Nandan Kudchadkar – Founder, LPK Water Front
1- What do you think are the changes that have happened in Goa in the last four years and what do you see in the future of Goa in the next four years?
According to me Goa is evolving into a lost paradise. 450 years of slavery requited us Goans some good things, the Portuguese language, European mannerism, unique culinary habits which made the people of Goa adapt to any condition. In 50 years of liberation, the society has finished whatever goodness was left from this.
Yet picking up on problems and not finding solutions to it, is a melody that the state does not want. Our motherland comes first. Whatever we speak, our actions or our thoughts are either a respect to our land or an insult to our land. As a Goan today, I am confused, are we forward looking or looking backward.
2- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s advantage?
Only the Gods favour Goa and nothing else. The blessings of St. Francis Xavier, Sri Shantadurga, Sri Manguesh and and all the deities favour Goa. I do believe that if Kerala could be God’s own country, then God holidays in Goa.
3- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s disadvantage?
Our crab mentality and inborn jealousy. Let us take pride in seeing a Goan successful by not bringing him down. When you point a finger at somebody, always remember that there are four fingers pointing back at you. Let us kill all pessimistic thought process and be optimistic in our endeavors for the love of Goa.
4- What does Goa need to do over the next four years to be recognised as a Global destination?
First of all, we need a tourist plan for the next ten years. Now we are talking about the hi-end tourist where their needs are different. We need the status brands here, golf courses, Michelin standard restaurants, family entertainment houses and the biggest necessity is to conserve and protect our beaches which are the single best resources that project Goa in the international market. There is more to Goa than thinking about bikinis, pubs, tiatrs, or fanatical religious feelings. Instead, let us not just talk, but walk our talk.
5- Are the people of Goa its biggest drawback or its biggest strength?
Goa is the creation of the people of Goa. We fought for our independence, language, statehood, and we were the only State in India that had an Opinion Poll. In all these unique historical facts, we Goans stood united. What Goa needs today is a platform that unites all the diverse cultures that exist in Goa, wherein all Goans unite together and preserve the glory of this paradise for the generation next to follow.