Is the spirit of football in Goa dying? What is wrong with us Goans? Why is Goa – a state that produced a slew of Indian international stars and legends – not having much support?
I recently went for the FC Goa vs Jamshedpur FC match held on January 28 at Fatorda Stadium, Goa. It was a disappointing affair as I could see many empty stands and few supporters who came to watch the game. If it was a Manchester United Game or a Liverpool game I am sure the stadium would have been overfull.
The club was launched on August 26, 2014 and founded by Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas Dempo. And then in the year 2016 it was taken over by Jaydev Mody - who is the owner of the ever so famous Deltin Group. The team is owned by Venugopal Dhoot, Jaydev Mody and Virat Kohli. It represents Goa, the only state or union territory to declare football as its official sport.
Even after giving football so much importance why is it happening? Why do we not have much support with respect to watching the games live at the stadium? Why do we prefer watching it at home, live on television but not live at the stadium? Especially when we have our home games?
The reason is: It is owned by the Deltin Group, who are non-Goans and who is the casino king in Goa. When it was owned by the Salgaocar & Dempo group we had a packed stadium, tickets were being sold like hot cakes. But now, it is a different affair.
Xiaomi Corporation belongs to a Chinese yet we use their phones and other gadgets, making it number 1 in India. KFC is an enterprise from USA, yet we see flocks of people enjoying their finger licking eats. Mercedes is a German brand, yet we see many people drive them around in Goa.
It should not matter who owns the team, the point is to support your team no matter what. We have so many die-hard fans of football in general, but can hardly see any of them support ISL/local talent. Get up Goans, your Gaurs await your support.
It's not shocking but surprising that the new Mandovi bridge has been named after the national politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It's ok, but why when there are many eminent Goans of yesteryears who have done Goa great in their own ways. A fitting tribute to the Goan stalwart, Dr Jack de Sequeira who won the Opinion Poll to give us our identity as Goans and the present day politicians to be ministers of Goa with the Goa assembly as the ruling seat would have been to name the new cable stayed bridge after him. But for political vested interests the opening of the ‘Atal Setu’ bridge smacks of communal outlook to serve their political masters to make Goa a strong hold for political gains.
Goa was liberated from the colonial rule in 1961 to be free from suppression, but what followed thereafter were a series of events that has dented Goa with history to remember of our ingratitude and back stabbing mind set.
First came the merger of Goa with Maharashtra in 1967 to do away with our identity and Goenkarponn. We won against it with the Opinion Poll to retain our dignity and honour. Then came the language issue in 1986 and a section of Konkani speaking people were way laid by making Devnagiri Konkani the official language. Till date we remain separated with the grieving wound yet holding high our maim bhas with great works, particularly our tiatrists taking the flavour of Roman Konkani elsewhere around the world. And the list goes on how we Goenkars are belittled in our own land by those in whose hands we entrusted powers that they will safeguard our interest.
Now the latest jolt comes with the naming of the new bridge in the land of our ancestors but after a national leader who is not of Goan origin. Isn't this a mockery of the present government?
Ayres Sequeira, Salvador do Mundo
It is shocking to note that six dogs and a cat were allegedly done to death by burning at Bogmalo. This is absolutely condemnable and necessary investigation needs to be carried out to apprehend those responsible for the dastardly act.
Animals need to be treated with dignity. Be that as it may, it could also not be uncommon for people to abandon on the streets their sick and old pets, specially, dogs. It must be said that these pet dogs provided their owner company, faithfulness and lots of love in their younger days and hence it is an inhuman act to abandon these pet animals in their old-age.
One may see old and sick dogs of a good breed roaming the streets and who once probably lived in homes with their owner. Pet owners need to reciprocate the love these animals showered on them and refrain from abandoning them when these animals become old and sick and may be in need of medical attention.
The Traffic Sentinel Scheme by itself is a good measure which has since its inception has been able to reduce traffic offences to a certain extent as per evidence provided by the recent reports by the traffic cell.
In fact, I had penned a letter in these very columns on 22-8-2015 entitled “Supplementary Patrolling” wherein I had suggested that reputed and responsible citizens should be empowered to issue challans for traffic offences. Citizens are aware that besides the police there are private individuals (big brother watching) who can report traffic offences which put other people’s lives to risk can result in penal action being taken against them. Life is so precious and no one should have any reservations about this scheme for whatever reason and protest or retaliate on being booked for an offence.
But being a traffic sentinel myself, I feel that only the traffic police should be authorised to penalise for non-wearing of helmets as it can result in personal injury solely to the rider of the vehicle. Other traffic offences like breaking one-way rules, using mobile whilst driving etc can be within the purview of traffic sentinels since these offences can risk the lives of other road users.
Also a re-think may be required for the mandatory wearing of helmets in certain pockets of the cities and villages as it can be cumbersome to move around with a helmet in hand when one is out on a market trip where short visits may be required to many outlets, more so, as many older vehicles would be bereft of storage space for a helmet - till such time as someone invents a foldable helmet.
What would you call college students who attend the minimum mandatory classes? Would you call them brilliant? Would you call them hard working? Would you be proud of them? Would you hold them up as role models for future generations of students?
Or would you think here is the future generations of loiters? Would you think of them as guys who are born to beat the system? Now would you think the same of our MLAs who fix the State Legislative Assembly session to meet the mandatory Constitutional provisions?
Instead of increasing the working days of the Assembly, the government is struggling to meet the bare minimum number of days. Are there no issues to be discussed? Is governance at its best? Has the mining issue been resolved? Has the government recovered the Rs 35000 crore due to illegal mining? Last year the House sat for 16 days if that is all that is needed why do we have/need a Legislative Assembly? Why should Goa not be ruled by a minimum number of MLAs? Goa would be better off as a Union Territory as in any case it is being ruled from Delhi.