Monday, March 16, 2009

Wake up call

Wake up Call

The Margao police pressurized tiatrist Menino De Bandar to apologize for a song sung by a child artiste in his latest play criticizing the Chief Minister over some burning issues concerning Goa. These bullying tactics will not work to stifle the voice of the people. The tiatrists have greater accessibility to rural as well as urban masses.
They have the capacity to change the political scenario of Goa. Stalwarts of the Konkani stage like Roseferns, John D’Silva, comedian Agostinho et al deserve accolades for infusing awareness through their plays among the people of Goa.
The tiatrists have rightly swung into action. Just as it is the moral duty of the Diocesan Authority to mobilize the flock and protest evil designs so also it is the moral duty of the tiatrists and every concerned blue blooded Goan to stand and raise their voices.
We cannot remain silent, stand aloof and say mhaka kiteak poddlam ( why should I be bothered) when there is a danger of Goa being destroyed for good. Igor Stravinsky said “Silence will save me from being wrong but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right”.
People of Goa have realised that unless they come out en masse nothing will happen. People have realized that time has come for serious introspection before they become second citizens in their own land.
Goans are peace loving but that doesn’t mean we’ll shut our eyes while Goa is being raped. Even Mahatma Gandhi, the great prophet of non-violence said “It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence.” Time is running out. Although the Congress-led government is stable at the moment, nothing could be predicted about the future, they are all opportunistic politicians, after all. Goa belongs to the peace loving people.
All like minded people, various NGOs who time and again acted as Goa’s custodians should rally around the concept of floating our own People’s Party to take concrete shape.
As of now the small parties who raise their heads only during election time are too weak and immature to be called as independent political entities.
These parties are not for the sake of a revolution or for the benefit of the people they serve. They are more interested in playing the role of king-makers in coalition governments and extract the share of their pie. PEOPLE’S PARTY will be the only alternative to pay heed to the cries of the common man to save Goa.

Irineu Gonsalves, Verna

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