16 Jul 2017 05:35am IST
MARGAO: While Goan Catholics return from the Morning Mass and stop by the gadda to buy bread, eggs and milk, the only conversation that lingers is that of desecration of crosses and the gumti’s. Back in the evening at the tintos, the ros omlet gaddas and fishmarket, it’s the same talk. Every Goan is concerned.
“The good part is, there has never been backlash wherein locals will get involved or start breaking the opposite religion’s structures. Goa is blessed not to have that kind of a mindset,” explains Trevi Rebello while interacting with us in the Assolna Market.
While a Margao based priest who prefers not to be named but feels religiously also people fear God and fear doing evil or bad things and Goans are not to hurt other people sentiments especially Goa Catholics though they’re definitely being driven up the wall in this case of continuous desecrations and very little breakthrough.
“ A BJP government in power also brings back slight memories of 2006 when Goa witnessed its first Communal riots in Curchorem-Sanvordem and the same ruling dispensation. But I think Goans are a very mature society and incidents like these won’t prop up any communal flare,” explains Sanjivan Dessai from Sanvordem.
But Kerala-based Milthesh Jorge now living in Margao explains how Kerala has the communist parties that wait for a moment like this for harthal and strikes or bandhs and if they had found anyone by night, they would even kill but he feels in Goa, people are quiet and prefer to slowly unravel these incidents and lay their trust in the police.
While Jeevan Dsouza from Cuncolim explains that his Alma Khuris committee in Cuncolim are taking no risk and have installed functional CCTV cameras at the cross they pray and had erected years back.