In a very curious way, this brings up the point Gilbert often makes about
When "researchers" do their spiel, should we merely accept what they say
without a murmur? or should we ask them about their study design, material &
methods, how they have tried to eliminate or minimize bias, data analysis
techniques etc (Like Gilbert himself is expected answer when he presents his
papers to the scientific community)
True that the historical "researchers" look at documents to which we mortal
humans don't normally have access, or are able to decipher (because of our
own linguistic deficiences)
BUT: Is there undocumented stuff?
1. Do we know the exact number of Goans who were murdered by the fiery
2. Do we know the exact number of Goan widows who mudered by the fiery Sati?
3. WHAT happened to their property?
Teotonio de Souza writes:<Janet Rubinoff refers in her thesis that the
*bhangi* caste became
superfluous in Goa with the extensive use of pigs.>
I'd forgive Janet Rubinoff if she did not know that the HWTs (human waste
transporters) of India were NOT a part of the Apartheid Caste System. They
were not even considered human beings. She just may not have known this.
And nobody perhaps bothered to advise her either.
However, what might be of interest is to know the Study Design Janet
Rubinoff utilised to come to the above quoted (by TRS) conclusion in her
thesis. What was the "p" value of that study?
and.......What, for instance, is the reason that HWTs are no longer used in
cities like Poona(Pune) and London?
I hope no "researcher" comes up with a godshem "thesis" which indicates that
HWTs became superfluous in London because of London Underground. That will
really be cute.
On another but related matter
"Teotonio R. de Souza" wrote: <Could each one writing on the theme indicate
what caste he belongs to?>
Mario Goveia: "No Dice"
Jose Colaco: NO "caste", as is a Kunbi (way BELOW the foot of the wretched
Teotonio de Souza: It is not very difficult though to find it out with some
effort and time that any research usually requires.
George Pinto: I have no caste. If anyone tries to assign one to me, I
categorically reject it. I identify with the most discriminated group - the
Teotonio de Souza writes: I respect the blunt or polite refusal by those
who do not wish to reveal the caste label they have inherited.
Jose Colaco's response: Nonsense. THIS Goan Catholic has INHERITED zero
Now, if the good research historian Teotonio de Souza wishes to advise us
that he IS a member of (BELONGS TO) this or that "caste", he should feel
absolutely free to do the honours.
Unless of course ....he is NOT an "anti-caster". In that event, his silence
on this question will be understood for what it is worth.
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