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Lion Roars - 13

July 8-14, 2013

Saving the Last Frontier, Raia

Village Raia is virtually the last frontier in so much as preserving the Goa of old which a few of us are battling to preserve for posterity but which Goa’s land shark-politician mafia is bent on destroying and has done an excellent job of it thus far.  This mutually supportive clique has now set its eyes on luxuriant Raia which is why I call it the Last Frontier because there are a few villages untouched by the rampant residential constructions in south Goa, the north having almost completed its self-destruction.  This lush village panchayat (VP) has seven hills and two springs, Curra springs and Barribatti (or Bharebhat) springs. But the plan that will eventually ruin Raia begins in the neighbouring taluka of Ponda (Raia falls in Salcette taluka) where a blueprint is being prepared to build an industrial estate and the man behind it is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator and industries minister Mahadev Naik.

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Lion Roars -12

July 1-7, 2013

Is Sardinha a loose cannon?

Does Francisco Sardinha suffer from foot in mouth disease?  Or, does he simply like making out of place, insensitive, and reckless statements?  There is a third possibility.  Trigger happy, you think?  There is the other loose cannon in the Congress Digvijay Singh (the Congress’ classic versions are Beni Prasad Verma and Rita Bahuguna), but as it turns out each time he does make sense.  The last time our trigger-happy south Goa MP stepped on a mine (only that it was like stepping on poo) was when he said bull-fights should be allowed in Goa because male bovines anyway head butt and fight before mating.  A bull-fighting buff (he has raised the issue in the past also) is of the opinion that most animals fight before procreation or mating?

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Lion Roars-10

June 17-23, 2013

Of subsistent salaries

Crocodile tears have been shed in the past and shed again last week over the soon-to-be extinct Goan race which is steadily being crowded out by non-Goan settlers and more particularly by migrant labourers.  But apart from the crocodile tears nothing is being done to give working class Goans the kind of jobs that suit them (and, let’s not be coy about it, jobs that don’t border on manual labour) with salaries that pay for a decent lifestyle.  Because working class Goans (and not the landed class who gripe the most about ‘lazy Goans’ but pay deflated daily wages in times of inflation) no matter how unkindly you may think of them; do work the same jobs abroad but for money that is commensurate with a Goan lifestyle and some.  Which is why Goan women working as maids in the Gulf countries can afford to restore/renovate their tiny homes, make them bigger even and improve their lives each year they work.  By contrast, a comparable daily wage in Goa wouldn’t pay for a paint job.  But the problem is, Goa’s low wages are still higher than what is offered in other states which is why you have the migrant labour influx of threatening proportions.

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Lion Roars-11

June 24-30, 2013

Where your tax money goes

The week before last (June 10-16) in this column I wrote about how a colossal amount of Rs 46,51,33,741 of your tax money is being squandered, as you read this, to refurbish the much revamped Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Fatorda to host the 3rd Lusofonia Games in November this year.  I promised to tell you more about your government’s favourite contractor Venkata Rao Infra Projects.  But that can wait.  Because I can’t wait to tell you how your government spent something between Rs 34-38,00,000 to install pictures, paintings, murals and artifacts at Goa Nivas in Chanakyapuri in New Delhi, built a couple of years ago to replace the old Goa Sadan.  This luxurious venue (it has a swimming pool!) as you might have guessed is used by VVIPs, mandarins of politicians and what a source tells me is that this Goan guest house in Delhi plays host to more people from other states than Goans, because as usual Goans don’t manage to get into Goa Nivas.  Even the art work for this swanky place was selected by the Delhi Urban Art Commission.

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Lion Roars - 9

June 10-16, 2013

Something phony about Lusofonia

The Congress at least had the revenue and so it spent most of it on big projects like building Ravindra Bhavans so that it could fill its own pockets, if you get my drift.  Nothing was ever spent on what you and I want. Basic items even, like a simple and workable garbage clearance system.  On the contrary it spent millions on the so-called beach cleaning by outsourcing these jobs to contractors.  It turned out that too was a scam to swindle you of your tax money, as this column exposed a few times in the past.  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now doing the same said thing.

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