Bab Roland Francis said recently ( in reference to a recent letter
in the Herald where the Feb 19 attack on Babush was labelled
as a communal act ) :
Until the constitution of India is upheld, Catholic Goans must stop using the communal card. That will only alienate them from the majority. It is time they brought their education to bear and highlight their secular character in a secular India. That and that only will secure their identity. Everytime there is an unjustified or unprovoked attack on them, they are better off decrying their
attacker as a criminal rather than a Saffronite or a Hindu.
My comments :
We have to accept the fact that Manohar Parrikar and the BJP
have a significant presence in Goan politics ( and will continue
to do so in the foreseeable future )
Also, the possiblity of the BJP coming back to power in Goa
cannot be entirely excluded. In the June 07 assembly elections,
Pale,Dhargal,Ponda,Tivim and Cumbharjua were lost to the NCP/
Congress combine simply due to MGP splitting votes. With a BJP/
MGP coalition , these seats would have gone the other way with
3000-4000 margins in some constituencies.
Of a total 711072 valid votes polled, the Congress + NCP total
was approximately 2,65000.
BJP polled 2,15000 and the MGP 60000 ( making a sum total of
The vast majority of the BJP and MGP voters are not communal.
The vast majority of the BJP and MGP voters are vocal in their
condemnation of the inquisition VCD , Fontainhas , Bishops palace
fiasco, Curchorem riots etc. etc.
There is a fraction of BJP and MGP voters who are radical in their
Every time words like " rabid dogs " and " pimps " are used in
reference to the BJP a few more join the radicals.
Every time the BJP is described as " Hamas " a few more join
Every time fictitious " atrocities " are blamed on the BJP a few
more join the radicals.
Every time a communal angle is given to an incident without
basis ( like the Feb 19 incident ) a few more join the radicals.
Every time it is stated on a public forum that a whole generation
of Goan Hindu's are being trained and armed to harm minorities,
a few more join the radicals.
Every time biased fact finding missions try to fabricate the
truth and lay the entire blame for a complex problem at the
door of Hindu's , a few more join the radicals.
( Dr Anand Virgincar )
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