21 Nov 2023  |   04:55am IST

Letter to the editor (21 November 2023)

Future IFFIs could be at the proposed Film City

The 54th International Film Festival (IFFI) which commenced yesterday, will be the 20th edition hosted by Goa. Hundreds of delegates from outside have come  from outside and the floating population, in Panjim will be bursting at its seams. 

Goa will reportedly have a film city. Since the State is a permanent venue for IFFI, it would be in the fitness of things to shift the film festival to a permanent venue which could be in the proposed film city. This will, to a great extent, to reduce the load on the capital city.

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Congratulations to Team Australia

The Australian cricket team should be congratulated for lifting its sixth ICC World Cup trophy. Though the Australians were three wickets down at one stage, their star batsmen (especially Travis Head who kept his cool and went on to successfully score 137 runs) did not show any nervousness but played sensibly and won this deciding final in great style thus shattering the hearts of millions of Indian fans across India/abroad.  

The Indian cricket team was very impressive throughout the tournament and had remained undefeated in ten games up-to the final. Unfortunately, when it mattered the most, all its so-called ‘star’ players let India down by giving a total flop show.

The Indian cricket team needs to learn from the Australians, to stay calm during tense moments and know how to win such big World Cup final matches in great style by using some proper planning/ruthless execution in future. Better luck next time for team India.

Jerry Fernandes, Saligao

Heart breaking final for Team India

It was really a heart breaking final for Team India cricket fans. If one of the so called ‘super batsmen’ who are known to create miracles and records realised it was a ‘mega final’ and had the patience not to throw their wickets so carelessly.

Cricket is a mind game too and the more the patience the players show the more the team benefits and this was followed faithfully by Australian batsmen who even after three quick wickets resolved to stay and fight. As for the men in blue when the leader and the experienced senior players who ought to have led the whole lot and shown them how to play unfortunately could not do it the team very sadly lost the final. Whatever the result, cricket lovers shall always remember the beautiful memories and records of their favourite team and players. 

M Pradyu, Kannur

Blot on a political career

The letter to the editor titled ‘So now Modi is scared of deep fake and AI’ (O Heraldo Nov 20) by Elvidio Miranda has hit the nail on the head of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who thinks and acts as if he is Mr Clean and has not done any wrong in his political career as the CM of Gujarat and now as the PM of India. The last sentence from Elvidio’s letter says, “Remember that you (Narendra Modi) were denied a visa to the US because of your involvement in a crime”. 

No matter how much water flows into the Arabian sea or how much washing powder you use to make your khurtas white and spotless, the above record cannot be reversed, which will always be a stain on your political career which no other Prime Minister of India has ever carried. 

Matias Lobo, Tivim

India would have won if match played at Chepauk 

When all of us were confident that the Indian Cricket team would definitely win the World Cup finals. The way they had been playing throughout the tournament and the semi-finals was good. But even as they got the opportunity to bat first in the finals, they disappointed the supporters. One is unable to digest this unexpected disappointment. I was also unable to brush aside a statement in pain made by my 18 year old grandson Steve, “Our team would have definitely won the cup if only they had played in our M.A. Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk, Chennai which had always proved lucky for them”!

Tharcius S Fernando, Chennai  

Don’t use Communidade land for politics

The State Government’s attempts to bring in an amendment to the Code of Comunidade to prevent the demolition of houses on comunidade lands would set a bad precedent.  The State had communicate bodies which were in existence and the lands belongs to the respective communities to be shared commonly.  The regularisation emanates from the fact that encroachers on comunidade land are non-locals.  Comunidade is one of the last standing institutions that reflect Goa’s uniqueness. The government has stalwarts surviving on votes from illegal settlers on comunidade land.  It is a high time that political apparatus of the State take serious view of the menace of illegal and unauthorized constructions and stop their support the lobbies or for vote bank.  The regularisation of illegal structures on comunidade lands will only encourage more such activities.  

K G Vilop, Chorao

Will Dabolim airport die a slow death?

My grand niece travelling with two small children was trying to book tickets to Pune from Dabolim airport. But to here dismay she found there were no flights taking off from the Dabolim airport to Pune. The only available flight was Spicejet. A day prior, she was intimated that the take off is shifted to Mopa airport. Looks like Dabolim airport will slowly be totally for the Navy in the near future.

Vincy Gracias, Canacona


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