I personally feel very ignorant about my history. Today, we are fortunate to still have some freedom fighters alive, even though very advanced in age, but I had few opportunities to hear them share their experience. Given that Goa did not have a particularly violent freedom struggle, though it definitely was a protracted one, but where is the documentation. Where is it being shared with the younger generation? Where is the opportunity for us to take pride in it?
Saturday, May 23, 2015
‘Goa was better off in the hands of the Portuguese’ I’ve heard this rhetoric before, as have many of you who hail from Goa. People say this more as a reaction to the frustration they feel about the current situation in the State, but imagine my surprise when I saw a group on Facebook that thought the same thing!
This group describes itself as a group “for all goans who believe that goa woud be better off with portugal,and this was the flag of goa when it was under the portugese.” (The spelling mistakes aren’t mine). It’s a small group and most of the members are young people.
“Honestly?,” I thought, was Goa really better off in the hands of the Portuguese. At 451 years, Goa has witnessed the longest colonial rule in the world. “Do you speak Portuguese” is a common question asked to me by my friends in Bangalore and I say “no, in fact very few people in Goa speak or know Portuguese”. When you think of it, its surprising that after being ruled for 451 years the language has virtually disappeared, a mere 46 years after the departure of the Portuguese. In fact Goa has so deeply and completely integrated itself into India that few are bemused by the transition.
But was “Goa better off under the Portuguese”, I honestly don’t know. From the little that I’ve read and studied, when the Portuguese left Goa, Goa was pre-industrial, and that’s why the high level of migration to other parts of the world and India in search of jobs. Goa didn’t even have adequate educational institutions and people had to go to Mumbai, Belgaum, Dharwad to study. The economy was largely agrarian and depended heavily on mining. The infrastructure was old. Very little was manufactured locally and Goa depended much on the imports of food commodities first from India and then after the economic blockade from Portugal. Politically, there was little freedom or equality of participation. So what was better about Goa when it was under the Portuguese?
Picking my brains, for sometime now, I think the answer lies elsewhere.
1.In the romantic versions we young people have constructed about the days of yore. Perhaps they are based on the stories told to us by our grandparents, or from the colourful tins our grandmothers retained of milk powders, biscuits and other commodities they bought.
2.Perhaps it stems from the desire of most Goans to migrate abroad in search of greener pastures.
3.Perhaps it stems from our ignorance of our recent past.
4.Or perhaps it emanates from our fear that we are loosing our identity too fast, to the multi-cultural potpourri called India
The answer could be one or some or all of these. It could be more reasons than my limited knowledge has allowed me to note.
But if there is a feeling that Goa would have been better off under the Portuguese it must be recognized and addressed. This is not to slot people into right and wrong but to note from where this feeling stems.
I personally feel very ignorant about my history. Today, we are fortunate to still have some freedom fighters alive, even though very advanced in age, but I had few opportunities to hear them share their experience. Given that Goa did not have a particularly violent freedom struggle, though it definitely was a protracted one, but where is the documentation. Where is it being shared with the younger generation? Where is the opportunity for us to take pride in it?
I was not taught Goan history in school. In fact, a quick quiz would reveal that Goan students know more about Egyptian, Greek, English, American and Russian history that about Goa. Years later the Education Department did make an attempt to correct the situation, but the slim book was an addition to the history book, an after thought and studied briefly. I honestly don’t know if any serious thought went into the reasons for introducing Goan history. I can only hope that today it is taught in more details and introduced early in a student’s academic life.
But for us, people in their 30s and above, we are definitely trying to make our Portuguese passports, hankering after the rosy past. The lack of knowledge of our history, our culture and heritage is reflected in the way we treat and neglect it, and that’s why heritage conservationists have a huge battle on their hands. I guess they can with time convince the Government and even the builders lobby, but how do they teach the people of Goa to love what is theirs and see value in it.
One of the last examples of a successful non-reversed annexation took place in South Asia in the 1970s.
A Russia-sponsored referendum vote in the autonomous Ukrainian province of Crimea on March 16 resulted in a strong preference for secession and assimilation into the Russian Federation. Although the results of the referendum are suspect, 96 percent of Crimean ballots were in favor of joining the Russian Federation. The legitimacy of the referendum is under attack by the United States, Europe, and the incumbent government in Ukraine. Although Russia refrained from a unilateral military annexation, the conditions under which the referendum took place essentially amounted to a Russian occupation. Against the backdrop of this state of affairs in Crimea, it’s worth examining one of the last non-reversed annexations and an often forgotten case in the modern history of South Asia: India’s annexation of Sikkim.
While the geopolitical dynamics are obviously vastly different, there are a few similarities to be found in India’s annexation of Sikkim and Russia’s impending annexation of Crimea. Sikkim is today a constituent state of sovereign India, but joined the Indian union in 1975 following a series of events remarkably similar to what has just transpired in Crimea. Traditionally a semi-autonomous Tibetan kingdom, Sikkim fell under the purview of the British Empire in the 18th century. Following its independence in 1947, Sikkim operated as a small, independent Himalayan monarchy (known as the Chogyal monarchy as per its Tibetan heritage) until its assimilation into India in 1975. Sikkim’s relations with India following the independence of both of those states from the British Empire in 1947 were close. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru demonstrated great interest in maintaining close ties with Sikkim following independence. In fact, the notion of assimilating Sikkim into India was on the mind of India’s leaders immediately after independence. Both Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel acknowledged the value of including Sikkim as a special protectorate within the Indian union and worked with Chogyal Tashi Namgyal of Sikkim to attain that status. According to the Indian government’s history of Sikkim, “this was in face of stiff resistance from local parties like Sikkim State Congress who wanted a democratic setup and accession of Sikkim to the Union of India.” As a protectorate, India controlled Sikkim’s external affairs, defense, and communications — a marked difference from the Crimean case today.
The Sikkim State Congress Party would later play a major role in deposing Chogyal Tashi Namgyal’s son, Palden Thondup Namgyal. Tashi Namgyal died in 1963 and following his death the anti-monarchy movement within Sikkim gained traction. In 1955, with Indian assistance, Sikkim established a state council, allowing for constitutional democracy under the Chogyal, who remained Head of State and monarch of the kingdom. Ultimately, in 1973, pro-India protests broke out in Sikkim and the state council requested formal Indian intervention. In 1975, Sikkim’s Prime Minister requested that the state be fully assimilated into India as a state, following which the Indian Army moved into Gangtok (the Sikkimese capital), disarmed the Chogyal’s palace guards, and established control of the state. Following India’s move into Sikkim, a plebiscite among the 59 percent of Sikkimese residents entitled to vote resulted in 97.5 percent of them voting to join India (a result that some Sikkimese argue was a product of Indian duress and manipulation).
India’s annexation of Sikkim involved a plebiscite, similar to the one in Crimea on Sunday. Unlike the Crimean case, India did not intervene in Sikkim on the basis of protecting any particular ethno-linguistic group and did so on the request of an arguably representative body. More significantly, with the exception of the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights, India’s annexation of Sikkim remains one of the few annexations that stuck and was not reversed in recent history (one can include China and Tibet in the 1950s in this count as well). Similar to the West’s protests over Crimea today, China immediately protested India’s annexation of Sikkim and brought it to the attention of the international community (which ultimately did nothing). In 2003, China acknowledged Sikkim as part of India in exchange for an Indian acknowledgment that Tibet was part of China. Today, the India-China border at Sikkim is the only open border between the two neighbors. Should Crimea accede to the Russian Federation, we will have another case of annexation that will likely go without reversal.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
As mentioned by Mr. Kennedy, that the Pundit had been caught coming out of a brothel, as him and then Dr. Sequeira, there were and yet will be many Goans who are a product of Bainá. Such Goans usually mumble flagrant dregs through cooperativeness of other products of Bainá who suffer from Síndrome Sequeira.
They, who will never comprehend on the matter that we have suffered an unjust invasion and are living through subjugations and a considerable amount of violations of moral conduct, the code and human law.
Recently the "coloured" president of US freed the prisoners of Guantanamo as he/they understood their mistake. Whereas what about the Pundit who stepped on Goans and their habitat? Where do the UN and ICJ jurisdictions stand?
The world and the universe concerning aliens estimate that Mr. al Tikriti was wrong in invading sunni Kuwait; in the sub-continent of Asia; was the Pundit justified? So, how was Dr. Sequeira to an extent justified to support the "Red Light" machinery? Maybe the doutor's wish is fulfilled now, witnessing the unstimulating situation in Goa today. If Mr. Kennedy witnessed the Pundit as an imposter walking away from a brothel, how couldn't Dr. Sequeira respect the land and its people and condemn the Republic for its shameful deeds?
I wasn't born to know what the non-practising doutor preached, but presumedly I realise that he seems he wasn't astute with International Criminal Law and the Geneva Conventions; and like a "dud" took part in a political environment, was it a concert for him? Sort of like a false prophet preaching Gõycarponn. Many will blabber a lot, but he preached no equality amongst Goans, denying them theirs, our birth rights to justice; rather brought the illegal rigged opinion polls in an already illegal environment, hence he deserves my expectorate.
And, will I respect a quisling like him? Who didn't have the cojones to go on a higher level between the UN and ICJ. Rather, sat with his illiterate mind.
Many will blabber about Goans, that the Pundit affixed a word for us, as 'ajeeb'; why? Did he know that we had traitors amongst us? Did he take an example and consideration of Pinto do Rosário's relative and the likes? Or whether because of the likeminded truth-seeking natives who stood together, is it them, is it us who were labelled as 'ajeeb' by the Pundit?
The doutor, born in Burma, has the same mentality as the sepaios of the Indian mutiny, in the same manner this non-practicing doctor renegaded against his own kith and kin without using his so-called intellectual memory. Today these Sequeira's who've mingled and jingled with the Gantias have the same "Indian Cheating Genes" in them, and the best example is the Sukhija family running Panjim Inn. They should be prehumously honoured the - Batota de 1º Ordem.
Such characters in Goa are in fact the lowest in class and caste grade, depending on their levels of illiteracy, who have to be shunned from decent Goans especially from the villages such as Sanguém and Satári. I am sure that if he was really a Goan with native ideologies/thoughts, as also well aware of criminal justice then he would not override us, rather would have fought for Goans.
Screw the Doutor; let me the Baba, be the Mecánico Legal for now to explain:-
Soon after the conquest of India over Goa on December 19, 1961, a new issue of self-identity immediately cropped up. One of the Indian States laid claim on this new territory on the basis of similarities between language, culture and traditions in both the regions. But a political party of Goa opposed and firmly believed that Goan language (concanim) was an independent language and not a dialect of the other and insisted that Goa had its unique identity of its own and thus cannot be part of the other state.
Late. Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister of India, decided to resolve the issue by holding an Opinion Poll, after dissolving the then existing Assembly. The Congress central working committee resolved at its meeting on 3 September 1966 to hold Opinion Poll. The options were two – either retain Goa as the union territory or merge Goa into the neighbouring state.
The people of Goa voted for a independent state and won. However the percentage of voters who participated in voting were mere 10% of the total population and were mostly non-indigenous people.
The concept of Goa Statehood was sparked by different classes/groups/
The Goa Statehood has been conferred upon Goans. Neither the opinion poll nor the Statehood of Goa bear any significance to the indigenous natives of Goa, because the events had mainly the participation of the non indigenous people of Goa who have no ownership or legislative rights on the territory of Goa. If Goa is to be integrated in the Indian Republic, it has to be done through self-determination of the indigenous people of Goa and through proper legal processes by signing agreements/contracts with the Gaunkars/indigenous people only, and not by mere referendum or plebiscite exercised by the masses, as the gãocarias are co-operative establishments with absolute ownership rights.
So, it's evident that the doutor chose to join the pedophile and brothel machinery, absurd thinking!
It was means to end his life through the teachings of the Rangila man, why force the Goans?
As also if he was a devout catholic, since many Goans mention, did he not know the seventh commandment according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
Even after everything done, what kind of faith does the doutor have? Gantianc zae titló fôttôi, nu Niz Gõycaranc. Thus it's a curse that people suffer from a symptom named after him and rot.
I have visited many during my lifetime in Goa, and do recall a nun from Chinchinim who said to me so:- There are thousand of teens in foster care who don't need perfection. They need you.
Minus my stories here. Mr. Kant said that, rational humans should be treated as an end in themselves and not as a means to something else. The fact - we Goans, we are human, has value in itself. So the imbecile doutor wore his attire, including the Buick, to achieve his idiotic thoughts and livelihood in his life. Couldn't he be wiser? I presume not!
UGP withstood? It's fizzled, poof!
A crow hatched in a hens coop does not make it a chicken, so is a swine born in a stable doesn't make him/her a horse. So when would he honour the native indigenous Goans? Did he study the etymology of Goa before taking his stand in politics? I doubt, for, if he had respect for Goans, he would respect himself through his stringent decisions.
Before leaving Goa for work due to my financial crisis, I Mr. A Lyndon Pereira, do believed through my presumptions that we could still fight for a plebiscite, at that moment we needed brains who were thinking on similar lines, thereafter we would need support of the blood (others). However, in due course understood that 75% of brain dead Goans who suffer from Síndrome Sequeira wouldn't comprehend.
For your kind information, one cannot go to United Nations or ICJ unless one is a member nation, they do not entertain other parties or organisations. In case of Goa, Goa was declared as a non-self-governing territory (courtesy: 'The Comunidades') during the Portuguese provincial regime. Once a territory is declared as non-self-governing, nobody can rob it of its independence, as per UN Charter. Thus Goa has some hope to make its case heard but through proper approach. Either Goa has to be sponsored by one of the member nations or a liberation movement has to start within which could then be brought to the attention of the UN. I also tried out other channels like UNPO, Indigenous Rights, Self-determination et cetera, to gain entry to start with. At the same I was going through a strained financial situation but never stopped thinking, if the Comunidades, GAKUVED, and other liberation organisations united, then independence would not be too far.
I thought the most practical way to fight the liberation movement is to first fight for our rights. For your kind information, the Government of Goa does not own any land, because no State Land Tenure Contract/Agreement had been signed with the absolute owners (indigenous people) of Goa as per Constitutional requirements. Without land rights, no Government can operate or collect revenues (including Angediva). So efforts shall be made to kick the Government out of illegal control (courtesy - the Comunidades). So if GAKUVED supports us, Government will have no option but to run with tumblers in hands. Liberation will be a smooth sailing thereafter. We actually might not need support of any Nation, Right to Self-Determination as per UN Charter should suffice to liberate us completely.
I needed more such minds, before I left Goa, and had to work towards the goal tirelessly. But it turned out to be fruitless. I was bold, studying the key figures, since it is better that I knew their true intentions and loyalty at that point of time in 2008.
I started open discussions and dialogues with some who I do not want to mention, enough I lived in the closet.
Because I knew, awareness creation was my first key to success. Everyone knows our Goan folks and Crocodiles too, 'Sossegados', I disturbed their attitude and made them aware of their rights. Today most of them have migrated, least bothered about Goa.
I made an effort to push our case on Wikipedia, but did not succeed because of lack of support. I was then blocked for editing articles. But some awareness came through at least among the editors and I literally shook the Wikipedia world. I tried all means to create awareness, Wikipedia was the best I thought. If few Goans had supported me then, it would've been great. I knew a few tricks of Wikipedia, it all works on consensus, not anymore since I was off the internet for sometime.
The main goals of our movement were;
1. To kick the Gantias/outsiders out of Goa, they are the burden to our limited resources.
2. To give the indigenous people their rights.
3. To eradicate corruption to an extent.
4. To make Goa a role model in governance and in sustainable living.
But to achieve the above, we needed to follow a systematic approach. The first thing was to kick the [corrupt] government machinery out of control. And, this can be only [and easily] achieved if the indigenous people came forward and fought for their rights, the way Gãocares are fighting, there is no other easy solution. Until such movement begins, we can't start smelling the scent of Independence.
Other Goans (non-indigenous/
Back in 2008 when I began to edit on Wikipedia, I directly went on an open rampage [attack], never bothered to know the rules really. Wikipedia has its own policies, and ones behaviour and conduct counts a lot, which I never cared for. But I learnt the tricks and just how it worked. You, first have got to win trust of established editors by editing articles and being active in the discussions, a slow and steady entry should be gained before you start editing your main [intended] work. As mentioned earlier, Wikipedia works on broad consensus, so supporting views are a must, in my case I had none. As regards to Goa, what I edited [or was editing, rather] was totally new [surprising/unheard] to the editors, hence majority of editors termed my work as 'soapboxing'. Had I had 5 - 10 supporters, it would have been a totally different story. Further in desperation I created multiple accounts, and got caught eventually, for 'sock puppetry'.
Why Wikipedia? Wikipedia is the knowledge power of today. Wikipedia is the most likely site one encounters during a search. So awareness creation becomes lightning fast. Wikipedia is actually a long process, it has to be our parallel activity, I had to concentrate more on my petitions and movements, and my finance, to not attack Wikipedia before gathering our flock, had to ask others to be active to support us, there had to be a sound methodology in almost anything one does.
Our work was intended to help the cause not only concerning Goa, but to all the movements the world over, if we mount immense pressure on the UN on the rights of people, then we do not have to worry if the majority does not support us, we will have support of the other movements.
The majority cannot deprive us our rights and freedom! Let them decide in their own interest.
As also I was bringing out (Internationalising) Goa's issue indirectly through my controversial book that I was editing back in 2008, which I gave up later. That would have been no less than an actual petition to the UN. Awareness creation was the key to our movement, all that is needed is to make Goa an international issue. Our job will be almost done. I also worked hard to build an interactive website concerning our movement, we needed Blood & Brains, don't we? But none supported.
Remember, even then, awareness is very important for people (Goans incl. emigrants) to know that a movement has started, only then we can expect support, and thereafter decide.
Today in 2015 we have enough members of the Goan society whom I presume, are born in brothels, these illegitimate-bastards are the followers of the Pundit and suffer from a symptom known as Síndrome Sequeira, such characters are in disguise and I will never witness an independent Goa, since they are willing to mingle with the illegal occupiers.
And it was here that I really got to know who are supportive and discouraging, I was the lone ranger. Many spoke at taverns and also got good with their gaps, but when it came to the point of support, they behaved skittish. Upcoming generation Goans are getting to know these stories slowly, I already reached my line of control and had to recede due to lack of funds and likeminded support, hence I was silent and I am silent today. Only when another bothers to ask, THESE ARE MY ANSWERS.
Such basics are our fundamentals we've heard from sermons of our ancestors, but never got it straight. Except from a few who aren't living testimonies.
Remember that a divided home cannot withstand.
When level headed people like António Alvares, Franco Fernandes et cetera fight through their teeth, it is a Goan voice. But when the ones who contradict and counter respond in a vague manner, never staying on the subject, it is their original Bainácho-fuscó.
On the other side, you'll should know, some crook started the Quit-India movement and fools believed that the sub-continent of Asia was all India. Such are the fools and sobs who live in Goa, calling themselves naturalised citizens, who in fact suffer from Síndrome Sequeira. Today only an independence movement or making the Indians to give us the right to choose with a plebiscite can save Goa.
Land grabbers almost always claim that the territory was historically theirs and they are only righting a wrong. One of the more ancient claims to righting a territorial wrong arose in 1961 when Indian sent its troops into Goa, then administered by Portugal. India claimed that "it was merely moving its troops into a part of India that had been under illegal domination for 450 years". (Schachter, supra note 18, at 1627. Military Law Review - Volume 162, December 1999. U.S. Dep't of Army Pamphlet 27-100-162.)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
● "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference"
● "and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Now, there's a minuscule amount of Goan souls, who are able to see and be witnesses beyond the shadows and lies of their culture, they who'll never be understood, let alone believed by the emigrated mass population of Goans, because the truth lies with us. Doordarshan screwed Goans, every person knows that the media is the most powerful entity on earth, it has the power, the force to make the innocent guilty and vice versa. And, that's called power, as it already controlled the minds of the Goans, and now when a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the Goans after the events of December 18, 1961; the truth seems utterly preposterous and me as a speaker, a raving lunatic.
I have recently witnessed predictions about the growing "Goan Minorities" and shrinking Gãocares majority, but what I would like to see is a study by IQ. I contend that lower IQs breed more than high ones; and therefore the overall stupidity level is on the increase. There are more Iscariot's than the revolutionary Jesus.
The greatest revolutionary Jesus mentioned at his last supper - do 'this' in memory of me. Are his followers abiding by it? Raúl Gonçalves and Felipe Ferrão themselves are running elsewhere. And, the Goans who were true to theirselves have migrated to other continents because of the frustrations suffered from other Goans suffering from Síndrome Sequeira.
I understood everything concerning this subject, witnessed what would be the future in 2008, of the ones who suffered from this symptom/disease since the non-practicing doctor's demise. And, if we have such personalities in our midst, suffering from this particular symptom, who've followed the likes of brothel life; then how can we have an independence from the clutches of the Indian Union and full sovereignty?
As how people realise their survival from cancer, leukaemia or a critical accident; in the identical journey of Goans, it'll be extremely late for them to understand and comprehend, since most love to live on rubbish and I justify them as uncooperative through their incoherent egos. When in fact, Goans should have the courage, as truth will always reign supreme amongst us.
If I was in this "doutor dud's" place, I am sure that I would've filed a case in the UN and ICJ, because during the same time, on the other side was Estado Novo and a considerable amount of support from Goa and other nations. But 75% of the Goan population who were true to themselves have already migrated.
And, I live not because of the doutor or the pundit, but because of the first like minded Charddes. I shall thank Wikipedia, its editors and the people who supported the Gãocar.
Goans suffering from Síndrome Sequeira aren't vigilante. Because of behaving so, they have lost their most beautiful assets, their beautiful rich culture, which was/is oppressed by the fundamentalist indians and their admirers and followers. We are romantic in culture but experiencing injustice at the hands of our own puppet government, we seem to live in a paralysed state unable to either express ourselves because of puppets like Aliná Saldanha &c. Or reach out to western cultures, whom we respect and admire. Painfully the International community of UK and Portugal betrayed by abandoning us. For the crimes of our theocratic rulers.
Rather than Doutor Bucetinho aka Jack; with respect I will and always respect Padre Chico, for his noble courage, standing for truth, justice and uncommon valor... Remember what I mentioned about Jesus earlier? - Do "this" in memory of me!
Unfortunately he passed away a year and eight months after I was born, his stories remained in our family till my grandparents demise and the owner of the place where he lived in Porvorim. I still admire his determination, his solitary stand, he fought for his existential right as per the Geneva Convention. Because no civilised Goan will ever live a quiet life towards India's unlawful annexation and bondage by force.
Padre Chico will remain as one of the greatest Goans, he will blindly make any other look like a coward, including people who support and hide behind the garb of the Tricoloured "Red Light" Machinery as also speak of it.
Religion shouldn’t involve itself in political issues; but some Goans credulously believe that our most revered St. Francis Xavier, had prophesized - “Goa ninguém a tomará, ela por si acabará” (No one shall take Goa, she will herself end) (Mário Cabral e Sá - Goa Today, Oct ‘05)
*Sequeira Syndrome - pseudo illiterate Goans who cannot comprehend with a truth-seeker, rather have great and utmost affection towards an illegal occupying power. They are fucktards who begin to write/contradict anything about a place without scrutinising the area. And it's more evident amongst non-resident Goans, Goans who've married Gantias, Goans who keep in touch with such like minded and kind-of proclaim that what they've said is the divine truth.
I do not know Dr. Sequeira's other side, but he was incompetent in what he could do to save Goa in a way, he only slowed down the de-Goanising process. So one cannot congratulate or remember him for the same, as it promotes his level of illiteracy, just as Dr. Soares and the rest dim-wits.
Such is this topic, just like a child looking through and understanding a kaleidoscope.
...and so, I only shake my head in sympathy as I live a zugzwang life listening to -https://www.youtube.com/
- Cartoon of a fat man in pinstrip suit pushes a guy in the face by W. Mullin.
- Additional conceptualisation and editing by A. Lyndon and L. Austell Pereira.
- Pinky and the Brain produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Ruegger, appears courtesy of Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Animation.
May the soul of the late Dr. Jack Sequeira REST IN PEACE. He is called the father of Opinion Poll and rightly he deserved this title though Adv. Uday Bhembro and of his tribe think Jawaharlal Nehru instead should be called the father of Opinion Poll. The Bhembros will never accept any great achievement of minority community member for the cause of Goa and Goans. He was one of the persons responsible for denying the Romi Konkani followers the privilege of recognition of Romi Konkani also.
Today Romi Konkani is suffering only because of the chicanery of the Nagri Konknnivadis in KPA like Bhembros. Their crookedness towards Romi Konkani was facilitated by the dumbness in KPA of men like Tomazinho Cardoso and the late Mathanay Saldanha who should both have fought vigorously for giving recognition to Romi Konkani also. In view of this I lost all my hopes on any person in Goa to fight forcefully for Romi Konkani. If a known Konknnivadi like Tomazinho Cardoso failed us then who is left now to fight for our cause?
For 5 years the so called “our man” Tomazinho Cardoso was in the Goa Legislative Assembly holding the post of the Speaker. During these 5 years what did he do for Romi Konkani? Couldn’t he do anything? Instead he acted for 5 years as a feudal lord because temporary power reached to his head. He thought he would always remain the Speaker or MLA but never expected a kick from the voters. His political downfall was his artificial pride. For this reason one has to be very careful before elevating a small background man to the big post. Otherwise, we would have Tomazinho Cardosos only in Goa.
Regarding Nehru and Goa and also Bhembro, Nehru declared in Bombay on 4th June 1956: “If and when the Portuguese go and the people of Goa deliberately wish to retain separate identity – I am not going to bring them by force or compulsion or coercion into the Indian Union”. Finally what did Nehru do to Goa? He used force and violence to conquer Goa and thus paved the way for Goa to lose its separate identity. He internally wanted Goa to lose its geographical and separate identity to declare to the World that Goa is a part of Indian Union because the world was accusing Nehru for using military force to conquer and invade Goa and not to liberate Goa.
On 19th December 1961 Goa was not liberated but according to the Supreme Court judgment, on 19th December 1961, Goa was conquered by India against the wishes of Goans. Since this is the case, Nehru’s India still treats Goans as conquered people denying every demand of ours including the Special Status which we will never get because Central governments of BJP and Congress want Goa to be converted into a big brothel for all the rascals and Pimps from Delhi.
According to my information, immediately following the declaration of the Opinion Poll result, during the rally and meeting at Campal where the entire family of Dr. Jack Sequeira also participated, participants spontaneously raised the slogans saying “Dotor, you are the father of Opinion Poll”. Since then, rightly he goes as the father of Opinion Poll.
Bhembro must know that Nehru cannot be the father of Opinion Poll. It was Dr. Sequeira who out of concern for preserving Goa’s identity first impressed upon Nehru to have the Plebiscite for Goa to decide the future of Goa as per the above statement of Nehru but Nehru was Nehru, a cheat, a liar and a traitor and today we are suffering in Goa the sense of non-entity it is only because of Nehru who failed to maintain his assurance. For such a man to call the father of Opinion Poll will be a big crime and an insult to Dr. Sequeira who moved boulders and mountains to get an Opinion Poll for us. Nehru citing the demand of Kashmiris for Plebiscite in Kashmir to decide its future which India did not want to give, rejected Plebiscite in Goa also. But what Nehru failed to realize was this that Kashmiris case is totally different from Goa’s case.
No doubt everybody under the umbrella of “Anti-Merger” worked very hard even snatching Siolim and Mapusa constituencies from MG teeth yet the leadership of Dr. Sequeira was the need of the hour. He was during that time acted like a Hinge to unite anti-mergerists and in this mission he was successful. He went to Bombay and contacted Bombay Goans and impressed upon them to return to Goa to vote against merger. Bombay Goans played a good role to save Goa from getting merged with Maharastra. CM of Maharastra VP Naik and another mighty Maharastrian leader Y. B. Chawan in the Central Ministry played a huge role by sending deputionists to Goa to vote for merger. But Dr. Sequeira played his card very well to counter their onslaught by bringing Bombay Goans to Goa to vote for Goa. In this strategy Dr. Simon Fernandes based in Bombay played a pivotal role.
Dr. Sequeira was such a fine administrator, so beautiful orator of whose type Goa is yet to produce another one and above all he was the great secular by core. It was a pity that we missed his leadership to rule Goa. If UG had to win the first election itself, today Goa would be like gold because of his efficient administrative leadership but instead the “Rostad” anti-Goan administrator Bandodcar got the chance not only to misrule Goa but also to destroy Goa which he finally did.
Bandodcar destroyed Goa because he was not a good administrator; he was the hard core communal and a big dictator worse than Salazar. It was not he alone that was a curse on Goa but the entire MGP is the curse on Goa and unfortunately we still are suffering from this curse because the last remnants of MGP are still existing. We the elders have fought vigorously in the past to half finish it from Goa and the remaining job the new generation must complete. The MGP is still craving to convert Goa as one Vaddo of Maharastra (Maharastra Vaddi).
In the light of what I said above about Dr. Jack de Sequeira, I maintain that it is none other than Dr. Sequeira alone is theFATHER OF OPINION POLL.
Congratulations to Calangute Panchayat under its leader Joseph Sequeira for being first in Goa to erect the monument of Dr. Jack de Sequeira. Tomazinho Cardoso was ruling Candolim Panchayat for a long period but such idea of constructing the monument of Dr. Sequeira in Candolim never dawned in his head though he talks a lot on Dr. Sequeira now. Where Tomazinho failed, Joseph Sequeira succeeded.
Honestly speaking Portuguese has displaced Goans since 1961. Portuguese surrendered to invading ruthless bloody Indian army and instead of remaining committed to Goa, without consulting genuine stake holders openly handed Goa to corrupt India and thrown Goans into the filth which they could not bear the brunt of lawlessness after all they did no adapt such thing in life.
You ruled Goa for 450 years and kicked us to someone known to be rascal’s rogues and freebooters, was it a joke? Ever since then Goans started moving out of Goa with no stop. Now again, exactly after 25 years of foolish decision of handing Goans to its neighbours Portuguese came back haunting Goans once again in 1985 with appetizing cake on platter which Goans could not desist and that is Portuguese nationality which resulted in ultimate displacement of Goans from Goan soil altogether and forever.
For people it may find very lucrative since it has given a golden life time opportunity to relocate to the shores of Europe without any efforts or sacrifice. However, if one could think deeply it is bit naive.
Before, only highly educated or very rarely family connection would migrate to western countries, but now anybody could do so and that resulted in giving up all the family tradition of occupation that was running over the years successfully providing their square meal. Some people were very well settled within Goa either through jobs abroad or running local business and these very same people have given up or leased out well settled businesses and to my knowledge some have even sold everything from their home to ancestral properties leaving nothing in Goa thinking they will visit Goa only as tourist and have and still moving to Europe with this red valuable booklet. Off course given an opportunity anyone will move for better standard of life no matter what type of occupation one may engage in adopted country keeping in mind only first generation will have to struggle.
Not critic here, is not that whole fault lies with Portuguese? First they ran away fearing invading army living people of that land to fend for themselves when I say “for themselves” only very few freebooters were pro-Indians and rest never wanted to be slave again under someone. Secondly, latest trend of easy go offering their nationality is that not something strange? Only right thinking person will realise it but for most of us it is like let it go.
As long as those first generations are alive with vigour they will visit their motherland to take care of aged loved ones and property but as years passes on second generation will never want to visit nor take care of what their parents have left back. Only option would remain with them is to sell everything and go back and this is a fact believe me.
Goans have been displaced from their home and land!!
The Goan Countryside was shorn of all police posts and the people were left to fend for themselves as well as they could in the face of the rising tidal wave of crime in which bandit and soldier vied with one another in the perpetration of evil instances became frequent in which respectable ladies were criminally assaulted in daylight by the indian soldiery, after being deprived of their ornaments and possessions.
ln one such incident just outside the Government House at Pangim, a pretty young lady teacher, leaving the Revenue Office after collecting her month's wages was promptly relieved of them by a couple of Indian officers in uniform, at gun point. ln another, which occurred at Alto-de-Porvorim, two respectable Hindu young ladies were being kidnapped from their home when the enraged villagers rushed to their rescue and horse whipped the Indian soldiers at the risk of their own lives.
ln Pangim, uniformed Indian officers and men paid a daylight visit to the house of a prominent and highly respected citizen, during his absence from home, under the pretence of looking for white Portuguese soldiers, and then asked for whiskey, seeking to put into execution a macabre plan of assaulting his pretty daughter in the presence of her invalid mother, before they could be persuaded to leave by a neighbour who happened to come in. Another pretty young lady teacher was criminally assaulted outside her school building in Saligão, in broad daylight, while a third was waylaid at the Margão railway station, also returning from her school, and left half dead by seven Sikh soldiers by the roadside till she was removed to the local hospital where she came mercifully to die.
In Canácona, troops with machine guns paid a midnight visit to the local parish Church and threatened the resident priest with death unless he consented to hand over to them the keys of the coffers. An identical incident occurred at the Seminary of the Virgin Mary at Saligão, where the treasurer, a young priest convalescing from recent fracture injuries to his legs, was similarly treated by midnight visitors, who finally escaped taking with them a number of transistor radio receivers, watches and cameras belonging to seminarians absent on vacation. Not far away in the same village, another respectable citizen, a retired businessman from East Africa, was unceremoniously relieved of a substantial sum of money at gun point and forced to submit himself to indignities because he could not come forth with a bigger sum. There was indiscriminate shooting down of innocent civilians, and Goan blood ran generously, shed by the hand of these invaders who professed to be their kindred come to liberate them from oppression.
A carefree, young primary school teacher, Germano de Sousa, father of three infants, was mown down by Indian rifle fire at Calangute while returning home from church service, merely because he did not understand what the soldiers asked him in Hindi. On a similar pretext, a young lad of twelve was riddled with bullets at Cansaulim, while returning home from a shopping errand on which his mother had sent, him. Trigger-happy Indian Union troops appeared to be just on a hunting spree.
Yet their victims were, according to Jawaharlal Nehru "just a few inevitable casualties necessary in a great war of liberation." Characteristically, not a word was permitted to appear concerning these and other similar occurrences in the press. Of course, the world must not on any account come to know of them. But truth will always come out into the open. The editor of The Free Press Journal of Bombay, T. S. George, commenting on this aspect of the situation in Goa, in February 1962, made veiled references to "other instances of violence and rowdyism" on the part of the Indian Union troops that had gone to liberate the people of Goa.
On January 16, at the seashore resort of Bogmaló, near the town of Vasco-da-Gama, vengeful Sikh soldiers, glutted with wine and overindulged lust, threw a hand grenade in the dead of night into the house of a restaurant keeper with whom they had previously had a petty dispute over the cost of a packet of cigarettes, killing his daughter and severely injuring his wife, and provoking widespread resentment against Nehru and his Liberators.
That evening, over five thousand black clothed Goans coming from all points of the country attended the funeral service of the ill-fated Luisa Rodrigues, to mark their protest, forcing a reluctant expression of regret from the military governor for this "regrettable incident"; but the bandit soldiers who, by the code of any other civilized country would have had to submit themselves to trial and punishment by court-martial, were permitted to escape into the Indian Union and eventually to join their families, as returning heroes.
Once more, the Indian press and the All lndia Radio-infamous information agencies of a democratic country that prides itself on freedom of expression and on so-called free dissemination of information-remained strangely silent. In Goa, a brief press note was issued from Government House, in view of the gravity of the situation provoked by the occurrence, and in Bombay only The Free Press Journal referred to it in passing.
Strange that only a month before, the entire press of the Indian Union-some hundreds of newspapers, published in English and in the vernacular languages-and the All lndia Radio were so vociferous about the fancied atrocities of the Portuguese authorities, whereas now they were struck dumb. Even the usually fearless and independent editor of The Current weekly of Bombay, D. F. Karaka, could persuade himself to refer to the tragic incident of Bogmalo, only on February 3, and that also as part of his anti-Menon election propaganda!
Excerpt from NSJ by L. Lourenco
By itself, all that has been detailed in the last chapter would have been sufficient to make the people of Portuguese India turn. But as if this were not so, Indian Union troops at once set about unleashing a reign of terror all over the country. Ugly-Looking bearded Sikhs and uglier-Iooking Marathas and Madrassis went about tuming the place upside down, looting houses and ransacking churches, despoiling shops of their stocks and generally behaving very much like barbarians of thirteenth century whenever they swooped down from their mountain lairs on the lush fields and rich cities of their more civilized neighbours.
They robbed and devastated where they could and exacted purchases at a ridiculously cheap price where they could not, removing everything to the illegal black-markets maintained by their relations back in the Indian Union, where huge, ungodly profits would now be in the order of the day', thanks to this loot. In a matter of days the shops in the towns and villages of Goa presented a sorry sight, many of them taking care thenceforth to remain locked behind hastily improvised notice boards that warned the public that they were closed for stock-taking, and others remaining open but completely empty, as though a cloud of gigantic grasshoppers with human appetites had passed through, leaving this trai! of desolation behind. One might have thought that it was a case of victorious troops running temporarily out of control in a riot of merry-making.
Far from it. This was organized, well-planned plundering of a conquered territory. Every day, after sundown, caravans of huge trucks and lorries left Pangim for Bombay and other points in the Indian Union carrying loads of well-packed antique fúrniture, luxury goods and priceless porcelain taken from government-owned buildings and establishments. The Governor General's residence, at the Cabo, was shorn of its centuries old collections of antiques and the finey carved furniture dating from the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries, which had evoked admiration from many a distinguished foreign connoisseur.
The Churches and Convents of Old Goa were also likewise depleted of their artistic wealth. lt was a reenactment of the sack of Delhi during the days of the Mughal Empire by the Afghan invaders under Nadir Shah. ln Pangim, Vasco-da Gama, Margao and Mapuça, restaurants, bars and wineshops suddenly began to run dry. Indian Union soldiers removed whiskey, brandy and, in fact, alI kinds of spirituous liquors by the bottle and even by the box.
The Indian military command itself airlifted loads of alcoholic drinks by helicopter to Belgaum and to Poona. Stocks were being rushed fast to replenish the lean bootleg markets at home; for sure, they were determined to enjoy a lush Christmas and New Year season this year, after being for so long fed on tomato juice by Nehru's prohibition-riddled government during the fifteen years of its existence.
There was apprehensive locking of doors and windows all around as mothers concealed their daughters and husbands sheltered their wives as securely as they could. There was a complete breakdown of law and order as agents of authority joined hands with professional bandits in an orgy of madness and violence. Indian military authorities approached by Goans in search of protection from the law retorted with some gusto and certainly with a lot more conviction, giving a lie to Nehru's statements, that their army had conquered Goa and that therefore the soldiers were entitled to a spree of looting and lustful enjoyment at the expense of Goans as was customary in all cases where one country is conquered by another with arms. Vae victis!