Since the last month, India and Goa have been held ransom to fasts, bandhs and political nautankis. Some people have even been inspired to join the dramas, while some have decided to be mute spectators.
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Dear Mr Kamat,
Let me congratulate you on finally finding time to meet the bereaved family members of Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip. When my office spoke to you earlier in the week, you told us that in light of the incident and sensitivity of the situation, especially the anger of the tribals, you thought it was prudent to wait for the matter to cool down and then pay your respects to those who expired.
The incidents over the last month in Goa has shocked, disappointed and thrown open a reality check to the real viciousness and underbelly of the mining lobby in Goa – in fact the better term would be Mafia.
I woke up this morning to the papers being flooded with greetings for the 62-year old birthday boy Churchill Alemao. From being hailed as the leader of the masses to the man with a heart of gold and many more such adjectives.
There is no doubt in my mind that as a personality, Churchill has a magnetic appeal which few politicians in Goa possess. People like him and tend to forgive him easily for his blunders; especially the ones he makes on media. In fact, if you Google Churchill Alemao you will also get a search string ‘Churchill Alemao Jokes’ – some jokes spurned on account of his foot-in-the-mouth disease.
Where do you draw the line of support between a project of socio-economic-tourism potential vis-à-vis an agitation to save the agricultural land of landlords and tenants (who have themselves willfully agreed to the purchase of their land) by a renowned player in the tourism and hospitality space who intends to redefine the tourism potential of Goa with their tourism initiative.
Mr CM! What non-sense is this?
You have a bunch of villagers peacefully demonstrating against the atrocities of the government, mining companies and mining transporters by blocking the passage road on which the mining trucks ply. This action of theirs has been on account of the government order that does not allow mining trucks to ply on those roads after a particular time.