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?
I don’t really call it as changes, as we all know we’re still in process of being developed. Nothing really changed in the past four years, but I really foresee this to happen. We have biggest issues that have been going on for more than 5 years. Firstly “Road Safety” – There are many accidents due to cattle scattered on the road and nothing is been done about it.
It’s either the cattle dies due the impact and the owner comes to claim it or the two-wheeler rider dies and the owner of the cattle just escape from his responsibilities. Second of all “Helmet” for two-wheelers or “Seat-belt” for four-wheelers – Many a times it is considered to be a quick escape from RTO, I know most of the people wear it only when they know, that the distant away is the checkpoint. Yet another point I would like to make in Road Safety, is our roads itself. There are no signboards in important places as much as in cities. Education is not given much importance. We focus on literature than the individual passion. For an example: a passionate singer or musician, pursuing his or her college degree. There wouldn’t be much supportive college or institution to enhance their skills and help in pursuing the degree of that their interests. An idea of reservations in colleges or University shouldn’t be on “Low or Medium Class” interest; there shouldn’t be ‘reservations’ at all.
Here comes the most curtail point “Women Safety” – we proudly celebrate ‘Women’s Day” and “Mothers Day” but we do not really educate the basics to the students or the adult. What can we say when our ministers are only misogynists and one great example we’ve witnessed a month ago. But I wouldn’t just push that on ministers, but these are basic etiquettes that must come first from Home then School and one must carry on its dignity to respect a woman. It’s shocking that how men take an advantage of woman in crowded Bus or crowded streets. Where is the safety of woman in Goa? Rapes, Murder, Molestation and the list goes on. You may say, I pin point just negatives, but there is not much positivity to focus until and unless we correct these issues. If we people of Goa change then we can see the change coming. We need to educate, and every individual must take their responsibilities and do the possible changes and be the change.
2- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s advantage?
Since I’m a film-maker I would talking about IFFI in this matter. Most of the people look at it as disadvantage, but I know what it is really coming to. Ever since we have International Film Festival of India in Goa, it’s been a very good advantage for aspiring Filmmakers or established Filmmakers to exhibit their film or to learn from the films that are been exhibited. Not all takes this positively, but really passionate Actor or Filmmaker will grab such opportunities to learn World Cinema in the Sate of Goa. Who knew about such great Film festivals? We only heard about Cannes and Oscars. But IFFI is one great start for any filmmaker who dreams of an Oscars.
3- What are the most critical issues working towards Goa’s disadvantage?
According to me the most important issue which should be of great concern is regarding the migrants who have been storming Goa these years and have set up their tents here which is kind of taking away Goa’s identity.
The Politicians paying less attention or surely they are their vote banks. The issue of migrants is keep rising and increasing unemployment. Here’s a complete opposite issue; perhaps I’m in a dilemma right now; very less Goans interested to work and earn in Goa, mostly seek jobs in Abroad for greater earning and settle there in other country. Like wise we have less Goans in Goa than in Abroad. There are many opportunities in Goa but they are grabbed by Non-Goans than Goans.
Day by day, our Konkani language coming to an extinct; moreover it’s because of Goans. We proud Goans are ashamed of Konkani. What are we doing about it to enrich our heritage?
There’s this one side of Evil in Goa, call it Rave Parties or Drugs and negative tourism. Our youth are indulged in such stigma. Who should we blame?
4- What does Goa need to do over the next four years to be recognised as a Global destination?
Well, I should say safety and security of every person in Goa should be given prime importance which is one of the factor needed to promote Goa as a Global destination.
Secondly the cleanliness and neatness of the state also needs the most attention because people go to other state or country expecting to have a good time. No one likes to stay or spend their vacation in distraught condition.
5- Are the people of Goa its biggest drawback or its biggest strength?
They can be the biggest drawback or the biggest strength but it is solely depends on the people of Goa. When it comes to migrant issues, the fact is, we can’t just keep blaming the migrants for storming our State. Our ‘Happy go Lucky’ attitude is also responsible for this. The laziness in Goans contributes to this as well. Even in matters of garbage, we shouldn’t depend on politicians for a lot of change to happen, because finally ‘Politics will always remain Politics’. Whatever changes we need, we have to be it!