words: "Now you are in Goa, drink as much as you want...sleep with whoever you think of..." reminds me of another instance while attending as a cadet of the NCC Naval wing, the all India trekking camp in Goa. The young cadets from across our borders during their entire stay of 15 days looked at every single lady passing across their path as being of loose character and often used to ask us Goans cadets where and how far was Baina, the once famous Goa red-light area. Given such attitudes, a clear message needs to be sent to tourists that they have come to a civilized land and must behave properly once in Goa.
Julius Carvalho, Dubai-UAE
This has reference to the news dated December 2. China has requested India (on 30 Nov 2013 ) not to create trouble and worsen the problems on the border which is shared by both nations. China's urging came a day after the Indian president toured a disputed region and called it an integral part of India. India and China had fought war in 1962 and very recently signed a pact in November, 2013 to ensure that no confrontation takes place from either side. But China has irked India by claiming that Arunachal Pradesh is part of South Tibet. In the past, China has laid claim to more than 90,000 sq kms which is disputed by India in the eastern sector of the Himalayas, while India has claimed that China has occupied 38,000 sq kms of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west.
It may be recalled that in the recent past China with its provocation has intruded 19 kms inside Indian territory, pitched tents, brought barking dogs and erected placards which read, " This area belongs to China/ Not to invade ". So the question of urging India "not to aggravate problems " does not arise. On the contrary, China should mend its fences with India and should not provoke and create problems at the LAC.
Vijay D. Patil, Pune
The recent controversy created by the Congress government in the Centre by issuing an order to Mr. Caetano Silva of GVP regarding his nationality has created panic among thousands of Goans. Goans who at one time trusted the Congress government to be loyal to the community now harbour fears of it returning to power. What will happen to thousand of Goans who have businesses, are professionals or are employed in government offices? If a BJP government was at the Centre and the same order passed, the Congress party would undoubtedly have put the issue in their election campaign manifesto to instill fear among Goans. Now the ball has been kicked by their own players from their own side.
The declaration by the Congress led government is malafide and nothing more than to thwart the Catholic voters of Goa and to destablize the present government.
Dr Shiv Prabhu, by email
It’s our request to our CM Mr Parrikar that since Calvim Bridge is open to the public and has been built by the BJP government, it will be very useful to connect Chorao to the Calvim bridge to go to Mapusa. The only thing the government needs to do is make a connecting road. The distance is barely 3 kms from Chorao to Calvim and it will make for easier access, instead of going all the way from Mayem and getting held up at the railway crossing and also wasting time at the ferry crossing at Pomburpa. I request Mr. Glen Ticlo, MLA of Calvim to do the needful so that Chorao can be connected to Calvim. I also request our Chorao Panchayat to come forward and show their interest in this matter.
Ancilla Dias, Chorao
Better roads needed
Politicians, doctors, teachers and lawyers has given various opinions to solve the problem of narrow roads in Cuncolim, and in fact all over Goa. This might become even worse with the last Congress government amending the TCP laws to limit internal roads to 6 metres width in order to benefit certain developers. Development is Goa has been carried out in a haphazard manner, without any road designing and planning, but what else can we expect from a Town and Country Planning office which recruits draughtsmen for planning purposes? A person with a basic SSCE and a draughtsman’s course is responsible for site inspections for development of land. Probably even some senior town planners are from the same category. What foresight and vision can we expect from these town planners with low educational levels? Why can’t our government use our educated youth with degrees in civil and road engineering to plan and build better roads in Goa?
James Moraes, Cuncolim
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