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Panaji, Jul 2: Goa's outgoing Governor Kidar Nath Sahani, one of the four
Governor's dismissed today, argued that the targetting of gubernatorial
appointees with RSS links was a "bad precedent" and did not augur well for the
country and "freedom of expression".

"The RSS is not a banned organisation, and its membership is open to all
citizens," the outgoing Governor said in a statement. He added that he was a
"proud member" of it since 1953.

In Goa, the Governor's role is seen as critical in a state, which is known for
its political instablity, and where Governors have made and unmade governments
in time of crucial instability. In its union territory days, Governors held
wide powers in this state, sometimes ruling it as a virtual fiefdom.

One Governor sacked and replaced an elected chief minister in Goa, while another
went about setting up the Goa University in an authoritarian manner, while the
rest of the state remained undecided on what should be done. Bhanu Pratap
Singh, who replaced one Congress CM with another, was the only other Goa
Governor to be sacked in the past, and recalled after his decision was found to
have sanction from no one either in Delhi or at the party leadership level.

Going on the offensive, the saffron Governor, who was a partyman and whose links
with the RSS have come in for criticism here, himself charged that the attitude
of the new UPA government at the Centre smacked of a "Fascist" attitude, and
brought "back memories of the Emergency".

"Political fights should be on the basis of political ethics," the outgoing
governor argued. He said the action taken by the Centre, involving the sacking
of four Governors, was creating a "bad precedent". He also said he had not
received any official communication from the President of India, but only from
the State government.

Sahani, who has officially been quoted by the Goa government's Department of
Information made some controversial statements on rebuilding temples while Goa
governor, has been in 20 months in the post in this state, and was earlier
Governor of Sikkim.

One official statement released here quoted him as saying "the reconstruction of
temples demolished by the Portuguese and the erstwhile regimes has great
importance in national building and in bringing about national awakening among
the people".

More recently, the Governor was caught in an unseeming controversy, where he
accused a Delhi-based citizen of impersonating as the son of the chief justice
of India to holiday unauthorisedly in his (the Governor's) official residence.
But the man involved, in turn, accused the Governor of attempting to frame him,
after a joke over a misplaced video camera kept to keep "watch on the
activities" of the Governor.

"Only corruption and treason should be the reasons for a Governor to be
dismissed," Sahani added. He argued that chief ministers should be taken into
confidence in the selection of Governors. Goa is currently ruled by the BJP-led

Calling in mediapersons on the eve of his departure, after months of
inaccessibility, Mr Sahani took objections to statements made on television by
Union Minister of state for home who expressed the central government's desire
to remove appointees who have been RSS members or subscribers to its ideology.


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THE PLANT DATABASE: "Welcome to the largest plant database in the world with 67,394 entries, 44,643 images and 22,127 comments. Currently entries are from 316 families, 2,755 genera, 6,727 species, and 52,346 cultivars. The PDB continues to grow through the collaborative efforts of 6,768 gardeners from around the world, most notably the PDB Uber Gardeners. Any registered user may add new plants, images, details, comments, and ZIP codes."

What's more, when I searched for Goa + India this is what I found:
In all a total of 12 entries.

And since we are all in Viva Portugal (Football) mood, my search for Goa + Portugal located:
Five entries. Including the Portugal Laurel, teh large-flowered climber 'Belle Portugaise', Chile Pepper 'Hot Portugal', Winged Bean (Goa bean), and the Snap Bean (String, Green or French Bean) 'Portugal'.

This is not meant to be a competition over rival loyalties; was just curious to know where some of our plant influences come from. Of course, I was too ignorant to decipher. Anyway, if you'd like to learn more about plants, just ask to join the Goanet-BSG mailing list (set up for the Botanical Society of Goa). Rgds, FN
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Corporal DaCosta

"Forty-two years ago, my first Portuguese domestic worker cleaned the house
I lived in as a tenant, and subsequently, I had several Portuguese domestic=
who serviced the accommodation I shared with others in central London. As
always, they were polite, courteous and grateful for the availability of
domestic work (including polishing my shoes) commensurate with their low
levels of educational qualifications. Indeed, some were illiterate."

Including polishing my shoes - the wondrous things that could happen to was=
like wog sahibs.

The argument is obviously not the shoe polishing thing, but rather the
extraordinary brahmin elation derived from it. Poolan Devi 'serviced' lots
of like minded high rank sires.

I wonder if independent minded 18th century Abade Faria or former Foreign
Affairs Minister Andre Gon=E7alves Pereira or today's MP Narana Coissoro, who
as a matter of course had/have plenty of European servants, would underwrit=
such disgraceful second rate slave mind absurdities.

I sincerely hope that Corporal DaCosta is not a representative sample of
today's British academics of whatever colour, race or walk of life. I
wouldn=B9t allow him to polish my shoes.

Ricardo Nunes =20
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Panaji, Jul 2: Goa's outgoing Governor Kidar Nath Sahani, one of the four
Governor's dismissed today, argued that the targetting of gubernatorial
appointees with RSS links was a "bad precedent" and did not augur well for the
country and "freedom of expression".

"The RSS is not a banned organisation, and its membership is open to all
citizens," the outgoing Governor said in a statement. He added that he was a
"proud member" of it since 1953.

In Goa, the Governor's role is seen as critical in a state, which is known for
its political instablity, and where Governors have made and unmade governments
in time of crucial instability. In its union territory days, Governors held
wide powers in this state, sometimes ruling it as a virtual fiefdom.

One Governor sacked and replaced an elected chief minister in Goa, while another
went about setting up the Goa University in an authoritarian manner, while the
rest of the state remained undecided on what should be done. Bhanu Pratap
Singh, who replaced one Congress CM with another, was the only other Goa
Governor to be sacked in the past, and recalled after his decision was found to
have sanction from no one either in Delhi or at the party leadership level.

Going on the offensive, the saffron Governor, who was a partyman and whose links
with the RSS have come in for criticism here, himself charged that the attitude
of the new UPA government at the Centre smacked of a "Fascist" attitude, and
brought "back memories of the Emergency".

"Political fights should be on the basis of political ethics," the outgoing
governor argued. He said the action taken by the Centre, involving the sacking
of four Governors, was creating a "bad precedent". He also said he had not
received any official communication from the President of India, but only from
the State government.

Sahani, who has officially been quoted by the Goa government's Department of
Information made some controversial statements on rebuilding temples while Goa
governor, has been in 20 months in the post in this state, and was earlier
Governor of Sikkim.

One official statement released here quoted him as saying "the reconstruction of
temples demolished by the Portuguese and the erstwhile regimes has great
importance in national building and in bringing about national awakening among
the people".

More recently, the Governor was caught in an unseeming controversy, where he
accused a Delhi-based citizen of impersonating as the son of the chief justice
of India to holiday unauthorisedly in his (the Governor's) official residence.
But the man involved, in turn, accused the Governor of attempting to frame him,
after a joke over a misplaced video camera kept to keep "watch on the
activities" of the Governor.

"Only corruption and treason should be the reasons for a Governor to be
dismissed," Sahani added. He argued that chief ministers should be taken into
confidence in the selection of Governors. Goa is currently ruled by the BJP-led

Calling in mediapersons on the eve of his departure, after months of
inaccessibility, Mr Sahani took objections to statements made on television by
Union Minister of state for home who expressed the central government's desire
to remove appointees who have been RSS members or subscribers to its ideology.


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Minister Mr George Fernandes (native of Uttar Kanara
District Karnataka) took office on 5.12.1989 and Mr.
E Shreedharan then Member (Enginnering) Railway Board
was appointed on 7.1.1990 as CEO to put in place the
KONKAN RAILWAY - the policy was formulated on
19.6.1990 with the agreement of four States
Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala (only a
beneficiary State) with a 51: 49 share and Konkan
Railway Corporation Ltd was set up on 19.7.1990 .

The project was divided into seven regions concurrent
to the revenue districts and a Chief Executive
appointed for completion of 100 kms to 120 kms in 5
years (as per Railway engineering norms) thus the
entire project was to be finalised in 5 years .

Unfortunately the reasonable demands (as seen today)
by the natives of Goa to divert 21 kms of the route
from the high density populated areas on the coastal
side to the interior talukas of Ponda and Quepem and
other objections relating to the ecological threats
owing to peculiar ?khazan lands - land created by
years of silt deposit ----- resulted in work stoppage
for nine months by then PM Mr P V Narasimha Rao and
the appointment of the Justice Oza Committee . This
inevitable delay and another delay on the Udipi
stretch apparently because of objection from the bus
transport lobby on the Mangalore Mumbai via Goa route
led the project to be complete in seven years.

The KR was executed by outsourcing jobs to civil
contractors - there was no survey carried out there
are no records available and since the pattern of
payment was a novel one where the contractors were
assured prompt payments it is not clear whether
quality was maintained. Time was the essence of the
Project and many civil engineers were raw civil
graduates. Unfortunately in India all Engineers do not
undergo internship like in medicine accountacy etc;
from text book they jump straight to jobs hence many
civil engineers learn by trial and error methods. The
road engineering the building works seen post
Independence in India are replete of such
inexperienced and awry creations, which even a
"gaundi" unlettered mason -working with a plumbline
and level o meter of yesteryears will testify.

The feasibility of KR was also based on the premise
that the rate of return was 13% with about eight
freight trains running all assured by the Central and
Southern Divisions of the Indian Railway .

But there was also a vital need for doubling of the
linkages at the two ends PANVEL to DIVA and SHORANUR
to MANGALORE BUT this has yet NOT been done.

There are also no plans to introduce more passenger
trains on this line because the mindset in the Indian
Railways (who incidentally provide the logistics
rolling stocks / engines /coaches for the KR) is that
once the passenger trains are introduced on KRCL route
it will not be feasible to withdraw them if the
revenues do not materialise .

Hence the goods trains are being introduced and a
novel ro-ro system of goods trucks carried on rails
to avoid long distance running and expeditious
delivery of goods has infact come as a boon to the
resources of the KRCL to truly make it break even in
sans profitability.

But due to the development of the Road infrastructure
the Golden Quadrangle and the Four lane North South
East West road project and the Sadak Yojana
(improvement of district roads)Indian Railways have
realised that by Plan end (2002 - 2007) the Indian
Railways will suffer a huge shortfall on freights and
therefore do not easily part with their share of
freight to the Konkan Railways Corporation Limited.

There is also a strong resentment brewing among the
India Railway personnel especially the "Operating
divisions" who are envious that mere civil enginieers
have constructed the prestigious Konkan Railway which
otherwise ought to have been the project of IRCON the
construction company of the Indian Railways. They
also allege and with strong justification that over
enthusiasm of Mr Shreedharan and the political
expediency of the then United Front Government of DMr
Devegowda.s government to bring about the Konkan
Railway for the economic upliftment of the Konkan
Region resulted in the shipshod manner of executing a
prestigious planned for over 100 years project.

The Indian Railways is therfore working overtime
albeit discreetly to ensure that the independence of
the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd is demolished and
it is MERGED with the Indian Railways.This eventually
is now on the anvil with the new Union Minister for
Railways Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav expected to announce
this at the Union Railway Budget proposals for fiscal
year 2004-2005 due on 6th July,2004.

The recent mishap and many more such averted mishaps
provide the Indian Railways an opportunity to press in
their point, -----merger of the Konkan Railways with
the Indian Railways.

The steel nets , inclinometers, ?raksha daga? Antic
Collision devices now contemplated for soil and
rock cuttings above 5 metres instead of earlier 12
metres to avert landslides from soil cuttings and rock
cuttings are all indigenous techniques of the KRCL
meant for the unstable geological conditions and
seismic activity of this part of the terrain which is
highly accident prone. The speed capability is
otherwise designed for 160 kms per hour as compared
to broad guage of Indian Railway 105 kms per hour . A
speed train (not a bullet train) planned last year has
not materialised because of the mishap last June.

Restrictions of speed on difficult terrain especially
during monsoons - restricted to 75 kms and a engine
locomotive moving ahead besides the Anti Collision
device are a poor consolation to the vagaries of
nature or what is commonly believed as an "ACT of GOD"

There are many who do not prefer this KR to buses
because most of the Railway stations are out of the
main cities or the cost of travel from Railway Station
to bus terminus or nearest city is exhorbitant.

In Goa, Karmali (Old Goa) Railway Station or Tivim
Staion ought to be the nearest halt for those visiting
Panaji capital city or Mapusa . But because of no
realible connectivity most people alight at Margao
Station. This also the confusion created by KRCL who
generally ought to have named the Karmali Station as
the PANAJI ROAD Station to guide commuters that they
ought to halt at Karmali not Margao Railway Station to
reach Panaji.

One school of thought is that several landlosers and
others from the region where the KR passes through
have lost their sole means of livelihood either by
loss of cattle dying on the tracks ( they blame the KR
for passing the railway through grazing lands and
hence demand compensation - while the Railways
penalise the peasants for allowing their cattle that
perish on rails) Then there is the land compensation
which has yet not reached the landlosers.
Beneficiaries of Commercial contracts are a syndicated
lot as is evident from the one which has been alloted
at Margao Railway Station. it is believed that several
ex civil contractors have put in their front men to
grab contracts on KRCL.

All this does not augur well for the KR. The Union
Minister of Railways may have to take a re-look at
the entire functioning of the KRCL .

There is no iota of doubt that the KR is indeed
otherwise a marvelous project. It is the cynosure of
all eyes. It can provide a feast to the eyes as one
moves from end to end as we discover this part of the
Konkan Region especially in the monsoons or September
October. It has reduced the time and travel from 41
hours to 15 hrs to reach down south and a boon to the
state of Kerala . Infact Goa is a corridor for south
bound (Kerala)commuters and many from Mumbai are
discovering this new El Dourado (Goa) which is more
?enchanting and remmunerative - with gullible native
Goans as easy fodder?

The Indian Railways are the oldest and largest
employer in the country in the organised sector and
there is no clear recruiting policy or grant of
commercial contracts --- with the changing fortunes on
the freight side the Railways could ensure that
passenger network increases and with more money
available for spending domestic and foreign tourists
could be encouraged .

The recent chartering of the Konkan Railway with 800
passengers from Gujarat to Goa is one such viable
opportunity that the Konkan Railway can look into.

There is also scope for a discover "India Portuguese
dominion " via a road rail round robin tour of two
weeks from Roha (Daman Diu, Silvassa- Dadra nagar
Haveli Mumbai - Goa - Karwar (Anjediva)-Khozikhode
(Calicut)-- Cochin and back

The KRCL should also undertake a LOK ADALAT to solve
the difficulties of the people who have suffered along
the route. Their problems need to be redressed at the

In Goa for example it is disgusting to see that the
Konkan Railway is manned by non Goans, mostly from
Kerala and Karnataka-- one is confused when he lands
in Goa to see alien staff. This must be checked not
more than 15% of the staff complement should be from
outside the State.

The local MPs should ensure that they re-organise the
staff in the KRCL and that commercial contracts are
awarded to natives of respective States first.

The Konkan Railway will never be able to arrest the
natural calamities on this terrain unless a sustained
survey and civil engineering works are carried out.

Its ambitious SKY BUS PROJECT too is innovative but
first things first - Passenger safety should score
full points.

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GOA: It may seem like just another academic endeavour and the number of
students is currently few. But campaigners for the cause of the small
Konkani language among the Jesuits believe a new initiative to teach
the tongue to young priests-in-the-making could help stem the tide.

This monsoon season, Goa's Jesuit-run Konkani teaching centre has
launched a post-grad diploma course to teach the language. It was launched
at the Thomas Stevens Konkani Kendr (KTSS), an impressive and tree-filled
green campus in Alto Porvorim, a bustling suburb of state-capital Panjim
that is fast coming under a building boom.

"The Jesuit interest in local languages has been there from the
beginning; it's nothing new," says Dr Pratap Naik sj, the Jesuit who is
director of the TSKK. "To learn the local language is an integral part of
formation. Centuries back too, when they came to Goa, they were learning
the local languages. Jesuits produced (some of the very first) grammars
and dictionaries. Of course, they produced it with the motive of spreading
Christianity, in keeping with the thinking of the time," he adds.

But things were different in the provinces of Bombay, Poona and Goa, he
admits. "Here the learning of local languages wasn't given too much
importance (in recent times) inspite of the general feeling that priests
must learn the local language."

Over the past two-and-half decades, change slowly crept in among the

Setting up a Konkani centre was the first step. That proposal came up
before the provincial congregation in 1978. "We wanted to start a school,
in the European sense. An institute of higher learning to teach Konkani to
Jesuits (primarily and to others too)," recalls Naik, then a young
scholastic, and one of those trained to take up this work.

"Of course, just to teach Konkani, you don't need us and an institution.
But if you want to take up the Jesuit tradition -- of research, writing
grammars and dictionaries, and translating -- then an institution is very
much needed," he says.

TSKK, named after Thomas Stevens, the sixteenth century English Jesuit
who came to India in 1579 never to return home and excelled while here in
the study of Konkani, was set up. It was registered in 1982 as a society,
and began in January 1986 from its former premises at Loyola Hall in
Miramar, a centre for training boys wanting to become Jesuit priests.

In 1988, it shifted to its new premises at Alto Porvorim, alongside the
earlier-founded Jesuit-run Xavier Centre for Historical Research. Fr
Moreno sj was its first Secretary-cum-Executive Director, followed by Fr
Mathew Almeida sj, while currently Fr Pratap Naik (53) holds the reigns.

The Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK) focuses on education and
research in the Konkani language, literature and culture. "We are not
limiting ourselves only to Goa, but where ever Konkani is spoken. Shortly,
we are going to study Siddi Konkani, spoken by a community of former
slaves who were once located in Goa, and are now based in Yellapur in
Konkani. For this we are collaborating with two Brazilian professors,"
says Naik.

Since 1986, Jesuit scholastics -- training to become priests -- were sent
for a one-month training in Konkani. "But we were not happy. One month's
course will not give you language proficiency in any language," argues Fr

For long, the TSKK has been pushing for a year-long course; but probably
the province was not ready for it. Counter-points held that there were, in
any case, only a shrinking number of priests available and lengthening
their formation meant a further delay in their assuming positions of

Suddenly, in 2003, when a Konkani post-graduate diploma course was
proposed, it clicked. "Don't ask me how," says a surprised Naik.
Recognised by the Goa University, the TSKK can itself conduct diploma
courses. They prepared the syllabus, and got a lot of feedback. Some
suggested it be made tougher.

Finally, the year-long course has been launched, and runs on the
credit-system. Each credit means 15 teaching-hours. It is open to any
graduate, who knows how to read and talk Konkani. Classes are from Monday
to Friday, with intensive testings on Saturdays. Begun in June 2004, the
diploma runs till March-end 2005, for the first batch.

This year four Jesuit priests-in-the-making have joined the course.
Circulars were sent to all religious in Goa, and also the
Konkani-speaking neighbouring Catholic diocese -- Bombay (or Mumbai),
Poona (or Pune), Belgaum, Karwar, Mangalore, Chickmaglur and Shimoga (the
last five of which are all located in Karnataka).

"There's the possibility of a new (linguistic) culture emerging among the
Jesuits. In ten years time, all the younger generation will be fluent in
English and Konkani, both in Roman and Devanagari (the two main scripts
used to write the language in Goa, the latter being the
officially-recognised script)," says Naik.

This course will have more of a focus on the practical side. Participants
are expected to pick up translation skills, letter writing, radio talks,
writing articles for newspapers, the techniques of giving formal talks
and even sermons in Konkani. While tailored for the Jesuits, it is open to
all, regardless of religion. Naik has plans for adapting the emphasis for
non-priests or students of other religious backgrounds.

In the first term, the emphasis is on reading and speaking the language.
In the second term, there's an introduction of the literature of Konkani
("to come to know the style of other writers") and the emphasis of the
third is application-oriented. "Someone who undergoes this course should
be able to act as an emcee -- "sutradhar" -- for a Konkani programme,"
adds Naik.

REACHING OUT TO OTHERS TOO: Given the lack of Konkani-learning
possibilities, specially outside of Goa where a large number of expats
whose mother tongue was once Konkani are located, would the TSKK consider
options like distance-education?

"It's a bit difficult. Distance education is more for information.
Learning certain language skills has to be done through intensive contact
programs. Short courses could be offered to attain language proficiency,"
says Naik.

Naik believes that the diocesan clergy have been using Konkani
significantly in Goa, given that their work depends on it. "But slowly a
new trend has been creeping in. As our education shifts to English, our
Catechism and Mass is also moving over to that language. We don't see this
happening among other religious groups."

Konkani-speaking Muslims along the Karnataka coast, known as Navayaths,
are now entering English-speaking schools, but everything about their
religion is in Arabic. Likewise, Hindus do study in English-medium
schools, but don't shift over the language of their religious rituals,
argues Naik. He adds: "Why can't we do the same?"

OTHER RELIGIOUS: Other religious in Goa have also been using the language
extensively, says Naik, pointing to the Pilar Fathers, who publish a
seventy-plus year old weekly in the language, called 'Vavradeancho Ixtt'
(Worker's Friend).

"But language learning is not taken very seriously. How many priests have
done their MA or BA in Konkani? I don't know one priest who has done an
MA, though at least two nuns have," says Naik.

Proficiency in languages, and learning it throughly, is not a luxury. "As
a priest, as a leader, good communication skills give you leadership.
This, in turn, requires language proficiency. A priest wanting a positive
influence with the people should learn the language of the place," says

"Parents are free to have their children study in any medium they like.
But they should make efforts to keep their links and roots with the soil.
Prayers and religion should retain the original language. Youngsters
should be encouraged to speak and read Konkani; it doesn't matter if they
use their own dialect," he argues.
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happy hunting ground for top professionals from India
in the 70s to the 80s. And Indians, as a group, were
in the top of income-earners. Now with lax
immigration, mostly of family class, the Indians
earning index has fallen. But still Indians have grown
to be a big ecnomic force and they have been able to
translate this into political power, at least to some
extent, though not as powerful as the Jews.
Like many Indians,the Portuguese too work in cleaning
toilets and other "non-sociable" jobs at airports and
in hotels. Just like the kids of Indians, mostly those
of Sikh families as Sikhs migrated in large numbers
before other Indians, the Portuguese second-generation
is doing well.
Without bias, let me say that Indian kids are doing
far better than Portuguese kids. Though it may not be
a yardstick but still something to ponder, 10 south
asians, with all Indians except one who is of
Pakistani origin, got elected to Parliament. I am not
sure how many Portuguese orgin Canadians have been
elected. I know of one, Mario Silva.
A distant relative of mine, a priest who came to
Canada from Lourenco Marques (I hope I got it correct)
and who settled down in Winnipeg, Manitoba, told me
during my visit there that the Portuguese there are
involved in small jobs. He said most of them are poor
and illiterate and often came to him to help them get
He was a member of the Immigration Board (don't know
if regional or Canada-wide one) and he helped
thousands of poor Portuguese get into the country. The
priest, who died couple of years ago, said most of
them are from the Azores. His name is Peter Fernandes,
from Anjuna.
Winnipeg is also home to a large population from
Ukrainne. They went there many years ago. In Toronto,
the Portuguese has their own "Little Portugal" in
downtown Toronto. It's adjacent to "Little Italy".
I understand what some goanetters have said that there
is no shame in working in low-paying jobs. They are
right. No one should discriminate them or any other
community. The Sikhs have risen to occupy a commanding
position in the political field because of their
numbers. Sikhs in Toronto and British Columbia are
engaged, at least the first generation, in driving
taxis. In BC, they were in the logging and
construction industries.
Cornel's article is a socio-economic analysis from
observation. He has articulated the piece as best as
he can taking into various considerations.
Those goanetters who feel that Cornel has shown a bias
are mistaken. A researcher, journalist or academic
should not take into considerations what his
report/survey will do to hurt those he writes about or
their supporters.
Many Goans in Goa do have this affinity to Portugal as
a country of hope. And Cornel?s pointing out that it
is economically ?backward? is not out of place.
Someone on the net pointed out the problems new
immigrants face in Australia. Same goes to new
immigrants in Canada. Many new immigrants say that
they were not showed the ?true? picture of Canada by
immigration consultants who, however, want to make
their money.
The rush for Portuguese passports in Goa is an
example, but I think the urge for it is to secure
employment in the EU. Comparisons between India and
Portugal would be an exercise in futility as the two
are too far distantly in economic, social and
political spheres.
I am told by those who have been to Portugal that it's
a good country to retire to. I have a friend who has a
house there and he rents it out. On retiring from the
Gulf, he intended to settle there. But now he is in
England where he says he's happy spending time with
Quoting again from The Economist's yearbook, it says,
that structured economic reforms would be resisted by
unions. It says that the prime minister who is a
"zealour reformer" would see that change is essential
for Portugal to "return to a modest growth.

Eugene Correia

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Panaji, Jul 2: Goa's outgoing Governor Kidar Nath Sahani, one of the
Governor's dismissed today, argued that the targetting of gubernatorial
appointees with RSS links was a "bad precedent" and did not augur well
the country and "freedom of expression".
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Panaji, July 6: A row over Congress comments on axed Governor and RSS ideologue
Kidar Nath Sahani led to adjournments in the Goa assembly which transacted no
business for the second day today in an echo of its nationwide protests.

Ruling BJP MLAs rushed to the well of the house shouting slogans when the day's
session commenced today, continuing its stance to disallow functioning of the
house, till Congress MLAs apologised for their off-the-cuff remarks.

The opposition Congress similarly protested in the house waving photographs of
an early Tuesday morning incident of stoning by BJP activists who targeted the
hotel of a Congress block president in the commercial town of Mapusa, 12 km
outside the capital.

The BJP has taken umbrage to the Congressman's comments that he would shelter
the ex-governor in his hotel suite, while another MLA had suggested the
administration rehabilitate him "in Baina" --- a slum inhabited and migrant
labour and sex workers, evicted in mid June and now being offered a "rehab

A fifty strong group of BJP activisists in the presence of two state ministers
including the minister for law held a protest demonstration outside the
Mandarin hotel, went in broke a TV, hi fi set, furniture in three hotel rooms,
and pelted stones and emplty soda bottles, according to a police complaint
filed naming the state law minister Francis D'Souza.

Speaking to the media outside the Assembly, Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro said
the presence of the state law minister was unprecedented.

"It'snever happened in the history of the country that cabinet ministers are
involved in such action. He is supposed to be the minister for law but is
directly involved in the wanton destruction of property", said Mr Faleiro.
Video footage of the incident would be sent to the Union home minister he said,
calling for the dismissal of the government.

Caught on the wrong foot over the presence of the law minister, state chief
minister Manohar Parrikar, facing flak for condoning several incidents of
violence by saffron groups in recent weeks, said "the law would take its own

Law minister D'Souza meanwhile said he was present at the demonstration in his
personal capacity, had made a speech and then left to ex governor Sahani's
farewell lunch.

Meanwhile Speaker Vishwas Satarkar has called a meeting of the leader of
opposition and the CM to break the impasse in assembly. Mr Parrikar said he was
confident of reigning in his angry MLAs from disrupting proceedings (ends)

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Panaji, Sanjit Rodrigues, the Commissioner of the Corporation of City of
Panaji, has been removed from his post.

Sandeep Heble
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BUILDERS' NON-COMPLIANCE: Though the health department has tried to impose
rules for screening of labourers at various project and construction
sites, non-compliance by some builders and contractors in securing health
cards for their workforce and non-payment of fines for violations,
continues to be a setback to the malaria control programme. For the past
two years, the health department has collected revenue to the tune of
Rs.1.30 lakh per annum on an average from builders and contractors. (GT)
And what is the Ministry of Health doing about enforcing the implementation
of the rules and about the forceful collection of the fines imposed? And,
doesn't the non-compliance of rules and the non-payment of fines by the
builders and contractors entitle the PWD to cancel their licences?

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keen to hear what readers think of his work."
So write to him at wdalrymple1 at aol.com
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general public or the Finance Minister?? I feel Dr. Cornel's article bought
a lot of skeletons out of the cupboard.

It so happens, that hard facts are hard to digest.


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Were they natives or bhaile or RSS / Shiv Sena members brought to Goa?
Are they back-home and outside the reach of Goa's law and Goa's
As this incident involved the removal of Goa's governor, should this not
become a central government issue? Does this need a CID investigation?
This could be 'the Watergate' of Mr. Parrikar. And hence the Goa govt.
ani police is the least reliable agent of govt. to look into this.
This should be an attempt not to bring down the govt. but a rigorous
effort to clean up Goa's politics of physical intimidation.
Regards, Gilbert Lawrence.

Gabe Menezes:
Your friend Adv Francis immediately lied. If he were an honourable
person - and you seem to indicate that he is - he should resign
forthwith. He knows what he has done, together with the other BJP
cadres. I presume they are now awaiting a clean, sweep under the carpet,
orchestrated by the very influential Home Minister. Mr. Mathew Braganza
should institute civil proceedings against these goons - hit them hard
for damages - perhaps you could advise on this. Your friend not only
brought his Ministry into disrepute but also the profession of Lawyers -
the law Society ( or its Indian equivalent) to which he belongs should
take disciplinary action against him.

The Mapusa incident is grave in view of the fact that the vandalism was
led by no other than Goa's Law Minister himself. My friend Adv. Francis
D'Souza took the law in his hands. He assumed the role of Minister for
lawlessness. His immediate reaction, that he did not join the mob as Law
Minister is ridiculous. I have known Adv. Francis D'Sousa for sometime
and have respected him as a colleague in the profession and as an
otherwise very polite citizen. But I am not surprised with these events
as the party he chose to join is very fascist. He had no other choice
but to follow the dictum of the cadres and I am sure that this is what
he exactly did. The only other option for the Law Minister was to defect
from the party something Adv. D'Souza should have been more comfortable
with because of the many times he has already defected.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Rui Collaco <ruicollaco at hotmail.com>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 8:26 PM
Subject: Re: [Goanet]Portugal's present true health.

| Ever heard of economic cycles, Mr. Seb dc? I don't think so!
| Rui Colla?o
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| >Reply-To: goanet at goanet.org
| >To: <goanet at goanet.org>
| >Subject: Re: [Goanet]Portugal's present true health.
| >Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 09:42:25 +0400
| >
| >
| >----- Original Message -----
| >From: Gabe Menezes <lilygabe at blueyonder.co.uk>
| >To: <goanet at goanet.org>
| >Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 3:55 PM
| >Subject: [Goanet]Portugal's present true health.
| >
| >
| >|
| >| New Portuguese majority leader promises stability after premier quits
| >| 07 July 2004
| >| The main opposition socialists repeated calls Wednesday for early
| >elections
| >| to replace Barroso despite a warning from Finance Minister Manuela
| >Ferreira
| >| Leite that a fresh vote would hurt the struggling economy.
| >
| >
| >From the above article, this caught my attention. So now who is right?
| >general public or the Finance Minister?? I feel Dr. Cornel's article
| >a lot of skeletons out of the cupboard.
| >
| >It so happens, that hard facts are hard to digest.
| >
| >Cheers
| >
| >Seb
| >
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frustrated person from a former colony. In certain cases I understand this
feeling. But not coming from an established Goan in London who probably has
never felt the brutality of the Portuguese regime in Goa. What you advocate
is to hurt people who have no idea about colonialism, just because their
grandparents (some only!) have colonised a distant territory. This is not
the language I know. I know the language of construction and of looking
forward. In my context it is a Christian vision. But I would say this is a
humanist approach, an optimistic one. Might be beause I'm younger than you,
and thus probably more idealistic. Time will tell which approach suits more
constructively to the post-colonial Goan debate.

This spills over to the question of an official Portuguese pardon to
colonialism in India. For me this is completely out of range. The colonial
period is one full of destruction but also of construction of Goa?s
identity. Where to draw the line? How to apologise for something which
happened hundreds of years ago? Whom to apologise too?

Apologising for the past, in my opinion, is not the most appropriate manner
to ?wipe out the past? as some want to do, or at least to tame it. Why not
look for new ways of cooperation between Portugal and Goa? Why not an Indian
pardon for the massacre of Muslims in the post-partition era, and vice-versa
for Pakistan? Because these are sensitive issues. Whoever is trying to dig
them up is doing a bad service for post-colonial (or any other) societies. I
hope you are not into this.

I?m repeating what I had written in my column. So please, if you have more
specific questions considering it, let me know. You can read it at

Best regards,

Constantino Hermanns Xavier
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CC: <goanet at goanet.org>
Subject: So called academic
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Goan Ghetto is a group to connect young Goans in London. They have frequent
outings to many fun places in London. The Goan Ghetto msn group is for
discussions and arranging these outings. They have members between the ages
of 12 and 21,who are Goans or people who have an affinity to Goans.
Membership is free and new members are welcome. The main Managers are Savio
D'Sa (aka Savy D) savy_d at msn.com and Jonathan Da Cruz (aka JD).
jd7thsign at hotmail.com

Goan Ghetto is modelled on the older and mature YLGS (Young London
Goans Society) but is targeted at a younger age group. Goan Ghetto
started in February 2003 with a small number of young Goans and has now
grown to over 150 members. Check out the group at

Please forward the message to your friends and family.

7 Jul. Pacific News Service. (San Francisco). Headline: As Censorship
Weakens, Kenyan Youth Culture Takes Off. Excerpts: From her studio in
downtown Nairobi, 25-year-old radio disc jockey Eve D'Souza [ex Mombasa] has
a good perspective on the tastes of young Kenyans. D'Souza says that until a
few years ago, her show was filled exclusively with Tupac, Dr. Dre and othe
r U.S. artists. But Kenya's music scene has exploded in recent years.
D'Souza welcomes the change. "We're finally becoming serious about local
music, and being proud of being Kenyan," she says. 915 words click here.

7 May. BBC. Another outstanding performer is our next award winner -
Best Female Presenter - Eve D'Souza, a DJ on Nairobi's Capital FM, and
her daily programme 'Hits Not Homework' Best Show, in Kenya's CHAT
awards. Not only does she have a great voice, to her teenage audience
she is a friend and role model.

2 Jul. Nunatsiaq News (Canada). Former Managing Editor Patricia D'Souza came
first in the best features page competition for her story on the memorial
service held for Joamie School last July. She also won the prize for best
photo essay, for pictures of a gathering of Nunavut and Nunavik elders.
[Patricia D'Souza is now editor of THIS magazine - see

6 Jul. The Globe and Mail (Canada). Headline: A group of shareholders in
Infolink Technologies Ltd. has asked an Ontario court to remove the
company's chief executive officer and the entire board of directors. The
legal move by investors comes a month after Cesar Correia, Infolink's CEO,
confirmed that he killed his abusive father in 1984 and was convicted of
manslaughter. Mr. Correia received a 10-month sentence and was granted a
pardon in 1996. For full text, 553 words, click here [For the earlier report
and photo see Newsletter issue 2004-21]

8 Jul. The Globe and Mail. Judge appoints monitor to investigate
Infolink. For text, 435 words, click here.

7 Jul. Northwich Guardian, Cheshire, UK. Ben and Maggie Lowther are
heartbroken after immigration authorities refused to allow Maggie's s ister
to come for a holiday from Goa. They are appealing to the immigration
authorities to let Sandra Fernandes, 22, come to Northwich on compassionate
grounds as she needs a break after spending all her time looking after her
37-year old brother Sebastian, who has severe disabilities. Maggie came to
England four years ago from Goa and works at Valerie's Beauty Salon in
Witton Street. 286 words.

5 Jul. Publico (Portugal). Dr Edgar Valles, a Goan and a lawyer since 1977
provides free online advice regarding Portuguese Civil law. Dr Valles is the
Odivelas' Local Government Assembly President and also Vice President of th
e Goan Association of Portugal. [Text in Portuguese] Go to
http://ultimahora.publico.pt/edgar.asp Then select the appropriate Ultimas
perguntas (foot of the page) Then select "Pergunte" to open up the enquiry

2 Jul. The Guardian. Excerpt: There has never been a black or Asian
high court judge in England and Wales; a survey by the Labour MP Keith
Vaz showed the full-time senior judiciary is no more ethnically diverse
now than when Labour took office in 1997.

A seven month initiative between Arista and Film London is taking 10 new
Black and Minority Ethnic screenwriters through a process of professional
development - building screenwriting craft skills, developing a film or TV
idea through to a detailed treatment, and equipping them to work as a
professional in the British Film & TV industry. The deadline for
applications is August 6. The course will run from September 2004 to April
2005. http://www.aristascribes.com/



6 Jul. Norbury, London. CAJIE FERNANDES (ex Nairobi), Husband of Julie.
Father of Pier/Mathias (Germany), Glenn/ Pauline,
Elaine/Brian,(Southampton). Grandfather of Carlos, Alexander, Shivona.
Brother-in-law of Priscilla, late Esmania, Eddie, Olga, Manu, Ivy, late
Joyce, Elly and Jovita. Cremation Service at Croydon Crematorium, Mitcham
Road on Wed. 14 Jul. at 12 p.m. followed by a reception at St. Mary's Church
Hall, Wellesley Road, Croydon. No flowers please. Donations to Marie Curie
Cancer Care, No. 12 Bournemouth Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh Hampshire
SO53 3DB. Condolences to Elaine Fernandes elaine.fernandes at ukgateway.net
[Cajie played hockey & football for Kenya. He was Vice-Chairman of the Goan
Institute and a renowned artist. 14 Jan. 2000. East African Standard.
Headline: Age Only Makes Cajie Better. By Bernadette Murgor. For text click

5 Jul. Southampton, UK. MRS PAULINA ASPULQUETA DE SOUZA nee Caldeira
(ex-Nairobi). Wife of the late John Joseph Francis de Souza (PWD).
Mother of late Nympha, Sr Trifa, Fabian/Clara, Philomena (Mena), Ita
and Pio/Philo. Grandmother of Agnel, Denzil and Charlene. Funeral will
be held at 10.00 am. Tue. 13 July at St Vincent de Paul Church, 418
Coxford Road, Lordswood. Southampton. Enquiries to Ita De Souza, 023
8077 5784. Condolences to piophilo at yahoo.com

22 Jun. Bordon, Hampshire, UK. CECIL JOHN FERNANDES. Husband of Tina. Son of
late Max Caraciol and Mrs. Conceicao (ex Nairobi). Brother of Derick/IIona,
Irwin/Marie, Tony, Doreen/Carlos, Pia/Francis.


FOR SALE Selection of Portugal Goa Estado Da India stamps. Auction ends
8-Jul-04 - 19:17:19 BST. For full text click here.



Goa: Hotel and Apartment Reviews.
http://www.holidaysuncovered.co.uk/holiday_reviews/goa_misc_a.htm Goa: Cheap
hotels, youth hostels and guest houses.



1 Jul. Deccan Herald. Former tourism minister and MLA Mickky Pacheco has
been charged in a two-year-old case of rioting and arson in a restaurant by
the Colva police, South Goa.

2 Jul. Navhind Times. The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organising
a meeting with Canadian political and economic counsellor, Mr Denis
Chouranaid, on July 7.

3 Jul. Asian Age. Sahani, Goa's Governor dismissed. By Pamela D'Mello. Goa's
outgoing governor Kidar Nath Sahani argued that his dismissal was a "bad
precedent" and did not augur well for the country and "freedom of
expression." http://www.asianage.com/viewarticle.asp?newsid3D108753

3 Jul. Tehelka.com. Goa's squalid red-light quarter. By Frederick Noronha.
Goa has been trying to 'smoke out' its squalid red-light quarter since
December 2003, despite charges of human rights violations.
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main4.asp?filename3DNe070304Remains.asp&id3D 1

4 Jul. Financial Express. Of Sun Kissed Beaches And Historical Monuments.
Apart from beaches, Goa is also home to numerous historical sites. 539
words. http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id3D62752

5 Jul. India Today. Italian Chef Sarjano is organising a month-long
Italian cooking workshop from July 1 at his restaurant kitchen in
Vagator, Goa. The course is open to beginners as well as professionals.
The cost is Rs 5,000 per week and Rs 17,000 for the entire course, half
price for women For more information write to swsarjano at hotmail.com

5 Jul. Gomantak Times. Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar promised to
transform the capital city of Panaji into another European capital by
completely overhauling all infrastructure.

5 Jul. IndiaFM News Bureau. Neha Dhupia plays the lead role in a new film
Julie. The buzz is that one of the bold scenes has Neha Dhupia going
topless. Julie is based on a TV talk show where Neha talks about the journey
of her life from Goa to Mumbai and how she ends up as a high-class
prostitute. The film releases on 23 July.
http://www.indiafm.com/scoop/04/jul/0507neha/index.shtml Click to enlarge

6 Jul. Navhind Times. The Centre today appointed the former Nagaland chief
minister, Mr SC Jamir as Governor of Goa.
http://www.navhindtimes.com/stories.php?part3Dnews&Story_ID 3D070617

6 Jul. Navhind Times. In an incident which does not find a parallel in
the history of Goan politics, over 70 activists of the BJP this morning
caused extensive damage to hotel Mandarin owned by Ms Ilma Braganza,
the wife of the Mapusa block Congress committee president, Mr Mathew
Braganza. The BJP leaders and activists were protesting against the
statement made by Mr Braganza to a local daily stating that if the
former governor Mr Kidar Nath Sahani, had no place to stay he would be
willing to provide a suite in his hotel to Mr Sahani to stay.

8 Jul. Gomantak Times. The 16th decennial Exposition of the sacred relics of
St Francis Xavier will be held at Old Goa from 21 November, 2004, to 2
January, 2005. The peak days of the exposition will be the inauguration, 21
November, 3 December and 2 January 2005. The sacred relics of Saint Francis
Xavier will be kept for public veneration at Se Cathedral daily from 22
November from 6 am to 7 pm.

July 9, 2004 is the 150th birth anniversary of Dr Miguel Caetano Dias. He
began life in Goa in extreme poverty, but by dint of his unstinting hard
work and talent, became not only a doctor in the Portuguese medical system,
but rose through the ranks to become a highly decorated military
surgeon-general. He had a statue erected by the Portuguese in his lifetime
in acknowledgement of this. The statue stands to this day, in front of his
house in Panjim. His great-grandson Dr Luis Dias, diasfluis at yahoo.com is
currently based in Maidstone, UK. For more photographs, biography, press
clippings, etc. go to http://drmiguelcaetanodias.tripod.com/



1 Jul. The Sun (UK). EastEnders bosses are to spice up the drab Ferreira
family - by moving Sacha, a hooker, into their house. Soon all the men in
the family are trying it on with her. The move comes after EastEnders chief
s were criticised for the Ferreira family's dull storylines.

3 Jul. The Guardian. Interview with Andrea Levy, Novelist.20 Q: Where are
you planning to go next on holiday?20 A: I'm going to a family wedding in
Panjim in Goa, India. I'm looking forward to the food and dreading all the
jabs. For photographs and profile of Andrea Levy go to

2 Jul. Times of India. Canada's appetite for Indian food is growing. "There
is a lot of demand for food Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Goa among others," said
Lucie Edwards, high commissioner of Canada in India. Companies manufacturin
g ready-to-cook regional Indian dishes and spices used in dishes like
vindalo o will do very well, she said. The fact that 7.5 lakh people of
Indian origin reside in Canada helps this growing appetite for regional
Indian food. 323 words.

4 July. Hindustan Times. HSBC says that Indian workers work better than
British, HSBC said UK staff made 50 mistakes per million transactions while
overseas workers made only eight.

4 July. St Louis Post-Dispatch (USA). Reflections on Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happiness. Sunil Rodrigues came to the United States
from the tiny village of Olaulim in Goa in pursuit of happiness. Now
29, he had come to the United States to study Engineering. He attended
the University of Missouri at Rolla and earned a Master of Science
degree in computer engineering. What Rodrigues would like you to know
is that you don't have to be an American to appreciate the significance
of the Declaration of Independence. For 471 words click here

4 Jul. The Peninsula. Deadline: Goans bid farewell to long-time Doha
resident. Excerpt. The Goan Welfare Association (GWA) and the Goan community
bid a fond farewell to Anthony 'Blue' Dias and his family who are leaving
Doha today. For 281 words click here.

4 Jul. The Observer. If we are all happy living in Britain, you wouldn't
guess it from the glut of relocation shows hogging our screens: A Place in
the Sun, Get a New Life, I Want That House, No Going Back... Katie Pownall,
author of No Going Back: Buying Abroad, which accompanies the Channel 4
series of the same name says, "In Goa, which is also known as the new Costa
del Sol for semi-retirees, relocating is relatively hassle-free provided
investment is made in a trade, such as a bar."

6 Jul. Human Rights Watch. Letter to the Chief Minister of the State of Goa
by Joanne Csete , Director, HIV/AIDS Programme. Excerpt: I am writing to
express the dismay of Human Rights Watch at the forcible eviction and
displacement of thousands of residents of Baina beach, Goa in mid-June. 885
words. http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/07/06/india9006_txt.htm



1 Jul. NDTV. Goa celebrates Portuguese victory in the semifinals. 189 words
2E Click here.

2 Jul. BBC News: Euro 2004 sends Goans football crazy. By Frederick Noronha
in Goa. Excerpts: Goan fans say they are rooting for their former colonial
rulers - overcoming habitual mistrust... Simon Gomes, a partner in a busy
sports shop in the capital, Panaji, says he has sold about 250 Portuguese
jerseys over the past few days... At the A Nau store, owner Nalini Sousa
reports a brisk trade in all things Portuguese. Food, wine and a whole range
of Euro 2004 merchandise have all been selling well, she says. For more
photographs and full text, 443 words, go to:

2 Jul. NewKerala.com. Euro 2004 football captivates Indians as cricket takes
backseat. 601 words. Click here.

3 July. The Guardian. Headline: Euro-Goa swigs and swings for Portugal
victory. Excerpts: ...A huge media contingent, including many television
channels have also landed in the Goan capital, Panaji, to catch the
generally quiet and laidback city in the throes of soccer fever...But one
fan warned that the media attention could be misleading. "Ours is not an
effort to support Portugal as a nation, but as a football team," he said.
"No questions on our patriotism." 551 words.

4 Jul. The Star Online (Malaysia). Portugal finds die-hard fans in
faraway Goa. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file3D/2004

4 Jul. Publicio. Goa. Milhares querem festejar vitF3ria de Portuga.

4 July. The Scottish Herald. Excerpt: Hippies were given a rude awakening
last night as the serene island [sic] paradise of Goa went football crazy.
Poetry readings and acoustic guitar renditions of duff Beatles B-sides were
left in disarray as the public got wrapped up in Portugal's bid to win Euro
2004. Goa was ruled by Portugal up until 1961 and the natives bizarrely
still have warm feelings for their imperialistic slavemasters. "We are a
sporting people, but the main thing for Goa is football," said fan Fransisco
Souza. "The shops have been selling lots of Portuguese flags."

4 Jul. Toronto Star. After their win over the Netherlands, the TV
pictures and newspapers here showed celebrations in far-flung
Portuguese enclaves and former colonies such as Mozambique, Angola,
Goa - even Toronto.

4 Jul. Reuters. Goa goes flat after Portugal defeat. Soccer fans in Goa
slumped in dejection after Portugal lost 1-0 to Greece in the Euro 2004
final in Lisbon on Sunday. For full text, click here

5 Jul. Hindustan Times. Goan football fans dejected at Portugal's loss.
Excerpt: "Goans are disappointed for sure ... If Portugal had won, there
would have been dancing on the streets and celebrations throughout the
night. I guess many Goans will go to work with a dejected face today," said
Sigmund D'souza. 246 words.


See http://www.lanfranc.com/publications/location/directions.htm for help in
locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Fri 9 - Sun 11 July. UK: 30,000 expected for Sunrise's Asian Lifestyle show
at Olympia this weekend. It will feature over 200 exhibitors and a daily
fashion show. http://www.asianlifestyleshow.com/

SOLD OUT! Sun. 11 July. Norman Godinho School Reunion & celebration of
Teacher Alice's 85th birthday. SOLD OUT!

Sun 11 Jul. 3.00pm. Tiatr, Tiatr. "BHOGSONNEM" written and directed by
renowned and popular, award winning singer and composer "Young Perry." At St
Monica's Hall, Green Lanes, Palmers Green. All songs originally composed.
Tickets: Bella Fernandes 020 8352 0373 or Rosy D'Silva 020 8352 9450.

Sun. 11 July. G.O.A OPEN 2004 - London Golf Tournament at Downshire Golf
Complex, Easthampstead Park, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 3DH. Contact: Jacinto
D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832, Orlando Braganza
01932 269476.

Sun. 11 Jul. Tivim Carnival. Bishop Thomas Grant School Belltrees Grove
Streatham. Mass 12.30 P.M. Maz & Co and Fantasy Disco. Dress Code Fancy
Dress. Details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 0208 771 4457; Marina Viegas 0208
656 4217; Valerie D'lima 07748 914743; Elu Pires 0208 654 1281; Ronald
Fernandes 0208 303 3386.

Sun. 11 Jul. Aldona Association. Feast of St. Thomas at the White Hart Lane
School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22. Mass at 12 noon
followed by get together. Music by Say One do One and live band. Tickets -
Members UKP7; Guest UKP8; Children 5-12 years UKP5; under 5 years free.
Contact Nigel Moniz 020 8441 9075; Lana Moniz 020 8931 2323; Jude Carvalho
020 8360 4102.

Wed. 14 Jul. 21:00 (30 mins). TV Programme. Sky Travel. Goa and Maldives
Deals. Comprehensive guide to these popular holiday destinations with a
range of exclusive offers on resorts, hotels and flights.

Sat 17 Jul. 3.00pm. Tiatr, Tiatr. "BHOGSONNEM" written and directed by
renowned and popular, award winning singer and composer "Young Perry." At
Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. All songs originally
composed. Tickets: Bella Fernandes 020 8352 0373 or Rosy D'Silva 020 8352

Fri. 20 Jul. 6.30 - 8.00 pm. The British Library. Chasing the 'brown Pound'
The British Asian community numbers some two million with an estimated
annual spending power of over A310 billion. But what are the opportunities
and challenges in reaching the British Asian Consumer? Hear from some of
those already tapping into this enormous potential market.20

Sun 18 Jul. Goan Heritage U.K presents "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical
show with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous
comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman.
Venue Copland School Hall, High Road (Cecil Ave. corner), Wembley at
2.P.M. For tickets: Fr. Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102, Tony 020 8795 1121,
Babit 020 8764 2268, Felix 020 8450 2129, Jimmy 020 8450 5623.

Sun. 25 July G.O.A. GOAN FESTIVAL in conjunction with Goan Organisations at
Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at
12.15 pm. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022. For
stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun 8 Aug. Goan Heritage U.K presents "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show
with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic,
Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman. Venue Archbishop Lanfranc
School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Dedicated to World Goa Day. For tickets: Fr.
Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102, Tony 020 8795 1121, Babit 020 8764 2268, Felix
020 8450 2129, Jimmy 020 8450 5623.

Sun. 15 Aug. Bastora Feast.

Mon. 30 Aug. G.O.A. SPORTS DAY at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road,
Croydon. For offers of help: Peter Rodrigues 020 - 8399 4883. For stall
applications: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457

FOR LATER EVENTS SEE http://www.goanvoice.org.uk

Thank you to the Contributors to this issue. Publication: Thursdays (13.00
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Gardens, London N10 3JT. Previous issues can be found at
Goan Voice designed by Goacom Insys Pvt. Ltd., Goa and funded by
donations from the world-wide Goan Community. Email:
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It describes itself as *the* dance floor. An interesting name -- blueberry hill. Where have the links gone? http://www.blueberryhillgoa.com/

Indian football...
Site created, again, by Lynn Miranda Barreto. Not clear how regularly it's getting updated. http://www.gosaliagroup.com/
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
PANJIM, July 15: British India's legacy differed in many ways from
that of colonial Portuguese Goa, including in the unusual legacy of stamps
it left behind -- which went beyond those of queens and kings that London
concentrated on.

"British Indian stamps depict mostly queens and kings, while (colonial)
Portuguese stamps one finds not just kings but viceroys, historical persons,
buildings, saints and poets, sports, maps, heraldic arms and what not," says
Umesh Kakkeri, who recently did his research on the subject.

Kakkeri (41), an engineer by profession who recently authored the book
'Postal History of Portuguese India' says, oddly, Portuguese stamps tended
to get used "many times with different surcharges" and some were even
bisected and printed with values on both halves.

Kakkeri says he met a "number of persons" interested in the field, but among
them just too had "fairly good collections" from among those he had seen. He
conceded that there might be others that he hadn't seen.

Says Kakkeri: "Its a 'funtastic' hobby. It will teach you about everything
from history to geography. This book could help anyone with a problem in
starting to (get a point to refer to)."

The engineer based in the North Karnataka town of Belgaum said he had been
doing "extensive research" for the last 15 years, resulting recently in the
book which contains a brief history of the postal system till the end of
Portuguese rule in Goa in 1961.

Besides looking at all postal cancellations issued during this period, it
also covers postage stamps and stationary issued since the introduction of
the postal system in Goa.

Goa, a state of 1.4 million on India's west coast, has long been a point of
meeting of cultures between South Asia and the outside world, including
during the long colonial spell from 1510-1961.

Kakkeri's book also lists the stamps released, with details of the designer,
perforations, quantities printed, errors and varieties. Stamp-collectors --
who call their's the 'king of hobbies and hobby of kings' -- are known to
look out for errors in rare stamps, which lends additional value to

He expects his book, possibly the first on its subject, to be a Bible "not
just to philatelists who are interested in Goa's stamps and cancellations,
but to everyone who likes to remember the Portuguese postal system as
compared to today's snail-mail".

Kakkeri's romance with the unusual subject flowered when doing his civil
engineering at the Farmagudi college in Goa. "Some of my friends gave me
Portuguese India stamps, and that was the beginning." With his family deity
in Goa, Kakkeri built on the "affection for this place" and his hobby.

His interest took him to probing deeply the cancellations of 'Portuguese
India' (or Estado da India Portuguesa, as the colonial power referred to
their small possessions in South Asia).

Some of his own collection includes widely-travelled postal covers,
post-cards, letter cards, minature sheets besides stamps. The author can be
emailed at umesh_kakkeri at hotmail.com

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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
We would like to thank the many donors in the San Francisco Bay Area who generously supported St.
Pious Convent, Orlim, and the Velcao Infant Jesus Academy in Goa. Through the efforts of Goa
Sudharop, funds were collected and donated for educational purposes at these institutions.

We would also like to thank Joe Pinto (Ph.D) and Linda Pinto for their generous donations this
year to Goa Sudharop and support of our activities. These large contributions have been made in
the memory of Joe?s mother and father, Caroline Egida Pinto and Joseph Cajetan Pinto.


The Board of Directors
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Courtesy Joel D Souza - Goacom Goa.

" Isabel Santa Rita Vaz of the Mustard Seed Art Company is the
director/script consultant of the film "

FILM ON ST FRANCIS XAVIER: The shooting of `Grace, Guts & Glory`, a short
English feature film on the life of St Francis Xavier began recently. The
first ever feature film on the life of St Francis Xavier is being shot on
actual locations and seeks to create the life and mission of the patron
saint of Goa. Produced by Arabian Films, a pioneer digital film studio,
the ambitious project has been supported by the Jesuits and the Diocesan
Society of Goa. Isabel Santa Rita Vaz of the Mustard Seed Art Company is
the director/script consultant of the film which is being produced by
Shamir and Kavita Deniz. (H)


rene barreto
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
*Goa trance* (often referred as Goa) is form of electronic music and is a
style of trance music which originated in the Indian region of Goa.

The music has its roots in the popularity of the Goa region in the late
1960s and early 1970s as a hippie mecca, although the actual Goa trance
style would not appear until much later. As the tourist influx tapered off
in the 1970s and 1980s, a core group remained in Goa, concentrating on
improvements in music along with other activities such as yoga, recreational
drug use, and various New Age pursuits. It has a large group of listeners
within hippie subcultures.

The introduction of techno style and technique to Goa led to what would
eventually become the Goa trance style; early pioneers included Goa Gil and
Mark Allen. Many "parties" (similar to raves) in Goa revolve entirely around
this genre of music; Goa is also often played in other countries at raves,
festivals and parties often in conjunction with other styles of trance and

Goa is essentially "dance-trance" music (and was referred to as "Trance
Dance" in its formative years), and as such has an energetic beat, almost
always at 4/4 and often going into 16th or 32nd notes. It is also especially
noted for switching to a 3/3 beat with the same tempo during some parts of
the song. A typical number will generally build up to a much more energetic
movement in the second half of the track, and then taper off fairly quickly
toward the end. Generally 8-12 minutes long, Goa tracks usually have a
noticeably stronger bassline than other trance music and incorporate more
organic "squelchy" sounds (sounds put through a resonance filter, thought to
sound especially good on psychedelic drugs, the most famous of these being
generated by the TB-303.

Goa trance parties have a visual aspect as well, the use of "fluoro"
(fluorescent paint) is common in clothing and decoration. The images are
often associate with topics like aliens, hinduism and other religious
(especially eastern) images, mushrooms (and other psychedelic imagery),
shamanism and technology. Goa trance has a significant following in Israel,
brought to that country by former soldiers returning from recreational
"post-army trips" to Goa. A great deal of Goa trance is now produced in
Israel, but its production and consumption is a global phenomenon. Other
"hot-spots" include Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Goa trance is closely related to the emergence of psychedelic trance during
the latter half of the 1990s however the distinction between these two
genres is imprecise and they are considered by some to be synonymous. Both
styles are generally non-commercial and underground compared to other forms
of trance. The goa sound is more likely to be heard at outdoor parties and
festivals than in clubs and places like Ibiza. For a short period in the
mid-1990s it enjoyed significant commercial success with support from DJs
like Paul Oakenfold. The artist /man with no name/ probably came the closest
to being a goa trance "star".

Popular Artists

* 1200 Micrograms
* Alien Project
* Analog Pussy
* Astral Projection
* Atmos
* Battle Of The Future Buddhas
* California Sunshine
* Cosmosis
* Dark Soho
* Etnica
* Fractal Glider
* Green Nuns Of The Revolution
* Growling Mad Scientists
* Hallucinogen
* Infected Mushroom
* Juno Reactor
* Koxbox
* Logic Bomb
* Man With No Name
* Pleiadians
* Psysex
* Sesto Sento
* Shakta
* Shaolin Wooden Men
* Shiva Chandra
* Shiva Shidapu
* Shpongle
* Skazi
* Son Kite
* Space Cat
* Space Tribe
* SUN Project
* Talamasca
* Texas Faggot
* Ticon
* Tim Schuldt
* Total Eclipse
* Transwave
* Ubar Tmar
* X-Dream

External links

* 604 mailing list <http://party.net/cgi-bin/listinfo/604>
- a long running mailing list for Goa trance fans.
* Goa Gil's Home Page <http://www.goagil.com/>
* What is Goa? <http://www.psynews.org/various/goa.htm>
- a history of Goa trance from psynews.org.
* A Psykotropic Trip Through Tribedelic Transcapes
- an article that explores the phenomenon of Goa trance.
* Philosomatika.com <http://www.philosomatika.com>
a free GOA internet radio station.
* Liquid Crystal Vision <http://www.liquidcrystalvision.com/>
a documentary about GOA. Can be bought or just watched online.

*Goa* - Minimalist - Progressive - Psychedelic

*Electronic music | Genres
Ambient | Breakbeat |
Electronica | Electronic art music | House | Techno
| Trance | Industrial | Synth pop

Trance music

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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Portuguese studies refer to it as "ventosas", but mention it as a practice
as old as the Mesopotamian, Ancient Chinese and Ancient Indian civilizations
Cow horns and cups of metal and glass were used to create vacuum on back
skin with the help of lit cotton soaked in alcohol or oil. It was common to
limit to 6-10 ventosas on the back, but never on the spine. One method was
to make cross-shaped incisions on skin and suck blood , up to 300 mililitres
in 10-20 minutes. It was an alternative to the use of leaches. But usually
it was a suction massage to promote blood circulation to reduce rheumatic
pains or to facilitate breathing during / after attacks of pneumonia, etc.

Teotonio R. de Souza
The substance in the cloth pudi is salt-rock salt
(from the agor - not
table salt from some MNC:)). Its is a good vay.
In my opinion it is quite effective....
----- End forwarded message -----
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
The *hippie trail* is a term used to describe the journeys taken by hippies
in the 1960s and '70s from Europe to Asia (or vice versa - many were
Australasians). One of the key facets of the hippie trail was the desire to
travel as cheaply as possible, thus usually the journeys were carried out by
/thumbing/ (hitchhiking).

Such journeys would typically start in England and pass through 'key' spots
such as Istanbul, Kathmandu and Goa. Kathmandu still has a road named Freak
Street in memory of the many thousands of hippies who passed (and
occasionally still pass) through. Many on the hippie trail were driven by
the ideals of 'finding yourself' and 'communicating with other peoples' that
often underlay the hippie movement.

The story of Steve Abrams is one good online example of such a journey (see
external link below). Abrams left Liverpool on the 3 October 1968 and
eventually arrived in Darwin, Australia on 8 April 1969 after visiting
Belgium, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia,
Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Portuguese Timor along the way. This
journey consisted of over 32,000 km, covereby by 181 lifts, train rides, bus
rides, ferry crossings and one single plane flight in just over 6 months.

See also: Lonely Planet </wiki/Lonely_Planet>.

External link

* Steve Abrams on the Hippie Trail
* Steve Abrams' Diary
(/http://www.oland.co.uk//) (includes downloadable PDF file of
entire diary).

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contractor was paid. The owner of the work is the Institute Menezes
Braganza that paid for the work and has copyrights to it. Naturally! The
copyright to this article may even be owned by the publisher of
GOVAPURI. If they decide to sell it again, all good and publicity to
them! Let the information get further disseminated rather than gathering
dust on some shelf. IMB and the author have now more credit and fame. He
should work on other projects and hope to sell his additional research
to another publisher or his own book.

Sadly in Goan groups, much of our literary works are not appreciated and
compensated. That's our society! In the west, Alfonso Braganza would be
invited as a paid-speaker based on this written works and in
appreciation for his contribution to the culture. Unfortunately in Goan
circles, it is likely Alfonso Braganza would NOT BE INVITED, even if he
offered to speak for free. Aphter-all Goenkars know everything. Regards.

What is rubbing salt on bleeding wounds?
I thought the author was wronged as his article had been published
without his consent; I was trying to help him by saying he should take
action against Goan Observer. Do you think what Goan observer has done
is right?

Alfonso Bond Braganza:
What you wrote below is not graceful. It is like rubbing salt on
bleeding wounds. To say that I was surprised when informed that an
article on Mapusa written by me had appeared in the latest issue [10-17
July,2004] of the GOAN OBSERVER, is an understatement. Nothing wrong
with the article...except that it was never intended for publication in
the Goan Observer.

The article entitled "Scarred Mapusa" was commissioned by Mr. Manohar
Shetty on behalf of Institute Menezes Braganza and published in GOVAPURI
[Vol III No1 , April-June 2001]. I do not know whether the
honorarium/fee of
Rs.500/- paid to me entitle IMB to release the article for
re-publication without my consent. Even if it does, IMB should be
recorded as the secondary source in the author credits. Otherwise, it
appears that I have become a contributor of articles to the Goan
Observer. I have not. Currently, I am happy editing the PLUS tabloids
for Diamond Publications.
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Map of India showing location of Goa

*Goa* is a state (since 1987) of India, situated on the south-west coast,
with an area of 3702 km2 and a population of 1.35 million. From 1510 until
1961 it was a Portuguese colony, and the principal component of Portuguese
India. The state capital is Panaji, also called Panjim; the name may be
derived from the local name for great-grandmother, "ponji".

In the Puranas and certain inscriptions, the name of the place appears as
*Gove*, *Govapuri*, and *Gomant*. It has also been known as *Aprant*. The
medieval Arabian geographers knew it as *Sindabur*, or *Sandabur*, and the
Portuguese as *Goa*. When the capital was transferred to "Nova Goa" or New
Goa (today's Panaji), the old capital came to be known as "Velha Goa" or Old

After India's independence in 1947 Portugal refused to relinquish the
colony. Goa became part of India after 450 years of Portuguese rule on
December 19, 1961, when the Indian army invaded. A famous telegram was sent
to a newspaper correspondent at the time -- the single word "Goa?". He
replied, "Gone" -- surely setting a record for brevity! Goa became an Indian
Union Territory, and later a state.

The region still retains many features from the period of Portuguese rule,
including Catholic churches.

Few Goans speak Portuguese now (3 to 5%), although the language lives on in
place names and some family names. The language is mainly spoken at home.
English is the most widely spoken foreign language, and shops in tourist
areas invariably have signs in English. Some shops also have signs in Hebrew
or Finnish.

/View northwards of Fort Aguada, south of Baga/

The local language is Konkani </wiki/Konkani>, an Indo-European language
related to Hindi and Marathi. It is spoken by 1.5 to 2 million people in Goa
and the Konkan coast.

The region is famous for its excellent white sand beaches, and in the 1960s
was a popular destination on the hippie trail. Goa trance music originated
here and became popular as a result of the hippie culture. Today the region
has a booming tourist industry, and many large hotels have been built in the
last twenty years.

Political history

After a millennium of relatively stable Hindu rule, two centuries of
alternating Hindu and Muslim dynasties ended in Goa's conquest by the
Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510. After losing the city
briefly to its former ruler, the Muslim king of Bijapur, Albuquerque
returned in force, massacring the Muslim inhabitants.

Goa had become important as a starting-point of Muslim pilgrims from India
to Mecca, as a mart with no rival except Calicut on India's west coast, and
especially as the centre of the import trade in horses (Gulf Arabs) from
Hormuz, the control of which was a vital matter to the kingdoms warring in
the Deccan. It was easily defensible by any power with command of the sea,
as the encircling rivers could only be forded at one spot, and had been
deliberately stocked with crocodiles.

As Portugal's first territorial possession in Asia, Goa was the base for
Albuquerque's conquest of Malacca (1511) and Hormuz (1515). Albuquerque
intended it to be a colony and a naval base, as distinct from the fortified
factories established in certain Indian seaports. He encouraged his men to
marry local women, and to settle in Goa as farmers, retail traders or

These married men soon became a privileged caste, and Goa acquired a large
Eurasian population. Goa became the capital of the whole Portuguese empire
in the East. It was granted the same civic privileges as Lisbon. Its senate
or municipal chamber maintained direct communications with the king and paid
a special representative to attend to its interests at court. In 1563 the
governor even proposed to make Goa the seat of a parliament, in which all
parts of the Portuguese east were to be represented; this was vetoed by the

In 1542 St. Francis Xavier mentions the architectural splendour of the city;
but it reached the climax of its prosperity between 1575 and 1625.
Travellers marvelled at Goa Dourada, or Golden Goa, and there was a
Portuguese proverb, "He who has seen Goa need not see Lisbon."

Merchandise from all parts of the East was displayed in its bazaar, and
separate streets were set aside for the sale of different classes of goods
-- Bahrain pearls and coral, Chinese porcelain and silk, Portuguese velvet
and piece-goods, drugs and spices from the Malay Archipelago.

In the main street slaves were sold by auction. The houses of the rich were
surrounded by gardens and palm groves; they were built of stone and painted
red or white. Instead of glass, their balconied windows had thin polished
oyster-shells set in lattice-work. The social life of Goa's rulers befitted
the headquarters of the viceregal court, the army and navy, and the church;
luxury and ostentation becoming a byword before the end of the 16th century.

Almost all manual labour was done by slaves; common soldiers assumed
high-sounding titles, and it was even customary for the poor noblemen who
congregated together in boarding-houses to subscribe for a few silken
cloaks, a silken umbrella and a common man-servant, so that each could take
his turn to promenade the streets, fashionably attired and with a proper

There were huge gambling salons, licensed by the municipality, where
determined players lodged for weeks together; and every form of vice, except
drunkenness, was practised by both sexes, although European women were
forced to lead a kind of zenana life of seclusion, and never ventured
unveiled into the streets; they even attended church in their palanquins, so
as to avoid observation.

Albuquerque and his successors left almost untouched the customs and
constitutions of the thirty village communities on the island, only
abolishing the rite of sati (widow-burning). A register of these customs
(/Foral de usos e costumes/) was published in 1526, and is an historical
document of much value; an abstract of it is given in R. S. Whiteway's /Rise
of the Portuguese Empire in India/ (London, 1898).

The appearance of the Dutch in Indian waters was followed by the gradual
ruin of Goa. In 1603 and 1639 the city was blockaded by Dutch fleets, though
never captured, and in 1635 it was ravaged by an epidemic.

Its trade was gradually monopolized by the Jesuits. Jean de Thevenot in
1666, Baldaeus in 1672, Fryer in 1675 describe its ever-increasing poverty
and decay. In 1683 only the timely appearance of a Mughal </wiki/Mughal>
army saved it from capture by the Marathas, and in 1739 the whole territory
was attacked by the same enemies, and only saved by the unexpected arrival
of a new viceroy with a fleet. This peril was always imminent until 1759,
when a peace with the Marathas was concluded.

In the same year the viceroy transferred his residence from the vicinity of
Goa city to New Goa (in Portuguese /Nova Goa/), today's Panaji, which became
the official seat of government in 1843, effecting a move which had been
discussed as early as 1684. Old Goa city's population fell steeply during
the 18th century as Europeans moved to the new city.

When India became independent in 1947, Goa remained Portuguese. The Indian
government of Jawaharlal Nehru insisted that it, along with a few other
minor Portuguese holdings, be turned over to India. Portugal, however,
refused. France, which had also had small enclaves in India (most notably
Pondicherry), gave them up. Portugal, however, amended its constitution to
have Goa made a Portuguese province and refused to surrender it.

Opinions within Goa were mixed. The port was profiting immensely from being
a conduit of smuggled goods into India, the strong Roman Catholic faith of
the inhabitants also led to some affinity for Portugal. Many of the people
were pro-India, however, and a pro-Indian resistance group began operating
in the territory. In 1955 an unarmed invasion was launched by a mass of
Indians following the teachings of Gandhi. The Portuguese met them with
force and 21 were reported killed.

In the 1960s the World Court and the United Nations General Assembly both
ruled in India's favour in the dispute. World public opinion was also
turning against Portugal due to their brutal actions in Angola. The United
States, however, remained supportive of its NATO ally and would not allow
the UN Security Council to rule against Portugal.

The Indians offered continued special treatment for the Portuguese in Goa
and protection of the area's distinct culture, but still the Portuguese
refused to negotiate. This was mostly out of concern for the situation in
Angola, where any concessions in Goa would weaken Portugal's colonial hold.

In December 1961 India, under pressure from public opinion, and foreign
pressure from the rest of the third world to oppose colonialism, moved into
Goa. Twenty Indians and 17 Portuguese were killed in the fighting, which
lasted twenty-six hours.

After annexation the area was under military rule for five months, but the
previous civil service was soon restored and the area became a federally
administered territory.

Tourism in Goa

/View southwards of the Goan coastline/

Tourism is concentrated in the beaches that dot Goa's coastline. They
provide a unique mix of hippie and traditional Indian cultures and make it a
popular tourist destination for foreigners and locals alike. Among the more
famous beaches are Baga, Calangute, Vagator in the North and Colva, Majorda,
Betul, Palolem in the South. These main beaches are crowded at the peak
season with an overflow of tourists. Beach shacks are abundant and hawkers
sell their wares on the beach itself, sometimes causing a nuisance.

There still remain a lot of virgin beaches, where one can find peace, as
well as beautiful islands like Divar and St. Jacinto island.

Tourism was adversely affected in the couple of years following the
September 11 attacks.

Birdwatching is another attraction for tourists. With a huge array of birds
in a small province, Goa is an easy introduction to Asian birding. The
respect for life that is part of the local culture means that most wildlife
is very approachable. The Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Kumbharjuem is one
of India's famous bird sanctuaries and is a major stopping point for the
Great Siberian Cranes on their journey from the North to warmer areas and

External links

* History of Goa
* A large collection of information about Goa
* Links to various Goa sites in cyberspace
* Portuguese India Banknotes <http://numismondo.com/pm/goa/>

Links related to Goa:

* Goa Tourism <http://www.goatourism.org/>
* National Institute of Oceanography, Goa
* Goa-World <http://www.goa-world.com/>
* Photos from Goa <http://www.goa-world.com/fotofolio>
* Goanet <http://www.goanet.org/>
* GoanVoice UK <http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/>
* SICG, soc.culture.indian.goa Usenet newsgroup via Google
* Vasco Sports Club official page <http://www.vascoclub.com/>
* Photo Guide to Goa <http://www.photoguide.to/goa/>
* WORLD GOA DAY <http://www.goaday.com/>
* Birding in Goa, a trip report

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Panaji, Jul 21:Derogatory references to the United States of America,
terming it as impure and hedonistic, in a Goa school text book, has
attracted the ire of reformist and rationalist groups in the state.

The references are made in an essay relating to an alleged incident on Swami
Vivekananda's return from America. According to the essay, the swami is
supposed to have felt he would pollute the motherland by setting down his
feet, which had travelled to the impure and hedonistic America. Hence
Vivekananda first touched his head to the ground and then somersaulted to
stand up, the essay suggests.

Terming this as absurd and factually incorrect, the Goa Andhashradda
Nirmulan Samiti (anti-superstition group) has asked the Goa Board of
Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to withdraw the chapter from the
Std VIII Marathi language text book.

"I have checked in several scholarly biographies but none mention this
particular incident. Vivekananda himself was a reformist, he was not at all
mean-minded" says the Samiti president Yadneshwar Nigale.

Included in the official school text this term, objections first resounded
in the local Marathi press with critics objecting that the essay was lifted
from a booklet promoting Hindu nationalism. Critics also point to other
factual errors, reproduced in the school text, that situate the Alphs
mountain range in America.(ends)
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
What happened to the treasure of Konkani literature that existed before the
Portuguese colonised Goa in 1510, and which simply seems to have vanished?
Contrary to the widely-accepted view, the rulers from Europe might have not
been responsible for destroying Konkani's written record, suggests new light
on the issue.

Matthew Almeida, a Jesuit priest-linguist, has blasted what he sees as
"myths" created about the destruction of the Konkani language by the
Portuguese in the sixteenth century.

Almeida is known as a long-time researcher of Konkani and the
foundation-builder of the TSKK research institute which promotes the study
of one of India's smallest national languages. TSKK is named after Thomas
Stevens, an early English Jesuit who spent his life in Goa, promoting the
Konkani language.

Some missionary and colonial figures have been seen as adopting enlightened
attitudes towards Konkani in Goa -- even if for their own purpose, of
spreading religion or tightening their grip on what was meant to be the
colony and naval base of a one-time tiny but powerful European power that
dominated the sea-waves.

But so far, the widely accepted view has been that Konkani lacks an early
written heritage mainly because the Portuguese destroyed it during their
early spell of intolerance in this state.

"This fanciful claim (that Konkani's literary wealth was destroyed by the
Portuguese in their attempt to establish their rule and religion) has not
been proved by anyone with convincing evidence," argues Almeida, writing a
recent article in the Konkani research journal 'Sod'.

Yet, says he, it was "repeated by a number of writers after (the
mid-nineteenth century colonial bureaucrat seen by some as being favourably
disposed towards Konkani) Cunha Rivara, but without substantiating it."

Little-noticed but thought-provoking, the 'Sod' journal, priced at Rs 50 per
issue, is published by the Jesuit-run Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr centre
for research, from Porvorim, the suburb of state-capital Panjim. It is now
published six issues.

Almeida accepts that "an amount of religious literature" written in the 16th
to 18th centuries -- specially in Sanskrit and Marathi -- was "mercilessly
destroyed" in the City of Goa and its surroundings.

But this "however would not account for the absence of any samples of extant
Konkani literature from the period prior to the coming of the Portuguese."

Almeida points out that extant copies of Marathi literary works -- even of a
religious character -- have been found in some parts of Goa. This includes
two manuscripts by Krishnadas Shama's *Krishnacharitra* in Marathi, traced
by V B Prabhudesai and his associated some 30 years ago.

"Among the surviving writings of the 16th and 17th centuries, there are
records of accounts and land records, all written in Marathi and in
Halakannada characters," Almeida comments.

For him, the dilemma is this: Portuguese rule -- and therefore the burning
of literature -- was restricted to the central coastal area of today's Goa,
which had been conquered by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century itself.
(This central core of the state is called the 'Old Conquest', as against the
so-called 'New Conquests' which were taken over by the Portuguese, through
treaties or other means, only around the 'eighteenth century.)

Yet, ironically, in the same early colonial period, the Konkani people "were
spread over a vast area from Ratnagiri in coastal Maharashtra, to
present-day Goa, and right up to Kochi (Cochin) in the south Indian state of

"If there was a flourishing Konkani literature at that time, how could
anyone explain the absence of Konkani writers or readers outside the city of
Goa?" asks the linguist-priest, squarely challenging the long-held viewpoint
about the destruction of Konkani by Goa's colonial rulers.

He also points out that early European scholars of Konkani such as Thomas
Stephens, Antonio Saldanha and Miguel de Almeida "do not even refer to any
such Konkani literature even in passing".

"One should remember that the Portuguese who destroyed writings could not be
selective in destroying Konkani literature because they could not
distinguish Konkani, Marathi and Sanskrit from each other," he argues.

Almeida's argument is that the "real answer to the problem" seems to be that
"no such thing" as Konkani literature -- comparable to Marathi literature of
the time -- existed prior to the coming of the Portuguese.

He traces how the privileged position of Sanskrit, as the language of
literature, religion and culture, got challenged when
Buddhism and Jainism used the Prakrit languages as their medium of

He contends that the shift from the "classical language" to the regional
spoken and written language (of religion and literature) happened in the
13th century in the case of Marathi.

"Konkani, Marathi's sister language, seems to have remained only a spoken
language much longer because Konkani speakers could with a little effort
understand what the saint-poets of Maharashtra sang," he suggests.

Almeida's thesis is that "gradually", Konkani speakers must have come to
accept Marathi as their religious language, and must have also made an
effort to learn it as a literary language.

He contends however that, even today, Goans educated in Marathi and using
the language for religious purposes, prefer to speak in Konkani and "only
very rarely succeed in producing valuable literature in Marathi".

Contrary to the widely-held view, Almeida contends that the introduction of
Christianity in Goa "brought Konkani the much needed impetus to give it a
written literature".

Meanwhile, perhaps by coincidence, the Goa-Research-Net co-ordinated by Goan
historian Dr Teotonio R De Souza <teodesouza at netcabo.pt> has been discussing
the issue of whether colonial rule in these parts have created
"Indo-Portuguese creoles" in India.

Goa-Research-Net is open to academics and researchers, and can be joined by
sending in an email to majordomo at goacom.com with the message-area reading
"subscribe goa-research-net your at email.address"

Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat, SALIGAO, GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Panaji: Twenty seven people have drowned on Goa's famed beaches in the past
six months, setting off growing public concern and a media campaign to shore
up this touristy state's bay-watching and life saving infrastructure.

With 53 underpaid lifeguards working an eight hour shift, Goa's tourism
backups --- though claimed to be the best in India -- still fall far short
of international standards, critics say.

In 2003, the drowning toll touched 68, prompting a response from government.

Local authorites then issued advertisments placing the onus on hotels and
resorts to distribute warning pamplets to guests, besides identifying
bathing zones to be manned during restricted hours.

In the face of growing criticism, officials argue that venturing into the
sea during the heavy monsoon season and in visibly-choppy waters or those
marked as danger-areas was tantamount to committing suicide.

Warning signage on most beaches are however ignored by sometimes inebriated
bathers, the administration says in defence.

Local daily Gomantak Times, currently running a campaign on the issue,
points out that more ominous signage -- such as those warning "To enter the
sea means suicide. Many people have lost their lives by drowning in the sea"
-- have been painted over, obviously due to worries that it would impact
business in the local beach area.

This is on one of Goa's more frequented sand stretches in North Goa,
clustered with the largest number of hotels and that also registers the
highest drowning death toll.

Tourism business circles are worried about the adverse publicity, as one
Briton, a Korean and a Russian tourist were among the unfortunate 27 claimed
in the past half-year.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office website carry a warning that
reads: "Several recent drownings have highlighted the lack of warning signs
or flags and life-saving equipment on most of India's beaches. Strong
undercurrents are a particular hazard".

Since deaths mounted from 31 in 2001, 49 in 2002 and 68 in 2003, sporadic
efforts to train lifeguards, purchase equipment, build watchtowers and
involve local youth in some areas have been initiated.

Officials are now considering a "safe haven concept", that flags off guarded
bathing areas --- one of which has already become operational.

2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Sent : Wednesday, July 28, 2004 8:13:46 AM
To : jyodom at hotmail.com

Hi Domnic,

Two more questions:

Can you find out if your friend Mario is receiving Goanet messages as he too
uses a hotmaild ID.

Secondly does Mario work in the same company as you ??

Thanks - Bosco

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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
George, Goa Sudharop

CA or MBA finance candidate for the post of accounts executive. 1 to 2 years of experience is
must. The postings are in Bangalore for a MNC Insurance Company.

Mail to ivanm at hp.com

2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
don?t want anyone to learn. We are in the computer age, where one has to
accept all challenges, and maths is one of the subjects which is important
as some of the writers have already discussed in the forum, and not bow down
to fears. If you say we have bad teachers, well than that excuse I can
accept, and what can be done about it? With the situation going on now, I
know that teachers teach badly in school and than ask the children to come
for private tuitions, but is it the case with all the teachers? Can we
accuse all teachers for this? I have no idea, I have been out of school now
many years have passed, and during my time, the teaching used to be
interesting. Although I did not like the subject geometry, algebra was my
What excuse you give about the fear of parents dreading the subject is
unacceptable. Well maybe parents don?t have time to devote to the subject as
both work and both are tired by evening. But is it with all? No godfrey, I
would request you not to instill this fear in children that these subjects
are bad.
You check in gulf countries, as well as countries where expatriats have
settled, and you will find most top positions are held by south Indians,
especially from Tamil Nadu, and all will tell you that they love maths or
maths is their special subject which made them be where they are. Isn?t it
time we Goans thought so too for our children instead of just being
subordinates to some others?
During our time, most had the habit of following our friends, if one went
for commerce, all would go, and so in other faculties, but is it practical
now with all competitions? Goa is no more for Goans, and a time might come
when most of the jobs in Goa will go for non Goans if we think like this.


Jerry Fernandes

Jerry, Helga, Gilbert & Bosco

The child learns addition subtraction multiplication
and division at the primary level.

You ask a child which subjects do you like and believe
me you can easily conduct a survey of a child at the
age of six or seven years to ascertain whether she
likes or dislikes maths.

In fact its the parents themselves who are equally to
be blamed for they implant this fear because they
too dreaded the subject.....

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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
To : go=
anet at goanet.org
Cc :
Date : Mon, 02 Aug 2004 01:11:37 +0=
530 (IST)
Subject : [Goanet]Debate over freedom fighters...
# =
If Goanet stops reaching you, contact goanet-admin at goanet.org # =
# Want to check the archives? http://www.goanet.org/pipermail/goane=
t/ #
# Please keep your discussion/tone polite, to reflect respec=
t to others #
Once again, the death of Dr JF Martins is an e=
xcuse for a round-about
justification of the things-were-better-under-=
colonialism perspective.
From what little one knows of the situa=
tion, perhaps it
* Many=
(most?) freedom fighters got badly incorporated
with the post-colon=
ial state and its blandishments.
Perhaps the same can be said for jo=
urnalists in
Goa or other parts of India, or even abroad. Or the
Catholic Church in pre-1961 times. And a whole set of
other groups=
. In no way does this negate the idealism
or patriotism that surely =
fuelled many of the genuine
freedom-fighters (not the mass who came =
to collect the
perks, including saffronites in Advani-Sahani-Parrika=
r's Goa.
* In Dr Martins case, he had a particularly nasty
encounter with the post-colonial state. The understanding
then was t=
he State stood by (or actually abetted) a
tenancy-linked land-grab c=
laim which some political
figures were accused of having a hand in. =
Perhaps it was
a mistake to believe that a freedom-fighter would be=0D
immune from a wider trend that many more have been
victim to in =
post-1961 Goa; first sparked by the
(in some ways positive) social t=
ransformation and
assertiveness of the sub-altern classes, then egge=
d on
by a mix of political corruption, caste-and-community
bank-building, and the ascent to power of the
real estate speculatio=
n lobby.
Of course, contemporary Goa has many problems to deal wit=
h. The question is
not just whether post-1961 Goa is better than pre-1=
961 Goa (these are like
apples and oranges, uncomparable). But whether=
Portuguese colonialism was an
acceptable situation. And whether a Goa=
outside the Indian Union would be an
acceptable and better option for=
the majority of the people (not just a few
who gained, maybe even jus=
t psychologically, from the past).
I think it is a rather disingen=
uous approach to argue that (i) Salazar was
bad (was Portuguese rule o=
verall good then, and should it have continued)
(ii) that those ill at=
ease with the post-1961 reality aren't really
defending Portuguese ru=
le or (iii) the many problems that Goa faces today,
and which are ofte=
n reported in the local Press and in networks like Goanet,
are a justi=
fication for defending colonialism.
Whatever the problems post-196=
1 Goa suffers from, I think any defence of
Portuguese colonialism shou=
ld be recognised as just that. Whatever the
problems that the freedom =
fighters faced, in whatever measure they got
incorporated into the Est=
ablishment later, and however many bogus ones
filled those ranks late =
in the day, it does seem that quite some amount of
idealism went into =
the positions taken by the genuine ones. Attempts to
discredit the cam=
paign against Portuguese rule, and claims that Goa would be
better off=
on its own, seem more like post-facto justifications of people
who pr=
obably made the most of the pre-1961 situation while the going was
This is not to deny that Goa did not benefit in some ways
from the long Portuguese rule. But that is no justification for
lonialism, at least in the sense it was widely understood
in the his=
toric 20th century. (If we want to re-engineer a
definition of colon=
ialism, that's another matter...)
To argue that the Portuguese mad=
e Goa what it was is to (i) overlook that
Goa was the most important c=
entre on the Indian west coast outside of
Calicut/Cochin even before t=
he Portuguese came (ii) live in a what-if world,
where we forget that =
the majority of the people of Goa, specially those not
from priviledge=
d backgrounds, had a real hard life for much of Portuguese
rules. That=
's why so many of our ancestors crossed distant oceans and
struggled a=
gainst so many odds. I guess we are all accidents of history, and
ld just accept it that way, without feeling embarassed or unduly proud=0D
(chauvinistic?) about it.
Maybe, one day, like Europe is proud o=
f its Roman past and Brazil looks up
to its Portuguese patrimony, we t=
oo will be able to look at the past with
more neutrality and enthusias=
m. But this will take more time. We also need
to be frank in accepting=
that Portuguese rule left behind such strong
differences in Goa, that=
we still can't agree on our history, our politics,
our language, our =
religion, our priorities, our future ... and more. Worse
still, these =
divides are not just on the basis of religion. Even within
, for instance, there are divides of caste, region, and class.
Within =
the diaspora, there is this huge divide on the basis of where we were
born and grew up, and what text-books influenced our perspectives of our=0D
past! That's why a Colaco would look at the issue rather differently fr=
om a
UK-based Cornel DaCosta.
Ending on a Goanet note, since =
we are 24 days away from our
tenth anniversary: I think some in the =
I-hate-Goanet camp
haven't quite come to terms with the reality that=
for the
East Africa Goan, or the Gulf Goan or even today's Goan in=0D
Goa, the covert or overt Lusostalgia means little.
Let's simpl=
y look ahead, and accept the many diversities (differences) among
elves. We don't have to convince everyone that *our* view of the past is=0D
right. My view is just *one* perspective; and I'm willing to be convinc=
otherwise, provided it's not just deep-seated bias speaking. FN
Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat, SALIGAO,=
GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822=
http://fn.swiki.net http://www.livejournal.com/users/goal=
fred at bytesforall.org http://www.bytesforall.org
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
(On behalf of Mango boys)
Bardez Goa

Feeling spent? Apply here for emergency plastic surgery:
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
become a no-TV-household. That means, I no longer have a cable connection
and my TV lies forgotten in one corner of the room.

Why did I take this extreme step?

Firstly, I believe that I cannot expect my five-year-old daughter, Isabel
not to watch cartoons if I am unable to stop watching TV myself. I would be
undermining her worth as a person if I were to say to her that what I watch
on TV is more important than what she chooses to watch on TV. That would be

Why do I want Isabel to stop watching TV? Lots of reasons:

* I believe a child until the age of seven years cannot distinguish
reality from fiction. I mean, when a child sees a movie that shows a
witch or a demon it is real to her. It does not occur to her that
the people who portray these characters are just 'acting'. It is
sometimes also real to us. Why else would you see the crowd at a
Panjim theatre weep during the "Passion of the Christ"? We can come
out of the theatre and reason that that was a movie; but a child is
unable to make such a judgement.

* I don't want her to internalize values such as violence and consumerism.
(Children upto the age of 12 years cannot help but internalize the values
that they are exposed to everyday.)

* The number of products that are targeted at kids by the advertisers seems
to be increasing everyday and I don't want Isabel to "demand" these products
or brands.

* I don't want her to get used to "constant entertainment" and "short
attention spans". I want her to know that life is a fair mix of various
emotions -- that being bored is sometimes what life is about. She has to
experience 'boredom' and figure out for herself what she intends to do about

In the short time of four weeks that we have had without TV- I find two
changes in our home.

* News or a movie does not interrupt dinnertime; it is our private
time together as a family. Also, I find us eating in a state of
grace, thanking and remembering God for the joy we have been granted
in being together. (Earlier it used to be a time when I'd be
constantly trying to tell my daughter to keep quiet so that I could
'catch the news' or the dialogue of a film.)

* Isabel is able to sustain her interest in whatever it is that she is doing
for a much longer period of time. She is also able to figure out herself
what she must do after she is through with one activity. (Earlier she'd be
involved with say playing 'house' with her dolls and in exactly 10 minutes
she'd be back asking me what else she could play because now she had
"finished" playing with her dolls.)

Oh, don't misunderstand me. I am not against TV as a medium of entertainment
or as a medium of information. I am against using TV to exploit a child's
mind in order to make some money. I am against using TV as a means of escape
from the conflict that sometimes arise in relationships. I am against using
TV as a babysitter. I am against TV because of its mind-numbing quality
(when one starts to use it as an addiction).

Of course, one can use TV in moderation. But I found that it is very
difficult. Its lures are very powerful and insidious. Before I could analyze
why I was switching on the TV, I was already attracted to a programme and in
the middle of 'temptation'. To switch it off then is impossible.

I find that a relationship within a family suffers when one has this
"approved-by-society" medium of escape. I am sure there would be a lot of
disapproval from everybody if one used alcohol or drugs as a means to
escape. But TV? Oh no, that does not figure as a medium of escape. Most
believe it to be an important invention that has 'shrunk the world' and has
allowed people to be well informed.

Let me give you some mind-boggling statistics that might make you think

* Living with TV means growing up in a world of about 22,000
commercials a year, 5000 of them are for food products, more than
half of which are for low-nutrition sweets and snacks. (Dr. George
Gerbner, Dean of the Annenburg School of Communication at the
University of Pennsylvania).

* Violence on TV doesn't teach children about the reality of the world. TV
actually has 10 times as much violence as real life. Cartoons have between
25-100 acts of violence in one episode.

* The many messages on TV promote alcohol consumption and promiscuous sexual
activity. American teenagers for example, see an estimated 14,000 sexual
references and innuendoes per year on TV, yet only 150 of these references
deal with sexual responsibility or contraception.

* Harvard economist Juliet Schor (in her book "The Overspent American")
points out that the more TV a person watches, the more he or she spends.
Her research shows that each additional hour of TV watched per week leads to
an additional US$ 208 of annual spending (for adults).

* TV contains substantial amounts of "irregular driving" -- squealing
brakes, speeding, screeching tyres and property damage. In such scenes,
death and injury are (unrealistically) infrequent and legal penalties rare.

* The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently recommended that TV be
banned for children under two. This is because brain development is at a
crucial stage during the first two years and should be fostered with human
contact, not TV images.

And, here's what an authority on the brain's hemispheric development, a
bio-psychologist at the University of Chicago has to say: "When children
commit time looking at TV, they're not spending time reading. When a child
reads a novel, he has to self-create whole scenarios, he has to create
images of who these people are, what their emotions are, what their tone of
voice are, what their environment looks like, what the feeling of this
environment is. These self-created scenarios are important, and TV leaves no
room for that creative process? Brains are designed to meet cognitive
challenges. It's like muscles: if you don't exercise them they wither. If
you don't exercise brains, they wither."

I would like to quote one more person because this is my favourite topic.
Thomas More in his article 'Does America have a soul?' says: "Our society
seems to be pleased only by 'special' on TV, spectacles in sport,
spectacular political and social events, and of course, special people --
celebrities. Because of this focus on the exceptional, America is largely
starved for the ordinary life of neighbourhoods, friends and family -- the
main concerns of the soul."

"By giving away specialness to others, we are left feeling that our own
lives are not unique, that they are even less than ordinary... instead of
searching for the wisdom that will make us more humane and compassionate, we
become fascinated with remote and disconnected bits of knowledge. We are
dedicated to cool, mental information-gathering rather than warm, heartfelt
conversation and contemplation."

"I know a man who has four TV sets in his living room; all perpetually in
play each tuned to a different channel. His driving need to be informed and
his disappearance into technology represent our seemingly well-intentioned
escape from intimate engagement with each other."
The writer is based in Porvorim, Goa. She can be contacted via email
vaz_bindu at rediffmail.com
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Panaji, Aug 2: At the end of a three day brainstorming session "Looking
Back, Looking Ahead" top leaders of the BJP concluded that some form of a
back to basics would pull the party out of its current predicament.

While the more hardcore issues--- the Babri Masjid, Article 370 in Kashmir
and pressing for a common civil code --- from its Hindutva basket were
conspicious by their absence in its menu of receipes for the road ahead,
familiar planks of "psuedo-secularism", national security and "communal"
reservations were listed..

In a ten point conclusion statement that party president K Venkiah Naidu
said were "not decisions", the party said it will look to strengthen and
expand itself with "focus on ideological orientation and renewed emphasis on
work culture, individual conduct and organisational discipline".

The BJP will continue to work with its NDA allies and will coordinate with
all non-UPA parties in parliament, the statement said.

Asked about the JD(U)'s recent statements, Mr Naidu told a crowded press
conference that the BJP "will not be under pressure from anyone". "the
allies can have their own ideologies, we have done it for six years", he

"Communal reservations' will be made a "major campaign issue", as the party
readies to train its fire against what it dubbed the "competitive
pseudo-secularism of the Congress, Communists and other UPA partners".

Now in opposition after its May 13 electoral reversal, the BJP's top
leadership says the party will haul the UPA over the coals for the
"deceptive and damaging aspects of the railway and general budgets".

Mass campaigns on the "anti-poor, anti-kisan, anti-worker and anti-rural"
policies of the UPA will be its role in opposition, India's former ruling
party felt.

National security, the "worsening situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and the
alarming rise of jehadi terrorism" are concerns that will be raised. The
jehadis have got "reactivated" under the benign gaze of the UPA, Mr Naidu

BJP said its arsenal against the UPA would include exposing the "nexus
between communal, corrupt and extremist forces and the danger they pose to
national unity, national security and security of the common citizens".

The party's campaign against tainted Congress ministers will continue, it
said, with more emphasis on what it terms the "double standards and
hypocrisy of the Communists."

Finally, action plans and strategies for Maharasthra, Bihar, Jharkand,
Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh where assembly elections are due will be
discussed with local leaderships, Mr Naidu said.

Rejuvenation of the party in Uttar Pradesh merits special attention and
state leaders are likely to be summoned to New Delh for detailed
introspection for the "down-turn".

Most of the thirty leaders who arrived here on July 30 for the three day
chintak bhaitak at the modest Goa Interanational Centre left Monday

Mr Naidu said the ten sittings were more of a "vichar manthan" -- a process
of churning thoughts, to galvanise the party after it suffered its first
major reversal since an upward graph that began in 1989.(ends)
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
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for rapid growth.
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The nuns are pure vegetarians and maintain a large fruit and vegetable garden, which yields enough for their needs. The surplus produce is shared with surrounding communities. They also bake some bread but their main occupation is making communion hosts, some 40,000-45,000 in number each day, which are sold to numerous churches all over Mumbai. The residual cuttings are given to poor children in the vicinity.

The Sisters might have a few problems among themselves ("after all, we are human"), but boredom is not one of them. "God gives us the strength to carry on," Sister Elizabeth, a science graduate, who would come to study or pray in the little chapel of the cloister before she got the call, told SAR News. Her parents wanted her to become a doctor. But God had other plans. Sister Elizabeth has been a cloistered nun for 13 years. Sister Mary Stella worked as a nurse in the best hospitals and found her vocation two years ago.

"Interior sacrifice is more important than the exterior," smiles Prioress Xavierina.

The nuns make two retreats a year, including a ten-day community private retreat and an eight-day session conducted by a priest. From time to time, visiting priests give them talks from the Bombay Archdiocese or other congregations. The current designated lecturers are Jesuit Father Philip Terrassa, Divine Word Father Aloysius Fernandes and Father Gilbert de Lima, a professor from the St. Pius X Seminary at Goregaon, at whose suggestion the monastery organised its first-ever full-day recollection for 15 young women a week before the annual feast of Our Lady of Carmel.

Most of the girls who attended the recollection were fresh graduates. "I&#8217;m so glad I came," exclaimed Leanne Dennis from St. Pius Church, Mulund. "It&#8217;s been a great experience," said Salome de Mello, an FYBA student of St. Xavier&#8217;s College. "It was a good and relaxing day" summed up Jennifer D&#8217;Cruz, a TYB.com student from Ambedkar College. Natasha de Silva, a TYBA student of St. Andrew&#8217;s showed up with two friends at the urgings of an aunt who frequently visits the monastery.

"We want young men and women to understand that God is the centre of our lives. Without God, life has no meaning," Prioress Xavierina, said, adding, some are called to action, some to contemplation and some to contemplation in action. Indeed as the poet said, "Stone walls do not a prison make nor iron bars a cage. Minds innocent and quiet take that for a hermitage." (South Asia Religious News)

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Panaji: Goa's administration is set to move its offices out from a Moorish
middle ages castle that served as secretariat, into a new Rs 260-million
hilltop building on the opposite Mandovi river bank.

The new secretariat, adjacent to its current legislature assembly, was
informally inaugurated earlier this week and will become functional shortly,
ahead of the November 2004 international film festival.

However more than the new, it is the old that is getting all the spotlight.
The shift has generated fresh interest in the thick walled `Idalcao' (Adil
Shah) castle, where dusty files and plywood partitioned offices of
ministerial chambers, obscured its antiquity and historic aura.

A fresh group of historians are now studying the antiquity of the building
that is slated for conversion into a musuem.

The Mauresque castle -- once the summer palace of Goa's erstwhile ruler the
Adil Shah of Bijapur -- was the first garrisoned fortress to fall to
Alphonso de Albuquerque's invading Portuguese armada in 1510.

Albuquerque shelled the castle in his attempt to take the nearby city (later
called Old Goa), and partially repaired it later, where it served as an
important military station, say historians.

Over subsequent centuries it was renovated and rebuilt; its gabled roof
replaced and additional verandas added when it served as temporary residence
for Portuguese viceroys.

When the Portuguese moved out of the plague-struck former capital city of
Velha Goa (or Old Goa), some eight kms to the east, and shifted governance
to the capital then called Nova Goa or Pangim, the palace was turned into
its secretariat in 1843.

India's army in 1961 flew the tricolour on the palace's frontal flag post,
after its action to end Portuguese rule, and Goa's assembly sessions were
held in a small wood-panelled hall overlooking the Mandovi for forty years
until 2000.

With the secretariat now moving out to the opposite bank of the Mandovi, the
contours of Goa's capital city are expected to expand into neighbouring
villages -- a move not without its accompanying dissent from local panchayat
bodies and politicians. (ends)
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: "Goan Association New York" goanyc at yahoo.com
Date : Thu,=
5 Aug 2004 16:42:55 +0100
Subject : [Goanet]The Goa State of Mind
The Goa State of Mind
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work and early rising. They are mistaken, argues Tom Hodgkinson. For
breathing space to create and time to reflect, indolence is essential. He
offers a guide to easy living, pleasurable illness, and effortless sex

Saturday August 7, 2004
The Guardian

I wonder if that hard-working American rationalist and agent of industry
Benjamin Franklin knew how much misery he would cause in the world when,
back in 1757, high on puritanical zeal, he popularised and promoted the
trite and patently untrue aphorism "early to bed and early to rise makes a
man healthy, wealthy and wise"?
It is a sad fact that from early childhood we are tyrannised by the moral
myth that it is right, proper and good to leap out of bed the moment we wake
in order to set about some useful work as quickly and cheerfully as
possible. Parents begin the brainwashing process and then school works yet
harder to indoctrinate its charges with the necessity of early rising. My
own personal guilt about feeling physically incapable of rising early in the
morning continued well into my 20s.
As a student, I developed complex alarm systems. I bought a timer plug and
set it to turn on my coffee maker and also the record player, on which I had
placed my loudest record, It's Alive by the Ramones. 7.50am was the allotted
time. Being a live recording, the first track was prefaced by crowd noise.
The cheering and whooping would wake me, and I'd know I had only a few
seconds to leap out of bed and turn down the volume before Dee Dee Ramone
would grunt "One - two - three - four" and my housemates and I would be
assaulted by the opening chords of Rockaway Beach, turned up to 11. The idea
was that I would then drink the coffee and jolt my body into wakefulness. It
half worked. When I heard the crowd noise, I would leap out of bed and
totter for a moment. But what happened then, of course, was that I would
turn the volume right down, ignore the coffee and climb back to the snuggly,
warm embrace of my duvet. Then I'd slowly come to my senses at around
10.30am, doze until noon, and finally stagger to my feet in a fit of
For all modern society's promises of leisure, liberty and doing what you
want, most of us are still slaves to a schedule we did not choose. Why have
things come to such a pass? Well, the forces of the anti-idle have been at
work since the fall of man. The propaganda against oversleeping goes back a
very long way, more than 2,000 years, to the Bible. Here is Proverbs,
chapter 6, on the subject:
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

(I would question the sanity of a religion that holds up the ant as an
example of how to live. The ant system is an exploitative aristocracy based
on the unthinking toil of millions of workers and the complete inactivity of
a single queen and a handful of drones.)
Christianity has promoted bed-guilt ever since. This passage from the Bible
is used as a bludgeon by moralists, capitalists and bureaucrats in order to
impose upon the people the notion that God hates it when you get up late. It
suits the lust for order that characterises the non-idler.
In mid-18th-century London, Dr Johnson, who had nothing to be ashamed of as
far as literary output goes, is to be found lacerating himself for his
sluggardly habits. "O Lord, enable me ... in redeeming the time I have spent
in Sloth," he wrote in his journals at the age of 29. Twenty years later,
things haven't improved, and he resolves "to rise early. Not later than six
if I can." The following year, having failed to rise at six, he adapts his
resolution: "I purpose to rise at eight because though I shall not yet rise
early it will be much earlier than I now rise, for I often lye till two."
The Methodist John Wesley, who himself rose every morning at 4am, wrote a
sermon called The Duty And Advantage of Early Rising (1786), in which he
claimed that lying in bed was physically unhealthy, and used comically
quasi-scientific terms to drive home his argument: "By soaking so long
between warm sheets, the flesh is as it were parboiled, and becomes soft and
flabby. The nerves, in the meantime, are quite unstrung."
The bestselling Victorian author Samuel Smiles's books were titled Self-Help
(1859), Thrift (1875) and Duty (1880), and were packed with homilies. If we
think we are free of this sort of thing today, then look at our magazines
and the "sort your life out" features that proliferate. Patronising
self-help books regale us with various bullet-pointed strategies to becoming
more productive, less drunk and more hard-working. Many involve spending a
lot of money.
I would argue not only that early rising is totally unnatural but also that
lying in bed half awake - sleep researchers call this state "hypnagogic" -
is positively beneficial to health and happiness. A good morning doze of
half an hour or more can, for example, help you to prepare mentally for the
problems and tasks ahead.
As to how on earth going early to bed could automatically guarantee riches
and happiness, I suppose nothing can be proved, but I'm with Dr Johnson who
confidently asserted: "Whoever thinks of going to bed before 12 o'clock is a
Greatness and late rising are natural bedfellows. Late rising is for the
independent of mind, the individual who refuses to become a slave to work,
money, ambition. In his youth, the great poet of loafing, Walt Whitman,
would arrive at the offices of the newspaper where he worked at around
11.30am, and leave at 12.30 for a two-hour lunch break. Another hour's work
after lunch and then it was time to hit the town.
The English historian EP Thompson, in his classic book The Making Of The
English Working Class (1963), argues that the creation of the job is a
relatively recent phenomenon, born out of the Industrial Revolution. Before
the advent of steam-powered machines and factories in the mid-18th century,
work was a much more haphazard affair. People worked, yes, they did "jobs",
but the idea of being yoked to one particular employer to the exclusion of
all other money-making activity was unknown.
Take the weavers. Before the invention in 1764 of the spinning jenny by the
weaver and carpenter James Hargreaves, and of the steam engine in the same
year by James Watt, weavers were generally self-employed and worked as and
when they chose. The young Friedrich Engels noted that they had control over
their own time: "So it was that the weaver was usually in a position to lay
by something, and rent a little piece of land, that he cultivated in his
leisure hours, of which he had as many as he chose to take, since he could
weave whenever and as long as he pleased," he wrote in his 1845 study The
Condition Of The Working Class In England. "They did not need to overwork;
they did no more than they chose to do, and yet earned what they needed."
Thompson writes: "The work pattern was one of alternate bouts of intense
labour and of idleness." A weaver, for example, might weave eight or nine
yards on a rainy day. On other days, a contemporary diary tells us, he might
weave just two yards before he did "sundry jobs about the lathe and in the
yard & wrote a letter in the evening". Or he might go cherry-picking, work
on a community dam, calve the cow, cut down trees or go to watch a public
hanging. Thompson adds as an aside: "The pattern persists among some
self-employed - artists, writers, small farmers, and perhaps also with
students [idlers, all] - today, and provokes the question of whether it is
not a 'natural' human work-rhythm."
England, then, before the invention of the dark satanic mills, was a nation
of idlers. But in time the new Protestant work ethic was successful. The
Industrial Revolution, above all, was a battle between hard work and
laziness, and hard work won.
The thundering polemicist Thomas Carlyle did much damage in the 19th century
by promoting the notion of the dignity or even the romance of hard graft.
"Man was created to work, not to speculate, or feel, or dream," he wrote,
adding, "Every idle moment is treason." It is your patriotic duty to work
hard - another myth, particularly convenient to the rich who, as Bertrand
Russell said, "preach the dignity of labour, while taking care themselves to
remain undignified in this respect". Or as the late, great British writer
Jeffrey Bernard put it: "As if there was something romantic and glamorous
about hard work ... if there was something romantic about it, the Duke of
Westminster would be digging his own fucking garden, wouldn't he?"
If you want religious justification for your refractory habits, then
remember there are parts of the Bible - unlike those so often quoted by
pro-work propagandists - that argue against toil. Work is a curse, caused
not by God but by the serpent in the Garden of Eden. He led Adam and Eve to
fall from the work-free state of paradise by awakening material desire in
them, thereby condemning them to toil and pain. If you want nothing, you
don't need to work.
God himself set a good example, argues Paul Lafargue, the socialist
campaigner and son-in-law of Karl Marx, in The Right To Be Lazy: after
working for six days, he rests for all eternity.
The lie-in - by which I mean lying in bed awake - is not a selfish
indulgence but an essential tool for any student of the art of living. As
Sherlock Holmes knew. Lolling around in his smoking jacket, puffing his
pipe, Holmes would sit and ponder for hours on a tricky case. In one superb
story, the opium-drenched The Man With The Twisted Lip, Holmes solves yet
another case with ease. An incredulous Mr Plod character muses: "I wish I
knew how you reach your results," to which Holmes replies: "I reached this
one by sitting upon five pillows and consuming an ounce of shag."
Ren? Descartes, in the 17th century, was similarly addicted to inactivity.
Indeed, it was absolutely at the centre of his philosophy. When young and
studying with the Jesuits, he was unable to get up in the morning. They
would throw buckets of cold water over him and he would turn over and go
back to sleep. Then, because of his obvious genius, he was granted the
special privilege of getting up late. This was his modus operandi because,
of course, when he was lying in bed he was thinking. It is easy to see how
someone so inactive should conclude that the body and the mind are separate
entities. Laziness produced Cartesian duality. For him, lying in bed and
thinking was the very essence of being human: Cogito, ergo sum, or, in other
words, I lie in bed thinking, therefore I am.
Idleness as a waste of time is a damaging notion put about by its
spiritually vacant enemies. Introspection could lead to that terrible thing:
a vision of the truth, a clear image of the horror of our fractured,
dissonant world. The writer Will Self, arguing that long periods of motorway
driving can be a method of recapturing lost idling time, puts it like this:
"This cultural taboo against thinking ... exists in England because of the
Protestant work ethic which demands that people shouldn't be idle - ergo
they shouldn't think."
This prejudice is well established in the western world. Governments do not
like the idle. The idle worry them. They do not manufacture useless objects
nor consume the useless products of labour. They cannot be monitored. They
are out of control.
That being ill can be a delightful way to recapture lost idling time is a
fact well known to all young children. On schooldays, the independent child
soon learns that if he is ill, then he can lie in bed all day, avoid work
and be looked after. What a different world from the everyday one of
punishments, recriminations and duties. Suddenly everyone is very nice to
Being ill - nothing life-threatening, of course - should be welcomed as a
pleasure in adult life, too, as a holiday from responsibility and burden.
Indeed, it may be one of the few legitimate ways left to be idle. When ill,
you can avoid those irksome tasks that make living such hard work.Dressing,
for instance. You can pad around the house in your dressing gown like
Sherlock Holmes, No?l Coward or our friend, that hero of laziness, Oblomov.
When ill, you are the master. You do what you like. You can play your old
Clash albums. Stare out of the window. Laugh inwardly at the sufferings of
your co-workers. Looking a little deeper at the benefits of being ill, we
may argue that the physical pain can lead to positive character development,
that bodily suffering can improve the mind. "That which does not kill me
makes me stronger," said Nietzsche.
The intellectual benefits of being ill are demonstrated and reflected upon
at length by Marcel Proust. Famously chronically ill and frequently
bed-bound, he had plenty of time to theorise on being ill: "Infirmity alone
makes us notice and learn, and enables us to analyse processes which we
would otherwise know nothing about. A man who falls straight into bed every
night, and ceases to live until the moment when he wakes and rises, will
surely never dream of making, not necessarily great discoveries, but even
minor observations about sleep."
Proust was accused by contemporaries of being a hypochondriac, which may
have been true. But how else would he have found the time to write the
hundreds of thousands of words that make up ? la Recherche du temps perdu?
And how else would we find the time to read it, were we not sometimes ill?
If Proust had been a healthy, upstanding member of society, then he might
have suffered a successful career in the upper reaches of the civil service,
and the world of letters would have been a good deal poorer.
In the far-off days before painkillers and tranquillisers, illness and
trauma were not to be swept under the carpet and ignored. They were to be
respected, listened to and given time to work themselves out. When Samuel
Pepys had an immensely painful operation to remove a kidney stone, he did
not rush back into the office 36 hours later. No. He had the right to a full
40 days' recovery period during which time he was not allowed to do
"Convalescing" is a word one doesn't hear much these days. It's as if we
have banished the notion that time is a healer. What happened, I wonder, to
the doctors of the turn of the century, who used to recommend long periods
of inactivity on the South Coast for minor ailments? When the sickly
velvet-coated dandy Robert Louis Stevenson fell ill in 1873, aged 23, the
diagnosis was "nervous exhaustion with a threatening of phthisis" and the
prescription was a winter on the Riviera, "in complete freedom from anxiety
or worry". Once upon a time, we knew how to be ill. Now we have lost the
art. Everyone, everywhere, disapproves of being ill.
To demonstrate how our attitudes to illness have grown dramatically less
idler-friendly in recent years, we need only look at the recent history of
Lemsip's marketing. When I was a child, a mug of Lemsip mixed with honey was
one of the pleasures of lying in bed with a heavy cold. It went with being
wrapped in a dressing gown and watching Crown Court. It was all part of the
fun. Your mother might bring you a steaming cup of the soothing nectar in
bed. You would sip it, cough weakly and luxuriate in its fumes. It had some
positive effect on the physical symptoms of the illness, to be sure, but it
was also a pleasure in itself. Lemsip was part of the delicious and
much-needed slow-down that illness can bring into our life.
Not any more. Lemsip has reinvented itself as a "hard-working medicine". It
has changed from a friend of the idler to his worst enemy. The implication
now is that rather than enjoying your illness and waiting a few days till it
has gone away, you should manfully repress the symptoms and carry on as
normal, competing, working, consuming. Most appalling of all was their
recent ad line, "Stop Snivelling and Get Back to Work".
"Staying in is the new going out" was a joke I made at a meeting once.
Though daft and glib, there remains some truth in it. Going out all the time
can be oppressive. It's hard work. Trying to keep up with the latest bar,
club, movie, gallery, show or band is a full-time occupation, and one always
feels as if there is something better going on somewhere else. On a simple
level, of course, staying in is the idler's dream, because of the low
physical effort involved. It avoids the tedious and costly business of
getting ready, leaving the house, travelling somewhere else, attending the
function and then enduring the still more tedious and costly business of
getting home at the end of it all. In any case, planned schemes of
merriment, as Dr Johnson rightly pointed out, rarely turn into the best
The greatest piece of staying-in literature ever composed is ? Rebours by JK
Huysmans, published in 1884. Huysmans was a decadent fin de si?cle writer
with a bourgeois day job - he was a clerk at the Ministry of Interior for 30
years. But at night he allowed his literary imagination to roam free and
created some of the most fascinating works of the period. ? Rebours, which
translates as Against Nature, is a study of a wealthy dandy called Des
Esseintes. Having exhausted the pleasures of town and failed to find the
meaning of life in weird sex and late nights, he decides to retreat to a
hillside mansion and create his own artificial reality, a peculiar paradise
of colour, smell and beauty, controlled by ingenious mechanical devices. He
is motivated by an idleness of the body and a snobbishness of the mind. He
doesn't want to exert himself; he doesn't want to consort with his fellow
human beings, whom he regards as irredeemably vulgar. Bothering itself, to
Des Esseintes, is vulgar. With inner resources and books, there is no need
to move about, to travel.
So, Husymans sets about creating his indoor wonderland. Helped by a couple
of bemused servants, he uses his considerable wealth and imagination to
build an absurdly extravagant reality. His first act is to sleep during the
day and come alive at night. Perhaps the best known of Des Esseintes's
innovations is the golden tortoise. He has a fancy that it would be amusing
to have in his sitting room an ornament that moved around, so orders a
tortoise to be plated with gold and encrusted with jewels. Another caprice
is an invention he calls the "mouth organ", a complex machine that delivers
drops of various different liqueurs from an array of stops, the idea being
to mix them up on the palate and create a symphony of flavour. He also
orders the most fragile, delicate and overbred hothouse flowers to festoon
his house. There is a nice vein of dark humour that undercuts the earnest
descriptions of Des Esseintes's experiments: the tortoise, he notices one
evening, has died, and after a lengthy description of the mouth organ, Des
Esseintes finds that he can't be bothered to go through the whole palaver
and simply helps himself to a shot of whisky before sitting down. Needless
to say, the flowers all die, too.
Eventually, Des Esseintes is defeated by the botherers. His style of living
makes him ill, and he is told by various doctors that he must move back to
Paris and get out there, have fun and talk to people. Otherwise, "insanity
quickly followed by tuberculosis" will be his fate. Des Esseintes gives in
to their advice with bad grace. His project may have been a failure, but
that doesn't mean we shouldn't take inspiration from his heroic attempt to
elevate his soul via interior furnishings.
I have been inspired to create a pub in my own home. For me, the pleasures
of staying in revolve around drinking and talking. So I took the
unprepossessing scullery in our rented Devon farmhouse and installed a
dartboard and two old dining-room chairs, which cost ?7 each in a local
bric-a-brac place. I've also added a print of dogs playing pool, fairy
lights, a piece of driftwood, a shove-ha'penny board, beer mats, Hogarth
prints, an old scythe which I found on a rubbish tip and postcards of
Cornish men eating giant pasties. All these items were either found lying
around or were donated by friends. The pub is called The Green Man and my
friend Pete Loveday has painted the sign. Through the battered casement
windows you can see the sun set over the sea, and without stirring abroad I
can know the whole world.
I have moved my old Dansette record player into my home-pub and we play No?l
Coward and The Ink Spots on sunny afternoons. I find that sort of music
accompanies ale and cigarettes rather well.
According to the actor David Garrick, when Dr Johnson was asked what were
the greatest pleasures in life, he "answered fucking and the second was
drinking. And therefore he wondered why there were not more drunkards, for
all could drink tho' all could not fuck."
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easy living and the quest for liberty has been bound up with the pursuit of
sexual freedoms. And the pleasures of sex have long been attacked by the
prudes and bureaucrats who tend to run countries and large institutions.
Solo pleasuring has been a particular victim. In common with other forms of
non-reproductive sex such as homosexuality or bestiality, the 19th century
saw a widespread and concerted attack on masturbation from priests,
schoolteachers, doctors and scientists.
You can imagine the burden everyone must have been carrying around with them
as a result. Here is an extract from the guilt-torn diary of a certain
Victorian do-gooder, written in 1850:
March 15: God has delivered me from the greatest offence and the constant
murder of all my thoughts.
March 21: Undisturbed by my great enemy.
June 7: But this long moral death, this failure of all attempts to cure. I
think I have never been so bad as this last week.
June 17: After a sleepless night physically and morally ill and broken down,
a slave - glad to leave Athens. I have no wish on earth but sleep.
June 18: I had no wish, no enemy, I longed but for sleep. My enemy is too
strong for me, everything has been tried. All, all is vain.
June 21: My enemy let me go and I was free.
June 24: Here too I was free.
June 29: Four long days of absolute slavery.
June 30: I cannot write a letter, can do nothing.
July 1: I lay in bed and called on God to save me.
(You may be surprised to learn the owner of this towering libido was none
other than Florence Nightingale.)
In the modern west we like to congratulate ourselves on having a more
open-minded attitude to sex. But sex, like so many other pleasures, has been
caught up in the striving ethic. It has become hard work; something we have
to "perform" at; a competitive sport. The journalist Suzanne Moore made this
point in the Idler in 1995. She recalled her schoolfriend Janice, who taught
the young Suzanne various sexual tricks: "What Janice tried to impress on me
was that sex was an activity that you had to work at, practise, evolve
techniques for: one vast exercise in self-improvement. I had never liked
sports of any description. I was lazy. I couldn't be bothered ..." This vast
effort is all wrong. Sex becomes something we have to learn. The magazines
give us homework. And if we get it wrong, if we get low marks, then we feel
guilty and useless. Fitness-freak pop stars such as Geri Halliwell
contribute to this sort of suffering, as does Madonna, who, as Moore says,
"is of course living proof that you can try too hard. She has made sex as
sexy as aerobics and, like step classes, something that has to be slotted
into an already tight schedule."
It seems to me the situation is critical in the US, where sex has been
elevated into a cross between a religion and a sport. And spare us, please,
the humourless tantric-sex workouts of Sting. But the question remains: what
is idle sex? With what shall we substitute the modern ideal of athletic
power-shagging? Well, Suzanne has one answer: "To be frank, I have never
understood what was so wrong with lying back and thinking of England ...
when sex becomes such major toil, a labour of love, let me tell you that it
is your revolutionary duty to phone in sick."
Oh, to lie back and be used and abused! This is surely the secret wish of
the sexual slacker. Sex for idlers should be messy, drunken, bawdy, lazy. It
should be wicked, wanton and lewd, dirty to the point where it is
embarrassing to look at one another in the morning. And idle sex should be
languid. Men are characterised as wanting to get straight to the point when
it comes to intercourse, and women complain that all men want to do is
thrust it in. But in my own case, I find I have a slight sense of
disappointment when the messing around comes to an end and the final act
begins. It means the mechanical element has taken over, the useful bit, the
part that actually makes babies. A part of me would like simply to toy with
my mistress for days on end under the lotus tree or on an enormous pile of
velvet cushions, while smoking, drinking and laughing.
People criticise drunken sex but in my experience it tends to be better than
sober sex. Drink and drugs improve sex by removing all the performance
anxiety and guilt and concern about having a crap body, as well as certain,
ahem, inhibitions.
Dreams and idleness go together and are dismissed as "the children of an
idle brain", as the sensible and grounded Mercutio says to the starry-eyed
Romeo in Romeo And Juliet. Dreamers are "away with the fairies". They are
told to start living in the "the real world". The trick, indeed the duty, of
every serious idler is to harmonise dreamworld and dayworld.
Dreams make the world go round. Our dreams at night fill our subconscious
with strange reflections of the day. In our dreams, our spirit roams free;
we can fly, we can sing, we are good at things (I have dreams where I am
brilliant at skateboarding, for example), we have erotic encounters with
For surrealist filmmaker Luis Bu?uel, dreams were the highlight of his life:
"If someone were to tell me I had 20 years left, and ask me how I'd like to
spend them, I'd reply: 'Give me two hours a day of activity, and I'll take
the other 22 in dreams ... provided I can remember them.' I love dreams,
even when they're nightmares, which is usually the case."
The two hours a day, presumably, were when Bu?uel would fashion some sort of
art from his visions.
There are many examples of the creative power of dreams: Kubla Khan came to
Coleridge in a dream, as did the tune for Yesterday to Paul McCartney. The
idea for Frankenstein revealed itself to the young Mary Shelley in a waking
dream; Einstein said that a breakthrough in his theory of relativity had
come to him in a dream; Descartes had a dream that set him on the path
towards his whole philosophical system (he said it was "the most important
affair" of his life). JK Rowling was staring out of the window on a train
when the idea, plot and characters for Harry Potter came to her.
The art of living is the art of bringing dreams and reality together. I have
a dream. It is called love, anarchy, freedom. It is called being idle
? Tom Hodgkinson, 2004.
? This is an edited extract from How To Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson, to be
published by Hamish Hamilton, at ?12.99.
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demonise him! He puts his views forward forcefully and with conviction. It
may not be to our liking and there may be holes in his arguments, but he's
not devious or cowardly.

So please don't discourage him. It's always nice to know all shades of
opinion. Correct him if he's wrong, but please don't ridicule a fine young

Just my thoughts.

Cheers, RKN

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where Simes Ferreira established a practice among
LM's well-to-do. The family moved into a large
suburban home, still called Casa dos Gatos (the house
of cats). Klaus Dickman, a childhood sweetheart of
Heinz Kerry's who still lives in Maputo, recalls her
fondly. "I have strong memories of Teresa," said
Dickman, Austria's honorary consul in Mozambique. "She
was very friendly and clever,
always doing what she wanted to do, always achieving
her goals."

Another with fond memories of Teresa is Malangatana.
Now, he is one of Mozambique's best-known artists but
back in those days he was a waiter, gardener
and "ball boy" at Gr?mio, a private club in Louren?o
Marques. Fifty years later, Malangatana remembers
serving Heinz Kerry tea and recalls that "her mother
was very beautiful, refined and high-class". He said
Teresa's father was well-mannered and "never raised
his voice at me or the other waiters".

At that time, Heinz Kerry attended primary school at
the Barroso Convent, until her father took the family
back to Portugal as he furthered his medical studies
in France. It was an unpleasant time for Teresa. Her
passport was stamped Potuguesa de segunda classe
(second-class Portuguese) because she was born in

Mateus quotes an interview she gave to a US newspaper
in November 2001, in which Heinz Kerry recalled
enduring prejudice from a nun at the convent that
she and her sister attended in Lisbon. After she had
excelled in an exercise, the nun told her classmates
that they should be ashamed that, "a girl from
Africa had written a better essay than they had".
Durban and high school years at Maris Stella (Star of
the Sea) brought some relief, not least for being back
in Africa.

After matriculating in 1956, Heinz Kerry went to Wits,
where she enrolled for a BA degree, studying French,
Portuguese, Italian and English. There, the
convent girl from Mozambique boarded at the Isabel
Dalrymple House, next to the Planetarium. The 1959
house photograph identifies her as "Teresa Ferreira",
one of 200 or so residents. Big issues were at stake.
In April 1959, students and lecturers in their
academic gowns marched on the Johannesburg City Hall.
Banners announced that they were opposed to the
government's attempts to ban black students from
campus. Heinz Kerry was among the 3,000 or so who
marched that day, as she reminded US Democratic Party
members at their convention in Boston this week.
Palaeontologist Professor Phillip Tobias, one of the
principal organisers of the march, says in the RTP
documentary that he does not remember Ferreira.
But he adds: "I do not think any student who went
through those events could remain untouched by it...
deeply." As a member of the student body, she must
have been "sensitised in the fight against racism".
"I learnt something, and I believe it still," she told
the Democrats. "There is a value in taking a stand
whether or not anybody may be noticing it and
whether or not it is a risky thing to do."

But her claims to an anti-apartheid legacy are
questioned by some of her Wits contemporaries.
"That's a load of nonsense," said Alf Stadler, the
retired Wits politics professor who, like Heinz Kerry,
graduated with a BA degree in 1960.
"We did vaguely know who she was, but she was a vague
shape along with hundreds of other vague shapes."
Although she may have taken part in one of the
marches, "everyone went on that, it was the most
respectable thing to do".

Mohammed Cachalia, one of the few black students among
1960's 152 BA graduates, said he too could not recall
her. But Richard Goldstone, the retired
Constitutional Court judge, said he remembered her
"quite well". He recalled "a bright, very good-looking
young lady" but he had "no recollection" of her
involvement in student politics.
Other names on the list of 1960 BA graduates include
businesswoman Reeva Forman. At first taken aback at
being asked to recall someone from so long ago,
Forman could only vaguely recall Teresa Ferreira.
Retired MP Helen Suzman said her daughter, Frances
(now living in London), whose name appears next to
Simes Ferreira's on the list of 1960 BA graduates,
was "very friendly" with the Mozambican. David Suzman,
the MP's nephew, also remembered her, as did
journalist Michael Coulson, now deputy editor of the
Financial Mail. None could recall more than that she
was pretty, friendly and hard working.

Heinz Kerry never attended 1960's graduation ceremony.
By then, she was attending a postgraduate course in
Switzerland, training to become an interpreter and
translator, her job at a United Nations organisation
in Geneva. There, she met Heinz, to this day the love
of her life. But it was a painful time:
her sister Margarida, then 19 years old, died in a car
crash in 1963, while travelling between Spain and
Portugal. More heartbreak came in 1975, when her
father's oncology and radiotherapy clinic was
destroyed, after President Samora Machel ordered that
it be nationalised.

After Frelimo's "revolutionary excesses", and 40 years
after Manjacaze, Simes Ferreira returned to Portugal,
where he continued practising until his death in 1989.
The documentary does not mention what became of his

As far as Mateus could establish, Heinz Kerry visited
Mozambique for the last time in 1966, with her first
husband. The couple had had three sons by the time
Heinz died in a helicopter crash in 1991.

One year later, the widow Heinz, heir to a fortune
reportedly worth US500-million to $1-billion, bumped
into Kerry at the World Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro, marrying him in 1995. As he hit the campaign
trail partly with her financial support, the couple
earned the almost inevitable nickname "Cash and

The irony of a Republican's money funding a Democratic
presidential challenge has not been lost on the US
media. However, notwithstanding her new
marriage, the former Durban convent girl has declared
on several occasions that she would give away "every
penny" to have back the father of her three sons.

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It has fondled me in its lap and owned me. It helped me mix my urine in its
red mud and made me play in it. It threw me on its stones and immediately
picked me up and embraced me with love. It made me sit at the top of its
trees and fanned me with fresh air. It fed me with morsel of rice and
tender coconuts and gave me the strength to grow up and become what I am
today. It dipped me in coconut toddy and cashew juice and left their aroma
in me. It took me to its chapels and churches and taught me to follow
religion. It lent me its hand and guided me to climb the stairs of school
and thus brightened my mind. It threw me into its estuaries and taught me
to swim. So, how can I forget my Goa which has given me so much and much
more? Anyone who forgets Goa cannot be called its son.

Ancestral Goans were basically farmers and fishermen who lived on farming
and fishing. These two practices did not only help each other but they also
brought about peace and tranquility in the society. The farmer mainly
tilled paddy. He also grew maize, vegetables and ginger as well as onions
and chilies which were essential ingredients to prepare curry. He also
planted coconut saplings which grew up into coconut trees and produced
coconuts. He used them for cooking purposes and also extracted oil out of
them. He thus had paddy to prepare rice, and coconut and other ingredients
to prepare curry. The only shortage was fish, and he would get that from
the fisherman. Thus, the farmer and fisherman exchanged grains and fish and
helped each other to survive ? the exchange was not a business. They had to
do something to survive and that happened to be the norm at that time. This
is how ?RICE, CURRY and FISH? became Goa?s staple food. Since Goans were
farmers, they also owned cattle, goats and fowl and they used them for their

This is how our ancestors lived in the past and brought up their children
through hard work. Those days, there were no schools in Goa and it wasn?t
mandatory to go to work. So, there were no worries whatsoever, which meant
no pressure on the brain. Everyone lived for the day. Eat, sleep and take
it easy was the motto of life. Yes, this was the easy era which our
ancestors lived but they also managed to progress in life.

While our ancestors lived a worry free life, they got an opportunity to
educate themselves. During the end of the Portuguese regime, few primary
schools were introduced (when the Portuguese departed, each main village had
one primary school in it). When children attended school, their eyes were
opened, just like Adam?s. They came to know the value of education and knew
that they had missed out a lot in their lives. They then realized that
education was the key to their future, and that perhaps they could even take
care of the bhattkar who ruled them with an iron hand. Thus, the desire to
study increased by the day and the very people who didn?t care for
education, showed keen interest in it.

During the same period, the world also underwent rapid changes and its
status reached new heights. People saw planes in the skies. Man created
history by setting foot on the moon in 1969, but they couldn?t believe it.
They were flabbergasted and said: What? Man set foot on the moon? On
that satellite which gives us bright light with the help of which we move
about at night, he set foot on that and returned to earth? They kept on
asking such questions. But, they later learned that that was all possible
due to science advancement. Science had suddenly picked up and played
wonders in the world, and the improvement had also reached Goa.

Until the late sixties, there were neither tarred roads nor electricity in
Goa. Suddenly, in the early seventies, pot-holed roads in main villages
were replaced by tarred roads and we noticed all kinds of vehicles running
smoothly on them. Houses received electricity and with that the patromax
and kerosene lamps which had been our night vision, were dumped in a corner
or thrown away and instead we saw bright light emerge from bulbs and
brighten our houses. All of this happened so quickly that we didn?t even
know when it happened. While we pondered, the world kept running at a very
fast pace and we had to just follow it.

As mentioned earlier, our ancestors did only farming and fishing which
helped them to carry on with their lives. They took special interest in
cooking food. Due to their expertise, the kings and rulers of that time
employed them in their palaces and this increased their status. Similarly,
Goans were good at music. In those days, the kings and rulers invited
female dancers to perform for them at their palaces. So, they needed
musicians for this purpose. Here again, Goans obliged and filled up the
position. Thus, our ancestors established themselves as expert cooks and
musicians and gradually both these hobbies turned into their professions
with which they brought up their families. Yes, these are the two initial
professions which our ancestors learnt - a Cook and a Musician, not a Clerk
in an office!

They did not swindle hard earned money but they put it to good use. They
educated their children who gradually became high ranking officers and
occupied top positions in the society, and this was all made possible by the
farmer, fisherman, cook and musician.

Our ancestors went out of their way, sacrificed everything for us and
provided us good education to make us what we are today. Nobody in the past
enjoyed the status that we enjoy today except bhatkars. We must, therefore,
respect the hardship of our ancestors and salute them. When they realized
that they couldn?t do much for their families with meager salaries they
earned in Goa, they left for foreign countries where they excelled in their
professions and were able to provide a better life for their families in
Goa. Thus, they brought about prosperity both for Goa and Goans.

The word ?susegado? meaning ?at ease? is embedded in us since the early days
of the Portuguese regime in Goa, but as pointed out earlier, Goans are
basically hard workers, and not lazy as many tend to think. We have come up
the hard way. In the past, all family members got together and worked;
nobody remained idle. They worked and shared everything together. However,
when education began to take roots, some parents did not allow their
children to participate in work because they wanted them to concentrate on
studies. This exemption resulted into laziness. There is an old saying
?When the stomach is full, the parrot begins to whistle?, otherwise it does
not have the strength to do that (I am sure you guessed which parrot I am
talking about).

Since we are the ones who planted the seed of laziness in our children, we
must accept the responsibility and rectify it now. Nowadays, we give too
much freedom to children in the name of education and spoil them. Things
were different during our childhood. We were required to study as well as
assist our parents in their day-to-day work and, believe me, there was much
charm in that. After a hard day?s work followed by night study, one is
bound to get sound sleep, otherwise all sorts of devilish thoughts occupy
the mind and then something else happens. Here I remember another old
saying ?One must die and go to heaven?. You cannot expect somebody else to
die for you and go to heaven. Therefore, if one is to prosper, he/she has
to take the initiative and struggle for his/her own survival.

Nowadays, many of us who are employed abroad remit entire earnings to
families at home and create a bad habit for them to live on ready made
income. I am not saying this is wrong, but we should not do it to the
extent that everyone at home, especially the youngsters, get used to an easy
life and begin to live at the sender?s expense. You definitely lend your
help to youngsters but also make sure they work. Otherwise, they will
always expect you to feed them. It is a shame to remain idle and steal but
not to take up employment, however low it may be.

Goans are always one step ahead. We are always at the forefront; maybe less
in number, say two out of five thousand, but our presence is always felt.
Such initiative has led us to great successes. So much so, that everyone
now envies us. Once upon a time, there were no roads, cars/buses or
electricity in Goa and because of this we could not do anything. Our only
wealth, iron ore, was carried away by Japan in their ships while we sat and
watched in silence. They plundered our wealth and got richer and we became
poorer. The only people who benefited from this business were the mine

Things have changed today and the world order now is totally different.
Each one has to be concerned about himself/herself. The present era belongs
to technology, and the whole world depends on it now. This being the case,
the computer business picked up fast and occupied the top slot. By the
grace of God, many Indians, including Goans, have done extremely well in
this business, and one of them is our own Mr. Herman Carneiro who at the age
of seventeen decided to form ?Goanet? and succeeded in doing so. Goanet
celebrates its 10th birthday/anniversary on August 25. We are indebted to
Mr. Carneiro for giving us the forum.

Today, August 10, is an auspicious day because it happens to be St.
Lawrence?s feast day. For Goans, St. Lawrence is the patron and guide of
seafarers. Since we are thousands of miles and many oceans away from our
homes, we too in a way are seafarers. In the olden days, a priest would
take a canoe, go in the middle of Mandovi River and cut the water with a
sword which would make the sand bar disappear and open the passage for
vessels to pass through it in post monsoon season. As we celebrate ?World
Goa Day?, we open the passage for all future generations to steer their
vessels of success through this route, and I am confident St. Lawrence will
guide us in this mission.

We need God?s blessings to do anything in life. Jesus said to Peter: ?You
are my rock; upon thee I shall build my church?. Similarly, Mr. Carneiro
laid the foundation of Goan unity on the rock of his success. May this
unity shine and spread throughout the world like wild fire.

Mr. Carneiro did not forget Goa because he was in a foreign country,
America. On the contrary, he always kept Goa next to his heart. It is the
love for his motherland that inspired him to take a decision to form the
forum which he christened as ?Goanet?, and not ?GoaNet?. Mr. Carneiro has
pumped a lot of money to get ?Goanet? up and going. It is not a joke to
handle such business and surely it does not run free of charge. It also
needs round the clock attention and supervision, and, most importantly,
staff to man it.

Jesus further said to Peter: ?Go, cast your net and collect as many men as
you can and make them follow you?. Similarly, Mr. Carneiro cast his Goanet
and went on increasing his catch. According to what I read, he initially
got around five members, which increased to 10 and then to 15. This number
further increased to 20 and then to 30, 40 and when it reached to 50, he
could not believe that he had such a big membership. Gradually, the number
increased from 50 to 100 and from hundreds to thousands. Currently, Goanet
has a little over 7000 members! Mr. Carneiro did not only succeed in
establishing Goanet and catching Goans in it but he also succeeded in
bringing about unity among Goans across the globe. Yes, unity is the most
important factor in our lives.

On behalf of Goans, I salute Mr. Carneiro with both hands and convey our
heartiest congratulations to him. He did not only win a name for himself
but he also made Goans proud of him. Goans are a clever lot. If we are
united, nobody can beat us. In the past, we could not do anything much
because we lacked financial support, which by the grace of God is now
getting to us slowly. Today, we are doing well in our jobs, and we hope our
children do better than us and transform Goa into a better place. We did
much more than our ancestors and we expect our children to do much more than

Last but not the least, please remember: ?United we stand, divided we
fall?. Therefore, let us make a resolution to strengthen our unity and
promote it globally. Furthermore, I beg all Goans with folded hands to
please learn the Konkani language before it becomes extinct. I am confident
none of you would let this to happen. Remember, Konkani is our only
identity to identify ourselves as Goans!

This message of solidarity may not have reached you if it had not been for

Thank you.

Viva ?World Goa Day!?

Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

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Juhi Chawla

Even as actress-turned-director Revathy's take on AIDS, Phir Milenge,
starring Salman Khan, is hogging the limelight, Jadavpur University
alumnus Anirban has landed in Goa to do a film on a related subject.

My Brother Nikhil is about a swimming champion from the coastal state and
how his family disintegrates after he is detected HIV-positive. A lot of
research has gone into the story, set in 1986-93. "In those days the laws
in India were terrible. A patient could be forcefully segregated from
society. This boy, in fact, was arrested in 1989. Even after he was freed
in 1990, he would need permission to go out of the house," explains the
Bengali director, who skipped his comparative literature final exams to
pursue film-making.

The AIDS victim is being played by Sanjay Suri, who has been training hard
to look the role. "I have been swimming a lot and have cropped my hair
like swimmers do," states the actor. Though he is a practised swimmer --
"I used to swim in the lake during my childhood in Srinagar" -- the
prospect of swimming in the sea, and that, too, in the monsoon is a

But his biggest challenge will be in the advanced stages of affliction.
About 80 per cent of the film will be shot in the first schedule where he
is a jovial, fun-loving person. "Then there will be a 25-day break during
which I will have to shed some six-seven kg," says Suri, refusing to
disclose his diet chart.

The script has struck a chord with all members of the cast. "Usually such
diseases do not bother people until it happens to someone they know. But
this is such a sensitive story and so humanely told that you feel for the
characters," says Juhi Chawla-Mehta after the first day of shooting in
north Goa. Juhi plays the sister, who stands by her brother when he gets
AIDS. "It is a mainstream film with thought-provoking content," Suri adds.

Lillete Dubey, who plays Nikhil's mother, sounds a note of caution about
labelling the film. "Thank God that issues which earlier would be swept
under the carpet are being addressed now. But we are in the business of
entertainment. So all social issues -- AIDS, adultery or political revenge
-- have to be used delicately so that the film does not become a message
vehicle and turn the audiences away from the halls." No wonder Anirban
insists: "My film is not issue-based. AIDS is just the backdrop."

The film, incidentally, has another Calcutta connection: Victor Banerjee
is Nikhil's father. --SUDESHNA BANERJEE
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
when human spirit and kindness triumph over adversity. Hopefully for this
courageous girl and her parents, something may yet happen to change her
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
staged at Keefan Hall by Tavares de Ribandar till today he is the same
Marcus Vaz, a humble, soft spoken, constructive and not destructive and lok
priya. It is sometime now since he was last seen on the stage. All his
followers and well wishers are eagerly waiting to see him back on Konkani
Stage in his own tiatro on 10th September 2004 at Hawally A/C Hall. The
rehearsals of his show are running regularly and vigorously and as per my
information all the local artistes currently are giving full co-operation to
attain total success. In this show Marcus Vaz himself will render best of
his songs including with his father Master Vaz. This will be the third time
for me to witness Father and Son acting and singing together. Earlier I saw
Alfred Rose doing the same along with his father A.M.B. Rose and also
Alexinho de Candolim with his second last son Ruzai in "Amchea Xetachi
Pavnni". It will be a rare opportunity to see the father and son duo
performing together on Konkani Stage in Kuwait. Gate Passes are already out
for distribution and all other preparations are going on smoothly for the
success of this tiatro ?Almanchea Disa?.

A. Veronica Fernandes,

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is no different from (actually, much better than) working with any other
commercial company. We ardently hold that the 'nobler' [sic] social
objectives that drive and sustain Synapse must in no way compromise, or
even slightly diminish, our complete commitment to delivering quality
products and services. We compete in the open market of talent and ask
for no concessions on the basis of our higher goal. Almost all Synapse
proposals are approved after being evaluated against those from other
prominent commercial companies. Work practices at Synapse go beyond a
mere reworking of those in the corporate world. Driven by our larger
goals, client testimonies confirm that we have consistently delivered
significantly superior products to those of most other companies.

*How is it like to work in Synapse?*

Refreshing, Challenging, Liberating and sometimes even Exhilarating.
Each one of the permanent faculty at Synapse has left behind materially
rewarding assignments to strain and push against the boundaries of our
own limitations, to participate in work that will embody the goals of
Synapse. The steady stream of top-notch professionals
<article.php3?story_id=41> who visit Synapse, either to partner us in
projects or as faculty in the camps that we conduct, have without
exception expressed a desire to return, visit and work at Synapse again
and again.

*Is everyone at Synapse a saint? Or crazy?*

A little more of the latter than the former. Indeed, many people here
are driven by altruism, as they are working at salaries that are less
than half or one-third of what they were getting in their previous jobs.
We have also strayed away from the 'grant-seeking' mentality that most
NGOs have, and prefer to choose the tougher path of working hard to
sustain ourselves. In one sense, all of us here are very practical. We
try to do honest meaningful work, just like millions of others in more
conventional organisations.

But on another level, we are all here for something more. The
cocktail-party description of what we do is "...we are working to
harness the power of communication and technology", but we know that the
real reason is that we are struggling to develop a proof-of-concept, a
kind of an alternative workable approach to the flawed life that we have
seen around us.

Unfortunately, this sounds like something overheard at a San Francisco
New Age store, or straight from an article in Life Positive, so we stick
to the cocktail-party answer with most people. Indeed, an Editor of the
country's leading business magazine who visited us here, called us a
"...hippie commune."
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August 13, 2004 19:07 IST

Reliance Infocomm on Friday drastically slashed mobile
tariffs, reducing prepaid tariffs by about 60 per cent
on Reliance IndiaMobile and offering virtually double
the talktime available on competing prepaid services.

Under this tariff structure, local and intra-circle
calls from RIM Prepaid to any Reliance India Mobile
(prepaid and post paid) and Reliance India Phone
(FWP/FWT) is reduced to Rs 0.99 (from Rs 2.49).

The local and intra-circle calls from RIM Prepaid to
any other GSM operator has been reduced to Rs 1.79
(from Rs 2.49 to Rs 2.99).

All inter-circle calls from RIM prepaid to any RIM or
FWP/FWT anywhere in the country will now cost only Rs
1.79 (from Rs 2.99) and to other GSM operators and
landline, it will cost only Rs.2 49 (from Rs 2.99 to
Rs 3.99).

A Reliance Infocomm media release claimed that these
are the lowest mobile tariffs in the country.

Announcing the new RIM prepaid tariffs, S P Shukla,
president, wireless products and services, Reliance
Infocomm said, "All existing as well as new RIM
prepaid customers can avail of the new tariff benefits
when they recharge with a new prepaid voucher of Rs

Reliance Infocomm has already lined up a range of
mobile phones at affordable rates for the spread of
mobile telephony in the country, from a data-enabled,
multimedia black and white handset at Rs 2,499 to a
colour display handset at Rs 4,999.

Another advantage for RIM Prepaid customer will be
that she/he can also roam on home tariffs across
India. When roaming, out going calls will be charged
at home tariff, whereas incoming calls will be charged
at Rs 1.79 per minute, which is less than half of what
the industry charges for roaming facility, said the
media release.

Voice mail retrieval will be at reduced home tariff
rates of Rs 0.99/minute, against the lowest in the

Prepaid customers will also have access to 1234
SMS-based services and call management services like
three-way conference call and caller line
identification. It also offers a single toll free
customer care access number across the country with an
option of 9 different languages.

Reliance Infocomm Ltd, a Reliance group company, is
one of India's largest mobile service providers with
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just a couple of years, I find them to have fewer
hangups about attending Mass or other Catholic
services than Catholics do about attending a Hindu
Mandir. As Catholics we have been raised to believe
that we belong to the only true religion and only
Catholics can go to Heaven. In the village where I
live, I find Catholics looking down on our
non-believer Hindu bretheren. We Catholics have been

Now in my mid-sixties with introspection, I believe
that nobody has a monopoly on going to Heaven. I have
the greatest respect for Hinduism and Islam and all
religions that preach morality and respect for other
humans. However I realize that every faith has its
share of fanatics who interpret the teachings of their
faith very narrowly, and consider non-believers as
devils and infidels.

In school I remember the consternation expressed by
our school Principal when a speaker made the remark
"just as all river lead to the sea, all religions lead
to God". We were told to dis-regard the statement as
untrue as Catholicism was the only true religion.

In fact if there is a Heaven, I believe that any one
can get there, whether they believe in God or not, if
they live a good moral life, and treat their fellow
bretheren with respect.

I hope that the new generation grows up with fewer
hangups than we did, with respect for people of all
religions or no religious beliefs. It is how we
conduct ourselves in our daily lives that matters more
than how many times we go to church, or how many
novenas we attend, or whether we say our nightly prayers.
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Panaji: Nature lovers this year are planning to take up cudgels for the
monitor lizard -- an endangered reptile hunted for its skin that goes into
the making of a popular local percussion instrument, the 'ghumot'.

Wildlife conservation NGOs in 2002 forced Goa's forest department to get
cracking and a cache of some 700 monitor lizard skins were seized from a
single 'ghumot' maker in the state.

The instrument, a simple earthern pot covered with the monitor skin and used
in religious and cultural ceremonies, is a local favourite and the
administration appears uneasy about cracking down on its manufacturers.

Under the Wildlife protection Act, the monitor lizard is however a Schedule
I endangered animal.

"This year round we need to do something. We cannot let a helpless reptile
die a miserable death in the name of tradition anymore," pleads
conservationist Nirmal Kulkarni, whose Green Cross group has run similar
initiatives in the past.

Demand for 'ghumots' and monitor lizard skins sets off a seasonal
village-level hunting spree with catchers using specially trained dogs to
catch the common Indian monitor or varanus bengalensis.

Drinking its blood is locally believed to cure lung related diseases and
purify the body, while the meat is sold as a delicacy.

Conservationists are worried that "recorded sightings of these poor reptiles
have dramtically reduced in the last few years" and urge the alternative use
of synthetic skins.

A wildlife conservation movement in Goa has been making its presence felt
over the years,as activists network over the internet and lobby with forest
department officials and government. See

This season, the administration issued warnings against gathering and
selling wild mushrooms during the monsoon blooming season from forest
reserve areas.

Notices were also put out by the Goa administration against frog hunting in
flooded village rice fields at the monsoon onset. This came after
conservationists pointed to their needless slaughter and dwindling numbers
during reproductive months.

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You, my Guardian, have faithfully stood
And seen me through the darkest wood.

In gratitude I salute you on this joyous day
Walk with me and guide me on the right way
Lighten my path always guard me each day
And rule my life during this temporary stay.

Fr Frank Mendes


Rakhno mhozo tuka Devan nemla
Amchi zababdari tujer sompoila
Kallokant-kordeant sanddta tedna
Hordeant bhorvanso, sangat mellta
Nangor koso tum dhir boll dita
Opurbaien tum mhaka vengoita!

Boddvea mhojea! Noman tuka!
Onod, mhoima tuka Devan bhorla
Dis rat assa tum agnnant Tachea
Dhinnvas, vakhanni ditai Dut Devachea
Vaitt vignantlim sodam nivar somia!
Ogonnit podven rakh Boddvea mhojea!

Fr Frank Mendes

No printed word nor spoken plea,
Can teach young minds what men should be
No classroom talks, nor beautiful speech
Can mould a child to wisdom reach

Not all the books in the library, on the shelves
Can make a man, but are teachers themselves.
What we are, not what we do or say
The greatest lesson to the child today

So let?s pledge ourselves drop all the masks
And honestly strive to perform our tasks
Moulding, shaping the young mind,heart, body whole
And transfer our soul to the student?s soul

Oh! What great joy! What sublime vision!
Selflessly carrying out this our Noble Mission!

Fr Frank Mendes


Late in my teens, I look forward to adulthood, which
is zealous and zestful,
A perfect and priceless launching pad to my dreams
and great ambitions.
Brimming with life and liveliness, burning with
vital energy and visions,
I long and I yearn to make a dent in life, to make
life beautiful, meaningful.

I love to make and to break, to build and to
rebuild, to rave and to rove.
Fashions and friends, innovations and new
initiatives, are normal trends,
And a bundle of pranks, high handedness, petty jokes
making happy blends.
But deep inside, my heart grows warm, seeking to be
loved and to love.

Parents, teachers, elders, don?t understand, can?t
put themselves in my boots,
Fail to recognise my traits and talents, yearning and
longing, drive and desire.
I revolt and rebel against authority, a black sheep,
trusted by none, always afire
Go astray, a prey to vice, wine and women, a
streetwalker, caring two hoots.

I need understanding, acceptance and love; I need
trust and a personal touch,
I hope to understand, to accept and to love; I have to
trust and to confide freely.
In order to change my world, fight against the tide,
and give my best to society,
Knowing fully well that youth is a Power that can
create and achieve much.

Fr.Frank Mendes


It is easy to give freely to those who give you
It is easy to like those who like and help you
It is easier to love those who show love to you
But it takes courage to love those who hate you.

An enemy is an adversary,a foe,a sworn devil,
The speech,thoughts,actions are scheming evil.
You evade and avoid,gossip,become inimical,
Verbal exchanges may turn violently physical.

Broken relations makes it hard on
You can?t see eye to eye, no peace nor
But when true love appears,enmity and hatred
Doing good, mutual forgiveness, restores all

It?s human, to err; but it?s always divine, to
Mutual respect and understanding,life?s easy to
So let?s be humble and hopeful, without being
For loving our enemies,though tough,is indeed

Fr.Frank Mendes

Hope you all will like them. At Guardian Angel's we
have our Annual G-Fete in December as it was done in
the past.But no drinks are served.Beat groups
competitions, etc are arranged.

Fr Frank

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in a corner in one of the bedrooms. These trunks were placed on two flat,
round grinding stones which belonged to a ?Dantem? (manual grinder).
Whenever I chased rats at night with my gun (they came to eat paddy stored
in the room), they would run and hide under these trunks. The trunks were
quite heavy. One fine day I asked my mother what they contained. To my
surprise, she told me she did not know. Although there were no locks on the
trunks, my mother had never bothered to check the contents. In those days,
a wife did not touch anything that belonged to her husband unless she was
asked to. So, I suggested to my mother that we would open the trunks and
check the contents. When we opened one of the trunks, we had to run away
because cockroaches and silverfishes came out of the trunk and ran in every
direction. Since it was night time, we gave up, closed the trunk and
continued with the operation on the next day, Sunday. My mother, sister and
a neighbor of ours carried the trunk out of the house. As soon as we opened
the trunk, again armies of cockroaches and silverfishes ran out of it. As
we kept on digging into the trunk, we found nothing but music notes (solfas)
but all of them were very badly eaten up. We emptied the whole trunk and
set fire to those notes. My mother was upset but I consoled and told her
that I would explain everything to father when he came home on vacation.

We continued checking/emptying the remaining trunks - one trunk per week.
In the fourth week, we emptied the last trunk. On the top of this trunk, I
found a crumpled violin in a cloth bag which had been completely eaten up by
silverfishes. I also found some books but again they were all eaten up by
silverfishes except for one book which had 35 pages. Its cover was quite
intact but the title was eaten up and so was the writer?s name except for
the last four letters of the name - ?dade?, and the last three letters of
the surname ?des?. I figured out later in my life that the writer was none
other than CARIDADE FERNANDES. I opened the book and tried to read it.
Yes, I was able to read it slowly but could not understand anything. I did
not throw away the book. Over the weekend, I decided to give it another
try. As I kept on reading, the words sounded very much like the ones we
used in our daily conversation; I had a connection. I started comparing day
to day words with those on the book and bingo ? they matched. I gradually
read the whole book and was able to understand some of it. Thus, barely at
the age 10, I was able to read Konkani without anyone?s guidance. I liked
the new language very much. I had found something different to read besides
Portuguese which I was studying. I read the book several times until I had
a fair idea of its contents. I wanted to read more Konkani books but did
not know where to get them. I enquired with my friends and neighbors but
they could not help me. They did not know what I was talking about.

I finished my Segundo Grau in Escola Primaria de Anjuna (anyone could get a
job then if he/she passed this qualification). When I appeared for the
final exam of Segundo Grau in Mapusa in the school premises adjacent to the
Post Office, a 60-year old gentleman from Tivim appeared for the exam with
us. I joined Escola Technica (ET) in Mapusa at the age of twelve. This is
where I came across one Domingos Mendes from Ucassaim. He too had a liking
for ?Romansi? (Konkani novels). In fact, he brought Romansi to ET and read
them during lunch time. We were in the same class but he was about eight
years elder to me. There was another boy at ET, Conceicao Lobo, from
Corjuem, who also shared his Romansi with me. I had at last found the
source of Konkani novels which lasted for two years. By then I had found a
shop in Mapusa which sold Romansi. Later, I also came across a person in
our ward who read Romansi. So, we exchanged Romansi.

Next, I began to read ?VAURADDEANCHO IXTT?, the only Konkani newspaper
written in Roman script then and now. I laid my hands on everything that
was available in Konkani at that time and educated myself. My Konkani
remained dormant in Saudi Arabia from the time I arrived here in 1981 until
last year. I began writing Konkani on Goanet last year after around 22

The purpose of this message is to reaffirm the fact that nothing is
impossible. ?Mog aslear, hun-hun vodde ghanttar pavtat, nam zalear xevele
torui pavonant? (where there is will, there is a way!)

Today is an auspicious day because it happens to be the day Konkani was
included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. So, why are you
waiting, go for Konkani and be a proud Goan!

Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani!

Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

P.S. It was at ET that I got to know Emiliano de Cruz, one of the famous
musicians of post liberated Goa. He was one year ahead of me, but he was
much elder to me. He loved to play the violin so much that he always
brought it to class and played it during breaks. Pe. Venancio Cruz, his
uncle, taught the music class in ET.

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Mogal Goenkaranu,

This is an auspicious day for Goa and it's people.....and it should be
marked as
such by each one of us both publicly and privately irrespective of religion.

Being a Goan is and should remain our means of solidarity with each other.
religion, not whether we reside in Goa or in the Diaspora, not whether we
born pre or post 1961, not whether we lived in Goa or not, not whether we're
highly educated or half as much.

A Goan born in Goa is as Goan as the one born in Los Angeles.

A Goan born before or after 1961, is still a Goan.

A Goan living in Goa is as Goan as one living in Melbourne or Toronto.

There is no dilution to being a Goan. Either we are Goans or not !!! There
is no

As difficult as it maybe for some of us, let's make a conscientious effort
work together for Goa and Goans, for our language and culture, to protect
heritage and to enhance opportunities for Goans wherever we may live.

There are many ways to do more for Goa, both directly and indirectly. A
of NGOs exist in Goa, lending a hand to society there. Let's put our hands
together to improve things in Goa instead of complaining of the downward
in all aspects of life and soceity in Goa.

Viva Goa ! Viva Konkani !!

Best wishes,

Bosco D'Mello
Toronto, Canada

----- Original Message -----
From: "Elizabeth Rimmer" <e.rimmer at alz.co.uk>
To: "Dr. Amit Dias" <apdias at sancharnet.in>
Cc: "Helen Regan" <h.regan at alz.co.uk>; "Susan Frade" <s.frade at alz.co.uk>
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 9:03 PM
Subject: Re: Message


The rapidly increasing numbers of people with dementia in the developing
countries like India is a global challenge. Raising awareness about dementia
is vital, as it is surrounded with myth and stigma which prevents people
from coming forward for help. We are extremely happy with the activities
carried out by the Dementia Society of Goa in the field of research, raising
awareness and developing services for families of people with dementia in

Alzheimer's Disease International appreciates the gesture on part of the
Goan community in Australia who have come together to raise funds for this
noble cause. On behalf of the team at ADI I wish you all the very best with
your fundraising activities.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Rimmer
Executive Director
Alzheimer's Disease International
45/46 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG
tel: +44 (0)20 7620 3011 fax: +44 (0)20 7401 7351
email: mailto:e.rimmer at alz.co.uk web: http://www.alz.co.uk/

ADI's 2004 conference will take place on 15-17 October in Kyoto, Japan
See http://adi2004.jtbcom.co.jp/english/ for more information


Dear Goemcars

The Goan Forum wishes ALL Goans and Goaphiles a very
Happy Goa Day 2004.

Our good wishes and Thanks to ALL who make life
better, one way or another for ALL Goans

We make special mention of the following

1. Goa World
2. SuperGoa
3. GoaCom
4. TGF
5. Goa Sudharop
6. Goa SuRaj
7. Goa Desc
9. Bailancho Saad
10. Goa Expressions - for flowers and Gifts
11. Goan Writers all over the world
12. Goans in the Merchant Navy, GULF and in the Goa
Hospitality industry

We at TGF http://www.colaco.net celebrate our 4th
anniversary. We joined the web on Aug 20, 2000

Do visit us

Special Thanks on this Goa Day to the indomitable Rene
Baretto ani to the Kuwait Welfare Society

Ema ani Jose Colaco

----- Original Message -----
From: "Armande Condillac" <acondillac at hotmail.com>
To: <goa_khobor at yahoo.com>; <cgn at goacom.com>
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 8:59 PM

Dear Friends:

Wish you and your family A VERY HAPPY GOA DAY.

Be proud of your heritage and roots.

God Bless

Armande Condillac

----- Original Message -----
From: "victor fernandez" <victfern03 at yahoo.com>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 7:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Goanet]HAPPY GOA DAY !!!

I fully agree with the sentiments expressed by Vivian.
May her (our?)dreams for Goa come true.Where as in
Mumbai we are fortunate to have FAUSTO DA COSTA,
who(has & )is carrying on the tradition, and more than
doing his bit for Goan culture & the spread of Konkani
(in the roman script)[Domnic Fernandes Please note.
Viva amchi maim bhas Konkani]


Wishing all our Goenkar bhau/bhoini a Very Happy Goa
Day; a day we set aside to commemorate our roots, and
to celebrate being Goans.

My deep appreciation to Rene Barreto for championing
the celebration of Goa Day, to the extent that is
being celebrated all over the world. Rene, despite
initial ridicule from some quarters, has been
persistent in getting Goans all over the world to
think about their ancestry and to take one day of the
year to commemorate this event.

As we celebrate Goa Day, it is my fervent hope that
Goans all over the world will think of ways to assist
Goa to become a model state in India, to help the
development of Goa, increasing employment, improving
infrastructure, education, literacy, sanitation,
health etc. If we each do our bit, even if it is only
for our ancestral villages, it will free up Govt.
resources for other parts of Goa which do not have
Goans overseas to help them keep up. Lets all
pledge on this day to help Goa.

My World Goa Day 2004 message:

Learning Konkani - The Debt We OweTo Mother Goa
by Basilio Magno (Spain)
The best thing that has happened to the Goan community
since the celebration of the annual feast of St. Francis Xavier,
is the founding of the World Goa Day in the year 2000. With
the initiative and hard work of the UK based Rene Barreto,
the Goan community the world over has been united in
celebrating the Victory of our Konkani language through
its entry in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India on
August 20 1992.. The event was backed by a theme song:
Proud to be a Goan, composed by me at the request of Rene..

What started out as a sapling five years ago, World Goa
Day has grown in full stature and has spread its branches all
over the Goan world, with various Goan Associations heartily
participating in the festivity. It is no easy task to form the unity
of so many in so short a time. Rene must have been slogging
day and night at the computer to work this socio-cultural

On this 5th anniversary let us all in Goa or in the diaspora
make a strong rssolution to learn Konkani (those who do not
know ir,) and those who know to be bold and proud to speak it
at home and in Goan society. There is much talk on the
internet of wanting to give back to Goa. But there is no greater
debt we oe to Mother Goa and which we can give back only
by learning and speaking the Mother-tongue Konkani. Only
our language is our true identity and only knowing it we can
be proud to be Goan. Now. let us salute Rene and all his precious
cooedinators the world over who are working hard to keep flying
the flag of World Goa Day, and wish them many years of success.

Goans are extra special and a hugely talented race. We have to work hard and
together to create bonds of friendship, cooperation and compassion across
the world, so that the youth have a sense of direction and belonging. I
look at what the government can do for us. I'm looking at what we can do for
ourselves. That is the philosophy that motivates and fuels THINK GEEK.

Ethel Da Costa
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Looking forward to more Goa-linked sites that could be mentioned. -FN
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Site of Goan expats in Melbourne. An expat's eye view of Goa. Unchanging and (almost) frozen in time. It currently has links to Abbe Faria, the Church of Santa Ana, World Goans Dav, FAQs, and even raving reviews. Interesting. Yet, at the same time, could leave you disappointed.

The Rose... in print
Quietly, without much ado, the site of the popular Romi (Roman-script) Konkani monthly, quaintly named 'The Rose' (Gulab) and managed by Fr Freddy da Costa, till his untimely death just weeks ago. Now his brother and Goanetter Fausto da Costa is at the helm. The site shows just under 6000 visitors -- not 'hits', which is a different concept. Probably more could be done to promote the site. Latest issue online as of date: March 2004. But then, like other expat-purchased mags, this one faces a dilemma too: giving out too much online might reduce sales. So what's the way out?

Frederick Noronha 784 Near Convent, Sonarbhat SALIGAO GOA India
Freelance Journalist TEL: +91-832-2409490 MOBILE: 9822122436
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Sent : Saturday, August 21, 2004 9:30:18 AM
To : jyodom at hotmail.com
Subject : Konkani Language

Domnic, deu boro dis duenk!

Hope I got that one right for starters.

I read your story about how you taught youself concani yourself and was
quite amused. My mum and dad come from Bardez and settled in Karachi

Everything in Karachi revolved around the English language as a result those
people that speak concani are considered less sophisticated, I mean right
out of the village setting. So the families in Karachi like in Bombay were
discriminated into the Saree Class and the "Isteedcan" class.

In our family we have doctors, engineers and accountants but we never felt
ashamed of our mother tongue and much to the amazement of our "English at
all costs" Goans we excelled not only in academia but also in the Cambridge
English Language and Urdu itself.

The first time I visited Bombay from Canada I soon realised that locals out
there almost look up to anyone who speak clear Hindi, so here the local
street people and Govt institutions respected me because of my flawless
Urdu. The Indians thinking that I was from Delhi.

Then when I went to Goa for the first time, again it was my lingusistic
ability at speaking good clear Koncani that got the kudos of your Marati
accented Goa Police in Panjim, who normally have nothing but scorn for
Pakistani Goans speaking English with British accent.

I say if Punjabees speak Panjabi in their house in Canada and Marati speak
Marati in their house in Pakistan, then why can't Goans speak Koncani in
Bombay or in Goa for that matter without a sense of inferiority complex.

Domnic you are doing a wonderful job on Goanet with all your Koncani Jokes
of Ladru and Pedru. Even I try to read your postings and they make about 50
- 75 % sense to me. Keep up the good work.

The Konkani World could use more people of your dedication to Amchi Bas.

I won't mind if you forward this to Goanet if that will enchance the Konkani


A Katholic Koncani Kanadian formally from Karachi!!!! Viva Goa and long
survive Anchi Bas.

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konkani. Same like you I too formed the words in my mind to what I was
reading, and finished the book with ease, and I really loved it. Same like
you I started hunting for more books to read, and I have finished almost the
complete writings of Reginald. Jose inacio dsouza, and Bonniventure
d?pietro. I think I have even read Caridad Fernandes. But my favourite was
always Reginald. To tell you honestly I did not buy one book as I could not
afford them although they were priced in paisas than. Some how or the other
my sisters always used to get these books from someone or the other, as they
had lots of friends who read these books. Only his new novels I did not much
like, but still they were good. But not like his UDDENTACHO VATSUR, SAAT
of the book names, the way he used to describe the places felt they still
exist, especially when he ended the book as if those places really existed.
I being from Aldona, always wanted to see the buier (cave) described in
Arabeska.at Pomburpa. Even the titles of the books were really good. Once at
nighttime I read the book Devcharacho sangatti, oh It was really frightful.

I wish these books were in print again, where by I could have a nice library
now that I can afford buying them.

Thanks for reviving those old memories. Konkanichi ruch asloleak gomtolem
konkanicho gost. Ulloilearuch zainam, borounk vachonk zanno zauncheak zai,
ekdom borem.

Jerry Fernandes.

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konkani. Same like you I too formed the words in my mind to what I was=20
reading, and finished the book with ease, and I really loved it. Same =
you I started hunting for more books to read, and I have finished almost =
complete writings of Reginald. Jose inacio dsouza, and Bonniventure=20
d'pietro. I think I have even read Caridad Fernandes. But my favourite =
always Reginald. To tell you honestly I did not buy one book as I could =
afford them although they were priced in paisas than. Some how or the =
my sisters always used to get these books from someone or the other, as =
had lots of friends who read these books. Only his new novels I did not =
like, but still they were good. But not like his UDDENTACHO VATSUR, SAAT =

of the book names, the way he used to describe the places felt they =
exist, especially when he ended the book as if those places really =
I being from Aldona, always wanted to see the buier (cave) described in=20
Arabeska.at Pomburpa. Even the titles of the books were really good. =
Once at=20
nighttime I read the book Devcharacho sangatti, oh It was really =

I wish these books were in print again, where by I could have a nice =
now that I can afford buying them.

Thanks for reviving those old memories. Konkanichi ruch asloleak =
konkanicho gost. Ulloilearuch zainam, borounk vachonk zanno zauncheak =
ekdom borem.

Jerry Fernandes.
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Reply-To : goanet at goanet.org
Sent : Monday, August 23, 2004 6:08:16 PM
To : goanet at goanet.org
Subject : [Goanet]Jango

In school we had a tall fair overweight guy who was always called "Jango". I
can't recall his real name. Just yesterday a friend of mine told me that
"Jango" is a Konkani word used to describe any male who is very hairy
(hirsute) and sweats excessively.

Any Konkani experts here who can clarify if this is indeed true? Or is it a
coined word?


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Lorna didn't sing for "20 years" not because she
didn't want to, but Chris saw to it that no one would
hire her voice. It's a long story and I have told
about it in parts in a piece I think I wrote for
goanet in 1994.
I had met her in Mumbai and, on my return to Canada, I
was working to bring her to Canada. But somehow it
didn't work because of her own laziness and lack of
guts and because of the Moserrate brothers who had a
hold on her.
I was informed by a relative that Lorna was enquiring
about me on her visit to Toronto. I am happy that she
at last made it to Canada.
However, my purpose to bring her there was different.
I wanted to raise money to get her rehabilitate from
her alchoholism.
Thank god, my efforts didn't bear fruit. As I have
said before, the money would have gone to the bottle.
I had more or less convinced Chris Perry during our
meetings in Dubai when I stopped there en route to
Surprised to read that the hall for the Toronto show
wasn't full. I wonder how many adult or young Goans
were present to hear her. Understandably, these adult
and young Goans may not fancy Konkani music and to
them Lorna may not mean much.
However much we may want Lorna to continue and
entertain us, Goans must look for other voices. The
age of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle is over and a
group of young and no-so-young singers have risen on
the Hindu music scene.
Lorna need not be discarded as an "old record" but we
need to look forward and promote aspiring singing
artises. The future of Konkani vocal music lies in the
hands -- and voices -- of the new breed of singers
waiting to blossom like flowers in the Goan soil.


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Sent : Monday, August 23, 2004 6:08:16 PM
To : goanet at goanet.org
Subject : [Goanet]Jango

In school we had a tall fair overweight guy who was always called "Jango". I
can't recall his real name. Just yesterday a friend of mine told me that
"Jango" is a Konkani word used to describe any male who is very hairy
(hirsute) and sweats excessively.

Any Konkani experts here who can clarify if this is indeed true? Or is it a
coined word?


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While it is intuitive to believe what we see, it
is also intuitive to add the velocity of light to
the velocity of its source. These two intuitions
contradict each other, for what we see at a
distance we see by the light the distant object
sends us, and if that isn't constant, then what
we see can only be an illusion, a distortion of what
is really there."
Sure it's an illusion and distortion.
It happens even after a few "lights."
And the best light to experience it is, "Blue light."
i.e. one of the better pilsners in Canada. :-)


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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
the eight beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount:

The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land. (Verse 4)
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have
their fill. (Verse 6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
(Verse 9)
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)

edited to add: Just to clarify, these are not from the "Catholic"
denomination, but rather for all of Christians and even those who consider
Jesus to be a prophet, such as the Jews and Muslims.


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God"


2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Dear Fred, Hello again. Thanks for sending the message out. We have got a
reply with the full song... in less than a week after searching for about 8
years. Thanks once again. Do keep in touch, with best wishes,
anita and edwin
We write our own destiny; we become what we do.
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
asianage at sancharnet.in

Panaji, Aug 31:Income tax sleuths this morning raided the swank residence
of a BJP minister for town planning and another ex MLA who recently defected
to the BJP, admist allegations that huge sums of money had changed hands in
the political deal.

The raids conducted on the residences of the two Goa politicians ---
minister Atanasio Monserrate and ex MLA Isidore Fernandes -- in the
aftermath of the recent defection has sent the state's politics into a fresh

In mid August, Fernandes, a former Congress MLA, had in an unprecendented
step resigned as MLA. He formally joined the BJP on Monday, and is expected
to recontest the seat he vacated in a by election scheduled for October.

Officials of the IT department were ensconed in the high walled residence
of the minister all day , while two residences of the former MLA were
searched, just a day after he joined the BJP in the presence of chief
minister Manohar Parrikar.

The Congress meanwhile said it would pursue its own investigations and come
up with proof to back their allegations that Mr Fernandes was lured to the
BJP after financiers wrote off a Rs 38 lakh loan.

The former MLA had allegedly asked the Congress to match the amount if they
wanted to retain his loyalty, said a Congress spokesman.

"Purchasing an MLA is an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act"
said Goa Congress President Luizinho Faleiro, adding that the party would
release details at an "appropriate time".

Mr Fernandes who joined the BJP with some fanfare on Monday, denied the
Congress allegations. He accused his former partymen of plotting the fall of
the Parrikar regime and failing due to rival personal ambitions(ends)
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
The taste of Goa in Blore

It was one big party at Opus on Saturday night when Goans of the City
congregated to have a good time on World Goa Day. Flickering candles with
the swaying coconut trees lent an air of festivity. The evening began at 8
pm with a unique relay painting competition for the kids. Francisco
Saldanha, president of the Karnataka Goan Association raised a toast to
World Goan Day.

Opus is owned by Goans Gina and Carlton Braganza. A Karaoke competition won
by Neville, followed by a dance competition won by Lionel and Steffi were
the highlights of the evening, apart from a quick step competition for older
folk. Earlier, Carlton and the Opus band regaled the crowd with a selection
of old favourites and a number of sing along tunes.

Gina had planned an authentic amchi Goa menu. Platters of Fried Baby Corn,
Sesame chicken, and a unique papad stuffed with Goa Sausage for starters
were downed with a welcome drink of Feni.

Dinner was a typical Goan spread with Sorpotel and Sannas, Cauliflower
Caldin, Garlic Squid and Chicken Xacuti. The mandatory Bibinca as dessert
was imported from Goa.

webiste : www.goaday.com
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Panaji, Sep 2: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the state was
withdrawing its consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to
operate in Goa, following Tuesday's central income tax raids on a BJP
minister and former legislator.

"I have lost faith in the Centre and in the Central government
agencies," Mr Parrikar said at a specially convened press conference
in the State secretariat this morning.

The BJP was reacting angrily to the widespread raids on the offices and
residences of BJP town planning minister Atanasio Monserrate and an ex-MLA,
Isidore Fernandes, who recently vacated his assembly seat to join the BJP.

"The Centre is misusing its agencies and trying to harrass the opposition.
The current ruling party has an apprehension that it will misuse other
agencies for political ends," said Mr Parrikar.

By withdrawing the general consent to the CBI to operate in Goa, the
agency will have to take state government approval for any
investigation other that specific cases against central government
agenices. It currently operates under the Delhi Police Act with
general and specific consent from the States. Goa will be
withdrawing its general consent, the chief minister said.

Previous Congress governments had withdrawn consent to the CBI to function
here from 1996-2000, over disputes with the official posted here.

Mr Parrikar pointedly clarified that his objection was to the alleged
discourtesy and breach of protocol in the IT raids.

Earlier the chief minister had said raids on a state minister could not
have taken place without the approval of the Central finance minister. He
charged the local Congress leadership with instigating the raids to
"destablise" his government and frighten MLAs.

"There is such a thing as State and Central relations. They have stepped on
the State government's toes," said Mr Parrikar. Serious complaints will be
made to the Prime Minister and President, he said.

Mr Parrikar, in addition, argued that the 30 income tax officials
who conducted the extensive raids in Goa on Tuesday had breached
protcol in not informing state authorities about the raid on a
minister, though state police escorts were taken for the purpose.

While the raids were on, the minister was obstructed from signing a Cabinet
note, amounting to an obstruction of constitutional duties and the
privileges of the state cabinet. The state government is considering legal
criminal action against the IT officials involved, Mr Parrikar argued.

In taking a strong stand on Tuesday's raids, the state goverment here has
launched its own counter-offensive in the local political chess game being
played out in the backdrop of Goa's notoriously instable politics.

The Congress was visibly gleeful after Tuesday's raids, saying it
was a fit reply to the operations of "money sharks" who had lured Mr
Fernandes into vacating his seat. Goa Pradesh Congress chief Mr
Luizinho Faleiro has said he will seek additional vigilance on money
spending at next month's by-election for the vacated seat.

Meanwhile, political battlelines are already being drawn in the state for
October's by-election which is emerging as a BJP versus
the-rest-of-the-opposition contest. Mr Fernandes is expected to recontest,
after he quit to dramatically alter the equation in the thinly-divided Goa
assembly, this time battling on a BJP ticket. (ENDS)
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
High School to PUC in St.Xavier's College, many teachers have influenced my
life. Mrs. D'Souza changed my name from the registered birth name of
'Miguel' to a more contemporary"Michael" when I was in Std.I at St.Mary's.
It remained thus till I passed my Std.XII and went to Bangalore for my
graduation and return to my identity as Miguel. It was not part of the
curriculum but has had a profound effect on my life.Classmates related to me
differently because of the name.

At St.Britto's I experienced the change over from calling a lady teacher
"Miss" to just "Teacher". Lady teachers taught me all the way through the
primary section Lily, Elizabeth 'Liz' Santos and Theresa are names that come
to mind. It would be unthinkable to have my sons hit on the knuckles with a
wooden duster, but that is the way Theresa made us improve our handwriting.
We learnt. Theresa has given up teaching. The knuckle dusting techniques are
no longer relevant. No regrets or rancour. Those days those were the done
things.... because the teachers did not know child psychology. They better
know it now.

Recently, Fr.Cecil wondered why students from Mapusa reach late to school
while students from far off places reach on time.The answer is simple:
students from far off places come by bus,tempo or car to school. If they are
late, they literally 'miss the bus' for the day. Students from Mapusa can
come late because the school building does not move away. I lived almost
next door to school. It was the Konkani saying " Sancistao'ack miss na" [The
sancritian misses the mass] incarnate. I was a regular
'late comer' to school till Liz made me kneel outside the class one day.
Kneeling was
bad enough; it was worse because Liz's sister was my elder sister's
classmate at St.Xavier's College. I was punctual thereafter.

A memory from primary school that still haunts me is the sadism of
Fr.Condilac s.j. He used to lift 8 year-olds by their sidelocks and slap
them on their ears as he dropped them to the ground. If ever I see someone
do that to a child now, I would hit him myself. Irrespective of his
standing in society or church hierarchy. Criminals and sadists should not be
allowed to take cover behind cassocks.Everyone cannot behave like George
W.Bush. Power is no excuse for arrogance.

In the secondary section, the teacher who stands out is Ivan Rocha. Hee
groomed us for debates,elocution, spelling bee and GK Quiz competitions.
Those who admire him are a legion. I had the occasion to compile for
Britto-Net all the good things his ex-students had to say about him. Another
outstanding teacher was "Guruji", the dhoti clad hindi teacher who very few
knew by any other name. He was P.M.Naik from Assonora.

If today I can stand before a large crowd and speak ex-tempore, I owe it to
Raul J.J.De Lima. He would not take 'No' for an answer and made me act as
Dr.Livingstone for a school play. I had never gone on stage except to
collect prizes. The very thought of acting converted my feet to jelly and
my otherwise loud voice became non-existent. We reached a compromise and I
acted as "Chumah" an african sidekick of Dr.Livingstone. Alex Braganza took
the lead role.

It was Shrikant Hegde who made me the troop leader for scouts and Edwin
Saldanha who honed in various scouting skills. Frederico de Ataide [an
ex-cop turned Training Commissioner for Goa Scouts] trained us like commando
and egged us on to become "President's Scouts". I had the privilege of being
the first Goan scout to receive the award at the hands of the President of
India at the height of emergency. From tying knots correctly, to cooking, to
hiking to working with leather to first aid....I learnt it all through
scouting. Five glorious years, five years of team-work that is the way I
remember it. We learnt a lot from each other too. Dr.Meenacshi Martins[now
Shukla], Marilyn Estibeiro[the famous Vet], Annabelle Pinto do Rosario[now
Gracias],Edward Alvares[another Vet now in Australia] Lourdes Cordeiro [now
in USA] were part of this group who keep achieving. Joseph "Charlton" Lobo
alas is no more. They were not teachers...but each one learnt a lot from the

At St.Xavier's College[ HSS Section], James Fernandes was an outstanding
teacher in English. How Thomas Mendonsa could control a class of 150
students[half of them naughty] and still teach us French remains a mystery
to me. Mr.Muthu made calculus seem so easy and Ann Queenie Saldanha[now a
teacher in North Carolina,USA] went beyond Chemistry to teach us about life
through the HSS league with Miss Yvonne Nunes.Fr.Antonio Nicolau Pereira or
Pop was an inspiration to all of us. How he could remember the names of each
one of us and connect each one to the elder siblings who had passed through
the college is an ability few can dream of having.

I did my graduation and post graduation in Bangalore. Never was I made to
feel that I weas an 'outsider'. Whether it was Dr.Muthappa Rai or
Dr.K.R.Melanta,Dr.K.R.Thimmaraju or Dr.Salimullah Khan, it did not matter.
Braganza, Miguel or even Migul was treated on par with a Kannadiga student
of the same ability. They taught me agriculture but I also learnt about
treating everyone equally from them.

There too I had students,both senior and junior, who taught me a few things
through their lives. Augustus Jeremaiah[ from Malaysia] and Nadana Sigamani
taught me writing and editing skills which I now put to good use.
W.M.Appaiah and K.T.Nanaiah coached me in hockey and exposed me to the
Coorgi[Kodava] lifestyle. Niranjan Murthy and Mutuza Khan taught me Kannada
which I use to run my landscaping jobs now with labour from Bijapur.
Mahmood[ an Iranian] taught me how to ride a bike[ Alas he died in the early
phase of the 8-year war] while I taught him English to pass the first year
of graduate course.

And I am still learning. Journalism came to me through Fredrico Noronha and
Illidio da Noronha[then with GT Weekender and later in Wordsworth], the
process continues with Roque Fernandes at Diamond Publications. Editing in
Writeshops is something that I am continuously learning from Dr.Julian
Gonsalves and Joy Caminade. Within the team we grab tips from Amba Jamir,
Sheila Vijaykumar and Dr.P.N.Mathur. It is a learning process in which each
one can be a teacher.

I salute all my teachers on this their very own day.......TEACHERS' DAY.

Viva Goa.

2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
VascokarsUnited at yahoogroups.com
by Daniel Dsouza

Friendly neighbourhood newspaper -
Vasco Watch completes 5 years of

Vasco Watch the friendly neighbourhood free-sheeter celebrates its 5th
birthday this month. It was five years ago that an enterprising and
adventurous ex-Naval Officer Comm. Narayanan introduced this new concept in
journalism not only in Vasco but for the entire State of Goa. After the
unprecedented success of Vasco Watch other towns in Goa also followed suit,
but, none can deny the fact that Comm. Narayanan was the trend setter for
such dedicated free local news tabloid.

Today VW has become a household name in this port city and everyone looks
forward with anticipation for its fortnightly issue. It has helped to
highlight local issues which generally don't find favour with the big
broadsheets or are rather consigned to the insignificant corner somewhere.

The biggest beneficiary however has been the commercial and business
community of Vasco including the small time business ventures who can afford
to flash their advts. on the front pages at a very nominal rate much, much
less than the other local dailies.

It bagan with a FREE circulation of 5000 copies initially and now it boasts
of 6500 copies every issue.

VW has helped to bring about a lot of public awareness in the
socio-political field in this busy and bustling port town, it has always
stood as an independent voice of the people and not hesitated to call the
spade by its right name. It has always taken a principled stand whether it
is the environmental pollution in the city, or the political musical chairs
at the local political level or any other issue that needed to be put forth
in the right perspective among its citizens, Vasco Watch has stood the test
of time during the last five years.

Good work Comm. Narayanan. Congratulations on completing 5 fruitful
years in the service of the Vascokars, Keep it up and all the very best for



Posted by rene barreto
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
why do you go we say for the weather
On your next visit, put some of the weather in the plastic bottles lying around and take them back
to the UK. This way, you won't need to visit Goa again - you can have it in the UK, not just on
Mrs B Foord U K
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
carefully about emigrating to the UK or Canada.

In Canada it takes an average immigrant approx. 15 years before he/she can
live a "Canadian lifestyle". So if you come in your late 40's it will be
time to retire before you can realize you dream. Also you will have to put
with miserable weather for 7 to 8 months of the year. The summer here is
generally excellent. This year was an exception.

Many of those who did come here late are living in misery or have returned
from where they came.

Tim de Mello
timdemello2 at hotmail.com
From: Cecil Pinto <cpinto at sancharnet.in>
Reply-To: goanet at goanet.org
To: goanet at goanet.org
CC: roysal at omantel.net.om
Subject: [Goanet]Life in the U.K.
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 15:20:00 +0530
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Lana Saldanaha wrote...
I am a Goan by birth with Portuguese nationality. For the past 22 years I
have lived and worked in the Middle East as a Personal/Executive Assistant
to the CEO. I am now contemplating on moving to the U.K. and if you could
apprise me on life in U.K. viz. job opportunities, applicable taxes,
monthly recurring expenses ( basic, rental, water, electricity, telephone,
internet charges) etc. etc. for a family of two (middle aged), would be
greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to your reply.
Thanks & regards,
Lana Saldanha
Dear Mr./Ms. Saldanha,
I have never lived in the UK but have Goan friends there and feel I can
give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Good job opportunities are scarce. Taxes are high and you have wait for
years in queue if you want to have even a minor medical operation done
under the welfare system. Spectacles and dental work is expensive and most
UK people get that done here in Goa during their two week holiday. Everyone
has to pay something called 'mortgage'. I think that's just a fancy word
for 'home loan'. We pay home loans here in Goa too but don't do one tenth
the complaining they do about their all-important 'mortgages'.
If you're middle aged you might get a very low end job and a have a young
yuppie as your boss just because he knows how to reconfigure Windows XP and
you don't. Social life basically consists of guzzling beers in ill lit pubs
and Sunday Mass. The occasional Goan get-together is so crowded with third
generation UK-Goans who have never lived in Goa that you will wonder
whether you're with Goans or with some dark skinned Irish.
If you want to live a nice life come down to Goa. It's the land of your
ancestors, why live elsewhere unless you absolutely have to?
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punches very far above its weight in the musical

2) The immensely influential founder of India?s
Progressive Artists Movement was Francis Newton Souza.
This is a man who achieved real fame in the West as
far back as the 60?s, whose work is now incredibly
prized (and very valuable, go do some research), and
who is steadily achieving a deserved reputation as one
of the seminal world artists of the 20th century (go
visit the Tate Modern). But there is also the highly
important V. S. Gaitonde, a Goan whose work is
considered crucial to the development of abstract
painting in the subcontinent. Even in the field of
illustration, there is no more respected or feted
cartoonist - anywhere - than Mario Miranda.

Naturally, the peons will not have heard of any of
these people either. Or of the great Goan artists who
preceded them and are developing now. But we?re pretty
used to that by now.


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Friday 17 Sep, 2004

UK: Forthcoming Events:

*Sun. 19 Sep. 11 am onwards. Picnic in Hyde Park.
(Weather Permitting) Goans and their Friends are
invited at no extra cost to them. Bring your own
...and some extra too : - ) Location: Hyde Park
opposite the Albert Hall and next to the Queen
Victoria Monument.

Sun. 26 Sep. Feast of St Jacinto. Bounds
Green Road, London N22
Sun. 26 Sep. Konkani Mass
Sun. 17 Oct. Help A Poor Child (HAPC) Helpers Bottle Party.
Sun. 24 Oct. Colva Union.

Keep yourself well informed on
What's On in the GOANWORLD
Read the Goan Voice :

*A Picnic in the Park - London

Goans and their friends living in
the London area are welcome to a

So far , about 30 or so Goans have shown
an interest in attending this picnic.

We hope that this picnic will be an annual
Goan event......weather permitting !

See you all at the Park , bring your musical
instruments too.


2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
How are you Santosh-bhai; intellect intact?


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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
current involvement, what he is working on, and what he is planning.
Likewise criticising Viviana (albeit in the form of 'humour') on
the basis of her ethnic origins is uncalled for.

IAC, there are dozens, if not a few hundreds of individuals who at
differing points of time have played a role in buidling up Goanet into
what it is. There is no question of *rating* each one's contribution;
everyone's has to be valued. -- FN
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
I am a Ex student of St Mary"s I am in Canada I feel it is a good idea to
have a Group and keep the
connection going. Lucia
Thank you for your help.

Warm regards,
Miguel/Michael Braganza
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
This male is a domestic animal which,
if treated with firmness and kindness,
can be trained to do most things.

To those men making tough choices whether to be or not to be;
Here is advice from the great Greek philosopher - Socrates.

By all means, marry.
If you get a good wife, you'll become happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

Now those women waiting and asking the question: Why is it difficult to
find men who are sensitive, caring and good-looking?
Ans: Most of them married. The rest already have boyfriends.

Only kiiiding men! Regards
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
By Paul Fernandes fdspaul1 at rediffmail.com

CHORLA: The focus right now is on the mouth of River Mandovi. The kind
cruelty of the planners' motives will finally yield a dreamy outlook to the
riverfront, it would seem. The mayhem along its banks does still evoke a
feeling of outrage. But who is aware about the greater disaster being
scripted mindlessly in the upghat areas of the state's lifeline?

The Goa-Belgaum road from Querim at the foot of the Vageri hill is
scenic. But as it snakes up the Chorla ghat in its misty reaches, it
gives one a heady feeling of ascending to heaven. But this is soon
shattered by the glimpses of a large-scale destruction of the
already fast-depleting forest cover, which though little realised,
is actually the catchment area of rivers and streams flowing into
Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Illegal mining, massive felling and extensive burning of trees and other
destructive activities on the plateau land as well as steep slopes has
perilously reduced hundreds of acres of private forest land into a desert,
as it were.

Says Shrihari Kugaji, a nature lover who has witnessed the massacre of the
forests, "These areas form the catchment region of Mhadei (Goa), Markardeya
and Malaprabha (Karnataka) and Tillari (Maharashtra)."

Kugaji who is part of a NGO from Belgaum has toured these forest areas in
villages such as Krishnapur, Maan, Kankhumbi, Gawali and Bhimgad. Mining
activities are in progress in Kalmani, Amte, Gollahali and other villages of
Khanapur taluka.

The shocking red gashes on slopes are visible from the Belgaum road.

"In the dry months, villagers thirst for water," says a resident of a
village along the road. But once Kankhumbi which received mind-boggling
amount of rainfall was like a Chirapunjee of this region. Now the rain is
much sparse and worrisome.

The Malaprabha river which has its source near Kankhumbi has dried
up considerably. And environmentalists worry that a similar disaster
is looming ahead in other areas if the senseless rape of the forests
continues unabated. NGOs have sought to caution others at meetings
held to create awareness about Karnataka government's plans to
divert the Mhadei river and its tributaries by citing the example of

Says Kugaji, "Nobody here wants to address the core problem. Why has the
water yielding capacity of these rivers gone down? Why is there a decrease
in the rainfall?"

The evergreen forests are vital to replenish the supply of fresh water in
these states. And the partitioning of precipitous hill slopes has raised
fears of a looming water scarcity. Mining has been going on since 2000 but
of late there is a spurt in the activity.

The denudation of steep slopes will lead to erosion and long terms
effects on the water supply system, environmentalists fear.

Says Rajendra Kerkar, secretary of Mhadei Bachao Abhiyan, "The destruction
of evergreen forests in this bio-diversity hotspot along the western ghats
has to stop or there will be serious repercussions."

Despite complaints to the concerned authorities, action has not been
initiated, says Kugaji. On the contrary, the forest department officials
have started harassing some villagers and asked them not to co-operate with
NGOs visiting the areas to monitor the activities in this sensitive region.


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Salazar's death, the empire remained a continual source of trouble for
Portugal, especially in the African colonial wars.

In 1968 Salazar became seriously ill with brain damage after falling from
a chair, forcing President Ame'rico Toma's to dismiss him as Prime
Minister. His successor was Marcelo Caetano. To his dying day, Salazar
thought that he was still Prime Minister.


PIDE stands for Poli'cia Internacional de Defesa do Estado (English:
International Police for State Defense) and was the main tool of
repression used by the Portuguese Fascist Regime, the Estado Novo.
Although the name PIDE was only used from 1945 to 1969, the whole network
of secret polices using during the 50 years of the Regime are commonly
known as PIDE.


The origins if the PIDE trace back to 1933, year of the instauration of
the Estado Novo. Under direct orders from Salazar himself, the PVDE
(Policia de Vigila^ncia e de Defesa do estado, English: State Defense and
Vigilance Police) was created, with 2 main sections:

* Social and Political Defence section, which was used to prevent and
repress crimes of political and social nature (see: Censorship)

* International Section, which was used to control the entrance of
immigrants, to expel undesired immigrants and to take care of
counter-espionage and/or international espionage

In 1936, the Prision of Tarrafal was created in the Portuguese colony of
Cape Verde. This prison, under direct control of the PVDE, was the destiny
of the political prisoners which were considered dangerous by the regime.
Throughout the almost 50 years of the Estado Novo, 32 people lost their
lives in the Tarrafal, which was known by its severe methods of torture.

Also in 1936 with the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and in 1937 with
the attempt against Salazar's life, the PVDE started focusing in its
battle against Communism and the underground Portuguese Communist Party.

During this pre-World War II period, several Italian and German advisors
came to Portugal, to help the PVDE to adopt a model similar to the

During World War II, the PVDE knew its most intense period of activity.
Lisbon was the European centre of espionage and one of the favourite exile
destinies. Writers such as Ian Fleming (the creator of James Bond) and
other famous personalities such as the Dukes of Windsor or the Spanish
Royal Family were exiled in Lisbon. Several German officers who plotted
against Hitler met with the British Secret Services in Lisbon, to trade

The famous report that made the allies know of the V2 tests in Peenemunde
was even known as the "Lisbon Report". Several American reports called
Lisbon "The Capital of Espionage". However, the PVDE always maintained a
neutrality stance towards foreign espionage activity, as long as no one
intervened in the Portuguese Internal Policies.


In 1945, the PVDE was dissolved and replaced by the PIDE. Unlike the PVDE,
which sought inspiration in the Gestapo, the PIDE followed the Scotland
Yard model. As a section of the Policia Judicia'ria (Investigation
Police), the PIDE had full powers to investigate, detain and arrest any
one who was thought to plot against the State. The PIDE had two main

* Administrative functions (which included functions related to the
migration services)

* Criminal Repression functions

To many authors, the PIDE is considered as being one of the most
functional and effective secret services in history. Using a wide network
of cells, which were spread throughout Portugal and its overseas
territories, the PIDE had infiltrated agents in almost every underground
movement, such as the Portuguese Communist Party or other Independentist
Movements acting in Angola or Mozambique. The PIDE encouraged citizens to
denounce suspicious activities, through monetary and prestige prizes. This
resulted in a super-effective espionage service which was able to fully
control almost every aspect of the Portuguese daily life. Thousands of
Portuguese were arrested and tortured in the PIDE prisons.

The PIDE intensified its actions during the Portuguese Colonial War.


In 1969, Marcello Caetano renamed the PIDE to DGS (Direcc,a~o Geral de
Seguranc,a). The death of Salazar and the ascension of Caetano brought
some attempts of democratization, in order to avoid popular insurgences
against the censorship. This resulted in a decrease of the violence used
by the PIDE and a consequent reduction of effectiveness.

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said, "I saw all the girls in town are wearing it. So, I think you should
also have one."

I could not hold back myself anymore. I pulled my brother into my arms and
cried and cried.

That year, my brother was 20 years old; I was 23 years old. The first time I
brought my boyfriend home, the broken window had been repaired. And it
looked so clean inside the house.

After my boyfriend went home, I danced like a small girl in front of my
mother, "Mom, you don't have to spend so many time cleaning the house!"

But she said with a smile," It was your brother who went home early to clean
the house. Didn't you see the wound on his hand? He was injured while
replacing the window."

I went into my brother's small bedroom. Looking at his thin face, I felt
like there are hundreds of needle pricked in my heart.

I put some ointment on his wound and bandaged it, "Does it hurt?? I asked

"No, it doesn't hurt. You know, when I was working in the construction site,
stones falling on my feet all the time. Even that could not stop me from
working and?"

In the middle of the sentence, he stopped. I turned my back on him and tears
rolled down my face.

That year, my brother was 23 years old; I was 26 years old.

After I got married, I lived in the city. Lots of time my husband invited my
parents to come and live with us, but they didn't want.

They said, once they left the village, they didn't know what to do.

My brother also didn't agree, he said, "Sis, you just take care of your
parents-in-law. I will take care of mom and dad here."

My husband became the director of his factory. We wanted my brother to get
the job as the manager in the department of maintenance. But my brother
rejected the offer. He insisted on starting to work as a reparation worker.

One day, my brother was on the top of a ladder repairing a cable, when he
got electrocuted, and was sent to the hospital.

My husband and I visited him. Looked at the white gypsum on his leg, I
grumbled, "Why did you reject to be a manager? Manager will not do something
dangerous like this. Look at you now, such a serious injury. Why you didn't
want to listen to us?"

With a serious expression on his face, he defended on his decision, "Think
of brother-in-law? he just became the director, and I almost uneducated. If
I became the manager, what kind of rumors will fly around?"

My husband's eyes filled up with tears, and then I said, "But you lack in
education also because of me!"

"Why talking about the past?" My brother held my hand.

That year, he was 26 years old and I was 29 years old.

My brother was 30 years old when he married a farmer girl from the village.
In his wedding reception, the master of ceremonies asked him, "Who is the
one you respect and love the most?"

Without thinking, he answered: "My sister." He continued by telling a story
I could not even remember.

"When I was in primary school, the school was in different village.
Everyday, my sister and I walked for 2 hours to go school and go home. One
day, I lost one of my pair of gloves. My sister gave me one of hers. She
only wore one glove and walked for so far. When we got home, her hand was so
trembled because of the weather that was so cold that she could not even
hold her chopsticks. From that day on, I swore that as long as I live, I
would take care of my sister and be good to her."

Applause filled up the room. All guests turned their attention to me.

Words were so hard to come out from my mouth, "In my whole life, the one I
would like to thank the most is my brother," and on this happy occasion, in
front of the crowd, tears rolled down my face again.

Love and care for the one you love every single day of your life. You may
think what you did is just a small deed, but to that someone, it may mean a

May this story inspire you in one way or the other. It did touch me because
of a similar incident in my life.

My sister is one year elder to me. I was 14 years old and my sister was 15
when the incident took place. One day while our mother had gone to Mapusa,
I teased my sister and she came running after me. Mischievous as I was, I
pulled the door behind me on exiting the main entrance. As a result, one of
the latch bolts on the inside of the door hit my sister?s right eyebrow and
caused a big cut. I had to rush her to a doctor; she received six stitches.
When mother returned from Mapusa, she was shocked to see my sister with a
bandage on her eye. She repeatedly asked my sister how it happened but my
sister never told her the truth. From that day on, I swore that as long as
I lived I would take care of my sister and be good to her. My sister is my
best friend!

Have a nice day everyone!

Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

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Goanese servants who, engaged at great expense from down-coubtry, who the
moment hostilities broke out presented themselves with telegrams reporting
the deaths of their father and mother, respectively."

Nehru, in 1950s, reported vexatiously dismissing : "...those Goanese... a
bunch of cooks and butlers..."

Worst was an Air India calendar (ca 1993) depicting brides from various
regions in India; refer it.

The point is: none of above, and zillion more, were intended as barbs,
ethnic or otherwise; rather as matter-of-fact reference to a people they
dealt with on day-to-day basis and of who they were invariably very fond.
They had no desire to heap opprobrium upon us, there being no reason for it.

If we found it demeaning or derogatory no effort was ever made to put it
across. No Goan sailor, aboard a P&O or Cunnard liner ever minded the signs
"Goanese toilets", "Goanese mess".

So much more...
Alfred de Tavares

Alfred de Tavares,

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SERULA'S RICHES-TO-RAGS SCRIPT: 'Sold Out. No more land available.' This is
a board, which the Serula Comunidade may as well put up outside its office.
The riches-to-rags story of this grand institution is almost complete.
"There is hardly anything left," admits its newly re-elected president,
Mario Aleixo Vaz, "as almost everything has been grabbed." Serula of yore
was the biggest village of Bardez and had 20 wards (with 9,783 habitations
in 1894, as per records), three churches, four lakes and two springs. (Paul
Fernandes in GT)

RESPONSE: Is this an editorial on GT or a letter to the editor ?? Could somebody
kindly email me the entire text or direct me to a link if it exists. Or maybe
direct me to Paul Fernandes.

Thank you - Bosco

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Thanks. Regards

godfrey gonsalves
In a freak accident today 24th September,2004 at 1607 hrs IST the
indigenously built SKYBUS of the Konkan Railway Corporation oversped
beyond over 20 kmph (the normal speed required while negotiating at
crucial near right angle turn )at the Rawanfond end near Margao Railway
Station hitting disastrously on the pillars resulting in the door
falling apart. Of the over a dozen workmen in the SKY BUS one fitter an
employee of KRCL died from a fall and two others escaped with injuries.
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC

26th Sept, 2004


The following trains have been cancelled or diverted.

Trains Cancelled on 26/09/04 :

2051/2052 Jan Shatabdi express;
KR5/7 Diva-Sawantwadi-Madgaon passenger ;
0103/0104 Mandovi express;
KR4/3 Ratnagiri-Dadar passenger ;
6345 Netravati express;
2619/2620 Matsyagandha Express;
0107/0108 CST-Mumbai-Madgaon Special train.
0106 Madgaon-Lokmanya Tilak Term. special,
0112 Konkankanya Express

Trains Cancelled for 27/09/04:

0105 Lokmanya Tilak term-Madgaon special train.
2051 Jan Shatabdi express, .
KR4 Ratnagiri Dadar Passenger
0103 Mandovi Express

Trains of 25/09/04 Diverted :

2620 Matsyagandha Express;
2617/2618 Mangala Express;
6346 Netravati Express,
6337 Okha-Ernakulam Express.

These trains are diverted via Madgaon, Londa, Pune.
Remaining coaches of 6338 Ernakulam-Okha Express will be brought till Madgaon
and will run via diverted route.

Trains of 26/09/04 diverted :

6312 Trivandrum-Jodhpur Express diverted via Madgaon, Londa, Pune.

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him, "Francis, go out and build up my house, for it is nearly falling down."
Francis became the totally poor and humble workman.

He must have suspected a deeper meaning to "build up my house." But he would
have been content to be for the rest of his life the poor "nothing" man
actually putting brick on brick in abandoned chapels. He gave up every
material thing he had, piling even his clothes before his earthly father
(who was demanding restitution for Francis' "gifts" to the poor) so that he
would be totally free to say, "Our Father in heaven." He was, for a time,
considered to be a religious "nut," begging from door to door when he could
not get money for his work, bringing sadness or disgust to the hearts of his
former friends, ridicule from the unthinking.

But genuineness will tell. A few people began to realize that this man was
actually trying to be Christian. He really believed what Jesus said:
"Announce the kingdom! Possess no gold or silver or copper in your purses,
no traveling bag, no sandals, no staff" (see Luke 9:1-3).

Francis' first rule for his followers was a collection of texts from the
Gospels. He had no idea of founding an order, but once it began he protected
it and accepted all the legal structures needed to support it. His devotion
and loyalty to the Church were absolute and highly exemplary at a time when
various movements of reform tended to break the Church's unity.

He was torn between a life devoted entirely to prayer and a life of active
preaching of the Good News. He decided in favor of the latter, but always
returned to solitude when he could. He wanted to be a missionary in Syria or
in Africa, but was prevented by shipwreck and illness in both cases. He did
try to convert the sultan of Egypt during the Fifth Crusade.

During the last years of his relatively short life (he died at 44) he was
half blind and seriously ill. Two years before his death, he received the
stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side.

On his deathbed, he said over and over again the last addition to his
Canticle of the Sun, "Be praised, O Lord, for our Sister Death." He sang
Psalm 141, and at the end asked his superior to have his clothes removed
when the last hour came and for permission to expire lying naked on the
earth, in imitation of his Lord.

Comment: Francis of Assisi was poor only that he might be Christ-like. He
loved nature because it was another manifestation of the beauty of God. He
did great penance (apologizing to "Brother Body" later in life) that he
might be totally disciplined for the will of God. His poverty had a sister,
humility, by which he meant total dependence on the good God. But all this
was, as it were, preliminary to the heart of his spirituality: living the
gospel life, summed up in the charity of Jesus and perfectly expressed in
the Eucharist.

Quote: "We adore you and we bless you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all
the churches which are in the whole world, because by your holy cross you
have redeemed the world" (St. Francis).
(This entry appears in the print edition of Saint of the Day.)

St. Francis de Assisi, pray for us,
Alfred de Tavares,
Stockholm, 2004-09-27

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A few years back, I was involved in designing and developing a new system to control train traffic for a certain railroad company on the east coast. The software that makes the decisions on putting different trains on various tracks had to be full proof to avoid collisions. Only people who do this kind of stuff would understand, how much planning and testing one has to do to avoid jeopardizing lives.

This testing in Goa, should have occured in the design room itself, even before cutting the first metal sheet to build the vehicle. Had they done that, the flaw in the design would have come to light.

In the west, they care for life more ...

I don't remember much about you Samir, but I think you returned back to India from the US after finishing your studies (possibly computer software), right?

New York/New Jersey.
You should first introduce yourself. Where are you from, which country's
citizenship you have? Where are you located?
What do you think of people such as Babu? What have you done for them?
If you answer those questions satisfactorily, then I may consider apologizing
to you.
Samir Kelekar
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God. He has a divine mission to fulfil, a mission of ahimsa or the love of
mankind and of his surroundings. It is his inner-most conviction that he is
not only the body but his atman that becomes the true vehicle of
self-realisation. From the experience of self-realisation he evolves the
ethics of subduing desire, anger, ignorance, malice and others passions.
Thus, he puts forth the best effort to achieve the end, and finally attains
complete success. In the words of Gandhiji, ?full effort is full victory?.

Sarvodaya is the concept of life and is the ideology of permanence. Its
value and significance is contained in the synthesis of different humanist
trends. It applies the principle of tolerance in studying different trends
of thought and tries to bring about all that is good for humanity.

Thus, its main consideration is education of the people in order to make
them understand the virtues of life and what is good for them. It lays
special stress upon mass education, which is a vital need for any civilised
society, and also introduces spiritual education to inculcate values
different from what we witness in society the today. The overriding emphasis
is the development of the qualities of man - spiritual, social and moral.
Sarvodaya considers the spiritual development of man as important as the

In this age of materialist civilisation where greed, wealth and power
dominate the society, the individual has become a cog in the wheel and
subservient to social, ethical and cultural values of life. While the
modernisation process has no doubt contributed a great deal to human
progress, it has also curbed individual liberty and made him subservient to
the machine. The obvious answer to come out of this path of quest for power
and wealth can be found on the Sarvodaya philosophy which is possibly the
only answer to the challenge of the modern age.

Sarvodaya can definitely play a pivotal role in achieving the objective of
restoring basic values in the individual and the society through true
decentralisation of the socio-economic and the socio-political set-up. Also
the philosophy of Sarvodaya can go a long way in checking the economic
imbalance and restoring cultural values of different groups in our society.

Without true implementation of Sarvodaya, there is a definite threat of the
social structure breaking down and a complete domination by the powerful
forces that have very little concern for the poor and the weak.

This has to be resisted as the primacy of the human individual has to be
upheld and equal rights and opportunities to all, irrespective of any
consideration. Sarvodaya has thus to become a global philosophy and its
significance practised throughout the world. To save human society from the
brink of disaster, one has to rely on the doctrine of non-violence, love,
compassion and equality of all. ? INFA
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troops used poison gas. For those interested in justice and equality and the continuing
second-class treatment of Indian Catholics by the Church, this news is as shocking as the
beatification of the founder of Opus Dei or the respect paid to the colonizer Columbus. The
wrongful delay in canonizing Blessed Vaz is made even more relevant by the ongoing favorable
treatment of Europeans over others. At the present rate, soon all of Europe will be canonized.
The Vatican continues to loose credibility and respect with such actions.

See story at

"the Vatican had no business honoring a monarch whose troops used poison gas."

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Suddenly it shot out from the undergrowth and simultaneously I almost =
to the top of the tree canopy in fright, which is what probably =
it off and it disappeared into the jungle. Both of us looked at each =
for the briefest of milli-seconds, realizing we were not each others =
But they reportedly attack you in the calf if they've been having a bad =

Watching all this was a group of lion-tailed macaques, which are also to =
seen in the sanctuaries. To see a king cobra in the wild is also quite =
experience, and very scary. Do you know why it is called a king cobra?
Because it moves with its front hood raised quite high, in the manner of =
king with a long flowing gown, very regal.=20

The few times I've seen the snake have been probably the most cowardly
moments in my life, because that would be my cue to scamper away from =
jungle to some relative safety!Monkeys of course are there in plenty.
Cotigao has a big population of the common Indian langur. Bondla has a
decent zoo. Deer can be easily sighted in this forest and also in Bondla =

There are three types in the Goan forests -- spotted, barking and mouse
deer. The last, being small, is not easily sighted. You can also spot =
flying foxes without too much effort in the Cotigao-Netravali area. That
area has some of the most awesome forests in Goa, huge, untouched rain
forests teeming with all kinds of creatures, big and small.=20

LIKE THE AMAZON: Going into the Netravali jungle, especially, is like =
in the Amazon. Most of the forest in Netravali is completely =
and it would be a good idea for the Forest and Tourist Department to =
build a
wooden pathway on the tree tops, like they have in Indonesia and Brazil =
other places where they rain forests).=20

The Goa Government is probably unaware of a huge rain forest that has =
created under a dome by a businessman in Germany, on the lines of a
amusement park, so that people can enjoy walking through a rain forest. =
rain forests of Netravali are truly spectacular and it would be a real =
if they are allowed to be destroyed in any way.

Cotigao and Dudhsagar have machans on tree-tops and near water holes, =
you can sit and wait for the animals to come to quench their thirst. =
time is when the jungle comes alive with the howls and cries of the =
as they make some last ditch attempts to find food or to locate their
broods, or to escape from other predators. If you're not in an sheltered
area, then it can also be a very frightening experience as the animals =
around with total impunity through the jungle.

Trekking the jungles also has its perils. Once I was lifting myself up =
in a
water path on the slopes of Vageri Hill, one of the tallest mountains in
Goa. I had decided to explore a particularly thickly forested area which
could be accessed only through the slightly dried up water path.=20

So there I was, huffing and puffing my way up over big boulders, =
rocks, fallen giant trees, and at one point put my hands up and over a =
to fix my fingers into a good grip, so as to lift myself higher up. When =
head reached the level of the stone, I saw a scorpion lurking a few
centimeters away from my fingernails. That it did not sting me is my =
fortune, probably looking at my fingertips and wondering what this =
head creature was.

There's a tall mountain in Cotigao Sanctuary called Ravano Dongor, which =
the area where it joins the Netravali Jungle. The name itself being so
scary, Ravano Dongor is one of the few places where it is unlikely that =
will ever be spotted birding or looking out for wild animals!=20

Another scary place is the Devil's Canyon in Dudhsagar, although it =
completely harmless. It's a small rocky place on the Dudhsagar river, =
to Colem, where the water seemingly stands still, but is actually moving
through some underwater and underground caverns and tunnels. The stream
moves fast a little upstream and also a few dozen metres downstream. =
have been a number of drowning deaths there because of the mysterious
currents. The rocky cliffs of Dudhsagar would also make for some idyllic
rock climbing and rappelling.

Dudhsagar, of course, is the prime attraction in the Mollen National =
If you go to the Goa Museum at Patto in Panjim, you can see some =
pieces which were found at Dudhsagar and have been dated at over 100,000

Dudhsagar valley apparently was the first place of human activity in =
though at the waterfall itself you do not see any sign or evidence of =
pre-history. But you can enjoy looking at the waterfall which comes down =
meters and the untamed environs of the Dudhsagar valley itself, secure =
the knowledge that there are over a dozen leopards and panthers probably
peeking out at you from the dense forests.

Another interesting place close to Netravali area is a village called =
You take a short detour from the main road -- there's a conveniently =
ASI signboard which helps -- and go down to the banks of a stream. There =
will encounter the helpful ASI guards.=20

The place is like a rocky area on the banks of a small river. On the =
flat area there are about 50 carvings which are said to date back from =
Mesolithic era, about 8,000 B.C. You can very clearly see the peacocks, =
boar, mother goddess, even a Swastik. The person there even claimed that =
of the carvings is that of a yak, which is supposed to have inhabited =
area 10,000 years ago.

SACRED GROVES: You can also check out some sacred grooves in that area.
There's Pai Pak. It's right on the main road; all you have to do is park =
walk into it, ASI board very helpfully there. Pai Pak is said to be a =
form of Lord Shiva. The sacred groove is actually an old ruined temple =
you can now only see some remnants of the stone walls at ground level =
the deity of Pai Pak, which is still there, a small carved statue in the
middle of the place.=20

A board informs you that the deity dates back to the 11th century A.D. =
also lists the names of the rare trees there. The Surla forests of =
have the lovely little temple at Tambdi Surla, which is also a Shiv =
with some nice restaurants outside. The forests are also like a dream =
true for those who are into trees and butterflies.=20

The forest flowers in the Western Ghats are said to number the most in =
Goa area. There's also an astonishing variety of giant butterflies, all
kinds of creatures from the lizard and reptile families and also =
There are even said to be some species which are still to be discovered,
right here in the forests of Goa. Go into the wild, and discover it!

About the writer: The writer, who grew up in Goa, spent much of the past
years as a journalist working with a number of publications in Mumbai. =
in your feedback to jzuzarte at rediffmail.com

Topic No. 4.
Birding at Dandeli & Anmod

Foreword By Clinton: Anmod & Dandeli are places 'just over the border' =
Goa. Getting there isn't that difficult and we've ridden on bikes past =
Anmod Ghat to Surla on a previous WildGoa trip. While Dandeli 4 hours is =
the east of central Goa, via Ramnagar, Anmod 2 hours and is more on the
North East of Goa, via the Sawantwadi/ Surla Route. Here's a report by
Vennila of the North Kanadda Birding Network who visited the places
recently. Do let us know if anybody is interested in traveling there and
perhaps we could organize a trip for WildGoans.

Birding at Dandeli & Anmod
FoHi, on 25th Sept, 2004, a group of 9 members from NKBN went to =
Six of them had come all the way from Raichur. We went to Mr. Mansur=92s =
first & saw the following birds before going to Dandeli. We had an =
sighting near Chota Khan cross. On 26th sept, we went for a YHAI =
trekking to
Anmod Microwave Station=85around 8 km stretch over that pristine =
location was
quite memorable though we couldn=92t sight many birds coz of the trek.

Mansur=92s Farm:
1. white browed fantail flycatcher
2. thick billed flower pecker
3. common Indian nightjar
4. grey wagtail
5. small sunbird
6. purple rumped sunbird & its nest
7. common myna
8. piedbushchat
9. ashy prinia
10. yellow eyed babbler
11. red whiskered bulbul
12. red vented bulbul
13. black headed munia(enroute)
14. Indian robin(enroute)
15. common babbler
16. small minivet=92s abandoned nest
17. white browed fantail flycatcher=92s abandoned nest

Mr. Mansur told that he had seen on 24th sept, 2004 black winged cuckoo
shrike (rare bird) near his farm.

Dandeli- Chota Khan area: came across a mixed hunting group. Everytime =
we go
there we are able to see some 20 different kind of birds in that small =
metre stretch!=20

velvet fronted nuthatch ( around 4-5)
leaf warbler(unidentified)
gold fronted chlropsis
small bee eater
common drongo
white bellied drongo
spangled drongo
bronzed drongo
racket-tailed drongo
white rumped shama
rufous woodpecker ( 2 of them happily gorging with their darting tongue =
the wooden stump, some 20 feet far & unmindful of us! )
grey tit
black lored yellow tit
tickell=92s flycatcher
pigmy woodpecker
lesser golden backed woodpecker
yellow fronted pied woodpecker
magpie robin
tailor bird
small minivet
spotted dove (enroute)
little brown dove(enroute)
rose ringed parakee(enroute)
plum headed parakeet(enroute)
black napped oriole(enroute)
pied tiller( enroute) - I time sighting for me!
rufous backed shrike(enroute)
black winged kite-(enroute)
common iora(enroute)

Anmod trek was quite interesting as the Raichur people were enlightening =
about the flora & fauna. 3 of us climbed up the Microwave tower as well.
Couldn=92t do proper birding as the canopy was thick & once we came to =
mining area it was resembling like a mini shola forest with vast open =

red rumped swallow
wire tailed swallow
rufous backed shrike
stone chat
malabar crested lark
small blue kingfisher
pied kingfisher(enroute)
cattle egret(enroute)
jungle fowl
brown headed barbet
leaf warbler
crag martin
pied harrier ( 2 of them with their white rump & were flying 20-30 feet

Regards, Vennila.

About the author: Vennila is a member of the Bangalore Birds as well as
North Kanadda Birding Network based in Neighboring Karnataka. She can be
contacted at vennila_pdy at yahoo.com

Topic No. 5.
In The News (Wild News in the Local Papers)

FACTOID: THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT is famous for its birdlife, and Goa's
equitable climate and rich vegetation support an abundance of birds. =
varieties to be seen in Goa include four different species of eagle, as =
as other birds of prey such as kites, buzzards, kestrels and ospreys. =
are five types of pigeon, six types of dove, five varieties of cuckoo, =
of kingfisher and six of woodpecker. -Lonely Planet, 2003.

BOOK ON BIRDS RELEASED: The Goa Foundation has released its latest book
"Birds of Goa" written by Heinz Lainer, which is intended to be a =
work for serious bird watchers and ornithologists. The Foundation has
published and released this book as part of its contribution to the
promotion of eco-tourism in the State. Written by a German, "Birds of =
attempts to provide information on the habitat, population, =
migration, breeding status and any locally relevant data on 420 bird =
that have been reliably recorded in Goa. -Herald, 17th February 2004

"NAGPANCHAMI" IN GOA: The Hindu community all over Goa celebrates the
festival of "Nagpanchami" today. It is a nature-related event when the
devotees perform a puja early in the morning and present milk to the
'nag'snake. What's more interesting, of course, is that the famed and
delicious Goan "patolleo" are bring prepared in most Hindu homes on this
day, and distributed to their Christian neighbours. -GoaNOW,20th August =

WORKSHOP AT CARMEL COLLEGE: Following in the footsteps of the exhibition
held in February 2004 on the theme "The Mhadei - Its Insects, reptiles =
Amphibians", the Biodiversity Research Cell and Environment Protection =
of Carmel College, Nuvem, is hosting the ecosensitisation
workshop-cum-photo-exhibition the theme "Know Your Mhadei" from August =
23 to
August 25, in association with the Vivekanand Environment Awareness =
Keri-Sattari. -Navhind Times, 23rd August 2004

DEAD FISH AT HARVALEM WATERFALL: Harvalem waterfall is scenic during the
monsoon but the cascading waters have brought dead fish in the village.
Villagers suspect that a company upstream of the nullah may have =
chemicals, which seeped into the water and entered the stream, thereby
resulting in the mortality of the fish. Most of the fish found dead is =
sweet water variety including pittoll, thigur and other local varieties.
-Gomanatk Times, 24th August 2004

the Betalbatim-Majorda coast gave in this monsoons, either due to strong
winds or soil erosion. The Forest Department has auctioned the uprooted
tees. Officials say the auction proceeds made the Forest department =
by Rs.17,000, but has no concrete plans on how to save the rich tree =
cover -
acting as a buffer zone between the beach and the land mass. -Herald, =
August 2004

DRAWING VISITORS BY ITS BEAUTY: The beautiful village of Verna, situated =
km from Margao, is rich in water resources with numerous lakes, ponds, =
and springs that it has in abundance. This has certainly been very =
for local farmers to cultivate paddy and vegetables. The village can
undoubtedly be a hot spot for water harvesting projects which could save
litres of water that pours down in the lakes and ponds from hills and =
rocky terrain of Verna. The ward Ambllor, surrounded by thick trees and
knolls, has a spring covered with rocks, which forms a very impressive
spectacle for visitors thronging the place. -Roque Dias in Navhind =
1st September 2004

WHALE CARCASS SURFACES ON UTORDA SHORE: A huge whale washed ashore at =
beach on Thursday morning. But, more than the curiosity it evoked, =
were worried about the nuisance the whale posed to the village as the
carcass of highly decomposed whale lay unattended throughout
Thursday.Reports indicated that a portion of whale has disintegrated and =
beach was enveloped with foul smell. Locals apprehend that any further =
would only add to the problem.Locals maintained that the whale must have
died days ago before it was washed ashore at Utorda this morning. - =
9th September 2004

WHALE OF A PROBLEM!: A 25-foot-long dead whale that was washed ashore at
Utorda beach drew hundreds of villagers and even people from the =
areas to have a glimpse of it. The whale turned out to be a major =
problem to
the Kenilworth Beach Resort, as it was beached opposite the hotel. =
sarpanch Cervelon Lacerda informed the police about it. But it is learnt
that the disposal of the stinking, decomposed carcass is likely to be a
major task due to its huge size. "It looks like two elephants rolled =
one," a witness said. -Gomantak Times, 9th September 2004

ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER FEARED AT KERI: The plantation of casuarinas =
trees at
Keri undertaken by the Forest Department to stabilize the sand dunes is =
peril. Hundreds of plants that stood protecting the coastal ecology have
been uprooted due to sinking of the river bank at the site where river
Terekhol meets the sea. The Casuarina plantation stretching from the =
wharf to Ajoba Devasthan - the nearly 2-km sandy belt consisting of sand
dunes - is one of the most spectacular spots where besides leisure =
film makers come to shoot their films. -Suhas Parsekar in Gomantak =
9th September 2004

MONITOR LIZARDS: Ghumats (percussion instruments) in Goa might strike a =
beat during the forthcoming festivities in the State as the Department =
Forests has warned of stern action against use of the skin of monitor
lizards in the preparation of this musical instrument and others. =
to data available, the monitor lizard (Gaar in Konkani) plays and =
role in maintaining the ecological balance of nature as they act not =
only as
scavengers but also prey on pests like rats and other disease causing
animals. -Herald, 10th September 2004

WHALE'S CARCASS HAUNTS S GOA BEACHES: The carcass of whale continues to
haunt the South Goa beaches with a portion of it being reported washed
ashore at Varca beach on September 12 evening. -Gomantak Times, 13th
September 2004

STRIKING BALANCE BETWEEN NATURE AND ART: Once again a new conflict has
emerged over a shy wild animal - the Common Indian Monitor, locally =
known as
'gar' or 'ghorpad', a lizard of varanidae family which is hunted in Goa =
its leather, meat and blood.The abrupt and blanket decision of the =
department, on the eve of a major Hindu festival of Goa - the Lord =
festival - has caused widespread resentment, anger and frustration. But =
agitated people have to also understand the forest department's legal
compulsions. They are not interested in killing the folklore of =
can catch or kill an endangered and scheduled wild animal like the =
Indian Monitor. -Nandkumar Kamat in Navhind Times, 13th September 2004

NO BAN ON "GHUMAT": CM Parikar said that there was no ban on playing of
ghumats but the government was trying to urge people not to kill Monitor
Lizards to make the acoustic instruments. He said alternatives for =
had to be thought of as the Monitor Lizard, whose skin is used to make
ghumats, enjoys the same status in terms of conservation as the tiger.
-Gomantak Times, 15th September 2004

FORESTS 'RUNS' FOR COVER: The Goa-Belgaum road from Querim the foot of =
Vageri hill is scenic. But as it snakes up the Chorla ghat in its misty
reaches, it gives one a heady feeling of ascending to heaven. But this =
soon shattered by the glimpses of a of a large-scale destruction of the
already fast-depleting forest cover, which though little realized, is
actually the catchment area of rivers and streams flowing into Goa,
Maharashtra and Karnataka. Illegal mining, massive felling and extensive
burning of trees and other destructive activities on the plateau land as
well as steep slopes has perilously reduced hundreds of acres of private
forest land into a desert, as it were. -Paul Fernandes in Gomantak =
17th September 2004

ECO-TOURIST GUIDES: In a bid to give eco-tourism a boost, the department =
Forest has appointed 22 eco-tourist guides for the forthcoming tourism
season in Goa. These guides, it is learnt, will be posted at
Collem-Dudhsagar and assist tourists visiting the Collem Wildlife =
and eco-tourist spots in and around this area. The guides will have to =
their allowances from the tourists whom they cater to. The department is
also sprucing up for the season by completing the watch tower at
Tambdi-Surla's Sunset Point. -Herald, 21st September 2004

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Mist enshrouded hills, crisp air and views almost =
your breath away make Wildernest an ideal place to relax and unwind in
scenic surroundings. Couple this with the rich biodiversity of the =
Ghats and you have an ideal getaway for nature lovers. Wildernet is a
boutique nature resort located off Sanquelim at Chorlem in the Western
Ghats. Director & Nature enthusiast at the resort Nirmal Kulkarni is at =
to guide you about the different aspects of the flora and fauna found =
Apart from smaller wildlife, there are lots of bird and butterflies =
including spcides like the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, India Grey =
Red-wattlerd Lapwing, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brown headed barbet, Jungle
Myna, Emrald Dove, Crimsonbacked Sunbird etc. Contact Wildernest at =
5643757/ 3107079 - Valerie Rodrigues in Goa Plus, Times of India, =
1st 2004

News Articles Selected & Complied by Joel D'Souza & Clinton Vaz. Get in
touch with Joel at joel3 at goacom.com and Clinton at klintvaz at gmx.net

Topic No. 6.
Other Wildlife Mailinglists and Websites from India.

Fellow WildGoan, Mr. Jagdish Pandya from Ahmedabad, India would like to
share the following nature links with us. Thanks Jagdish! Get in touch =
him at jagdishpandya at yahoo.com

Govt. Of India Official websites of Nature, wildlife, National Parks & =

This is really very good website for bird watchers and nature lovers,
contains all information about birds of all over India with photographs.

BNHS ( Bombay Natural History Society) is an NGO, its official site.

good website about issues of wildlife in India.

Wild Life Protection Society of India

very good website about India Birds, But the problem is it runs only in =
X 780 resolution. But a very good site for bird lovers

About Indian wild life and wildlife photography.

For insect lovers, all about Spiders of India sp. South Indian spiders, =

Indian wild life Club=92s website

Kerala Butterflies !!

Good site for wildlife lovers

Site about north India Birds.

Topic No. 7.
Readers Write

Here=92s some space to say your say=85.so even if you cannot write an =
or a event, you can still say a few words at WildGoa=92s Readers Write

Varad Giri, (varadgiri at rediffmail.com) , a fellow WildGoan writes:
Hi, I am Varad. Working as Research Assistant with the Bombay Natural
History Society, a Mumbai based NGO. I am not a Goan but very fascinated =
the wildlife in Goa. Will be looking forward to get some informtion on =
amphibians and reptiles of Goa.
Kishen Das (kishen.das at gxs.com) writes:
dear all, I am using the bird spot(version 3.5) software developed by
Foundation for Nature Exploration and Environmental Conservation, to
maintain the checklists of butterflies for different places. In this =
I request everyone to send their checklists of butterflies (if they have
any). Their name will be listed along with their sightings. Please send =
exact location and dates along with the checklists. This database should
help in knowing the current status ,flight periods and distribution =
of our butterflies. you can send the checklists to my mail id mentioned
above. Happy butterflying.
Clinton Vaz, (klintvaz at gmx.net) a WildGoan writes:
Hi from GreenGoa! GreenGoa is a place on the net where ordinary people =
care for Goa's envrionment meet and talk, discuss and learn from each =
and get closer in achieving the long term goal of keeping Goa Green, and
Clean by recycling, fighting pollution, raising awareness and teaching
others to help protect our envronment. Run by myself, I invite you all =
join us on this mailing list to make Goa a better place. If by any =
you are unable to join this list by yourself, do contact me at my mail =
and I would be glad to assist you.
Krishna Murali (mkrishna at thoughtworks.com) writes:
Hi, i'm krishna from Bangalore. Myself and frns were planning to go for
chorla ghat trek this weekend. can u give me all the info how to get to =
trek starting place and where to go and what to do? If u could send me =
trek pictures it'd be great.. u can check out my other trek snaps at
http://photos.yahoo.com\mkrishna80 Send a mail to mkrishna80 at yahoo.com =
or my
address above

To submit articles to this newsletter, e-mail klintvaz at gmx.net Compiled =
circulated by Clinton Vaz for WildGoa at
To Join WildGoa, send a blank mail to =
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Konkani is a term used to refer both to a language and to an Indian ethnic
group. The word derives from "kum", meaning 'Mother Earth' and "Kana",
meaning 'dust' or 'atom'. The Konkani have been principally a farming
community through most of their history, though now moving increasingly
towards tourism.

Konkani is an Indo-Aryan language.

The Konkani people trace their history as far back as 4000 BC; their
current centre is in Goa and are thought to have settled there around the
11th century AD. The Konkani were a coastal people, also settling in
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. Konkani brahmins are well known for the
fact that they eat fish, a food that is generally forbidden for this caste
(who are generally vegetarian). There are also populations of Konkani
Catholics, converted by the Portuguese starting from the 16th century, and

The Konkani language is spoken widely in the Konkan region consisting of
Goa, South coastal Maharashtra and coastal Karnataka, each region having a
unique dialect and pronunciation style. It is said that the language was
spread to these areas by the Goans who fled the Portuguese inquisition of
Goa during the early years of Portuguese rule. The text is written both in
traditional Devnagri and Roman script, which originated during the
Portuguese rule.

The first known book in Konkani was writted in 1651 by Friar Thomas
Steven, titled Doctrina Christi (the Doctrines of Christ). It is presumed
that the Portuguese destroyed all prior Konkani texts in the 16th century.

The Konkani language had been in danger of dying out -- the progressive
Westernisation of the Indian subcontinent (including the strong Portuguese
influence in Goa from the 16th century) has resulted in English being
widely spoken among Catholics, while Hindu nationalism has led to Marathi
being widely adopted by Konkani Hindus. This trend was arrested in 1985 by
a strong Konkani movement in Goa that had broad support from both
religious groups. Konkani is now widely spoken in Goa, and is the official
state language. It has since been given official language status in the
Indian Constitution.

External links

* Ethnologue report for Konkani
* Learn Konkani online
* The Origins of the Konkani Language
* Vauraddeancho Ixtt - The Konkani Weekly
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10p). At low tide it is necessary to backtrack to the
main road, adding an extra 20 minutes to the journey.
Cabo de Rama Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1763,
affords spectacular views south to Palolem. Little
remains beyond the crumbling outer defences, where the
barrels of cannon litter the ground.

A winding descent through plantations and villages
leads back to the coast road and Agonda, a deserted
ellipse of sand with unusual rock formations.
Accommodation is limited and it is best to move on to

This is Goa's most photogenic beach and my personal
favourite - a perfect crescent of sand framed by
towering palms. Canacona Island, home to a colony of
howler monkeys, lies offshore. Instead of the concrete
conurbations of the northern resorts, stilt houses
spill on to the sand. Although not overrun, this
paradise has definitely been discovered. There is a
lifeguard service and an army of beach vendors. A
mixture of long-stay travellers and day-trippers makes
for an easygoing atmosphere.

Where to stay
Most of the accommodation is of the beach-shack
variety, offering little in the way of security or
creature comforts. However, the Oceanic Hotel (0091
832 2643059) is a lovely British-run guesthouse a
15-minute walk from Palolem and just five minutes from
Patnem, the next beach along. Although it has only six
rooms, facilities include a pool and restaurant. The
hotel welcomes children and has baby monitors, cots
and life-jackets; doubles from ?12 (including tax).

Bhakti Kutir (0091 832 2643472, www.bhaktikutir.com),
five minutes from the beach, offers yoga and
meditation retreats and has a wonderful organic
restaurant. Guests stay in plush bamboo huts. The
open-roofed en suites have bucket showers and squat
loos; doubles from ?10.

Boat trips
There are numerous operators on Palolem beach. Expect
to pay between ?2.30 and ?4.70 for a two-hour trip.

Bike hire
Available from a shop opposite Palolem Youth Club.
Rental 60p per day.

This idyllic bay is sheltered by headlands and has
views to Canacona Island. There are no beach shacks.

Where to stay
The Goa InterContinental (0091 832 2644777,
www.intercontinental.com) has an exclusive beach
frontage, a topiary garden and nine-hole golf course;
doubles from ?132 (including breakfast).


When to go
Peak season is from November to March. Hotel tariffs
can triple over the Christmas and New Year period.

Getting there
Alexandra Ferguson travelled courtesy of Thomson
Holidays (www.thomson-holidays.com, 0870 165 0079).
Many of the hotels listed above feature in the Thomson
brochure. Sita World Travel (0091 832 223134,
www.sitaindia.com) arranged excursions and transport
in Goa.

Other operators include: Kuoni (01306 740500,
www.kuoni.co.uk); Hayes & Jarvis (0870 898 9890,
www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk); Jewel In The Crown (01293
533338, www.jewelholidays.com); Cox & Kings (020 7873
5000, www.coxandkings.co.uk); Odyssey (0870 429 4141,
www.odysseyholidays.com); Thomas Cook (0870 750 5711,
www.thomascook.co.uk); and Cosmos (0870 443 5285,

Flights only
There are charter flights to Goa's Dabolim Airport
from Gatwick and Manchester. There are no direct
scheduled flights from Britain.

Getting around
The white tourist taxis have a red "tourist vehicle"
logo on the driver's door. Single fares start at 60p.
Agree the fare before leaving, as most drivers do not
operate a meter system. Mini vans, Maruti Esteems and
Honda Civics cost from ?9.30, ?14 and ?21
respectively, per day.

Food and drink
Goa is famous for its seafood. Fish curry and rice is
the staple dish. Meat specialities include xacuti,
chicken flavoured with coconut milk and spices, and
sorpotel, a spicy pork dish. Feni, the local spirit,
is distilled from coconut sap or cashew nuts, one of
Goa's main exports. A less potent option is Kingfisher
beer, cheap at 35p a bottle. Australian table wine
costs from ?12 a bottle. Beach shacks serve a variety
of dishes from as little as 50p.

Tourist visas cost ?30 from The High Commission of
India, London (0906 844 4544, www.hci london.net).

Take traveller's cheques in sterling or US dollars.
Banks offer the best exchange rates. Major credit
cards are accepted in hotels and department stores but
should not be relied upon for restaurants or
guesthouses. Cash machines are increasing in number.

The local language is Konkani but English is widely

Topless sunbathing is illegal. Cover legs and
shoulders when visiting churches and temples.

Discuss immunisations and malaria prophylaxis with
your practice nurse at least six weeks before
departure. Simple medications and Western toiletries
are readily available in the main tourist centres.

Footprint India Handbook, 12th edition (?15.99).

- Forwarded by AlmeidaG(ji), www.goa-world.com

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Tony Barros opened the floodgates on the Goans of East Africa with a very=
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Gabe Menezes elaborated on some of the early East African Goans and provi=
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TINY NAGALAND has the largest proportion of Christians in its state (90% of
its total population), but it is the southern states of Kerala followed by
Tamil Nadu which have the largest headcounts of people of this faith.

Kerala has a total Christian population of a little over six million, while
Tamil Nadu has nearly 3.8 million Christians, out of India's total Christian
population of just over 24 million.

At the other end of the scale, northern states like Himachal Pradesh have
only a little over 7000 Christians, while smaller 'union territories' like
the former Portuguese colony of Daman & Diu and the islands of Lakshadweep
have a Christian population of around 3000 and 500 respectively.

Religion-linked figures from the latest Census 2001 are slowly being
released officially, and additional details about different religious groups
make for an interesting study on religious diversity in the planet's
second-most populous country. Overall, figures tallied showed that in all
India had 1028 million people when the latest official census was taken, in

Detailed analysis of major religious groupings have recently been released.
'The First Report on Religion: Census of India 2001' also looks at the
state-by-state break-up of all religions, including Christians. This studies
their proportion to the total population, female-to-male sex ratio,
zero-to-six age-group sex ratio, and other figures.

India's Christian population seems to be older in some states, and younger
in others. In the country as a whole, some 13.5 per cent of the total
Christian population is in the zero-to-six age group.

Some states with a more 'youthful' Christian population include Meghalaya
(21.1% in the zero-to-six age group), Arunachal Pradesh (20.5%), Dadra and
Nagar Haveli (19.3%), Orissa (17.8%), Assam (17.6%), Jharkhand (16.2%),
Mizoram and Punjab (both 16.1%),

States like Goa, where the birth rate among all communities has fallen
drastically over recent decades, sees Christians too with just 9.6 per cent
of its population in the zero-to-six age group, suggesting an older
population overall.

Smaller regions like Daman and Diu and the islands of Lakshadweep (which has
just 509 Christians among its slightly over sixty thousand population) have
fewer proportions in their zero-to-five Christian population. But it might
not be appropriate to draw conclusions based on this base of small numbers

India's Christian population has a sex-ratio which is favourable to women.
Early findings on this census have already drawn attention, since Christians
-- unlike other religious communities in India -- have 1009 women for every
thousand men. This indicates a favourable ratio, as far as women go.

This figure is significant in a country where a strong preference for the
boy child has led the women-to-men ratio to sharply fall in some religious
communities. The Christian higher women-to-men ratio could reflect either a
lower bias in favour of the boy-child, or migratory trends among the menfolk
of certain regions (such as Kerala and Goa) for overseas jobs, or a mix of
both the factors.

(In Kerala, the women-to-men ratio among Christians is 1031 for every
thousand men, while in Goa it is an even-higher 1107. Goa has the highest
such ratio for Christians among all states nationwide, while Pondicherry
a;sp has a high 1101 women for every thousand males in its 67,698-strong
Christian community.)

But when the sex-ratio is considered only in the 0-6 age group for
Christians, the situation changes. This figure drops to 964 girl children
for every thousand boy children (in the 0-6 age group), a cause for probable
concern which could do with sociological explanations. It indicates a
more-adverse ratio for girls in the younger age groups.

Literacy among Christians overall in India is a fairly high 80.3%. But given
the rather low qualifying-tests to be treated as 'literate' in India,
obviously there is no scope for self-congratulation for some time to come.

Kerala with 94.8%, Delhi with 94%, Mizoram with 93.1%, and Maharashtra with
91% top the states with highest levels of literacy among all Christian
communities in India. At the other end is Arunachal (just 47% of Christian
population literate), Punjab (54.6%) and Orissa (with 54.9% of its Christian
population literate)). .

Here too, Kerala tops all states in terms of female literacy among
Christians. Some 93.5% of its Christian women qualify as literate in that
southern state. Delhi and Mizoram fight for a close second, with 91.7% and
91.4% respectively.

Just under 40% of the Christian population in India is involved in the
workforce. But the 'work participation rate' varies widely across states.

In Lakshadweep, some 82% of the Christian population is part of the
workforce -- but it's hard to draw conclusions since the islands have just
509 Christians in all.

Other states with a high Christian 'work participation rate' include Mizoram
(51.7%), J&K (50.6%), Chhattisgarh (46.1%), Gujarat (45.9%), Jharkhand
(45.6%), Orissa (44.6%), and Andhra (42.8%).

In terms of the Christian percentage of population in different states,
states which have a higher-than-average ratio include Nagalad (90%), Mizoram
(87%), Meghalaya (70.3%), Manipur (34%), Goa (26.7%), Andamans (21.7%),
Kerala (19%), Arunachal (18.7%), Pondicherry (6.9%), Tamil Nadu (6.1%),
Sikkim (6.7%), Assam (3.7%), Tripura (3.2%), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (2.7%),

States and union territories with a miniscule Christian presence includes
Himachal, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar and Haryana (all 0.1% of the total
population), J&K (0.2%), Uttaranchal (0.3%), West Bengal (0.6%), Chandigarh
(0.8%), Delhi (0.9%), Lakshadweep (1%), Maharashtra 1.1%), Punjab (1.2%),
Andhra Pradesh (1.6%), Karnataka (1.9%), Daman & Diu (2.1%),

Early releases of the religious totals of India's population weeks back
caused a major political controversy, with some groups alleging that the
'minority' population was growing faster than those classified as Hindus.

Explaining the methodology followed, official updates caution that "data
users should adopt caution and be careful before drawing any conclusions in
respect of trends in the proportions and growth at the all-India level (of
different religious communities)".

Figures are available on the official website http://www.censusindia.net/

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IT ONCE WAS a prominent radio station in India. In days when the rest of
Indian broadcasting was turning puritanical, the Portuguese-run radio
station at Altinho (Pangim, then) attracted listeners from far and wide.
Radio Ceylon became a hit on the South Asian air-waves only later, and as one
writer noted, it was the colonial Goa station that gave even top singers
like Lata Mangueshkar her break and wider fame across the sub-continent.

On Friday night, AIR FM Rainbow at Goa claimed to make "radio
history" by becoming the first Indian radio station to host a
live music band, rocking right out of its studios.

AIR says once a fortnight, Goa's "greatest bands" will be invited to perform
in their 'Nite of the Fortnight' shows in AIR's specially-designed (but so
far inadequately-utilised) auditorium.

FM radio has been growing in Goa. It first got a boost in the early
'nineties from Bombay-based private players with deep pockets (Times FM,
Mid-Day, and even a local newspaper player that queued up to get a slot, and
then handed it over to the bigger fish to actually manage).

Younger talent and market-pressures (lavish government funding is
drying up) has pushed AIR into being more conscious of local
tastes, rather than being dogmatic about languages and style.

Two private radio stations, which were supposed to be set up in
Goa, didn't see the light of day. But the new attempts to marry
commercial sponsors with local tastes might help to somewhat recoup
part of the sheen lost by a station which has considerable gaps
of silence between broadcasts, and has long been pendantic
about what it airs.

It was the local band named 'Alcatraaz' -- baptised after the high-security
prison -- that kicked off the series. (Band-leader Jude Mascarenhas, who
happens to be freedom-fighter and ex-editor's Lambert Mascarenhas' son,
explained it thus: "Music is like a prison. Once you're in there, you can't
get out. I tried to leave the band twice or thrice myself.")

This show kicked off at around 8.30 pm. By 9 pm the RJs (radio
jockeys, in youth lingo) Savio Noronha and Bambino linked up
to broadcast live to the state from out of Altinho. The 9-10 pm
slot is kind of popular, inspite of having to compete with
national TV and local cable TV Goa-news offerings that now come
from three different commercial operators (including the
English-run Goa-365). That FM caters to popular Western
and/or Konkani tastes (with Marathi slots too,
but always light music) helps.

On Friday night, speeches were short. Station director B D Mazumdar praised
Goans for "knowing music, loving music, smelling music (did one hear right?)
and creating music".

Noted Indo-Latin fusion drummer Bondo was aptly the chief guest. (His
sobriquet is a self-depreciating label that refers to a useless, half-formed
coconut. But Joseph Ballarmio Fernandes can squeeze magical sounds out of
his tubby fingers. He has a background of decades in music, began with his
brother's band 'Sparks' in the 'seventies, and was then part of the
Remo-and-Bondo team. Besides working in Europe, he has also performed in
Indo-Jazz fusion and worked in Latino music. He's now back home in Goa, and
has been here for some time now. He spent a decade in Portugal too, as one
of the RJs pointed out.)

"This is the place where I started my (musical) life," said a grateful and
nostalgic-sounding Bondo. He narrated how he got a chance to perform on
radio while still in school, and how the influences of the tabla and
harmonium had led him to experiment with Indian classical music too.

Shifting back to the stage, the Alcatraaz comprises Jude
Mascarenhas (guitarist and lead vocalist), Cassius
Fernandes (keyboards), Patrick Silveira (percussions),
Peter Faria (bass), Francis D'Souza (lead guitar) and
Sandra Franco of Guirim on the vocals. One of the RJs
pointed out that apart from Sandra, all the rest are
from "within 5 kms of Panjim". Some are from the
Don Bosco's old boy's network.

Jude was quick to recommend youngsters here to take to music. But
persistence is a must, he cautioned, and don't expect to become an expert
"in three months". A prison it may be; but it's a pleasurable one at that.

It was a kind of rewind, and anyway slow-changing (why not?) Goa is known
for its taste for the music of the yesteryears. "Many of the songs we're
playing today are the ones the songs we heard on radio years ago, in the
'eighties or late 'seventies. At a time when All India Radio was the only
place where we could listen to music coming in," said Jude.

Together with the louder music, there was Abba's Does Your
Mother Know ("one of the very few songs by Abba done for a
male singer, and hence we chose it"), the Konkani hit of
the yesteryears 'Molbalo Douh', Quando, and a few more.

Starting at 8.30 pm, the indoors show in a somewhat overcooled and chilly
air-conditioned hall went on till about 10.30 pm. Radio officials said they
had shows for the next four fortnights lined up, with prominent Goan bands.
The next will be on October 28, same time, same place.

Passes are needed for entry; and these can be got from AIR's office. The
under-200 seater Western music auditorium can surely give a boost to local
musical talent, provided it is utilised often, and finds enough patrons to
keep it going. Idea Cellular, the mobile phone company, sponsored this
event, and in turn got advertising space on radio. But surely local musical
talent deserves better, specially since a show of this kind costs around
under Rs 20,000; a small price to pay to encourage talent in a region which
already has a lot of it, and is going ahead on its own. Radio or no radio.

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Level Marketing, Goa has seen a host of con artists take advantage of our
trust and gullibility. Sleep inducing biscuits, magic mattresses, gold
polishers, mute donation seekers, miracle cures... I'm pretty sure even the
famous Nigerian e-mail scam was inspired by a Goan's greed for getting
something for nothing. No sooner the Government and Police machinery
discovers one con game another one surfaces elsewhere.

I recently spoke to Kashinath Bhonsle, newly appointed Chairman of the
Economic Offences Cell (CEO-C), about measures that are being taken to
outwit the crooks.

"This month we are drafting the Legislation that will be named the Goa
Matrimonial Act 2004"

"You mean the Holy Act of Matrimony, that's one of the Seven Sacraments?"

"No, this nothing to do with the religion. It concerns only the wording of
Matrimonial Advertisements. The Goa Government is very concerned about all
these men and women who are falsely representing themselves in matrimonial
advertisements. They are painting a very desirable picture, but then end up
very disappointing."

"But surely that is not an economic offense? These cleverly worded
matrimonial adverts are as old as history, and first-meeting-shocks are
nothing new. There is no state in the country, or in the world, that has
legislated matrimonial adverts!"

"Please don't tell me about other states. Goa is unique state. For example
which other state can boast that projects are completed so much before
schedule? See our bridges and roads and bypasses. All completed months
before scheduled dates. In fact just last week the bridge that was
inaugurated was completed even before the tenders were opened! The Goa
Government is very forward thinking. We are anticipating matrimonial
advertisement will soon be used for luring people into Pyramid Schemes and
hence are taking advanced action for preventing this."

"Fair enough. What measures does the Goa Matrimonial Act propose?"

"No publication in Goa will be allowed to carry matrimonial advertisement
unless it is accompanied by Special Notarised Affidavit stating exact
facts. We are appointing special Matrimonial Notaries in every major town
to authenticate contents of matrimonial advertisement before it is released."

"What all will these Matrimonial Notaries do?"

"They will check that each and every word in the matrimonial advert is
having physical proof as backing. For example they will measure the exact
height of person if he or she wants to mention height in advertisement."

"Why is height so important in choosing a lifemate?"

"I don't know, but we suggest in the act that only midgets and giants
should mention exact height. For others we have three categories - Short,
Medium and Tall. For age authentication we will need valid Birth
Certificate. All relevant Degrees and Diplomas, of course, as proof of
qualifications. And Proof of Income for any 'currently earning' claims.
Exact Annual Income will need to be mentioned in the advertisement. No
vague terms like "six figure salary" and such. You tell me what is a "six
figure" annual salary?"

"I don't know."

"Ok. One fellow earning Rs. 1,00,000/- a year. Other fellow earning Rs.
9,00,000/- a year. Both are six figures. What we can do? We need exact
figures. And anyone claiming earnings from ancestral property will have to
bring in proof to show he is indeed one of the owners of the property and
has a right to any income. The paperwork for migrating to Canada is going
to look easy when compared to the documentation we are demanding for
placing a matrimonial advertisement. Gulfee, Shipee, Green Car Holder,
Portuguese Passport Holder, Bulb Holders.. all these terms will have exact
definitions with years of service / domicile compulsorily mentioned
clearly. A fellow recruited in a tiny firm in Oman six months back cannot
be in the same category as a fellow who has worked for twenty years at
Aramco in Saudi Arabia. Of course the Oman fellow will have more hair. But
that is different matter."

"What about subjective fields like complexion?"

"Nothing that is observable and recordable is subjective. We have designed
Skin Shade Chart that has every possible skin colour ranging from
'Sickly-Pale-White' to 'Nearly-Coal-Black'. Each shade has special number
which will have to be mentioned in the advertisement so the prospective
spouse knows exactly what colour skin to expect. We are also trying to work
on a Texture Sampler that will categorise skins into Oily, Soft, Dry,
Tender, Snakelike etc etc"

"But from which part of the body will you compare a skin sample?"

"From one of the buttocks of course. This is the most neutral area. Other
parts of the body are unreliable as they could be subject to tanning or
excessive use of fairness cream"

"Anonymity will no longer be possible I presume?"

"That is major problem area we are examining. With Post Box numbers and
E-mail addresses someone can just create fake identity. We are also
understanding that sometimes people don't want everyone knowing that they
are looking-around or on-the-market so to say. So we will allow them little
anonymity in the sense that they can use Post Boxes etc. but we, as the
Matrimonial Act Agency, will know exactly which Post Box identifies which
individual and will reveal this in case of dispute."

"Brilliant! Any other matters the public should know?"

"Well we are trying to define many other ambiguous areas. For example what
is 'cultured' family? Whose culture? How do we define terms like 'decent'
and 'affectionate' and 'home loving'. We are designing Personality Tests in
these areas. But family background is a bit more difficult to pin down. We
had a problem with 'owning own accommodation' which could be one room in a
chawl in Baina or a six bedroom bungalow in Dona Paula. But now we have
special Matrimonial Act Evaluators who will assess the property, and
ownership, and define its exact market worth in rupees. This figure will
have to be compulsory mentioned in advertisement. We are also trying to get
consensus on 'beautiful' and 'handsome'. Also whether a Catholic who
mentions his caste can still be called a Catholic. And other areas such as....

The column above appeared in the October 2004 issue of Goa Today magazine.
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC

The Nairobi Institute Centenary Celebrations
1905 -2005

One hundred years ..... the countdown begins
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the beautiful came to Nairobi. Some came as
adventurers while others came as fortune hunters and
did what they did back home, which is play, eat, drink
and be merry. In 1890, they formed the Portuguese
Cricket Club, which was the birth cell of the Goan

Since culture is a critical factor in the development
of any society, they needed an anchoring point and an
identity so as to instil a sense of belonging,
direction and purpose. On the 11th of June 1905, so as
to capture that spirit and identity, they convened a
general meeting and re-designated themselves as 'THE
GOAN INSTITUTE NAIROBI' affectionately known as the
'GI.' Dr. Ribeiro was its first President.
Mr. Leandro D'Mello laid the foundation stone of the
first GI club house situated on Ronald Ngala Street
formally known as Duke Street courtesy of the colonial
government. In those days, the Institute was one of
the few stone structures in Nairobi and served as a
focal point for Goan social and sporting activities up
to 1955 when the Golden Jubilee was celebrated in
those hallowed premises.

The idea of erecting the present building to Juja
Road, that was within close proximity to Eastleigh,
Pangani, Ngara and Parklands where there was a huge
concentration Goans was proposed in 1946 by Romeo
Fernandes. The property on Duke Street was sold to
East African Breweries and the proceeds of sale as
well as the fund raising efforts of the members
contributed to the construction of the present
clubhouse. The foundation stone of the new Goan
Institute was laid in September 1955 by Sir Evelyn
Baring, Governor of Kenya who later opened the
building on the 11th of June 1957. An indoor badminton
court was added in 1965 and bar and kitchen extensions
were carried out in 1972. The Institute has continued
to make progress over the years and in 1979 two squash
courts were built. A beer garden and children's play
area was constructed in 1984 and in 1985 a Roll of
Honour plaque incorporating the names of Trustees
since formation was unveiled. 2002 saw the
refurbishing of the lounge, card room, children's play
park and play room.

The Goan Institute has served social, literary,
dramatic and sporting needs of its members. It was the
nursery for outstanding sportsmen and women who
ushered Kenya on to the world-sporting scene. At least
on one occasion more than half the Kenya hockey team
comprised of the GI players. Its hockey team was the
first winner of the M.R.D'Souza Gold Cup, the blue
riband of club hockey in East Africa. Our current
hockey team endeavours to achieve the same in the year

In 1981 the Goan institute heeded the call for
eradication of ethnic names and was christened the

Although the GOAN INSTITUTE was basically an exclusive
Goan cultural enterprise it is worth noting that
today, the club is a multi-cultural Institution. Those
from the hills of Hindustan, those from the plains of
Pakistan; those from the slopes of Mount Kenya and
those from the shores of Lake Victoria are all seated
at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood with shared
friendship and laughter and all because of those who

DateTimingsEvent Function

1Sun 1st MayAll DayPicnic/Camping for members and guests
2Sat 28th MayEveningDinner/Dance for MEMBERS ONLY
3Sat 4th JunEveningBBQ/Disco
4Sun 5th JunDaySports Activities
5Mon 6th JunDayFree day *
EveningSporting activities
6Tues 7th JunDayFree day *
EveningSporting activities
7Wed 8th Jun Evening Welcome Cocktail
8Thur 9th Jun Day Day Trips (mainly for overseas guests)
EveningVariety Show/Concert
9Fri 10th JunEveningKaraoke/Sing-a-long
10Sat 11th JunAfternoonMass
EveningAnniversary Ball
11Sun 12th JunAll DayFarewell

For further Information :
write to nfo at nicentenary.com

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Admiral Mehta in 1996 (or anyone else earlier)

The "lease" agreement (apparently signed between the ministry of defence and
the civil aviation department) ALLOWS the use of the airfield for civil
aviation purposes SUBJECT to the condition that it would in no way interfere
with the functioning of the NAVY.

And NOT the other way around, as suggested by you.

Would anyone care to guess HOW MANY GOANS were involved in the signing of
the lease of THEIR (Goan ) civilian airport?



Phillip, may I congratulate you for making some very valid points AND for
sticking it out there to defend your position.

That is good....and I applaud you .

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#1 : it would help the debate if less pejorative and/or mocking-toned
subject-lines were used. Are we trying to score mere debating points, or
actually take the issue forward?

#2 : This debate has got considerably muddied because of all the stray (and
often unrelated) issues brought in. Writers like Prof Philip Thomas have
however contributed significantly in trying to get to the root.

#3 : The crux of the issues seems to be simply this: if Dabolim was a
civilian airport (under the Portuguese colonial rule and/or later) at what
point of time did it changes hands to the military authorities, and under
what conditions/document?

# 4: Re the payment of compensation, is that really an issue here?

JC's response:

wrt # 1: Perhaps Fred will explain WHAT was mocking about the subject line
(s) in the Dabolim debate.

About "Moving it forward" - Truly, does Fred believe that the Issue has a
better chance (If any) of "moving forward" by exposure on cyber discussion
lists OR in the Goa Press ?

re: "mere scoring debating points" - I'd say ..... Ha!

wrt # 2 : Agree

wrt # 3: That is the reason why the Rear Admiral's comments were placed
on the cyber record by Gaspar Almeida of Goan Voices. It is the Rear Admiral
who was using it to justify the 'boxing' of civilian flights.

All the other questions re: WHAT DOCUMENT et al - I suggest that question be
asked to the Goa based Indian Navy hanchos. Since they do not appear to be
on these Goa cyberlists ( even though lurking is a possibility ), wouldn't
Fred agree that the Goa Press might be best positioned to ferret out those

wrt # 4 : The answer is NO. It is only the Rear Admiral who ( acc to his
reported statement ) made it a kind of justification for Indian Naval
intransigence in the matter.

IF you review my original response to Phillip, you will note my view - and
you might wish to agree or disagree with it: If the Navy did not display
this intransigence wrt Civilian Flights - NOBODY would have bothered.



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with domestic help. She ensured that her children
received a musical education and worked part-time as a
life-insurance sales agent. Phyllis also found the
time to compete in sports, got involved in the
community, including management of the local gymkhana,
and even took a leading role in Hamlet in a local
drama competition.

Hoping for a better life for their children, Phyllis
and Alec moved to Canada in 1964, starting the next
chapter in Phyllis's life. Travelling by ship, the
family, including Alec's 88-year-old father, arrived
in Montreal. Nearly 50, Phyllis ran the home and
contributed to the family income by supply teaching
and selling encyclopedias. Alec returned to
university, completed a degree in education, and
taught high school for a while. Then they decided to
go into business, and Phyllis assisted Alec in
starting an import-export firm.

Recognizing the need for community association,
Phyllis organized several community gatherings. With
Ed Martyres, she co-founded the Indo-Pakistan
Christian Association, which later changed its name to
the Canorient Christian Association. It operates today
with chapters in several major cities in Canada. Alec,
as always, supported Phyllis in this venture as a
silent partner.

With three of her children having moved on to form
families of their own in Ottawa, Toronto and
Vancouver, Phyllis and Alec moved to Mississauga in
1981 to live with their daughter Shanti.

This final chapter of life in retirement included
helping raise a grandson. Always the organizer,
Phyllis started an annual family picnic that continues
today. She was an active member of the Meadowvale
seniors club, running its carpet-bowling program,
until short-term memory loss and other ailments
prevented her from continuing.

Alec passed away in 2002. Phyllis leaves behind her
family of four children and their spouses, 11
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with a
legacy of accomplishments and contributions to
community driven by love, endless energy, enthusiasm,
and faith.

Romesh Athaide

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0091-5637. Reproduced with permission of the editor.

KONKANI HAS ITS own unique expressions -- words, phrases, idioms, proverbs,
and other folksy linguistic miracles which defy translation into any other
language. *To konna'lo?* is one such, with its several inflexions according
to gender and number: *tem konnalem*, *ti konna'li*, *te konna'le*, *teo
konna'leo*, *tim konna'lim*.

Literary, the phrase means, "Which family does he belong to?" or "Who are
his parents?" It is apparently a simple interrogative, an expression of
normal, healthy curiosity, expressing the concern that one human being has
for another.

But to those who know their Konkani and belong to the social matrix of Goa,
the phrase is far from simple and innocuous. True, it does express
curiosity, but the curiosity is not the elementary curiosity of a mere
individual. It is the highly sophisticated curiosity of the community, or
organised society. The phrase is a masterpiece of verbal economy and
semantic subtlety. It implies a social and moral attitude that is the result
of a whole way of life rooted in the soil of Goa.

Though the phrase is known to all, it is never used indiscriminately. It is
not to be bandied about in the street or in the market-place. You cannot
just speak it out glibly, or shout it out brazenly. Even in the drawing-room
or the dance-hall, you cannot mouth it tactlessly. To do so would be the
height of impertinence, and you would be summarily condemned as a very
ill-mannered yokel.

In fact, the use of the phrase calls for the proper occasion and situation,
the proper place and time, and above all, the most practised gesture and
inflexion of voice. Its utterance is part of a "code."

Goan society is based on a traditional hierarchy which has its origins in
ancient Hindu India. It is a hierarchy of many tiers, arranged in a
descending scale, each tier made up of a homogeneous group, with its own
status, it own priviledges and responsibilities, its own loyalties, and its
own "code" of honour, which have to be zealously guarded. An individual's
place in this hierarchy is determined solely by the accident of birth.

The gods decided it all for you: you are born into a family which belongs to
one of the social tiers, and there you "belong," there you stay. Like the
fixed stars in the heavens, you have your fixed station in the social
firmament, and your set orbit.

In the good old days, before emigration and the spread of education began to
disturb the feudal stability of life in Goa, everyone knew practically
everyone else. Your identity was known, not only who you were but also where
you belonged.

This is generally true in the villages even today. Such was the thoroughness
with which the hierarchic social system was perpetuated that a large number
of Hindu surnames could be interpreted as marks of identification which
placed you definitely in one of the social tiers.

However, an accident of history took place to disturb the old social order.
Foreign conquest and conversion in the sixteenth century introduced new
ideas of a free and equal society in Goa. The logic of the principle that
all men are equal was a challenge to the traditional hierarchic practice,
and the situation was fraught with perils. But the challenge had to be
faced. Habits die hard; position and privilege cannot be easily surrendered;
group loyalties cultivated over the centuries cannot be given up. The new
ideas of social mobility were a threat to the homogeneity of the group. The
purity of the social group had to be maintained, the well-being of the
members assured. This could be done by sedulously preventing the
infiltration of intruders and upstarts, of "outsiders."

Under the new dispensation this was not as easy as before. Names, for
example, were arbitrarily changed, and one clue to the identity of an
individual came to be lost. "Fernandes" or "Colaco" offered no clue to the
status of an individual christened with the new foreign name, as "Sardesai"
or "Borkar" offered. A "Colaco" could be anyone from the highest-born to the

In this state of anonymity and impending social confusion a technique had to
be devised to discover the identity of the individual, so that the
privileges enjoyed exclusively by the high-born could be safeguarded. In the
field of employment, for instance, unwanted low-born competitors had to be
eliminated. The loaves and fishes of office had to be distributed among
members of the group that enjoyed the patronage of the rulers. The elders
who held office had not only to see that their relatives, whom they knew,
were well-placed, but also see that further recruitment was confined to the
members of the social group they traditionally belonged to. This called for
the closely scrutiny and circumspection.

This was a task for the new Goan gentleman. A gentleman, as Cardinal Newman
has it, is one who never hurts others. So when the job-seeker had to be
'placed' socially, it had to be done in a gentlemanly manner. The problem
was to find an answer to the crucial question which the upholders of the old
hierarchic order had invented in face of the new challenge: *To konna'lo?*

An easy way would have been to ask the party a direct question: *Tum
konna'lo?* But that would be against the spirit of the new civilization. The
process of detection had to be oblique and casual. By indirections find
directions out: that was the civilized way.

"Which village do you come from?" is usually the opening question. Like the
old surnames, the names of several villages in Goa are associated with a
certain social group that has a major population in it. If your reply is
Assagao, or Saligao, or Moira, or Velim, or Cuncolim, or St Estevam, the
problem of "placing" you is not very difficult.

There is a supplementary to this: "From which ward?" which tracks you down
nearer home. The pursuit continues, however, "Do you know so-and-so?" It is
a change from place to person, generating an atmosphere of intimacy. If the
answer is yes, then pat comes the confidence move, "He's my mother's
sister's sister-in-law's husband's son-in-law." You reel under the impact of
this chain of relatives, and when you have recovered from the attempt to
unravel the complexity of the relationship, you warm up to the occasion and
discover to him, "Ah! He's my father's sister's brother-in-law's daughter's
son." It's a mutual discovery, and he bursts upon you with the cabalistic
phrase, "*Arre, tum amcho mum-re!*" You're not only 'placed', you are
accepted. You join the chosen band of the priviledged.

Another occasion calls for a like investigation. Traditionally, marriage in
Goa is endogamous. It is arranged between members of the same social group.
It is not a personal affair, but a family affair, and it is mother-made.

Goa is dotted with *Donas* with grown-up daughters, whose giving away in
marriage is a matter of great concern and calls for perpetual vigilance. It
is not only that an adequate dowry has to be provided; a proper husband has
to be chosen.

The young man need not be rich, he need not be highly educated; in fact, he
need not even be young. There may be a bunch of decaying *beatas* in his
house, not to speak of a number of aged *tios*. The family may even have
bred quite a few *endde*. But the proper husband-to-be must "belong" to the
social group of his mother-in-law-to-be.

One of the happy hunting grounds for these *Donas* is the dance-hall, which
offers a wide range of eligible young, or not-so-young, bachelors. Many a
marriage has been arranged in this place, and many more are still arranged.
Bejewelled, laced and feathered, these Goans of a dying species chaperoned
their daughters to the hall and took their seats at a vantage point from
where they could survey the whole scene.

Imagine them in a phalanx, these pillars of the traditional hierarchy,
fanning themselves while they observe and comment upon the young couples on
the floor. Perhaps one of them spots her daughter swaying in the arms of a
handsome young man. She has not seem him before, but he looks eligible.
Perhaps he is making overtures to her daughter. Anything can happen when the
two young people dance cheek to cheek. She has to make a quick move to
prevent a *misalliance*. Her cronies on either side can come to her rescue
and enlighten her. Some of them are experts in genealogy; they know family
trees from roots upwards to the smallest twig.

And so she leans to her left, her face half-covered with the spread-out fan,
and whispers in her neighbour's ear the great question: "*To konna'lo re?*,
pointing to the young man with her raised eyebrow and fixed look. This is
the classic occasion for the use of the phrase. The young aspirant is
minutely scanned, perhaps with the aid of a lorgnette, and "placed" with a
superior sniff and a whispered contempt. His predicament has been very
precisely stated by Prufrock: "... eyes that fix you in a formulated
phrase,/ And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin, / When I am pinned
and wriggling on the wall."

He does not belong. The establishment is secure.

Of course, in spite of the heroic efforts of such *Donas*, there have been
cracks in the establishment in recent years. There is greater social
mobility than ever before. But social attitudes practised over the centuries
become part of the subconscious mind and resist change. The attitude
crystallised in the phrase, *To konna'lo?* formed the warp and woof of Goan
society. It played a furtive role in the corridors of the seminary, in the
vestry of the church, and in the chapter of the cathedral. It received a
sanction in Goan folklore, was codified in proverbs and immortalised in the
following legend.

The two adjoining villages in Bardez, Sangolda and Guirim, have each a major
population of one social group. They have one church, however, and one
patron saint on the centre altar, the side altars being dedicated to the
Holy Name of Jesus and Our Lady of the Rosary. The religious loyalty of each
of the two social groups is attached to one of the side altars.

It happened once that an old woman in Guirim was on her death-bed. Now, it
is a custom in Goa to teach prayers to the dying and end them with the
ejaculation, *Jezu pay!* (Help me Jesus). The young woman who taught her the
prayers finally whispered in the ears of the dying, "Repeat after me: Jesus
help me!"

Hardly had she uttered the ejaculation when the old woman open her eyes wide
and shook her head most piously, "Jezu amcho nhum, Jezu ten'cho!" and she
closed her eyes and died.

Perhaps the old woman has changed her attitude in the other world. But in
this world, the Goan mind generally wavers between "decisions and
indecisions" on this social problem. And if I speak wrong, dear reader, tell
me this: has a question been flitting in and out of your mind as you have
been reading what I have written: *To konna'lo*?

Your answer will alone prove or disprove what I have been saying.
LUCIO RODRIGUES (1916-1973) had a brilliant academic career at Bombay
University; he started the literary magazine *The Liberation Movement* and
contributed to many publications in India; a specialist in folk literature
and arts, he was Visiting Professor of Folklore at Indiana University in
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Speculating on the cause of their impotency would be
another joke.
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2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
Unfortunately, Fred omitted my follow-up sentence. Far from pushing caste
under the rug, I write about it in my fiction. I believe I can more
readily influence minds through my fiction writing---as in my novel,
Tivolem, that deals with caste, prejudice, gossip, and the evil eye, among
other issues--- than through personal argument and confrontation. The
written word can be a powerful tool, and I will continue to use it.
I'm sorry about this, and apologise. Was just trying to make my
point strongly, by quoting snippets I disagree with.

Victor is someone who has long impressed me by his attitude of
sharing knowledge, helping, giving a hand to youngers
to come up, and doing things for Goa regardless of who benefits.
These attributes, to me, say much more about his attitude to
caste than any badge, accident of birth, or verbal claims.
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
To elucidate take the case of the Confrarias the colour of the vests viz;
red, white or purple worn OR feasts celebrated viz; Our Lady of Immaculate
Conception or Feast of the Holy Spirit by the upper castes and then you
have the St Michaels Feast of the lower castes or the Feast of St Francis
Xavier celebrated by the traditional tailors. Is this not according to
ones caste?
GodfreyJI's long and frank treatise on caste was both informative
and well-argued. The jury is still out on the link between
the Church and caste. Obviously the truth lies somewhere in between
(Fr) Basilio Monteiro's argument in apologetics and GodfreyJI's
all-blaming approach.
Even in marriages there is definitely the caste factor have we forgotten
-- the codes banana chickoo and salt fish or Britisher to denote brahmin
chardo and sudir or Gawda?
This bit is absolutely true, even though I learnt of it only
very recently. Maybe (i) I'm quite poorly informed (ii) this
is more prevalent in Salcete (iii) a mix of both. But it's true.
This writer has often been advocating to the Catholics that they need to
accept ones caste origins --- there is nothing to be afraid of --- its
origins and social engineering that is witnessed today in India is
accepted openly by the Hindu community -- there are associations viz;
Saraswat Brahmin Samaj , Kshatriya Maratha Samaj, Van Vasi (Scheduled
tribes) Samaj and so on and on --- they even ensure that they look after
the interests of their own community After all what is POLITICS all about
in India is it not a permutation and combination of certain castes
depending upon their percentages that finally craves to grab the treasury
benches. Then why do the Catholics in India pretend that they are a
casteless Society.
The problem with caste isn't caste in itself, but the fact that
ingrained into it are in-built notions of superiority and
inferiority. This goes against the very grain of a democratic
one-(wo)man-one-vote principle, where people are judged by
their individual attributes and not group identities.

In times when mass-education is playing the role of a great
leveller, and changing Goan society tremendously, the
incongruity of caste-based feelings of superiority or
inferiority is even more glaringly apparent.

Migration is another great leveller, and I genuinely accept
the frankness with which some expats say, "Caste, what's that?"
We need to be moving towards a meritocracy, where each
individual is given a fair chance for all his/her talents to
bloom, and then judged on the basis of what talents s/he has.
Affirmative action is however not to be decried, just because
it cuts into the traditional cake of the already well-off.

When certain groups manage to corner an unfair share of the
cream for themselves, you're going to see negative 'social
capital' and also market imperfections, that block growth.

Caste is obviously going to remain of sociological importance,
maybe to understand who we are, where we come from. Also,
our histories. Maybe even where our ancestors were unfair
towards others (obviously harder to admit), or got bullied
by others. Etc, etc.

But I don't think we can, or should, march forward into the
past and create networks on these lines. Like a businessman
has only one caste and one religion -- money, it makes more
sense -- likewise it would better for anyone who opts to
deal with all human beings without preconceived notions.

My caste identity, if at all, should matter as much as my
blood group (A+), or the colour of my underwear (brown).
It is there, but doesn't entitle me to feel superior
or inferior to anyone else merely because of it being there.
The day this is done the Catholic community will NO LONGER REMAIN a
"prisoner of ones conscience"
Not sure if I understood you right here. Are you suggesting
that Catholics are losing out because they don't play the
game of caste permutations and combinations? I don't believe
a religious minority can play a numbers game defined by
a 'majority'-'minority' divide meant to put it on the defensive.
In fact it is this pessimism that is ruining the Catholic community and
the stress of survival is witnessed by the fact that fundamental forces
within the Church are screaming out loud and clear that JESUS IS THE ONLY
SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD---- when the true Catholic teaching should have been
Come on mate, you're mixing up issues here. Christianity
is still a monotheistic religion. If the Pope accepts (as
Advani wanted him to) that all religions are equal, his
main plank falls through. I think this is just the reality
of monotheistic religions, and, like it or not, you have to
accept it as part of most Semetic-influenced faiths.

The people pushing their religion down someone's throat has
got more to do with intolerance, and a failure to understand
what makes a multi-religious, multi-ethnic society.
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There is quite a lot of evidence of exactly that available. For one thing,
look at the dismal figures of dalit Christian clergy in India (as compared
to their ratio in the Christian population).
Maybe some reservation for dalit clergy at all levels of the church
hierarchy would help? Or, rather than reservation, affirmative action
along the lines of the US?
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1. Are we referring to Goa or are we talking about India?
2. Are we talking about the Catholic Church or the Christian church?
3. Has anybody heard about Dalit agitations in Goa? VG pl.respond!
4. What's the stat of chardo seminarians and pad-vigars? BM pl. respond!
Both connected points above.

First, Gadgil, I often fail to understand why the caste debate in
India is reduced to one of Dalits primarily. Agreed, the Dalits
being the most exploited, are a touchstone to test the sincerity
of our approach towards the worst off.

Nevertheless, there are a whole lot of other deprived caste
groups that have a lot of issues to be addressed. Some clarity is
needed on this. Or else, we could end up with a parallel to what
happened to (mainly Hindu society) post-1961, where the intermediary
caste groupings raised the anti-caste flag, to primarily garner
a lot of benefits (albeit speaking under the catch-all 'Bahujan
Samaj' label)

On the other hand, Gilbert, questioning about "Dalit agitations"
as if to deny any problem is unrealistic. Every (almost) so-called
Old Conquest village has its Maharvaddo, segregated at one end.
While this section may not suffer ritual pollution (they're
recognised as some of the best in the cullinary art), they still
face significant social disempowerment.

But Dalits form a small percentage of the Goan population, maybe
below 5%. The bigger deprived segments include the Gawadas, the
Kunbis (both considered aboriginal communities, who get depicted
by what my friend Flaviano Dias used to call 'synthetic kunbis'
at river-cruise dances), and the Sudirs (Sudras).

The good news is that as the Church ceases to be a traditional form
of social control, we're seeing more young men from the sub-altern
groups join the priesthood. Can we hope for a different Church,
with a genuine 'option for the poor', some decades down the line?
From ac_menezes at hotmail.com Fri Oct 22 00:08:12 2004
from 16th century to the end of the second world war, only boys coming
from the bamon families were allowed to become priests ( the chhaddi boy
most probably entered the portals of the seminary sometime during the 19th
century ). is this not religious sanction of the caste system ?
I think you're failing to realise that religion was just *another* arena in
the battle for dominance among the main two Catholic caste groupings. So
were the newspapers (Herald and O Herald), the political parties (Partido
Indiano and the-name-just-slipped-me), the clubs in various expat locations
including Nairobi, the confraria, the candidates-for-sainthood, forms of
music, and more.

Someone said the Portuguese found the local social hierarchy quite like
theirs. Post-1961, the impact of Liberation Theology and newer egalitarian
trends in Goa might have brought in some degree of change in the Church.
Only time will tell whether that's taking place fast enough. FN
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30 mins, English, 1991, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro

The programme takes up two cases of Down's syndrome, with different
genetic profiles (Trisomy 21 and Translocation 14- 21) and traces the
counselling process involved in each case. The aim is to highlight the
counselling strategies that could be adopted to help clients to come to
terms and deal with the genetic disorder. This programme would be of use to
medical practitioners as well as other professionals and paraprofessionals
involved in work with the mentally challenged



Pani Panchayat

Part I & II, 50 mins., English and Marathi versions, 1986, Directed by
Anjali Monteiro

Documents a water cooperative movement of small farmers in a drought-prone
block of Maharashtra. In the first part, Pani Panchayat is juxtaposed with
the State's promotion of large irrigation projects. The second part is an
appraisal of Pani Panchayat and the extent to which it presents an
alternative model.

Magra Mewar Vikas Sanstha

Part I & II, 68 mins., English, 1991, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

MMVS, based in Ajmer and Bhilwara districts of Rajasthan, is a co-ordinating
voluntary agency of village committees that have taken up sustainable
development of their common property resources based on the principles of
contributory voluntary labour and equitable distribution of produce. The
video evaluates these efforts in the context of the on-going ecological
degradation of the Central Aravallis and governmental initiatives to remedy
the situation.

One Hundred Years of Drought


21 mins., English, Hindi and Marathi versions, 1993, Directed by K.P.
Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro

The video examines the causes of recurrent drought in Maharashtra,
attempting to demonstrate the extent to which drought is a socially created
phenomenon, a fall out of ecologically unsound policies and practices, both
at micro and macro levels. It includes a brief review of the impact of
colonial role and famine policy, as well as the post- independence path of
development, premised on the growth of heavy industry, large dams and
modernisation of agriculture. This has resulted in deforestation, soil
erosion and depletion of ground water reserves, calling for alternative
appproaches involving people's participation in integrated watershed
management, based on the principles of sustainable development,
self-reliance and equity.


Joint Forest Management in Uttara Kannada

54 mins., English and Kannada versions, 1999, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar
and Anjali Monteiro

Uttara Kannada in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka is one of the most
densely forested districts in India. The film examines State interventions
such as the Joint Forest Planning and Management against the backdrop of
livelihood and survival issues of forest dependent communities.

Jungle Tales
Surviving Development in Uttara Kannada

52 mins., English and Hindi versions, 1999, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

Uttara Kannada in Karnataka is one of the most densely forested districts in
India. Development projects in the district have displaced one out of every
ten inhabitants. The film examines livelihood and survival issues of forest
dependent communities against the backdrop of this destruction of a fragile
and versatile ecosystem in the Western Ghats region, and State interventions
towards Joint Forest Management, funded by multi-lateral aid agencies.


Lage Jiva Ghar Ghar
A Document on Women and Shelter

44 mins., English and Marathi versions,1990, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar,
Simantini Dhuru and Anjali Monteiro

The programme traces the differential socialisation processes that girl
children internalise, to focus on women's limited rights to property. It
goes on to discuss the alternatives available to women in distress, such as
working women's hostels and shelter homes, emphasising the need to search
for more appropriate systems of support.

Sudha Police Station Gayi Thi

On the Demystification of Police Procedures for Women

16 mins.,Hindi, 1992, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro

Sudha, a woman facing domestic violence, approaches a police station for
help. Her experience there leaves her wondering whether the police can be
of any help in such situations. She meets Anita, an activist, who
familiarises her with the basic procedures and police personnel involved in
registering cognisable and non-cognisable complaints. In the process, Sudha
begins to appreciate the possibilities and limitations of police

Odhni: A Collective Exploration Of Ourselves, Our Bodies

23 mins., English and Hindi versions, 1993, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

Based on a workshop with a group of women on the theme of self-image and
sexuality, this video expresses women's perceptions of the relationships of
power that impinge on women's bodies and their selves. Through a process of
sharing and exploration, the group attempts a critique of the dominant modes
of power that are immediate to their lives.


Kahankar : Ahankar

(Story Maker : Story Taker)

38 Mins., English and Marathi versions, 1995, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar
and Anjali Monteiro

This is an attempt at bringing together a selection of the stories and
paintings of the Warlis, and some of the writings about `them'. To the
Warlis, a community of Adivasis (indigenous peoples), who live close to
Bombay, these stories represent their `history', their world-view. All the
outsiders, the Portuguese, the Marathas, the British, the `native'
settlers... they all tried obliterating this history and wisdom. The work
of the outsiders who wrote about `the Warli' represents this process of
creating new mythologies. By bringing together these disparate discourses,
this video aspires to critique these mythologies... To read between the
lines, as the stories themselves do.


The Plot Thickens...

14 mins.,English and Hindi versions, 1993, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

This series of short videos is dedicated to the critical spirit in all of
us. Whether it is a questioning of the notion of an objective reality (in
`Dialogue') and an instrumental language (in `Table, table and ...) or an
appreciation of how the media reproduce dominant relations of power in our
culture, the attempt is to facilitate a rethinking of our relationship to
the world around us. `Ideological Baggage' explores the construction of
gender in a television commercial while `Packaged Desire' examines the modus
operandi of advertising. `The Phantom Country', `The Myth of Columbus' and
`A Taste of Fascism' deal with various aspects of racism in the media.

Identity: The Construction of Selfhood

20 mins., English and Hindi versions, 1994, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

Questioning the notion of the self as a pre-given, primordial and purposive
entity, this video explores the gamut of modes in which identities are
produced, circulated and consumed within our culture. Identity is both
difference and relationship; identity is enmeshed in relations of power, be
they of gender, race or religion. Traversing a multi-cultural terrain
inhabited by Paul Klee and the Indo-Anglian poet A.K. Ramanujan, by popular
commercials and the writings of riot-affected children, Michel Foucault and
Sant Kabir, the medieval Sufi poet, the video is an invitation to examine
anew our praxis of identity as an eternally negotiated site of change and



A Document on Reconstruction in Post-earthquake Marathwada

Parts I & II, 58 mins., English, 1995, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

This video, shot during the period between October 1993 and December 1994,
critically examines various aspects of the reconstruction programme in the
Latur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra, following the earthquake of
September 30, 1993. Part I traces the first stage of the reconstruction
programme, where donor-sponsored housing relocation schemes were undertaken.
The issues explored include the validity of the decision to relocate 52
villages, the lay-out and design of the settlements and houses and the
building technologies adopted. It concludes with a case study of the village
Talani. The second part looks at the notion of peoples' participation in the
reconstruction programme. It presents various experiments involving the use
of low-cost indigenous materials, local participation in settlement design,
training of local artisans, demonstration of retrofitting techniques,
information-education campaigns and so on.

Water to the People

Towards Community Participation in Rural Drinking Water Schemes

34mins., English and Marathi versions, 1998, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

This video is a case study of the drinking water schemes in the districts of
Jalgaon and Nashik in Northern Maharashtra. It documents the processes and
structures which have enabled the institutionalisation of community centred
strategies, facilitated at various levels, by the Women's Studies Unit of
TISS, Community Participation Consultant to the project. These include
aspects such as training of government functionaries, formation of village
water committees and the mechanisms for sustainable local participation.

Reconstructing Communities

52 mins, Part I &II, English, 2002, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and Anjali

On September 30, 1993, an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale
devastated 67 villages in the Latur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra,
India. The death toll exceeded 8000 and over 16,000 were injured. This video
critically explores the possibilities and limitations of community
participation, in the 52 villages that were relocated, under the aegis of
the Maharashtra Earthquake Emergency Rehabilitation Programme (MEERP). This
World Bank funded project, implemented between 1993 and 1998, focused on
housing, infrastructure, social, economic and community rehabilitation and
the preparation of a Disaster Management Plan. It had community
participation as a key modality. Tata Institute of Social Sciences was the
community participation consultant, for the villages to be relocated.
Through case studies of selected villages, the video examines the processes
and dynamics of community participation in a pre-determined, target-driven
project, for post-disaster rehabilitation.


Saacha (The Loom)

49 Mins, English and Marathi versions, 2001, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

Saacha is about a poet, a painter and a city. The poet is Narayan Surve,
and the painter Sudhir Patwardhan. The city is the city of Mumbai (a.k.a.
Bombay), the birth place of the Indian textile industry and the industrial
working class. Both the protagonists have been a part of the left cultural
movement in the city. Weaving together poetry and paintings with accounts of
the artists and memories of the city, the film explores the modes and
politics of representation, the relevance of art in the contemporary social
milieu, the decline of the urban working class in an age of structural
adjustment, the dilemmas of the left and the trade union movement and the
changing face of a huge metropolis.

Naata (The Bond)

45 mins., English and Hindi versions, 2003, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and
Anjali Monteiro

Naata is about Bhau Korde and Waqar Khan, two activists and friends, who
have been involved in conflict resolution, working with neighbourhood peace
committees in Dharavi, reputedly, the largest 'slum' in Asia. This film
explores their work, which has included the collective production and use of
visual media for ethnic amity. Naata is also about us; among other things,
it is an attempt to reflect on how we relate to spaces of the other, spaces
like Dharavi.

It is, above all, about Mumbai, the city that encompasses Bhau, Waqar and

Hum Sab

40 mins, English and Hindi, 2003, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and Anjali

An edited version of Naata (synopsis above), which focuses on the story of
Bhau Korde and Waqar Khan, leaving out the bits where the filmmakers reflect
on their own experiences, related to ethnic amity and identity.


Shared Fate

Slide-sound on video, 30 mins, English, 1984, Directed by Nandan Kudhyadi
and Anjali Monteiro

Through a fictionalized case study, this slide-sound presentation traces the
entire process of adoption, with special emphasis on the role of the social
worker. Issues discussed include the legal framework for adoption, adoption
procedures, counseling the adoptive parents, follow-up after adoption and
the importance of telling the child that she/he is adopted.

YCP 1997

43 Mins., English,1997, Directed by K.P. Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro

Built between 1865 and 1876, Yerwada Central Prison (YCP), Pune, is one of
the oldest prisons in India, with over 2500 inmates. In this video, six
poets and artistes of the YCP share their work, their lives...

Through their poems and musings, the film explores the modes in which they
creatively cope with the pain and stigma of incarceration, in the process
questioning their selfhood and the socially constructed divides between 'us'
and 'them', between the 'normal' and the 'deviant'.
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Cesar Correia, the current president and chief executive officer of
Infolink, agreed to resign both as an officer and director of Infolink,
effective immediately. For full details of the report see:

For the brief profile of Cesar Correia in GVUK issue 2004-25, see:

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Full Text:
Judge orders firm to revamp board, change business practices in wake of

Friday, October 22, 2004 - Page B3

In an extraordinary move, a legal action by a group of shareholders has
forced the chief executive officer of a Toronto company to resign. A judge
has ordered the CEO's resignation to continue and told the company to revamp
its board of directors and change its business practices to address
shareholder complaints.

"This is a very unusual order to obtain," said Melvyn Solmon, a Toronto
lawyer who represented the shareholders.

The case involves Infolink Technologies Ltd., which trades on the TSX
Venture Exchange and specializes in so-called junk voice mail. The company's
founder, Cesar Correia, has been embroiled for months in a dispute with a
group of shareholders led by his former partner, George Theodore.

The shareholders have demanded Mr. Correia resign and they have alleged he
misused company funds for personal benefit. Mr. Correia has denied the
allegations and said the company's board investigated the issues and found
no wrongdoing.

The shareholders took their case to court and asked a judge to appoint a
monitor to investigate the allegations. Mr. Justice Peter Cumming of the
Ontario Superior Court agreed and appointed accounting firm Grant Thornton
as monitor and inspector.

Earlier this month, Grant Thornton filed a 51-page report in court that
backed up some of the shareholder's allegations. The firm found cases of
inappropriate related-party transactions at the company as well as a "lack
of corporate governance controls over management."

In one example, Grant Thornton said it could not find receipts for nearly
$250,000 in charges on the corporate credit card. Infolink also apparently
paid for personal airline tickets, hotel bills and at least $50,000 worth of
purchases from Saks Fifth Avenue, Harry Rosen and Tiffany & Co., the report

Grant Thornton recommended that Mr. Correia resign from the board and repay
the company money he received from related-party deals. The firm also said
Infolink's board should be reconstituted to include a majority of
independent directors.

In a ruling this week, Judge Cumming said Infolink accepted the
recommendations and Mr. Correia agreed to resign as an officer and director
(although he remains a paid executive). Mr. Correia has also agreed to repay
around $100,000.

The judge ordered that his resignation remain in place until he is
re-elected by shareholders or reappointed by the board. Mr. Correia is also
forbidden from having signing authority over company cheques and
restrictions have been put on his salary.

Judge Cumming ordered Grant Thornton to continue reviewing financial
transactions at the company. And, he ruled that Infolink should appoint two
independent directors to its board and change the way it handles company

Mr. Theodore, who owns 23 per cent of the company's shares, said he is happy
with the "interim outcome." But he noted that the judge left it open for
shareholders to sue the company, which could be costly. "I understand
shareholders wanting to take action," he said, but added that such legal
action could cripple the company's finances.

He also noted that the Ontario Securities Commission is investigating the
issues raised in the monitor's report. The OSC said it does not comment on

Mr. Correia, who owns about one-third of the company's shares, declined

In a statement, company chairman Stewart Wright said "the company takes very
seriously the recommendations of Grant Thornton in its interim report.
Certainly, the company does not condone any inappropriate activities
identified in the interim report."

He added that the board has adopted all the recommendations and it is
hopeful that "the company can now focus on the company's core business and
strategic direction."

Mr. Correia and Mr. Theodore created Infolink in 1995 and took it public in
1999. The company's annual sales are around $5-million and it lost $35,000
in its last fiscal year. Infolink's shares have been halted since Oct. 12.

Earlier this month, Infolink won a key victory at the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. The CRTC refused a
request by Bell Canada to stop junk voice mail messages.

The commission ruled that Infolink's technology, which leaves advertising
messages on voice mailboxes without the phone ringing, is not intrusive
enough to merit a ban
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<Please understand that I utterly and absolutely condemn the racist Caste
System of India. I also believe that ANYONE who believes in it and
practises it - is NOT a Catholic but a Hindu - FULL STOP!>


Jose Colaco's additional response:

I fully agree with Vidyaghar. Anyone who "believes and practices" the
wretched and racist Caste System of India is indeed "much poorer as a Human
Being"......and any Catholic who continues to live this practice which is a
hangover from the Hindu ancestors - is NOT a Catholic but a Hindu & much
poorer as a Human Being - FULL STOP!

The "much poorer as a Human Being" tag may also be applied to

1. Those who molest children ( include here those who neglect their
2. Those who Rape
3. Those who steal esp from the poor and disadvantaged
4. Those who kill (except in self defence) and support murder
5. Those who destroy the happiness of new brides by the Dowry tortures
6. Those who dirty up and destroy the place
7. Those who use Religion for violent purposes and to perpetuate distrust
among communities
8. The Corrupt, self serving, self-enriching 'social worker' politicians
and civil servants
9. Those who use religion as a spring board for political control.
10. Those who support and vote for individuals with Religion-oriented


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I'm unconvinced, Ladies are safe drivers on Goan roads. On my recent visit to Goa, I was on my way to Sarzora along the national highway when a lady ahead on a kinetic braked all of a sudden right on the middle of the road nearly crashing into her rear, she took me by surprise as the road ahead was clear, I stopped and politely asked her the reason for braking so suddenly, she pointed out to the traffic cop ahead who was lying in wait to book helmetless
2 wheeler riders.
On another occasion, I was stationary on my bike right in front of the Navelim church, when a young lass lost control of her kinetic (The ladies national bike in Goa) and
unto the rear wheel of my bike, she quietly picked up her bike and shot off without even offering me an apology. Lady pedestrians fare no better, I was on my way to Margao, when a lady appeared from nowhere entangling the strap of her shoulderbag to my front handbrake sending me crashing into a paanwallah's box in front of Agnelo Opticians, by the time I bent to help the paanwallah, the offending lady just disappeared into the crowd.
of ten
are lady drivers in Goa, therefore thier accident rate is quite low, they also seldom drive/ride along our treacherous highways where maximum fatalaties occur, they often travel short distances either to the grocers or collect thier kids from school, they expect thier male counterparts to be more considerate. They are very unpredictable drivers who brake or turn right/left so suddenly.
Percy Ferrao
Ealing Road.

Option A
After calculating the numbers featuring in the 'very informative' article above we get No 13
2+0+1+10 = 13


Option B
P+E+R+C+Y+F+E+R+R+A+O = (Value A)
H+E+L+G+A = (Value B) (Minus her reply to the post)

16+5+18+3+25+6+5+18+18+1+15 = 130 (Value A)
8+5+12+7+1= 33 (Value B)

Value A - Value B = (Value C)Result
130 - 33 = 97

I'd stake on 13. For the rest, you could go easy on 97.

Say, this time who wants to take a chance on monday's results?!!!

Wink Wink Elton
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
very large over a period of time. It has fiction books, periodicals,
magazines and as of to day more than three thousand books of reference on
various topics.Titles include History, Poetry,Culture, Arts,Drama, Music,
Religion etc.

The Association also has published several books pertaining to literature,
research, culture etc by eminent Goans.

The Appeal
Purpose: To preserve the books of reference so that they can be used by
anyone anywhere for doing research or for writing thesis.

At present the books are kept in wooden cupboards in non air conditioned
rooms and are getting damaged.
It is proposed to establish a computer department and to get all the books
systematically recorded in the computer. It is proposed to establish a
website of the Association so that these books are available for reference
by any one all over the world. Eventually the plan is to get these books
recorded fully in the computer
so that access becomes easy and the books are also preserved.
The preliminary expenses are estimated to be around Rupees 5 to 7 Lakhs. To
start the ball rolling I have myself already donated Rupees One lakh to
start the project.

Donations to the Association are eligible for tax relief under section 80G
of the Income Tax Act. The certificate number is DIT (E)/MC/80G/1220/2001.
We have opened a separate account for the purpose of this project.
Herewith I request all beneficiaries and well wishes of Goa Hindu
association to support this worthy project by generous donations.

Cheques/Drafts may please be drawn in faour of "Goa Hindu
Association-Computer section.) Please send the draft to me at the following
Dr.P.S.Ramani, 710, Vaidya villa, Road No.4, Parsi colony,Dadar, Mumbai 400

Yours sincerely,
Goa Hindu Association.
ramanis at bom8.vsnl.net.in

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MARGAO: What it seemed like was an attempt to boost growers' confidence and
expose them to the newer markets, thus raise the morale of the 'self-help

The recently-held (mid-October) krishi mela, or agricultural festival, was
an exhibition-cum-sale of fruits and vegetables, grown in the hilly areas of
the western ghats. There were also other home made items, being put out for
sale at the historic Lohia Maidan, here in Margao, the commercial or
buisinss capital of goa.

This exhibition was organised by the Goa government's Directorate of
Agriculture, in collabration with the self-help groups and other small
marginal farmers.

Agriculture products, ayurvedic medicines, honey and plants were also
displayed for sale.

A close interaction with these exhibitors revealed clearly that each of them
hold a special dream and hope to progress and prosper through such
encouraging initiatives undertaken by the authorities.

"We got a tremendous response and orders to supply our products too. Such a
response will definitely make a difference in our lives, said farmer Soiru
Velip, 59, excitedly.

2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
With a heavy heart, we think American readers should vote for John Kerry on
November 2nd

YOU might have thought that, three years after a devastating terrorist
attack on American soil, a period which has featured two wars, radical
political and economic legislation, and an adjustment to one of the biggest
stockmarket crashes in history, the campaign for the presidency would be an
especially elevated and notable affair. If so, you would be wrong. This
year's battle has been between two deeply flawed men: George Bush, who has
been a radical, transforming president but who has never seemed truly up to
the job, let alone his own ambitions for it; and John Kerry, who often seems
to have made up his mind conclusively about something only once, and that
was 30 years ago. But on November 2nd, Americans must make their choice, as
must The Economist. It is far from an easy call, especially against the
backdrop of a turbulent, dangerous world. But, on balance, our instinct is
towards change rather than continuity: Mr Kerry, not Mr Bush.

Whenever we express a view of that sort, some readers are bound to protest
that we, as a publication based in London, should not be poking our noses in
other people's politics. Translated, this invariably means that protesters
disagree with our choice. It may also, however, reflect a lack of awareness
about our readership. The Economist's weekly sales in the United States are
about 450,000 copies, which is three times our British sale and roughly 45%
of our worldwide total. All those American readers will now be pondering how
to vote, or indeed whether to. Thus, as at every presidential election since
1980, we hope it may be useful for us to say how we would think about our
vote-if we had one.

The case against George Bush
That decision cannot be separated from the terrible memory of September
11th, nor can it fail to begin as an evaluation of the way in which Mr Bush
and his administration responded to that day. For Mr Bush's record during
the past three years has been both inspiring and disturbing.
Mr Bush was inspiring in the way he reacted to the new world in which he,
and America, found itself. He grasped the magnitude of the challenge well.
His military response in Afghanistan was not the sort of poorly directed
lashing out that Bill Clinton had used in 1998 after al-Qaeda destroyed two
American embassies in east Africa: it was a resolute, measured effort, which
was reassuringly sober about the likely length of the campaign against Osama
bin Laden and the elusiveness of anything worth the name of victory.
Mistakes were made, notably when at Tora Bora Mr bin Laden and other leaders
probably escaped, and when following the war both America and its allies
devoted insufficient military and financial resources to helping Afghanistan
rebuild itself. But overall, the mission has achieved a lot: the Taliban
were removed, al-Qaeda lost its training camps and its base, and Afghanistan
has just held elections that bring cautious hope for the central
government's future ability to bring stability and prosperity.
The biggest mistake, though, was one that will haunt America for years to
come. It lay in dealing with prisoners-of-war by sending hundreds of them to
the American base at Guant?namo Bay in Cuba, putting them in a legal limbo,
outside the Geneva conventions and outside America's own legal system. That
act reflected a genuinely difficult problem: that of having captured people
of unknown status but many of whom probably did want to kill Americans, at a
time when to set them free would have been politically controversial, to say
the least. That difficulty cannot neutralise the damage caused by this
decision, however. Today, Guant?namo Bay offers constant evidence of
America's hypocrisy, evidence that is disturbing for those who sympathise
with it, cause-affirming for those who hate it. This administration, which
claims to be fighting for justice, the rule of law and liberty, is
incarcerating hundreds of people, whether innocent or guilty, without trial
or access to legal representation. The White House's proposed remedy, namely
military tribunals, merely compounds the problem.
When Mr Bush decided to frame his foreign policy in the sort of language and
objectives previously associated with Woodrow Wilson, John Kennedy or Ronald
Reagan, he was bound to be greeted with cynicism. Yet he was right to do so.
To paraphrase a formula invented by his ally, Tony Blair, Mr Bush was
promising to be "tough on terrorism, tough on the causes of terrorism", and
the latter he attributed to the lack of democracy, human rights and
opportunity in much of the world, especially the Arab countries. To call for
an effort to change that lamentable state of affairs was inspiring and
surely correct. The credibility of the call was enhanced by this month's
Afghan election, and may in future be enhanced by successful and free
elections in Iraq. But that remains ahead, and meanwhile Mr Bush's
credibility has been considerably undermined not just by Guant?namo but also
by two big things: by the sheer incompetence and hubristic thinking evident
in the way in which his team set about the rebuilding of Iraq, once Saddam
Hussein's regime had been toppled; and by the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in
Iraq, which strengthened the suspicion that the mistreatment or even torture
of prisoners was being condoned.
Invading Iraq was not a mistake. Although the intelligence about Saddam's
weapons of mass destruction has been shown to have been flimsy and, with
hindsight, wrong, Saddam's record of deception in the 12 years since the
first Gulf war meant that it was right not to give him the benefit of the
doubt. The containment scheme deployed around him was unsustainable and
politically damaging: military bases in holy Saudi Arabia, sanctions that
impoverished and even killed Iraqis and would have collapsed. But changing
the regime so incompetently was a huge mistake. By having far too few
soldiers to provide security and by failing to pay Saddam's remnant army, a
task that was always going to be long and hard has been made much, much
harder. Such incompetence is no mere detail: thousands of Iraqis have died
as a result and hundreds of American soldiers. The eventual success of the
mission, while still possible, has been put in unnecessary jeopardy. So has
America's reputation in the Islamic world, both for effectiveness and for
moral probity.
If Mr Bush had meanwhile been making progress elsewhere in the Middle East,
such mistakes might have been neutralised. But he hasn't. Israel and
Palestine remain in their bitter conflict, with America readily accusable of
bias. In Iran the conservatives have become stronger and the country has
moved closer to making nuclear weapons. Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia have
not turned hostile, but neither have they been terribly supportive nor
reform-minded. Libya's renunciation of WMD is the sole clear piece of
This only makes the longer-term project more important, not less. To
succeed, however, America needs a president capable of admitting to mistakes
and of learning from them. Mr Bush has steadfastly refused to admit to
anything: even after Abu Ghraib, when he had a perfect opportunity to
dismiss Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, and declare a new start, he
chose not to. Instead, he treated the abuses as if they were a low-level,
disciplinary issue. Can he learn from mistakes? The current approach in
Iraq, of training Iraqi security forces and preparing for elections to
establish an Iraqi government with popular support, certainly represents an
improvement, although America still has too few troops. And no one knows,
for example, whether Mr Rumsfeld will stay in his job, or go. In the end,
one can do no more than guess about whether in a second term Mr Bush would
prove more competent.

Making sense of John Kerry
That does at least place him on equal terms with his rival, Mr Kerry. With
any challenger, voters have to make a leap of faith about what the new man
might be like in office. What he says during the campaign is a poor guide:
Mr Bush said in 2000 that America should be "a humble nation, but strong"
and should eschew nation-building; Mr Clinton claimed in 1992 to want to
confront "the butchers of Beijing" and to reflate the economy through public
Like those two previous challengers, Mr Kerry has shaped many of his
positions to contrast himself with the incumbent. That is par for the
course. What is more disconcerting, however, is the way those positions have
oscillated, even as the facts behind them have stayed the same. In the
American system, given Congress's substantial role, presidents should
primarily be chosen for their character, their qualities of leadership, for
how they might be expected to deal with the crises that may confront them,
abroad or at home. Oscillation, even during an election campaign, is a
worrying sign.
If the test is a domestic one, especially an economic crisis, Mr Kerry looks
acceptable, however. His record and instincts are as a fiscal conservative,
suggesting that he would rightly see future federal budget deficits as a
threat. His circle of advisers includes the admirable Robert Rubin, formerly
Mr Clinton's treasury secretary. His only big spending plan, on health care,
would probably be killed by a Republican Congress. On trade, his position is
more debatable: while an avowed free trader with a voting record in the
Senate to confirm it, he has flirted with attacks on outsourcing this year
and chosen a rank protectionist as his running-mate. He has not yet shown Mr
Clinton's talent for advocacy on this issue, or any willingness to confront
his rather protectionist party. Still, on social policy, Mr Kerry has a
clear advantage: unlike Mr Bush he is not in hock to the Christian right.
That will make him a more tolerant, less divisive figure on issues such as
abortion, gay marriage and stem-cell research.
The biggest questions, though, must be about foreign policy, especially in
the Middle East. That is where his oscillations are most unsettling. A war
that he voted to authorise, and earlier this year claimed to support, he now
describes as "a mistake". On some occasions he claims to have been
profoundly changed by September 11th and to be determined to seek out and
destroy terrorists wherever they are hiding, and on others he has seemed to
hark back to the old Clintonian view of terrorism as chiefly a question of
law and order. He has failed to offer any set of overall objectives for
American foreign policy, though perhaps he could hardly oppose Mr Bush's
targets of democracy, human rights and liberty. But instead he has merely
offered a different process: deeper thought, more consultation with allies.
So what is Mr Kerry's character? His voting record implies he is a
vacillator, but that may be unfair, given the technical nature of many
Senate votes. His oscillations this year imply that he is more of a ruthless
opportunist. His military record suggests he can certainly be decisive when
he has to be and his post-Vietnam campaign showed determination. His
reputation for political comebacks and as a strong finisher in elections
also indicates a degree of willpower that his flip-flopping otherwise

The task ahead, and the man to fit it
In the end, the choice relies on a judgment about who will be better suited
to meet the challenges America is likely to face during the next four years.
Those challenges must include the probability of another big terrorist
attack, in America or western Europe. They must include the need for a
period of discipline in economic policy and for compromise on social policy,
lest the nation become weak or divided in the face of danger. Above all,
though, they include the need to make a success of the rebuilding of Iraq,
as the key part of a broader effort to stabilise, modernise and, yes,
democratise the Middle East.
Many readers, feeling that Mr Bush has the right vision in foreign policy
even if he has made many mistakes, will conclude that the safest option is
to leave him in office to finish the job he has started. If Mr Bush is
re-elected, and uses a new team and a new approach to achieve that goal, and
shakes off his fealty to an extreme minority, the religious right, then The
Economist will wish him well. But our confidence in him has been shattered.
We agree that his broad vision is the right one but we doubt whether Mr Bush
is able to change or has sufficient credibility to succeed, especially in
the Islamic world. Iraq's fledgling democracy, if it gets the chance to be
born at all, will need support from its neighbours-or at least
non-interference-if it is to survive. So will other efforts in the Middle
East, particularly concerning Israel and Iran.
John Kerry says the war was a mistake, which is unfortunate if he is to be
commander-in-chief of the soldiers charged with fighting it. But his plan
for the next phase in Iraq is identical to Mr Bush's, which speaks well of
his judgment. He has been forthright about the need to win in Iraq, rather
than simply to get out, and will stand a chance of making a fresh start in
the Israel-Palestine conflict and (though with even greater difficulty) with
Iran. After three necessarily tumultuous and transformative years, this is a
time for consolidation, for discipline and for repairing America's moral and
practical authority. Furthermore, as Mr Bush has often said, there is a need
in life for accountability. He has refused to impose it himself, and so
voters should, in our view, impose it on him, given a viable alternative.
John Kerry, for all the doubts about him, would be in a better position to
carry on with America's great tasks.
2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
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Panaji, Oct 30: Corporators of state capital Panaji okayed proposals to drop
Portuguese names from 21 roads in the city and re-anoint them to honour
freedom fighters and eminent personalities.

The exercise comes nearly four decades after Portugal's ouster from its
former west coast enclave and is the second name change exercise to drop the
names of Portuguese governors and personalities.

Panaji's arterial main roads had already been renamed in the past --- after
Mahatma Gandhi, Dayanand Bandodkar (Goa's first chief minister) and T B
Cunha (Goan freedom fighter). Minor road names -- little known even to
residents of this small town --- were however retained until now.

Road nomenclature became an issue once again when freedom fighters and
saffron groups in the state took offence to plaques and sign posts that
publicised the "pro-Portuguese' names during heritage restoration and city
upgrade projects in recent months.

On Friday, corporators agreed to drop names like Rua de Ourem, Rua Gov
Texeira de Silva, Rua Cruzador Admastor, Rua Diago de Couto among others and
make way for Goan freedom fighters Mark Fernandes, Peter Alvares, and
Viswanath Lawande.

The name changing exercise was not without acrimony. In June this year,
saffron groups vandalised sign posts and plaques to make their point in a
state that plays up its Iberian westernised image to create its tourism
unique selling-point.

Starred hotels in the state opt for flamboyant Portuguese words and imagery
to create ambiance and bolster sales.

Meanwhile, city administrators have also decided to crack down on begging
and hawking in its bid to spruce up the city for the November 29
international film festival of India.

Rs 100 crore (Rs 1000 million) have been sunk into putting up infrastructure
along a narrow strip of waterfront road.
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Panaji, Oct 30: Corporators of state capital Panaji okayed proposals to drop
Portuguese names from 21 roads in the city and re-anoint them to honour
freedom fighters and eminent personalities.

The exercise comes nearly four decades after Portugal's ouster from its
former west coast enclave and is the second name change exercise to drop the
names of Portuguese governors and personalities.

Panaji's arterial main roads had already been renamed in the past --- after
Mahatma Gandhi, Dayanand Bandodkar (Goa's first chief minister) and T B
Cunha (Goan freedom fighter). Minor road names -- little known even to
residents of this small town --- were however retained until now.

Road nomenclature became an issue once again when freedom fighters and
saffron groups in the state took offence to plaques and sign posts that
publicised the "pro-Portuguese' names during heritage restoration and city
upgrade projects in recent months.

On Friday, corporators agreed to drop names like Rua de Ourem, Rua Gov
Texeira de Silva, Rua Cruzador Admastor, Rua Diago de Couto among others and
make way for Goan freedom fighters Mark Fernandes, Peter Alvares, and
Viswanath Lawande.

The name changing exercise was not without acrimony. In June this year,
saffron groups vandalised sign posts and plaques to make their point in a
state that plays up its Iberian westernised image to create its tourism
unique selling-point.

Starred hotels in the state opt for flamboyant Portuguese words and imagery
to create ambiance and bolster sales.

Meanwhile, city administrators have also decided to crack down on begging
and hawking in its bid to spruce up the city for the November 29
international film festival of India.

Rs 100 crore (Rs 1000 million) have been sunk into putting up infrastructure
along a narrow strip of waterfront road.
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PANAJI (Goa), Nov 3: Sandwitched between prominent IT cities, tiny Goa is
struggling to get going with a policy on information technology, and is
promising units coming here cheaper land, sops and infrastructure.

India's smallest state of 1.4 million inhabitants has announced yet another
IT policy, after earlier unveiled plans got caught in political changes, and
the inflow of IT units here turned into a trickle, as did those in some
other fields.

Caught between India's 'silicon valley' of Bangalore, and other IT-savvy
cities like Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, and Kochi, Goa says it would offer
infrastructure that would make Goa a "plug and play economy".

In recent months, the Goa government has said that some IT majors have shown
an interest in the state. But while investments have taken their time in
coming, other earlier units set up here have floundered or even closed shop
in the case of two earlier-appreciated units at the Verna industrial estate,
some 20 kms from here.

In a new IT policy just unveiled here, the Goa government has promised to
give the IT industry "incentives to reduce the gap of opportunity for
IT/ITES (infotech and IT-enabled services) industries locating in Goa".

It also said that land would be given at "institutional rates" for large
investments and the top 20 IT companies.

"Scarcity of land mass in the (small) State and substantially high
commercial rates of land have been a major obstruction in the development of
campuses by key players in the industry," the government admitted.

It promised annual events to "promote local technology", sales-tax
exemptions for IT/ITES industry for five more years, and a promise to pay
30% of the salary of local employment generation.

It is not clear how sustainable such pledges are, but the Goa government's
slow progress in promoting IT has come in for some criticism here. Earlier,
a number of industrial units, in other sectors, flocked to Goa to take
advantage of this state's tax-holidays. But with the end of such liberal
sops, many units have shut down while a few have begun talking of

To lure the IT units, the government is offering to water down its laws
specifically for this sector. It is promising stamp duty reimbursement, and
higher FAR (floor-area ratios) that would allow IT units to grwo vertically
in addition to what is allowed. This is seen as a move to benefit the
sector, without the government having to spend from its own budget.

Goa also npromised a "preferential power tariff" for this sector,
lower domicile requirements for children of IT personnel coming in from
other states for jobs here, exemptions from shift restrictions for staff,
and awards for contributing to the state economy and employment.

Goa government claimed its IT policy would also have positive fallouts for
citizens. It said all schools would get "at least one computer, LCD
projector and interactive reference equipment". Goa currently has a scheme
which gives college students an almost-free computer, called the Cyberage

2014-04-09 09:50:27 UTC
I am a practicing Roman Catholic and belong to the parish of St. Francis of
Assisi in Metuchen, New Jersey...

Outsourcing as it stands now is unfair to Americans. It is a one way street.
Those countries receiving American outsourced work must open up their
markets immediately to all American goods and services without let or
hindrance. It will create jobs in America and in those Third World countries
too. Otherwise outsourcing of American jobs must be stopped immediately...

You should be supporting the cause of jobs in America and not India...
Source: The Telegraph (Calcutta) 1 Nov. 2004 at

Headline: Indians turn back on their own - Fernandes is in the fray, but
community roots for a white man

Relevant text:
Washington, Oct. 31: Of all the candidates in America's election fray,
Sylvester Fernandes is among the most unhappy.

He is an Indian American, but the Indian Americans who are supporting him
can be counted on the fingers of both hands.

In New Jersey's sixth Congressional district, which has several thousand
registered voters of Indian origin, almost the entire Indian American
community is rooting for a white man and vigorously opposing one of their

Their reason: the white Democrat is more Indian than many Indians in
America. He is Frank Pallone Jr., founder of the Congressional Caucus on
India and Indian Americans. Pallone is a familiar figure at Hindu temples
and at other Indian congregations - and not merely at election time.

He is at times clad in churidar and kurta and often sports a tilak on his
forehead when he is at Indian gatherings.

Indian Americans in New Jersey have organised numerous fund-raisers for
Pallone, but virtually none for Fernandes. Frustrated, Fernandes has now
turned to Chinese, Filipinos and Hispanics, who are also among the sixth
district's vote bank.

For their part, leaders of the Indian American community in the district
argue that their support for Pallone is not only because of what he has done
for them and for Indo-US engagement.

They say Fernandes is no more than an also-ran in this election,
notwithstanding his stature as co-chair of the Republican Party in the

One in four registered voters in the sixth district is a Democrat: which
gives Fernandes not even a fighting chance even if he had the support of
Indian Americans.

Besides, Tuesday's widely expected victory for Pallone will be his ninth
straight election to the House of Representatives.

Pallone is so sure of victory in this district, where he was born and has
lived all his life, that he has even refused to debate Fernandes.

The refusal so infuriated the Republican that he recently barged into
Pallone's campaign meeting and demanded that he should at least reply to his
letters challenging him to a debate.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sachin Phadte" <sachinphadte at hotmail.com>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 11:25 AM
Subject: [Goanet]Sylvester Fernandes, Republican candidate for the House of
I understand that Sylvester is of Indian origin.However, in his campaign
he has made the enclosed statement.Can anyone in the USA throw more light
on the subject?
Sorry to keep the capital letters in the message.But the person who sent
this to me says he downloaded it as it is.I cannot verify if this is a
Sachin Phadte.
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I am a practicing Roman Catholic and belong to the parish of St. Francis of
Assisi in Metuchen, New Jersey...

Outsourcing as it stands now is unfair to Americans. It is a one way street.
Those countries receiving American outsourced work must open up their
markets immediately to all American goods and services without let or
hindrance. It will create jobs in America and in those Third World countries
too. Otherwise outsourcing of American jobs must be stopped immediately...

You should be supporting the cause of jobs in America and not India...
Source: The Telegraph (Calcutta) 1 Nov. 2004 at

Headline: Indians turn back on their own - Fernandes is in the fray, but
community roots for a white man

Relevant text:
Washington, Oct. 31: Of all the candidates in America's election fray,
Sylvester Fernandes is among the most unhappy.

He is an Indian American, but the Indian Americans who are supporting him
can be counted on the fingers of both hands.

In New Jersey's sixth Congressional district, which has several thousand
registered voters of Indian origin, almost the entire Indian American
community is rooting for a white man and vigorously opposing one of their

Their reason: the white Democrat is more Indian than many Indians in
America. He is Frank Pallone Jr., founder of the Congressional Caucus on
India and Indian Americans. Pallone is a familiar figure at Hindu temples
and at other Indian congregations - and not merely at election time.

He is at times clad in churidar and kurta and often sports a tilak on his
forehead when he is at Indian gatherings.

Indian Americans in New Jersey have organised numerous fund-raisers for
Pallone, but virtually none for Fernandes. Frustrated, Fernandes has now
turned to Chinese, Filipinos and Hispanics, who are also among the sixth
district's vote bank.

For their part, leaders of the Indian American community in the district
argue that their support for Pallone is not only because of what he has done
for them and for Indo-US engagement.

They say Fernandes is no more than an also-ran in this election,
notwithstanding his stature as co-chair of the Republican Party in the

One in four registered voters in the sixth district is a Democrat: which
gives Fernandes not even a fighting chance even if he had the support of
Indian Americans.

Besides, Tuesday's widely expected victory for Pallone will be his ninth
straight election to the House of Representatives.

Pallone is so sure of victory in this district, where he was born and has
lived all his life, that he has even refused to debate Fernandes.

The refusal so infuriated the Republican that he recently barged into
Pallone's campaign meeting and demanded that he should at least reply to his
letters challenging him to a debate.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sachin Phadte" <sachinphadte at hotmail.com>
To: <goanet at goanet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 11:25 AM
Subject: [Goanet]Sylvester Fernandes, Republican candidate for the House of
I understand that Sylvester is of Indian origin.However, in his campaign
he has made the enclosed statement.Can anyone in the USA throw more light
on the subject?
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JOURNOS. Thus far, a good number of the JOURNOS are fence sitting. The few
exceptions include Rajan Narayan.

Wonder what you think of his scripts. Wonder whether Mr. Noronha has written
anything about this topic. Does he agree with Mr. Narayan? Does he disagree
with Mr. Narayan?

jc (jose colaco NOT Bernado Colaco)

Whaasup Mr. Noronha, Still can't get over the fact that You have been "going
to the Goa Assembly for 15 years - and yet, you have not had the opportunity
to speak there" ?

Await you response. What will it be ? Cuss or Ignore.

Let's see. (;-)


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than in other countries. In 2000, the fares for domestic airlines were found
to be 69 per cent higher than the average of selected world airlines. From
October 14 this year all the full-service domestic airlines raised airfares
by 10 per cent. http://us.rediff.com/money/2004/oct/21spec.htm

Following the new Open Skies policy, there are a number of new operators on
the horizon who will join Air Deccan in slashing prices. Vijay Mallaya
and Nusli Wadia are reported to be interested in starting a no frills
service within India and even to the UK.

Today the Financial Express reports:
4 Nov. 2004. With the Indian skies hotting up with increasing competition,
one more player - Karnataka's Vijayanand Roadlines Ltd (VRL) - plans to take
wings. http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=73230

Regarding the Air Deccan service:

11 April 2004. The Hindu: Now Air Deccan is India's only low cost carrier.
Others are on their way. On the Goa-Bangalore sector, the all-told tariff on
Air Deccan is Rs. 2,150. Indian Airlines charges Rs. 3,775 and Jet Airways
Rs. 4,076.

In Europe there has been a rash of low cost airlines. Thomsons
http://www.thomsonfly.com/ have very recently announced 30,000 flights free
(but you have to pay taxes) from Coventry to Jersey, Pisa, Cork, Shannon,
Naples, Cologne, Amsterdam and Venice.

We also have Ryan Air http://www.ryanair.co.uk/ and EasyJet:
EUJet, http://www.eujet.com/ etc. For a substantial listing of them see
http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/low-cost-about.html Many of these offer
flights as low as ?1 at off-peak times, when booked in advance.

Some references to the developments in India:
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talking about low-cost airlines. But, how low can low cost be? ...

The new buzz in the aviation industry.

CAPA Symposium Highlights Low Cost Carriers' Potential In India

Bangalore Set To Be Hub Of Low Cost Carriers

Soon, low-cost airlines will enter India.

There is also the Goa-London return offer of Rs 16,899. See:


Eddie Fernandes

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November 05, 2004
TWO airliners carrying more than 300 people between them collided on the
ground at Britain's Manchester Airport today, airport officials said,
although no one was injured.

Just before 4.30pm (3.30am AEDT Friday), the tail of a Boeing 737 belonging
to British budget airline bmibaby clipped the wing of a Boeing 767 from
charter flight firm Excel Airways, a Manchester Airport spokesman told AFP.
"We are not aware of any casualties, and Air Accident Investigation Branch
members have been called to investigate, he said, adding that there had been
no disruption to services.
The Excel plane, carrying 255 passengers, had arrived at the airport in
northwest England from London's Gatwick airport en route to Goa in southern
The other plane, carrying 79 passengers and crew, was about to depart, the
spokesman added, saying he did not know its destination.

A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service said it had
received reports of "a minor collision between two planes on the runway".
"At this time there are no reports of any casualties or fatalities but we
have five vehicles at the scene ready to treat any casualties," a spokesman

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DOWN Bernado Colaco of the Bharati contra Ole-Xac fame.

A routine also known on the private e-mail circuit as the Fox-Hunt ! In this
case the Fox is the Hunter.

As far as keeping track of discussions with me (i.e. JC), here is my advice:

1. Please do NOT read what I have NOT written.

2. Keep an open mind - If someone is wrong - point out why one thinks that
a person is wrong in a particular viewpoint.

Just like some of us pointed out to the writer

: of the Slavery bit that Portugal could NOT have practised Slavery in India
hundreds of years AFTER the British abolished slavery

: of the 1983 built Daman bridge that Portugal could NOT have built that

3. Do support the view that IF an error is made in a NEWS ITEM, it should be

4. Get off that fence

WRT this from Mr. Noronha "You are right when you talk about fake
certificates being issued. But you are mixing up matters thoroughly in order
to arrive at an anti-migrant conclusion"

Once again -> PLEASE refer to context. The context is in Aloysius' post.

IF after reading the totality of my responses -> you believe that I have
come to an anti-migrant conclusion, I wish you well. Very Well indeed!

WRT this from Mr. Noronha "You don't have to be a migrant mother to get a
fake certificate. You don't even have to be a mother either"

Don't matter to me - I am in NO danger of being either.



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To : <jcolaco1 at hotmail.com>
CC : <goanet-admin at goanet.org>

Jose or GoaNet-Admin:

I do not have the current email address for Eugene Correia, so, I would
appreciate if you could forward this email from me to him:

------- Message for Eugene Correia -----------

Eugene, I am not subscribed to Goanet since few months now. This has come to
my notice from Jose Colaco from the Bahamas.

I am extremely offended and concerned that my name has been linked to
Bernado Colaco. You do not have the right to assume the link and definitely
not have the right to make your assumptions public in a public forum like
GoaNet. I have lost all the respect I had for you. I thought you were a
respectful journalist. I was wrong. I hope you can apologise publicly and cc
to me, since I no longer have the time for GoaNet.

On another note, I have reasons to believe Bernado is a real person.

I do not know him and do not know anyone who knows him either in Macau or
UK. Yes, I did try to trace him amongst the Goans in Macau but nobody knows
him. Also, he is not in the phone book of Macau (which is available on the
internet). However, that does not give anyone the right to claim I am
impersonating him.

I repeat, you do not have the right to link my name to the likes of Bernado

I have a reputation and I am extremely offended that you have made your
stupid assumptions public! Please apologise and withdraw your most
unfortunate comment immediately.

Paulo Colaco Dias.

------- End of message for Eugene Correia ---------

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network available to it. By 'powerful', I do not mean in the sense of

Infact, this machinery seems to be only waiting to be effectively deployed
for the benefit of the people of Goa, whatever their religion and
ethnicity. It could really help to make Goa a better place for all.

Unfortunately, as of now (i) Church institutions, such as schools, seem to
be badly caught up in working within the government-funded system, doing
all the requirements thereof, and not really concentrating on what more it
can do (ii) most of the institutions seem to lack an efficient system of
communication, so, oddly, the left hand doesn't seem to know what the
right hand is doing, or how a good idea could be replicated across a
larger area.

I was told by a friend in Findland how the (Lutheran, I think) Church
there played a significant role in national development of a country
which was a poor one till a little over two generations ago. Sometime in
the late nineteenth century, the Church there, quite bluntly laid down a
diktat that people could not get married (in Church, obviously, which was
the norm then) without being literate.

In Goa, the large infrastructure is not being sufficiently deployed. If
manpower is a problem, then perhaps the Church could build alliances with
well-intentioned people. Couldn't so many schools be used to fight
illiteracy? Or for life-long learning? Or for so many other good purposes?

On another point, I don't think it's fair to blame Fr Velho alone for the
attitude of the religious that they don't need to respond to the lay
people, or keep them informed (as Godfrey JI too pointed out). This is
part of a wider trend. In addition, the Church seemed to be unsure of how
to deal with the media, which is a multi-religious, secular-world entity.

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