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Playboy

Be my funny Bunny

April 22-28.2013

Lionel Messias

The limited opposition to the proposed Playboy café in Candolim on the property of former Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes stinks of the usual dirty games politicians play when it suits the day and time.  The opposition, comes primarily from the current MLA Michael Lobo who was able to get an ally in the person of local politician Joseph Sequeira, who, when he is himself not the village panchayat sarpanch is always the prop behind the elected sarpanch.  It has been like that for decades.  Anyone who is a resident of Candolim will tell you that there are only two sides to choose from, only two leaders to follow; either Fernandes or Sequeira.  The latter particularly, has never taken kindly to anyone who has supported Fernandes.  Lobo, is the newest gladiator in the arena and because he wears the crown is kingmaker.

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Rasvindra Bhavan, Margao

Money Spinning Culture

April 15 -21, 2013

Lionel Messias

As a taxpayer you might want to call them white elephants, that massive infrastructure being built mindlessly to propagate the arts and culture in India’s tiniest state with huge unemployment, even if the Ravindra Bhavan currently being built on the NH17 bypass in isolated Sancoale looks like a coliseum draped in black.  Instead of spending your tax money and thinking of bettering the life of the average Goan, there has always been a clamour for them from politicians of all shades, because they have become money-spinners in the hands of the ruling class.  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) included, except that currently it does not have the money to build the planned Mapusa bhavan.

So far, Rs 108 crores has been spent on building these so-called centres of culture.  Here’s the scorecard: One each currently being built in Sankhali, Sattari in north Goa and Baina, a suburb of Vasco da Gama, in solitary Sancoale (close to Vasco), and Ponda, where the existing Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir was demolished just nine years after it was constructed.  Construction of the new Rajiv Kala Mandir is expected to be May 30, Goa's Statehood Day.  To come up are: one each in Valpoi not far from Sankhali, in Mapusa, in Canacona, in Sanguem despite nearby Curchorem already having one, and in Pernem.  The existing bhavan’s are in Fatorda, Margao and Curchorem.

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