- Thousands bid adieu to Wagh
Thousands bid adieu to Wagh
St Andre ex-MLA cremated at Varkhandem with full State honours
PONDA: Thousands of people including litterateurs and politicians bid a tearful adieu to former St Andre MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh, who was cremated at Varkhandem crematorium with full state honours on Sunday.
Wagh’s children Priya-darshani and Gagansurya lit the pyre. Vishnu, who was in South Africa as per his last wish, breathed his last in Johannesburg on February 8.
The mortal remains, which arrived on Sunday morning at the Dabolim Airport, were later taken to his Dhavali residence. At around 9 am, his body was kept at Kashi Math ground for public to pay their last respects. After the guard of honour by Goa Police the funeral procession proceed to PMC crematorium in the evening.
The litterateurs and politicians said through his literature, Vishnu will continue to live forever among Goans for ages.
Vishnu’ wife Aruna Wagh along with his former wife Sharmila, four sons, brother Ramrao Wagh, sister and other relatives were left heartbroken. Ramrao Wagh said, “We fondly called Vishnu as Baba. We will miss him and he will remain in our hearts forever.”
MGP president Deepak Dhavalikar said, “Vishnu made great achievements in the field of drama and poetry. With his death, great vacuum has been created in the field of literature.”
Former chief minister Digambar Kamat said, “A litterateur, artiste and dramatist like Vishnu will never be born again. He was a powerful orator and people were attached to him due to his excellence in literature. Goans will never forget his contribution to the field of art, culture and literature.”
Ponda MLA Ravi Naik said, “Goa has lost its multifaceted son, who contributed to journalism, drama and literature in a big way and was well known in Maharashtra for his remarkable literature.”
Konkani litterateur N Shivdas said, “Government had done great injustice by withdrawing State award to “Sudhir Sukta”, a poetry book penned by Vishnu. In the book, Vishnu had revealed the injustice to Bahujans by the upper caste. He said returning this award will be true recognition to his great contribution in literature. He was the real tiger.”
Ashok Naik, president of Gomantak Bhandari Samaj said, “Vishnu was the voice of Bahujans in Goa.”
Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude said, “Vishnu was a fearless leader, litterateur, who opposed the injustice meted out to the Bahujans through his literature.”
South Goa MP Adv Narendra Sawaikar and BJP president Vinay Tendulkar also spoke.