Are we becoming
a Banana Republic?
The violence and mayhem during these elections, despite having a powerful experienced Election Commission in place, knowing all the precautions that need be taken with adequate forces and powers at its disposal, is to say the least disgraceful!
We prided ourselves as one of the biggest and robust democracies of the world with unity in our great diversity, the envy of other nations. We preached non-violence and peace with a spiritual soul! This has all been shattered by everyone seeming to show off a 56" chest to emulate our strong and tall leader? Why such low discourse, personal degrading attacks and violence above all? There seems to be a lack of a modicum of humanity and decency!
I wonder how the world is digesting this "Tu Tu Mee Mee" and what sort of a strong nation, morally and physically we will turn out to be. Hope not a Banana Republic where the law will take its own course, not the swift right lawful course!
John Eric Gomes, Porvorim
A photo published on the front page of Herald dated May 15 shows workers releasing the water from the bandhara on Opa river at Occumbi Dharbondra which will release around 100 MLD to Opa treatment plant. It is understood that the Opa river has in total 14 bandharas and recently the authorities had released water from 13 bandharas.
However what is shocking is to note the dangerous way in which the workers are carrying out the task with no safety measures whatsoever. A slip and fall into the water could possibly mean certain death from drowning. The general procedure is for water to be released from the dam by opening the gates by means of a mechanical operation conducted from the land. However if workers have to stand on the piles and physically open the gates as seen in the photo, then it is fraught with danger.
The authorities concerned need to provide safety gear for these workers who risk their lives while carrying out the task if it cannot be carried by using a mechanical operation.
I was surprised to see the low-lying wetland opposite the Colva Church being used for football matches when clearly the official/judicial decision is that a proper study has to be done first! On inquiry, I was informed by the organisers that it was for children which is strange because it is the holiday season, so why was this tournament not done at the ground near William's Resort which I understand is ready?
Now in a short span of a few days within month of May, I now see another football tournament but now it does not appear for the kids which was the earlier excuse, it is a 5-a-side all Goa tournament? So what exactly is happening here? Why is sudden impatience to start using this low-lying area where a study is still to be done! Again why is this tournament not held on the ground near the Williams Resort? My view is that all this appears to be ploy to pursue with the controversial plans to concretise the area into a multipurpose playground; if not can I request to Colva Panchayat to issue a clear statement and I would love to be proved wrong!
Colvenkars please note that now particularly with global warming a lot of coastal villages are at threat and God forbid if there is massive flooding, where will all the water go if we destroy our low-lying wetlands areas; which can other wise serve as great absorption areas.
Of course I don't claim to be an expert but the latter what I mentioned is pure common sense and no amount of manmade drainage systems can be an alternative. Also, does it not make sense for the study to be done and then decide, what is the hurry? If it is really football then lets all ensure that the ground near William's Resort is used properly. Also our ground water levels are already depleting and we need these wetlands to help fill the same and at least maintain our ground water levels.
Many Colvenkars are aware of the facts, can we please start speaking up to preserve of village for future generations ?
Be watchful of
It was a very thoughtful attempt on the part of Islamic State terrorists to target Christian minority instead if Sinhala majority in Sri Lanka if they had done so it could have proved counter productive. Sri Lanka has had a civil war but it had never had a serious problem with Islamic terrorism. Now, the IS want a backlash against Muslims, so it can bring more Muslims into its fold. The citizens of Sri Lanka should not fall prey to such nefarious designs of the IS. In the prevailing situation and the given circumstances, the Indian intelligence agencies should not be complacent and should work with tandem with neighbouring countries. Also the agencies should try to dispel any similar threats developing in Jammu and Kashmir which is a fertile ground for the IS ideology which may even target Goa as there are many Christian churches around the State.
The intelligence agencies should try their best to bring the radicalised youth to the main stream by providing them jobs otherwise the IS will further complicate matters for our country.
It is a surprise why the animal lovers never raise their voice against cruelties to animals including elephants that are confined to the precincts of the temples pathetically chained! Should they not be sent into the forests to lead a peaceful and useful life instead of being tortured in chains and made to starve in temples and circus houses? Can anyone tell me in which tenet it is mentioned that every temple should have an elephant and even if mentioned it is after all, man-written, no?
By restricting their movement and not allowing them to lead a normal life, we are only driving the parchiderms to go mad and become a threat to lives when paraded in crowded festive processions.
One dreads to think of the imminent danger to the lives of hundreds of people in case the animals go berserk while being paraded in important festivals like Pooram. Will better wisdom prevail on people?
Tharcius S. Fernando, Chennai
The name is "Tiger", Tiger Woods. The much heralded, and equally derided, golf superstar showed his class by winning last month's Masters title, his fifth in an illustrious career spanning more than twenty years. For nearly a year, Woods had no major titles to show. He was struggling to balance his personal and professional commitments. Supporters and fans showered sympathies on an unimaginable powerhouse of talent. But Tiger would not be contented by past glory or mere sympathies. Tiger was recently crowned with the President's "Medal of Freedom" --the highest American civilian award -- a tribute to the man's perseverance and skills. The 43-year-old ace is only the fourth golfer after Arnold Palmer, Charlie Sifford and Jack Nicklaus to have won the "Medal of Freedom".
Tiger has braved niggling injuries to overcome all odds. Though, as a golfing technician Tiger's skills are not the same as that of his initial years, when he won three majors, the US open, the British Open and the PGA championship in 2000, the very fact that his body and mind are ready to do it again testifies his sublime qualities. Known to excel under pressure, Woods' penchant to learn from own experience has made him a special player.