In a recent news item the BJP threatened to protest if mining was not resumed immediately. Protest against whom? Protest against their own omissions? Have you ever come across such a brazen government? The genesis of the mining scam is well documented in the SC judgement and the Shah Commission report. To begin with, the Congress govt gave 90-odd mining companies the exclusive right to mine iron ore, bauxite and magnesium; of these only 9 operated with proper licences. The rest were cronies of the government in power, first the Congress and later the BJP.
The current BJP government with Manohar Parrikar at its helm in 2013 accused Digambar Kamat the then CM of the Congress to be involved in illegal mining. Cases were brought against him and others; Kamat insists no court has convicted him. So when the BJP came to power why did it follow the same model? Parrikar, a trained Metallurgist at IIT, did not heed the Supreme Court strictures and followed in the footsteps of the Congress, which it accused all the while when it was in the Opposition. The answer to this is simple, -- To dispossess the people of Goa, plunder the environment, pollute the countryside, dispossess the Goan public of funds for their development building by looting the exchequer.
Remember the quixotic decision of the cabinet in Dec. 2015? When the State’s iconic coconut palm tree was legislated to mean it was not a tree? The benefit of this decision was reaped by a distillery firm which hacked off 500 coconut trees to build its plant. This was a classic case of dispossessing the people for private gains.
We are a state with 89% literacy rate also having a high intellect both I.Q. and E.Q. (emotional Intelligence) so why is our Political Intelligence (P.I.) so dismal, poor & disparaging? I cannot fathom why the people of Goa cannot visualise an alternative to both the party in power (BJP), and the other waiting outside the gate (Congress). Both these parties have dispossessed us big time and at all times. Will we be dispossessed and misgoverned more than we are today? Why do we treat these self-serving, obnoxious MPs and MLAs as demi gods? Just because they assist in some mundane and peripheral tasks? All these tasks are our rights; our economy would have been dynamic, robust and vibrant, providing enough well-paying jobs to workmen.
Dispossession is become very personal in Goa - The Senior Rane by calling the Goan Labourers as “Toilet Cleaners” has dispossessed this hardworking class of people of their dignity, self-worth, fortitude, enterprise and resilience of not only caring for their families but also earning precious foreign exchange for their state. The Junior Rane and his ministry has dispossessed the parents of the mortal remains of their son.
Let the next Hustling be your signal--- Unleash Hell!; get an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress. We the people have the power, change this paradigm, beat a new path, dispossess these parties of their power, and don’t yourself be dispossessed anymore.