Speakers at Azad Maidan meeting say Goans will give in to Western culture, become drug addicts which are sold in the open at music festivals
PANJIM: The National Hindu Movement has demanded withdrawal of the in-principal approval granted to ‘Sunburn Klassique’ electronic dance music (EDM) festival, which is slated to be held at Vagator on February 23-24.
Hindu organisations Gomantak Mandir and Dhaarmik Sanstha Mahasangh, Mayem Gram Raksha Dal, Hindu Jajagruti Samiti, Sanatan Sanstha and Ranaragini held a demonstration at Azad Maidan, Panjim on Sunday and also demanded that Goa be free from EDMs.
The agitators sought to know that by granting permission to the EDM, will the Government accept the future generation of Goa become an addict and fall a victim to the Western culture.
“To organise ‘Sunburn Klassique’ is against the Indian culture. Has the Goa Government forgotten the responsibility to preserve Goan culture? The government of Goa has recently taken in the Budget Session a praiseworthy decision to impose a ban on consumption of alcohol on seashores and public places. The EDM festival will also be held on the seashore. The alcohol is sold openly during such festivals. On what basis the government will grant permission to sell alcohol in the festival in contravention of its own decision? Why the government encourages the EDM festival in which consumption of narcotics is rampant?” one of the speakers Govind Chodankar asked.
The other speakers Gopal Bandiwad, Satyavijay Naik, and Shubha Sawant demanded to know whether the government can guarantee that pending dues to be paid by Sunburn organisers will be deposited in the government treasury.