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INDIA - WHEN WILL IT REALLY SHINE?
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airesrod
2004-05-17 00:57:47 UTC
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The People of India have elected their representatives to the 14th Lok Sabha. Political parties will be now engrossed in the analysis and post-mortem of the verdict, which in a way stunned the nation and proved most of the opinion and exit polls wrong.

The BJP had promised to make development and good governance their main election plank but they ended up harping on Sonia Gandhi's origin and unsuccessfully raking up the Bofors issue. The BJP has been shown its place and the people of India were not fooled by the India shining campaign while the country was in reality reeling with severe unemployment, rampant corruption, caste and religious atrocities and minority persecution. The BJP has sown the seeds of communal disharmony by polarizing the people. This is a damage, which will be extremely hard if not impossible to undo. But we cannot give up and have to restore the secular status of our country at all costs.

The new Congress led Government should immediately remove the saffron Governors appointed. Its time our own Kidar Nath Sahani moves on to another mission. No government should ever appoint such partisan Governors and a Raj Bhavan should never be used as a place to emanate the ideology or mission of any political party. We have been seeing some of the BJP appointed Governors bring utter disgrace to such a high constitutional position.

Its good news that Sushma Swaraj and her husband have threatened to quit Parliament if Sonia Gandhi becomes Prime Minister. Let us hope that some of the other hardcore communal BJP MP's also join the queue. It would be good riddance in the interest of restoring communal harmony to our country. The BJP will only be further decimated if it agitates against Sonia Gandhi being Prime Minister. P.A Sagma had also vowed to quit but must be now reconciling to the fact that the nation has opined that Sonia's origin is a non-issue.

The Congress too has serious thinking to do on ushering discipline within their ranks in states like Punjab and Kerala. The party would have to take some immediate steps to gain lost ground in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is important to equally strengthen its hold in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The clock is ticking for Sharad Pawar and for any other breakaway Congress faction to return back to the parent party. There's no point sitting on the sidelines. The Congress would have to build a trusted relationship with good and trustworthy allies while infusing fresh blood in its own ranks. MLA's and MP's after two terms should not be given tickets and should be given the task of organizational work something the Congress urgently needs but which every Congressman shys away from.

The party will soon face the assembly elections in Maharastra. A state where Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj party has grown as a force to reckon with. The party will have to work in conjunction with Mayawati or else a divide of the secular vote will only benefit the BJP.

In the recent Lok Sabha elections the Goa unit of the BJP played all the political games to try and divide the secular votes. It tried to prop up and fund other candidates to try and split the anti-BJP votes. The astute Goans did not fall prey as everyone fears the Hindutva vision professed by the BJP. Mission Salcete flopped. The Chief Minister had vowed to return and continue his unfinished mission from May 16th. When will he visit Salcete next?

The BJP would have to now seriously consider what is to be done with Manohar Parrikar. He is obviously a liability to the party. Had he canvassed for the party in North Goa Sripad Naik too would have met his waterloo. Ramakant Angle must be regretting it now. Wherever one goes, one can sense the deep anger of the common man against the Chief Minister. His despotic, autocratic. and vindictive style of functioning has made him very unpopular. Laloo Prasad Yadav may not be an IITian, but his down to earth and humble positioning amongst the masses keeps him so popular inspite of his other negatives. The Goa BJP may have to look for a Laloo from amongst its ranks. Sripad Naik rings a bell.

Let the Chief Minister tell us how many of the minority community have been recruited into Government service ever since he took over the reins of Goa. This Government has catered to the interests of one community and wherever possible a particular section of that community. This must be definitely disturbing the great founding fathers of our nation even though they are in their eternal sleep.

The Congress regime in Goa was corrupt, and so is the current BJP outfit. But what this regime here and the departing BJP at the Centre has excelled is in saffronisation and communally tearing the country apart. It is something that has been gradually and systematically carried out and here in Goa susegad Goans who usually show high levels of indifference and tolerance have now spoken silently in the recent ballots. The Congress leaders amassed great personal wealth but the BJP rulers besides quietly stashing a fortune for themselves have also made sure their party coffers are enhanced unlike the Congress who after over a decade in office still hibernate in their dingy office at Panaji.

The just concluded election season saw hectic migration and party hopping season. A Zilla Parishad member from the South of Goa even skipped to the otherside on the eve of polling day. Principles and ideals go to the dogs as politics is a game of survival and unless you show flexibility and are unprincipled you may miss the bus in today's scenario.

Panjim may look spruced up and all decorated. But one has to see the long-term damage being done to Goa by Mr. Parrikar brain-washing us with some cosmetic improvements. Parrikar has many questions to answer. He has broken all rules and shown the rarest of flexibility to accommodate the saffrons in all sections of administration. Mr. Parrikar has bowed, bent and hopelessly stooped to all lowly levels to implement his political agenda. IFFI as a potential catastrophe has been hoisted on gullible Goans. The earlier Skybus dream was a wet one.It would be nice if those in power had got their priorities right rather than making cheap populist announcements. They should instead provide people with the basic amenities of life.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shows no consistency in the way he speaks and acts. He had announced that the Government's work force would be pruned because a small state like Goa could be managed with a work force of 38,000 government employees. This was another empty statement and fooled no one. How does he justify the thousands of Saffrons he has recruited into government service ever since the BJP took over the reins? The Government had vowed that no extensions would be given to Government employees after retirement age. But Mr. Parrikar has been obliging a chosen few.

Chief Minister Parrikar had urged journalists not to be corrupt. This is the height of hypocrisy from a Chief Minister who is solely responsible for the current state of the Goan Press. He has left no stone unturned to suppress the Goan Press. Mr. Parrikar has manipulated the majority of the Goan Press according to his whims and fancies. Freedom of the Press does not exist and Mr. Parrikar knows this better than anyone else and should be honest enough to admit to this. He had promised to reward some loyal journalists by appointing them as Officers on Special Duty on the IFFI project. They may be now left high and dry.

Politics is today no longer a mission. It has become the scoundrel's last resort and elections have turned out be a big business venture with high stakes in place. It is however good to know that the voter's have wizened up and have a mind of their own. Today the MLA's and Sarpanchs have no grip and cannot sway their voters. Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who went all out on the campaign trail could not get his own constituency voters to follow his dictates. Pratapsingh Rane and Harish Zantye should not take shelter of this proposition, as it was evident to the naked eye that they openly flirted and plotted against their party alliance candidate virtually politically sedating the veteran doctor politician.

The framers of our constitution had envisaged one set of laws for all regardless of caste, creed, and financial or political strengths. Unfortunately today you can manipulate things depending on your muscle power and political patronage if you have the financial clout. In reality we have one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another for the weak and vulnerable. Will things change under Sonia Gandhi's led regime. Only time will tell.

Aires Rodrigues
Ribandar
airesrod
2004-05-17 00:57:47 UTC
Permalink
The People of India have elected their representatives to the 14th Lok Sabha. Political parties will be now engrossed in the analysis and post-mortem of the verdict, which in a way stunned the nation and proved most of the opinion and exit polls wrong.

The BJP had promised to make development and good governance their main election plank but they ended up harping on Sonia Gandhi's origin and unsuccessfully raking up the Bofors issue. The BJP has been shown its place and the people of India were not fooled by the India shining campaign while the country was in reality reeling with severe unemployment, rampant corruption, caste and religious atrocities and minority persecution. The BJP has sown the seeds of communal disharmony by polarizing the people. This is a damage, which will be extremely hard if not impossible to undo. But we cannot give up and have to restore the secular status of our country at all costs.

The new Congress led Government should immediately remove the saffron Governors appointed. Its time our own Kidar Nath Sahani moves on to another mission. No government should ever appoint such partisan Governors and a Raj Bhavan should never be used as a place to emanate the ideology or mission of any political party. We have been seeing some of the BJP appointed Governors bring utter disgrace to such a high constitutional position.

Its good news that Sushma Swaraj and her husband have threatened to quit Parliament if Sonia Gandhi becomes Prime Minister. Let us hope that some of the other hardcore communal BJP MP's also join the queue. It would be good riddance in the interest of restoring communal harmony to our country. The BJP will only be further decimated if it agitates against Sonia Gandhi being Prime Minister. P.A Sagma had also vowed to quit but must be now reconciling to the fact that the nation has opined that Sonia's origin is a non-issue.

The Congress too has serious thinking to do on ushering discipline within their ranks in states like Punjab and Kerala. The party would have to take some immediate steps to gain lost ground in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is important to equally strengthen its hold in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The clock is ticking for Sharad Pawar and for any other breakaway Congress faction to return back to the parent party. There's no point sitting on the sidelines. The Congress would have to build a trusted relationship with good and trustworthy allies while infusing fresh blood in its own ranks. MLA's and MP's after two terms should not be given tickets and should be given the task of organizational work something the Congress urgently needs but which every Congressman shys away from.

The party will soon face the assembly elections in Maharastra. A state where Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj party has grown as a force to reckon with. The party will have to work in conjunction with Mayawati or else a divide of the secular vote will only benefit the BJP.

In the recent Lok Sabha elections the Goa unit of the BJP played all the political games to try and divide the secular votes. It tried to prop up and fund other candidates to try and split the anti-BJP votes. The astute Goans did not fall prey as everyone fears the Hindutva vision professed by the BJP. Mission Salcete flopped. The Chief Minister had vowed to return and continue his unfinished mission from May 16th. When will he visit Salcete next?

The BJP would have to now seriously consider what is to be done with Manohar Parrikar. He is obviously a liability to the party. Had he canvassed for the party in North Goa Sripad Naik too would have met his waterloo. Ramakant Angle must be regretting it now. Wherever one goes, one can sense the deep anger of the common man against the Chief Minister. His despotic, autocratic. and vindictive style of functioning has made him very unpopular. Laloo Prasad Yadav may not be an IITian, but his down to earth and humble positioning amongst the masses keeps him so popular inspite of his other negatives. The Goa BJP may have to look for a Laloo from amongst its ranks. Sripad Naik rings a bell.

Let the Chief Minister tell us how many of the minority community have been recruited into Government service ever since he took over the reins of Goa. This Government has catered to the interests of one community and wherever possible a particular section of that community. This must be definitely disturbing the great founding fathers of our nation even though they are in their eternal sleep.

The Congress regime in Goa was corrupt, and so is the current BJP outfit. But what this regime here and the departing BJP at the Centre has excelled is in saffronisation and communally tearing the country apart. It is something that has been gradually and systematically carried out and here in Goa susegad Goans who usually show high levels of indifference and tolerance have now spoken silently in the recent ballots. The Congress leaders amassed great personal wealth but the BJP rulers besides quietly stashing a fortune for themselves have also made sure their party coffers are enhanced unlike the Congress who after over a decade in office still hibernate in their dingy office at Panaji.

The just concluded election season saw hectic migration and party hopping season. A Zilla Parishad member from the South of Goa even skipped to the otherside on the eve of polling day. Principles and ideals go to the dogs as politics is a game of survival and unless you show flexibility and are unprincipled you may miss the bus in today's scenario.

Panjim may look spruced up and all decorated. But one has to see the long-term damage being done to Goa by Mr. Parrikar brain-washing us with some cosmetic improvements. Parrikar has many questions to answer. He has broken all rules and shown the rarest of flexibility to accommodate the saffrons in all sections of administration. Mr. Parrikar has bowed, bent and hopelessly stooped to all lowly levels to implement his political agenda. IFFI as a potential catastrophe has been hoisted on gullible Goans. The earlier Skybus dream was a wet one.It would be nice if those in power had got their priorities right rather than making cheap populist announcements. They should instead provide people with the basic amenities of life.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shows no consistency in the way he speaks and acts. He had announced that the Government's work force would be pruned because a small state like Goa could be managed with a work force of 38,000 government employees. This was another empty statement and fooled no one. How does he justify the thousands of Saffrons he has recruited into government service ever since the BJP took over the reins? The Government had vowed that no extensions would be given to Government employees after retirement age. But Mr. Parrikar has been obliging a chosen few.

Chief Minister Parrikar had urged journalists not to be corrupt. This is the height of hypocrisy from a Chief Minister who is solely responsible for the current state of the Goan Press. He has left no stone unturned to suppress the Goan Press. Mr. Parrikar has manipulated the majority of the Goan Press according to his whims and fancies. Freedom of the Press does not exist and Mr. Parrikar knows this better than anyone else and should be honest enough to admit to this. He had promised to reward some loyal journalists by appointing them as Officers on Special Duty on the IFFI project. They may be now left high and dry.

Politics is today no longer a mission. It has become the scoundrel's last resort and elections have turned out be a big business venture with high stakes in place. It is however good to know that the voter's have wizened up and have a mind of their own. Today the MLA's and Sarpanchs have no grip and cannot sway their voters. Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who went all out on the campaign trail could not get his own constituency voters to follow his dictates. Pratapsingh Rane and Harish Zantye should not take shelter of this proposition, as it was evident to the naked eye that they openly flirted and plotted against their party alliance candidate virtually politically sedating the veteran doctor politician.

The framers of our constitution had envisaged one set of laws for all regardless of caste, creed, and financial or political strengths. Unfortunately today you can manipulate things depending on your muscle power and political patronage if you have the financial clout. In reality we have one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another for the weak and vulnerable. Will things change under Sonia Gandhi's led regime. Only time will tell.

Aires Rodrigues
Ribandar
airesrod
2004-05-17 00:57:47 UTC
Permalink
The People of India have elected their representatives to the 14th Lok Sabha. Political parties will be now engrossed in the analysis and post-mortem of the verdict, which in a way stunned the nation and proved most of the opinion and exit polls wrong.

The BJP had promised to make development and good governance their main election plank but they ended up harping on Sonia Gandhi's origin and unsuccessfully raking up the Bofors issue. The BJP has been shown its place and the people of India were not fooled by the India shining campaign while the country was in reality reeling with severe unemployment, rampant corruption, caste and religious atrocities and minority persecution. The BJP has sown the seeds of communal disharmony by polarizing the people. This is a damage, which will be extremely hard if not impossible to undo. But we cannot give up and have to restore the secular status of our country at all costs.

The new Congress led Government should immediately remove the saffron Governors appointed. Its time our own Kidar Nath Sahani moves on to another mission. No government should ever appoint such partisan Governors and a Raj Bhavan should never be used as a place to emanate the ideology or mission of any political party. We have been seeing some of the BJP appointed Governors bring utter disgrace to such a high constitutional position.

Its good news that Sushma Swaraj and her husband have threatened to quit Parliament if Sonia Gandhi becomes Prime Minister. Let us hope that some of the other hardcore communal BJP MP's also join the queue. It would be good riddance in the interest of restoring communal harmony to our country. The BJP will only be further decimated if it agitates against Sonia Gandhi being Prime Minister. P.A Sagma had also vowed to quit but must be now reconciling to the fact that the nation has opined that Sonia's origin is a non-issue.

The Congress too has serious thinking to do on ushering discipline within their ranks in states like Punjab and Kerala. The party would have to take some immediate steps to gain lost ground in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is important to equally strengthen its hold in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The clock is ticking for Sharad Pawar and for any other breakaway Congress faction to return back to the parent party. There's no point sitting on the sidelines. The Congress would have to build a trusted relationship with good and trustworthy allies while infusing fresh blood in its own ranks. MLA's and MP's after two terms should not be given tickets and should be given the task of organizational work something the Congress urgently needs but which every Congressman shys away from.

The party will soon face the assembly elections in Maharastra. A state where Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj party has grown as a force to reckon with. The party will have to work in conjunction with Mayawati or else a divide of the secular vote will only benefit the BJP.

In the recent Lok Sabha elections the Goa unit of the BJP played all the political games to try and divide the secular votes. It tried to prop up and fund other candidates to try and split the anti-BJP votes. The astute Goans did not fall prey as everyone fears the Hindutva vision professed by the BJP. Mission Salcete flopped. The Chief Minister had vowed to return and continue his unfinished mission from May 16th. When will he visit Salcete next?

The BJP would have to now seriously consider what is to be done with Manohar Parrikar. He is obviously a liability to the party. Had he canvassed for the party in North Goa Sripad Naik too would have met his waterloo. Ramakant Angle must be regretting it now. Wherever one goes, one can sense the deep anger of the common man against the Chief Minister. His despotic, autocratic. and vindictive style of functioning has made him very unpopular. Laloo Prasad Yadav may not be an IITian, but his down to earth and humble positioning amongst the masses keeps him so popular inspite of his other negatives. The Goa BJP may have to look for a Laloo from amongst its ranks. Sripad Naik rings a bell.

Let the Chief Minister tell us how many of the minority community have been recruited into Government service ever since he took over the reins of Goa. This Government has catered to the interests of one community and wherever possible a particular section of that community. This must be definitely disturbing the great founding fathers of our nation even though they are in their eternal sleep.

The Congress regime in Goa was corrupt, and so is the current BJP outfit. But what this regime here and the departing BJP at the Centre has excelled is in saffronisation and communally tearing the country apart. It is something that has been gradually and systematically carried out and here in Goa susegad Goans who usually show high levels of indifference and tolerance have now spoken silently in the recent ballots. The Congress leaders amassed great personal wealth but the BJP rulers besides quietly stashing a fortune for themselves have also made sure their party coffers are enhanced unlike the Congress who after over a decade in office still hibernate in their dingy office at Panaji.

The just concluded election season saw hectic migration and party hopping season. A Zilla Parishad member from the South of Goa even skipped to the otherside on the eve of polling day. Principles and ideals go to the dogs as politics is a game of survival and unless you show flexibility and are unprincipled you may miss the bus in today's scenario.

Panjim may look spruced up and all decorated. But one has to see the long-term damage being done to Goa by Mr. Parrikar brain-washing us with some cosmetic improvements. Parrikar has many questions to answer. He has broken all rules and shown the rarest of flexibility to accommodate the saffrons in all sections of administration. Mr. Parrikar has bowed, bent and hopelessly stooped to all lowly levels to implement his political agenda. IFFI as a potential catastrophe has been hoisted on gullible Goans. The earlier Skybus dream was a wet one.It would be nice if those in power had got their priorities right rather than making cheap populist announcements. They should instead provide people with the basic amenities of life.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shows no consistency in the way he speaks and acts. He had announced that the Government's work force would be pruned because a small state like Goa could be managed with a work force of 38,000 government employees. This was another empty statement and fooled no one. How does he justify the thousands of Saffrons he has recruited into government service ever since the BJP took over the reins? The Government had vowed that no extensions would be given to Government employees after retirement age. But Mr. Parrikar has been obliging a chosen few.

Chief Minister Parrikar had urged journalists not to be corrupt. This is the height of hypocrisy from a Chief Minister who is solely responsible for the current state of the Goan Press. He has left no stone unturned to suppress the Goan Press. Mr. Parrikar has manipulated the majority of the Goan Press according to his whims and fancies. Freedom of the Press does not exist and Mr. Parrikar knows this better than anyone else and should be honest enough to admit to this. He had promised to reward some loyal journalists by appointing them as Officers on Special Duty on the IFFI project. They may be now left high and dry.

Politics is today no longer a mission. It has become the scoundrel's last resort and elections have turned out be a big business venture with high stakes in place. It is however good to know that the voter's have wizened up and have a mind of their own. Today the MLA's and Sarpanchs have no grip and cannot sway their voters. Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who went all out on the campaign trail could not get his own constituency voters to follow his dictates. Pratapsingh Rane and Harish Zantye should not take shelter of this proposition, as it was evident to the naked eye that they openly flirted and plotted against their party alliance candidate virtually politically sedating the veteran doctor politician.

The framers of our constitution had envisaged one set of laws for all regardless of caste, creed, and financial or political strengths. Unfortunately today you can manipulate things depending on your muscle power and political patronage if you have the financial clout. In reality we have one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another for the weak and vulnerable. Will things change under Sonia Gandhi's led regime. Only time will tell.

Aires Rodrigues
Ribandar
airesrod
2004-05-17 00:57:47 UTC
Permalink
The People of India have elected their representatives to the 14th Lok Sabha. Political parties will be now engrossed in the analysis and post-mortem of the verdict, which in a way stunned the nation and proved most of the opinion and exit polls wrong.

The BJP had promised to make development and good governance their main election plank but they ended up harping on Sonia Gandhi's origin and unsuccessfully raking up the Bofors issue. The BJP has been shown its place and the people of India were not fooled by the India shining campaign while the country was in reality reeling with severe unemployment, rampant corruption, caste and religious atrocities and minority persecution. The BJP has sown the seeds of communal disharmony by polarizing the people. This is a damage, which will be extremely hard if not impossible to undo. But we cannot give up and have to restore the secular status of our country at all costs.

The new Congress led Government should immediately remove the saffron Governors appointed. Its time our own Kidar Nath Sahani moves on to another mission. No government should ever appoint such partisan Governors and a Raj Bhavan should never be used as a place to emanate the ideology or mission of any political party. We have been seeing some of the BJP appointed Governors bring utter disgrace to such a high constitutional position.

Its good news that Sushma Swaraj and her husband have threatened to quit Parliament if Sonia Gandhi becomes Prime Minister. Let us hope that some of the other hardcore communal BJP MP's also join the queue. It would be good riddance in the interest of restoring communal harmony to our country. The BJP will only be further decimated if it agitates against Sonia Gandhi being Prime Minister. P.A Sagma had also vowed to quit but must be now reconciling to the fact that the nation has opined that Sonia's origin is a non-issue.

The Congress too has serious thinking to do on ushering discipline within their ranks in states like Punjab and Kerala. The party would have to take some immediate steps to gain lost ground in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is important to equally strengthen its hold in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The clock is ticking for Sharad Pawar and for any other breakaway Congress faction to return back to the parent party. There's no point sitting on the sidelines. The Congress would have to build a trusted relationship with good and trustworthy allies while infusing fresh blood in its own ranks. MLA's and MP's after two terms should not be given tickets and should be given the task of organizational work something the Congress urgently needs but which every Congressman shys away from.

The party will soon face the assembly elections in Maharastra. A state where Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj party has grown as a force to reckon with. The party will have to work in conjunction with Mayawati or else a divide of the secular vote will only benefit the BJP.

In the recent Lok Sabha elections the Goa unit of the BJP played all the political games to try and divide the secular votes. It tried to prop up and fund other candidates to try and split the anti-BJP votes. The astute Goans did not fall prey as everyone fears the Hindutva vision professed by the BJP. Mission Salcete flopped. The Chief Minister had vowed to return and continue his unfinished mission from May 16th. When will he visit Salcete next?

The BJP would have to now seriously consider what is to be done with Manohar Parrikar. He is obviously a liability to the party. Had he canvassed for the party in North Goa Sripad Naik too would have met his waterloo. Ramakant Angle must be regretting it now. Wherever one goes, one can sense the deep anger of the common man against the Chief Minister. His despotic, autocratic. and vindictive style of functioning has made him very unpopular. Laloo Prasad Yadav may not be an IITian, but his down to earth and humble positioning amongst the masses keeps him so popular inspite of his other negatives. The Goa BJP may have to look for a Laloo from amongst its ranks. Sripad Naik rings a bell.

Let the Chief Minister tell us how many of the minority community have been recruited into Government service ever since he took over the reins of Goa. This Government has catered to the interests of one community and wherever possible a particular section of that community. This must be definitely disturbing the great founding fathers of our nation even though they are in their eternal sleep.

The Congress regime in Goa was corrupt, and so is the current BJP outfit. But what this regime here and the departing BJP at the Centre has excelled is in saffronisation and communally tearing the country apart. It is something that has been gradually and systematically carried out and here in Goa susegad Goans who usually show high levels of indifference and tolerance have now spoken silently in the recent ballots. The Congress leaders amassed great personal wealth but the BJP rulers besides quietly stashing a fortune for themselves have also made sure their party coffers are enhanced unlike the Congress who after over a decade in office still hibernate in their dingy office at Panaji.

The just concluded election season saw hectic migration and party hopping season. A Zilla Parishad member from the South of Goa even skipped to the otherside on the eve of polling day. Principles and ideals go to the dogs as politics is a game of survival and unless you show flexibility and are unprincipled you may miss the bus in today's scenario.

Panjim may look spruced up and all decorated. But one has to see the long-term damage being done to Goa by Mr. Parrikar brain-washing us with some cosmetic improvements. Parrikar has many questions to answer. He has broken all rules and shown the rarest of flexibility to accommodate the saffrons in all sections of administration. Mr. Parrikar has bowed, bent and hopelessly stooped to all lowly levels to implement his political agenda. IFFI as a potential catastrophe has been hoisted on gullible Goans. The earlier Skybus dream was a wet one.It would be nice if those in power had got their priorities right rather than making cheap populist announcements. They should instead provide people with the basic amenities of life.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shows no consistency in the way he speaks and acts. He had announced that the Government's work force would be pruned because a small state like Goa could be managed with a work force of 38,000 government employees. This was another empty statement and fooled no one. How does he justify the thousands of Saffrons he has recruited into government service ever since the BJP took over the reins? The Government had vowed that no extensions would be given to Government employees after retirement age. But Mr. Parrikar has been obliging a chosen few.

Chief Minister Parrikar had urged journalists not to be corrupt. This is the height of hypocrisy from a Chief Minister who is solely responsible for the current state of the Goan Press. He has left no stone unturned to suppress the Goan Press. Mr. Parrikar has manipulated the majority of the Goan Press according to his whims and fancies. Freedom of the Press does not exist and Mr. Parrikar knows this better than anyone else and should be honest enough to admit to this. He had promised to reward some loyal journalists by appointing them as Officers on Special Duty on the IFFI project. They may be now left high and dry.

Politics is today no longer a mission. It has become the scoundrel's last resort and elections have turned out be a big business venture with high stakes in place. It is however good to know that the voter's have wizened up and have a mind of their own. Today the MLA's and Sarpanchs have no grip and cannot sway their voters. Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who went all out on the campaign trail could not get his own constituency voters to follow his dictates. Pratapsingh Rane and Harish Zantye should not take shelter of this proposition, as it was evident to the naked eye that they openly flirted and plotted against their party alliance candidate virtually politically sedating the veteran doctor politician.

The framers of our constitution had envisaged one set of laws for all regardless of caste, creed, and financial or political strengths. Unfortunately today you can manipulate things depending on your muscle power and political patronage if you have the financial clout. In reality we have one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another for the weak and vulnerable. Will things change under Sonia Gandhi's led regime. Only time will tell.

Aires Rodrigues
Ribandar
airesrod
2004-05-17 00:57:47 UTC
Permalink
The People of India have elected their representatives to the 14th Lok Sabha. Political parties will be now engrossed in the analysis and post-mortem of the verdict, which in a way stunned the nation and proved most of the opinion and exit polls wrong.

The BJP had promised to make development and good governance their main election plank but they ended up harping on Sonia Gandhi's origin and unsuccessfully raking up the Bofors issue. The BJP has been shown its place and the people of India were not fooled by the India shining campaign while the country was in reality reeling with severe unemployment, rampant corruption, caste and religious atrocities and minority persecution. The BJP has sown the seeds of communal disharmony by polarizing the people. This is a damage, which will be extremely hard if not impossible to undo. But we cannot give up and have to restore the secular status of our country at all costs.

The new Congress led Government should immediately remove the saffron Governors appointed. Its time our own Kidar Nath Sahani moves on to another mission. No government should ever appoint such partisan Governors and a Raj Bhavan should never be used as a place to emanate the ideology or mission of any political party. We have been seeing some of the BJP appointed Governors bring utter disgrace to such a high constitutional position.

Its good news that Sushma Swaraj and her husband have threatened to quit Parliament if Sonia Gandhi becomes Prime Minister. Let us hope that some of the other hardcore communal BJP MP's also join the queue. It would be good riddance in the interest of restoring communal harmony to our country. The BJP will only be further decimated if it agitates against Sonia Gandhi being Prime Minister. P.A Sagma had also vowed to quit but must be now reconciling to the fact that the nation has opined that Sonia's origin is a non-issue.

The Congress too has serious thinking to do on ushering discipline within their ranks in states like Punjab and Kerala. The party would have to take some immediate steps to gain lost ground in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is important to equally strengthen its hold in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The clock is ticking for Sharad Pawar and for any other breakaway Congress faction to return back to the parent party. There's no point sitting on the sidelines. The Congress would have to build a trusted relationship with good and trustworthy allies while infusing fresh blood in its own ranks. MLA's and MP's after two terms should not be given tickets and should be given the task of organizational work something the Congress urgently needs but which every Congressman shys away from.

The party will soon face the assembly elections in Maharastra. A state where Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj party has grown as a force to reckon with. The party will have to work in conjunction with Mayawati or else a divide of the secular vote will only benefit the BJP.

In the recent Lok Sabha elections the Goa unit of the BJP played all the political games to try and divide the secular votes. It tried to prop up and fund other candidates to try and split the anti-BJP votes. The astute Goans did not fall prey as everyone fears the Hindutva vision professed by the BJP. Mission Salcete flopped. The Chief Minister had vowed to return and continue his unfinished mission from May 16th. When will he visit Salcete next?

The BJP would have to now seriously consider what is to be done with Manohar Parrikar. He is obviously a liability to the party. Had he canvassed for the party in North Goa Sripad Naik too would have met his waterloo. Ramakant Angle must be regretting it now. Wherever one goes, one can sense the deep anger of the common man against the Chief Minister. His despotic, autocratic. and vindictive style of functioning has made him very unpopular. Laloo Prasad Yadav may not be an IITian, but his down to earth and humble positioning amongst the masses keeps him so popular inspite of his other negatives. The Goa BJP may have to look for a Laloo from amongst its ranks. Sripad Naik rings a bell.

Let the Chief Minister tell us how many of the minority community have been recruited into Government service ever since he took over the reins of Goa. This Government has catered to the interests of one community and wherever possible a particular section of that community. This must be definitely disturbing the great founding fathers of our nation even though they are in their eternal sleep.

The Congress regime in Goa was corrupt, and so is the current BJP outfit. But what this regime here and the departing BJP at the Centre has excelled is in saffronisation and communally tearing the country apart. It is something that has been gradually and systematically carried out and here in Goa susegad Goans who usually show high levels of indifference and tolerance have now spoken silently in the recent ballots. The Congress leaders amassed great personal wealth but the BJP rulers besides quietly stashing a fortune for themselves have also made sure their party coffers are enhanced unlike the Congress who after over a decade in office still hibernate in their dingy office at Panaji.

The just concluded election season saw hectic migration and party hopping season. A Zilla Parishad member from the South of Goa even skipped to the otherside on the eve of polling day. Principles and ideals go to the dogs as politics is a game of survival and unless you show flexibility and are unprincipled you may miss the bus in today's scenario.

Panjim may look spruced up and all decorated. But one has to see the long-term damage being done to Goa by Mr. Parrikar brain-washing us with some cosmetic improvements. Parrikar has many questions to answer. He has broken all rules and shown the rarest of flexibility to accommodate the saffrons in all sections of administration. Mr. Parrikar has bowed, bent and hopelessly stooped to all lowly levels to implement his political agenda. IFFI as a potential catastrophe has been hoisted on gullible Goans. The earlier Skybus dream was a wet one.It would be nice if those in power had got their priorities right rather than making cheap populist announcements. They should instead provide people with the basic amenities of life.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shows no consistency in the way he speaks and acts. He had announced that the Government's work force would be pruned because a small state like Goa could be managed with a work force of 38,000 government employees. This was another empty statement and fooled no one. How does he justify the thousands of Saffrons he has recruited into government service ever since the BJP took over the reins? The Government had vowed that no extensions would be given to Government employees after retirement age. But Mr. Parrikar has been obliging a chosen few.

Chief Minister Parrikar had urged journalists not to be corrupt. This is the height of hypocrisy from a Chief Minister who is solely responsible for the current state of the Goan Press. He has left no stone unturned to suppress the Goan Press. Mr. Parrikar has manipulated the majority of the Goan Press according to his whims and fancies. Freedom of the Press does not exist and Mr. Parrikar knows this better than anyone else and should be honest enough to admit to this. He had promised to reward some loyal journalists by appointing them as Officers on Special Duty on the IFFI project. They may be now left high and dry.

Politics is today no longer a mission. It has become the scoundrel's last resort and elections have turned out be a big business venture with high stakes in place. It is however good to know that the voter's have wizened up and have a mind of their own. Today the MLA's and Sarpanchs have no grip and cannot sway their voters. Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who went all out on the campaign trail could not get his own constituency voters to follow his dictates. Pratapsingh Rane and Harish Zantye should not take shelter of this proposition, as it was evident to the naked eye that they openly flirted and plotted against their party alliance candidate virtually politically sedating the veteran doctor politician.

The framers of our constitution had envisaged one set of laws for all regardless of caste, creed, and financial or political strengths. Unfortunately today you can manipulate things depending on your muscle power and political patronage if you have the financial clout. In reality we have one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another for the weak and vulnerable. Will things change under Sonia Gandhi's led regime. Only time will tell.

Aires Rodrigues
Ribandar
airesrod
2004-05-17 00:57:47 UTC
Permalink
The People of India have elected their representatives to the 14th Lok Sabha. Political parties will be now engrossed in the analysis and post-mortem of the verdict, which in a way stunned the nation and proved most of the opinion and exit polls wrong.

The BJP had promised to make development and good governance their main election plank but they ended up harping on Sonia Gandhi's origin and unsuccessfully raking up the Bofors issue. The BJP has been shown its place and the people of India were not fooled by the India shining campaign while the country was in reality reeling with severe unemployment, rampant corruption, caste and religious atrocities and minority persecution. The BJP has sown the seeds of communal disharmony by polarizing the people. This is a damage, which will be extremely hard if not impossible to undo. But we cannot give up and have to restore the secular status of our country at all costs.

The new Congress led Government should immediately remove the saffron Governors appointed. Its time our own Kidar Nath Sahani moves on to another mission. No government should ever appoint such partisan Governors and a Raj Bhavan should never be used as a place to emanate the ideology or mission of any political party. We have been seeing some of the BJP appointed Governors bring utter disgrace to such a high constitutional position.

Its good news that Sushma Swaraj and her husband have threatened to quit Parliament if Sonia Gandhi becomes Prime Minister. Let us hope that some of the other hardcore communal BJP MP's also join the queue. It would be good riddance in the interest of restoring communal harmony to our country. The BJP will only be further decimated if it agitates against Sonia Gandhi being Prime Minister. P.A Sagma had also vowed to quit but must be now reconciling to the fact that the nation has opined that Sonia's origin is a non-issue.

The Congress too has serious thinking to do on ushering discipline within their ranks in states like Punjab and Kerala. The party would have to take some immediate steps to gain lost ground in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is important to equally strengthen its hold in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The clock is ticking for Sharad Pawar and for any other breakaway Congress faction to return back to the parent party. There's no point sitting on the sidelines. The Congress would have to build a trusted relationship with good and trustworthy allies while infusing fresh blood in its own ranks. MLA's and MP's after two terms should not be given tickets and should be given the task of organizational work something the Congress urgently needs but which every Congressman shys away from.

The party will soon face the assembly elections in Maharastra. A state where Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj party has grown as a force to reckon with. The party will have to work in conjunction with Mayawati or else a divide of the secular vote will only benefit the BJP.

In the recent Lok Sabha elections the Goa unit of the BJP played all the political games to try and divide the secular votes. It tried to prop up and fund other candidates to try and split the anti-BJP votes. The astute Goans did not fall prey as everyone fears the Hindutva vision professed by the BJP. Mission Salcete flopped. The Chief Minister had vowed to return and continue his unfinished mission from May 16th. When will he visit Salcete next?

The BJP would have to now seriously consider what is to be done with Manohar Parrikar. He is obviously a liability to the party. Had he canvassed for the party in North Goa Sripad Naik too would have met his waterloo. Ramakant Angle must be regretting it now. Wherever one goes, one can sense the deep anger of the common man against the Chief Minister. His despotic, autocratic. and vindictive style of functioning has made him very unpopular. Laloo Prasad Yadav may not be an IITian, but his down to earth and humble positioning amongst the masses keeps him so popular inspite of his other negatives. The Goa BJP may have to look for a Laloo from amongst its ranks. Sripad Naik rings a bell.

Let the Chief Minister tell us how many of the minority community have been recruited into Government service ever since he took over the reins of Goa. This Government has catered to the interests of one community and wherever possible a particular section of that community. This must be definitely disturbing the great founding fathers of our nation even though they are in their eternal sleep.

The Congress regime in Goa was corrupt, and so is the current BJP outfit. But what this regime here and the departing BJP at the Centre has excelled is in saffronisation and communally tearing the country apart. It is something that has been gradually and systematically carried out and here in Goa susegad Goans who usually show high levels of indifference and tolerance have now spoken silently in the recent ballots. The Congress leaders amassed great personal wealth but the BJP rulers besides quietly stashing a fortune for themselves have also made sure their party coffers are enhanced unlike the Congress who after over a decade in office still hibernate in their dingy office at Panaji.

The just concluded election season saw hectic migration and party hopping season. A Zilla Parishad member from the South of Goa even skipped to the otherside on the eve of polling day. Principles and ideals go to the dogs as politics is a game of survival and unless you show flexibility and are unprincipled you may miss the bus in today's scenario.

Panjim may look spruced up and all decorated. But one has to see the long-term damage being done to Goa by Mr. Parrikar brain-washing us with some cosmetic improvements. Parrikar has many questions to answer. He has broken all rules and shown the rarest of flexibility to accommodate the saffrons in all sections of administration. Mr. Parrikar has bowed, bent and hopelessly stooped to all lowly levels to implement his political agenda. IFFI as a potential catastrophe has been hoisted on gullible Goans. The earlier Skybus dream was a wet one.It would be nice if those in power had got their priorities right rather than making cheap populist announcements. They should instead provide people with the basic amenities of life.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shows no consistency in the way he speaks and acts. He had announced that the Government's work force would be pruned because a small state like Goa could be managed with a work force of 38,000 government employees. This was another empty statement and fooled no one. How does he justify the thousands of Saffrons he has recruited into government service ever since the BJP took over the reins? The Government had vowed that no extensions would be given to Government employees after retirement age. But Mr. Parrikar has been obliging a chosen few.

Chief Minister Parrikar had urged journalists not to be corrupt. This is the height of hypocrisy from a Chief Minister who is solely responsible for the current state of the Goan Press. He has left no stone unturned to suppress the Goan Press. Mr. Parrikar has manipulated the majority of the Goan Press according to his whims and fancies. Freedom of the Press does not exist and Mr. Parrikar knows this better than anyone else and should be honest enough to admit to this. He had promised to reward some loyal journalists by appointing them as Officers on Special Duty on the IFFI project. They may be now left high and dry.

Politics is today no longer a mission. It has become the scoundrel's last resort and elections have turned out be a big business venture with high stakes in place. It is however good to know that the voter's have wizened up and have a mind of their own. Today the MLA's and Sarpanchs have no grip and cannot sway their voters. Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who went all out on the campaign trail could not get his own constituency voters to follow his dictates. Pratapsingh Rane and Harish Zantye should not take shelter of this proposition, as it was evident to the naked eye that they openly flirted and plotted against their party alliance candidate virtually politically sedating the veteran doctor politician.

The framers of our constitution had envisaged one set of laws for all regardless of caste, creed, and financial or political strengths. Unfortunately today you can manipulate things depending on your muscle power and political patronage if you have the financial clout. In reality we have one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another for the weak and vulnerable. Will things change under Sonia Gandhi's led regime. Only time will tell.

Aires Rodrigues
Ribandar
airesrod
2004-05-17 00:57:47 UTC
Permalink
The People of India have elected their representatives to the 14th Lok Sabha. Political parties will be now engrossed in the analysis and post-mortem of the verdict, which in a way stunned the nation and proved most of the opinion and exit polls wrong.

The BJP had promised to make development and good governance their main election plank but they ended up harping on Sonia Gandhi's origin and unsuccessfully raking up the Bofors issue. The BJP has been shown its place and the people of India were not fooled by the India shining campaign while the country was in reality reeling with severe unemployment, rampant corruption, caste and religious atrocities and minority persecution. The BJP has sown the seeds of communal disharmony by polarizing the people. This is a damage, which will be extremely hard if not impossible to undo. But we cannot give up and have to restore the secular status of our country at all costs.

The new Congress led Government should immediately remove the saffron Governors appointed. Its time our own Kidar Nath Sahani moves on to another mission. No government should ever appoint such partisan Governors and a Raj Bhavan should never be used as a place to emanate the ideology or mission of any political party. We have been seeing some of the BJP appointed Governors bring utter disgrace to such a high constitutional position.

Its good news that Sushma Swaraj and her husband have threatened to quit Parliament if Sonia Gandhi becomes Prime Minister. Let us hope that some of the other hardcore communal BJP MP's also join the queue. It would be good riddance in the interest of restoring communal harmony to our country. The BJP will only be further decimated if it agitates against Sonia Gandhi being Prime Minister. P.A Sagma had also vowed to quit but must be now reconciling to the fact that the nation has opined that Sonia's origin is a non-issue.

The Congress too has serious thinking to do on ushering discipline within their ranks in states like Punjab and Kerala. The party would have to take some immediate steps to gain lost ground in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It is important to equally strengthen its hold in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The clock is ticking for Sharad Pawar and for any other breakaway Congress faction to return back to the parent party. There's no point sitting on the sidelines. The Congress would have to build a trusted relationship with good and trustworthy allies while infusing fresh blood in its own ranks. MLA's and MP's after two terms should not be given tickets and should be given the task of organizational work something the Congress urgently needs but which every Congressman shys away from.

The party will soon face the assembly elections in Maharastra. A state where Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj party has grown as a force to reckon with. The party will have to work in conjunction with Mayawati or else a divide of the secular vote will only benefit the BJP.

In the recent Lok Sabha elections the Goa unit of the BJP played all the political games to try and divide the secular votes. It tried to prop up and fund other candidates to try and split the anti-BJP votes. The astute Goans did not fall prey as everyone fears the Hindutva vision professed by the BJP. Mission Salcete flopped. The Chief Minister had vowed to return and continue his unfinished mission from May 16th. When will he visit Salcete next?

The BJP would have to now seriously consider what is to be done with Manohar Parrikar. He is obviously a liability to the party. Had he canvassed for the party in North Goa Sripad Naik too would have met his waterloo. Ramakant Angle must be regretting it now. Wherever one goes, one can sense the deep anger of the common man against the Chief Minister. His despotic, autocratic. and vindictive style of functioning has made him very unpopular. Laloo Prasad Yadav may not be an IITian, but his down to earth and humble positioning amongst the masses keeps him so popular inspite of his other negatives. The Goa BJP may have to look for a Laloo from amongst its ranks. Sripad Naik rings a bell.

Let the Chief Minister tell us how many of the minority community have been recruited into Government service ever since he took over the reins of Goa. This Government has catered to the interests of one community and wherever possible a particular section of that community. This must be definitely disturbing the great founding fathers of our nation even though they are in their eternal sleep.

The Congress regime in Goa was corrupt, and so is the current BJP outfit. But what this regime here and the departing BJP at the Centre has excelled is in saffronisation and communally tearing the country apart. It is something that has been gradually and systematically carried out and here in Goa susegad Goans who usually show high levels of indifference and tolerance have now spoken silently in the recent ballots. The Congress leaders amassed great personal wealth but the BJP rulers besides quietly stashing a fortune for themselves have also made sure their party coffers are enhanced unlike the Congress who after over a decade in office still hibernate in their dingy office at Panaji.

The just concluded election season saw hectic migration and party hopping season. A Zilla Parishad member from the South of Goa even skipped to the otherside on the eve of polling day. Principles and ideals go to the dogs as politics is a game of survival and unless you show flexibility and are unprincipled you may miss the bus in today's scenario.

Panjim may look spruced up and all decorated. But one has to see the long-term damage being done to Goa by Mr. Parrikar brain-washing us with some cosmetic improvements. Parrikar has many questions to answer. He has broken all rules and shown the rarest of flexibility to accommodate the saffrons in all sections of administration. Mr. Parrikar has bowed, bent and hopelessly stooped to all lowly levels to implement his political agenda. IFFI as a potential catastrophe has been hoisted on gullible Goans. The earlier Skybus dream was a wet one.It would be nice if those in power had got their priorities right rather than making cheap populist announcements. They should instead provide people with the basic amenities of life.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar shows no consistency in the way he speaks and acts. He had announced that the Government's work force would be pruned because a small state like Goa could be managed with a work force of 38,000 government employees. This was another empty statement and fooled no one. How does he justify the thousands of Saffrons he has recruited into government service ever since the BJP took over the reins? The Government had vowed that no extensions would be given to Government employees after retirement age. But Mr. Parrikar has been obliging a chosen few.

Chief Minister Parrikar had urged journalists not to be corrupt. This is the height of hypocrisy from a Chief Minister who is solely responsible for the current state of the Goan Press. He has left no stone unturned to suppress the Goan Press. Mr. Parrikar has manipulated the majority of the Goan Press according to his whims and fancies. Freedom of the Press does not exist and Mr. Parrikar knows this better than anyone else and should be honest enough to admit to this. He had promised to reward some loyal journalists by appointing them as Officers on Special Duty on the IFFI project. They may be now left high and dry.

Politics is today no longer a mission. It has become the scoundrel's last resort and elections have turned out be a big business venture with high stakes in place. It is however good to know that the voter's have wizened up and have a mind of their own. Today the MLA's and Sarpanchs have no grip and cannot sway their voters. Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who went all out on the campaign trail could not get his own constituency voters to follow his dictates. Pratapsingh Rane and Harish Zantye should not take shelter of this proposition, as it was evident to the naked eye that they openly flirted and plotted against their party alliance candidate virtually politically sedating the veteran doctor politician.

The framers of our constitution had envisaged one set of laws for all regardless of caste, creed, and financial or political strengths. Unfortunately today you can manipulate things depending on your muscle power and political patronage if you have the financial clout. In reality we have one set of laws for the rich and powerful and another for the weak and vulnerable. Will things change under Sonia Gandhi's led regime. Only time will tell.

Aires Rodrigues
Ribandar

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