Herald: Faithful shocked over Parrikar’s ‘no’ to feasts on Anjediva Island
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Faithful shocked over Parrikar’s ‘no’ to feasts on Anjediva Island

02 Mar 2016 06:43am IST

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02 Mar 2016 06:43am IST

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MARGAO: Expressing shock over Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s flat “no” to feasts on the Anjediva Island off Goa coast citing security reasons, the Goan faithful especially those from Canacona have questioned how the former chief minister could deny them the right to visit the Anjediva Island to celebrate feast mass at Church of Nossa Senhora da Brotas (Our Lady of Springs).

MARGAO: Expressing shock over Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s flat “no” to feasts on the Anjediva Island off Goa coast citing security reasons, the Goan faithful especially those from Canacona have questioned how the former chief minister could deny them the right to visit the Anjediva Island to celebrate feast mass at Church of Nossa Senhora da Brotas (Our Lady of Springs).  

“As a Goan and being aware of the situation, he should have tried to find a solution. We are faithful who want to carry on the tradition that has been followed by generations and we are not a threat to security. He could have made the necessary arrangements,” said some locals from Canacona. 

They further alleged that the Navy has been denying access to the Anjediva Island.

“Due to current security scenario in the country and the coastal region in particular, the naval base is in a heightened state of security. Hence no visitors/visits to naval base are being permitted,” the locals said.

However, the faithful also countering Parrikar’s statements, pointed out that it was not in 1989 that they were stopped visiting the island but the Navy had prohibited them from entering the island since 1989, when it (navy) constructed a breakwater from Binaga beach, Karwar to link the island to the mainland. 

The faithful said that they were infuriated as Parrikar, who was the former chief minister of Goa, should have been aware about their protests. 

It is learnt that every year, despite not being allowed to celebrate the historic feast of Nossa Senhora da Brotas (Our Lady of Springs) at Anjediva Island off Karwar on security grounds, the faithful from Galgibaga, Canacona make preparations  to visit the island. 

They end up lodging a formal protest with the Navy for refusing to allow celebrations and have to drop their plans in the end.  

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