Monday, 13 February 2017

Treasured Memories Dearest Daddy Ligorio Silveira, Vanxim

Rich treasured tributes to most loving daddy on your 20th death anniversary. You were very practical, bold with high integrity and as one Vanxim villager described, you were a 'medicinal plant died today' ("Aiz ek voktachem zadd melem."). This happened 20 years ago on the 13th February 1997. Daddy, your footsteps is all that we follow and will continue with your inspirational values of simplicity, modesty, sense of Justice, forthright attitude and the devotional values of Christianity, imbibed in us will always be cherished. Great you lived and your greatness of character, discipline, responsibility, commitment, dedication and above all your integrity is all that you taught us. 

Your bold and practical outlook made it all, when someone came to you for help with any of their problems. You went all out to see that whoever the person, whichever religion he/she came from the help was rendered as per the situation. Simple you lived and peacefully you passed off 20 years ago from us. In all our situation of life we feel your presence.

Thank you for everything dearest Daddy. Pray for all of us in our family. Your letter on Vanxim Paddy fields and corruption in Tenant Association of Vanxim continues to be relevant even after more than two decades. Here is the link.

We had a thanks giving mass for the soul of late Ligorio Silveira at Jesuit House, Panjim today.

Maggie n Seby

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Is Morjim under corporate dictatorship?

According to information received Temb vaddo in Morjim is again tense after private security of corporate entity has taken over the Southern Tip of Morjim for past few weeks. Details are not known. Corporate has been trying to take over the picturesque Southern Morjim since 1996 and here is online ling to that story.  According to information received same corporate has deployed private security all over South of Morjim. Morjim comes under the Mandrem constituency. Further investigations are needed.  Below is Catholic Chapel in Morjim at Temb vaddo.

Past links to the struggle of Morjim in 1996 can be found below with links:

It's now Morjim villagers fighting anti-people tourism

 07 November 1996 23:29 IST

Morjim - a picturesque village situated on the banks of Chapora river in North Goa - is still peaceful, unaffected by tourist influx. But Temb, a small locality of traditional fishermen situated on the bay at one end of Morjim, is burning with fury and protests.

It's nothing unusual if one digs into the history, the way "star tourism" entered the state since early '80s. Almost half of the land at Temb, a strategic area surrounded from all three sides by river Chapora and the Arabian sea, is bought by one "outsider" to build a three-star hotel.

The traditional fisherfolk community, comprising 99 per cent of the total population at Temb, is threatened with its community living coming to an end. They are now up in arms, not to get maximum benefits from the hotel but to stall the project itself.

M/s Excelsior Hotels, owned by P V Mani, a Calcutta-based businessman, has bought over 49,000 sq. mts of land from three land owners in the area. The property begins from the river bank and ends at the Arabian sea, with coconut and cassurina trees all over the beachline. While the road going to the beach divides a small chapel on the river side, the fishermen live on the other side of the road.

"We have only eight houses including the owner's vacant house and a chapel in the property. We are also ready to leave the space earmarked as per the tenancy act to the seven tenants staying in the property", claims Leao Dias, a local businessman who looks after Mr Mani's proposed hotel project here.

"No. Total 13 families are directly affected due to the project. But surprisingly, the remaining houses are not shown on the survey map. And what if the remaining area is also bought over by the hotel owner", ask the aggrieved villagers.

As found in any coastal village of fisherfolk, the beachline is also used here for anchoring their small fishing boats and the river bank for casual fishing. Building small boat sheds during monsoons to protect their canoes is also a common feature. But they are now "instructed" by the new owner to shift their boat sheds elsewhere, which can be only outside the property, far away from the beach.

The tiny beach is also famous for migratory birds found here from September to May - a major tourist attraction for foreigners. The sea turtles, found only at Temb in the whole of Goa, is protected by the forest department with utmost care. Being a peaceful place, beach shacks make a good business here with hordes of foreign tourists visiting this place, providing seasonal occupation to over 10 shack owners.

Living as the "friends of the sea", even the religious festivals of Catholics and Hindus residing in the area are part of the seashore activities. May it be the immersion of Ganesh, the procession during the feast of Catholics or the traditional dramas held during festivals, the beachline is being used by the villagers for all such social activities.

"These new owners are least bothered about our social life or traditional living. Why should we welcome anything in the name of development if it threatens our very existence", asks Olavo Fernandes, a shack owner. He is equally worried that his regular foreign customers would either be tapped by the giant hotelier or the tourists may stop coming as it would not be peaceful any more.

Enraged with the invasion, the villagers have not only put up a banner "stop displacement of Morjim villagers" on the road, but they even stormed the taluka town of Pernem and capital city of Panaji with dharnas and morchas. But no political party, the local sarpanch or the MLA - state minister Sangita Parab - have come for the rescue. They are now planning to meet union law minister Ramakant Khalap, the MP and the former MLA, to seek "justice".

Jagrut Goenkaranchi Fouz (JGF), the NGO fighting against ill-effects of tourism, is spearheading the agitation. "We don't want tourism at the cost of livelihood of Goans. The only way to seek justice is waging a militant struggle against the pro-star tourism government policies", says Roland Martins, the JGF leader.

But Leao Dias, who invited Mr Mani to Goa to set up the hotel project, dismisses all the allegations. "Why should we do something against the interest of the locals ? They don't realise that this project would bring development to their area. It will provide jobs to them, in the hotel as well as other activities connected with the hotel", he claims.

According to Mr Dias, except the misguided locals at Temb, the rest of the village is supporting the project. Not to let down the locals, he claims, they have been assured of protecting their houses as per the provisions of tenancy act. "I have even assured them of providing a new road passing through the locality and renovation of the chapel."

While Mr Dias denies, the locals believe that the existing road going to the beach would be blocked and the chapel will have to be shifted elsewhere. Dismissing the allegation of shifting the boat sheds, he says Mr Mani has even agreed to the request made by the panchayat to construct a fishing jetty at the river bank for the local fishermen.

As claimed by Dias, one Gerlad Fernandes, an ex-Army officer, is instigating the locals with misinformation as he had a quarrel with the previous owner and is interested in contesting panchayat elections. But the locals consider Capt. Gerald as their leader, the only well-educated person in the locality.

The whole issue came to light early this year when Mr Dias lodged a police complaint against Capt. Gerald for constructing an extension to his house. The latter claims that he was reconstructing the collapsed wall of his kitchen while the former shows the photographs to prove that he was extending the house with new construction.

This small incident sparked a clash between the hotel owners and the affected locals, resulting in both sides filing complaints and counter-complaints. The villagers now allege that the owners, with the help of the security guards, have begun threatening and attacking them. But the action is taken because they have been stealing coconuts and cutting trees in our property, claims Mr Dias.

Capt. Gerald even suspects hand of underworld criminals behind the project and demands thorough investigation by the intelligence agencies and income tax officials into the property and assets of the owner. "Why otherwise they are so secretive about the whole project", he asks.

"We have no secrets to hide. But the project report is yet to be prepared. Roughly we have decided that the hotel will have 40 to 50 rooms, a swimming poll etc and all such things which are found in any three-star hotel", says Mr Dias.

Mr Martins, the JGF leader, alleges that the hotel company is trying get the coastal regulation zone changed as no construction is allowed within 100 mts from the river and 200 mts from the high tide line of sea. But Mr Dias refutes it stating that no plans have yet been submitted to the concerned government authorities. "We will not violate any regulations", he claims.

But for the locals, they are not prepared to accept the project even if all the legal requirements are met with. "It's a direct threat to our fishing profession. Our social life is endangered with it", says Anton Fernandes, a fisherman.

The present mood is so anti-Excelsior that the locals are not prepared to take any work offered by the hotel company. Prakash Sattaji, a mason, says he won't take any construction work of the hotel company even if tempting sums are offered. "Our local owners don't sell even a piece of land to us to build houses, but allow outsiders to come and destroy our village life. Why to survive on such sinful money", he asks furiously.

The villagers are even enraged with locals, from other locality of the Morjim village, taking up job as security guards of the hotel company. They look at it as a divide and rule tactic as the rest of the village would automatically go against Temb once they raise a quarrel with the security personnel. But Mr Dias prefers to employ locals to provide employment while the protesters also harass the outsiders, he alleges.

While the local protesters are firm on not allowing the project under any circumstances, Mr Dias claims he is prepared to shift the project if the villagers of Morjim, and not settlers of Temb alone, don't favour it. In the same breath, he claims support from the majority of the villagers.

Most of the star hotels have come up in the state in the similar manner, without even violating the law of the land initially, but by destroying the social fabric of Goa. There are few exceptions who have maintained the village life, making it a tourist attraction. The government is also embracing such social and cultural invasion, in the name of tourism development.

Morjim is yet another example of such aggression, which is bound to destroy the traditional life style of Goa. It was a decade ago the villagers of Agonda, in the southernmost Canacona taluka, had successfully stalled the Seema Hotels project for similar reasons. Whether Morjim, part of the northernmost Pernem taluka, follow the suit or not is yet to be seen.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Response to Fr. Noel D'costa on Vanxim land deal

Fr. Noel D'Costa, Convenor of the Apostolate of Inter-Religious Dialogue, Archdiocese of Goa has sent group email to around 48 emails on Vanxim and Bharat Mukti Morcha discourse on the sell out affairs suspecting secrecy, fraud and other unethical practices. This mail having serious public importance as they are being circulated to much broader audience and has raised many voices and messages to us asking for our response. Fr. Noel we know is not involved in Vanxim deal in any way on record. BMM places on record our appreciation and gratitude for Fr. Noel for speaking out at least this much and giving us opportunity to respond. After perusing the said email text here is our brief response:

False information

Email claims that part of Vanxim is tenanted property and as per law it cannot be sold. Archbishop's office has not sold the same but only transferred rights to Mahendra Gaunekar. This is wrong. Besides the sale deed there is clear letter from the then Procurator of the Archdiocese of Goa Fr. Victor Rodrigues about the sale of tenanted land in Vanxim. Letter was written by Fr. Victor Rodrigues and sent to Mahendra Gaunekar. Mahendra Gaunekar then sent this letter to various people in Vanxim and it is this very letter that served as major document against People of Vanxim in the Court of deputy collector, Panjim. Fr. Noel's further arguments does not hold ground as the base argument itself falls flat with this evidence. Here is a scanned copy of the letter : 

Manipulating Past

Fr. Noel D'costa has claimed that Paddy fields in Vanxim were cultivated only till 1970 and after that they were left fallow and used for fishing purposes by letting Mandovi water into paddy fields. This is not true either. The exact nature of this anomaly is placed on record by former President of Tenant Association of Vanxim late Ligorio F. Silveira. He filed written complaint against Tenant Association of Vanxim with the Mamlatdar of Tiswadi in 1995. With the hindsight it is possible to deduct that there was long term plan to destroy Vanxim Paddy fields. The cultivation continued well in late 1980s and in few cases even in early 1990s. To claim that Vanxim Paddy fields were not cultivated from 1970 is wrong and amounts to manipulation of past in order to control the present and future. You may know the content of this letter. In addition there are complaints from Tenants Association of Vanxim office bearers against Narayan Bhosle who did not hand over charge to new committee and State Administration did nothing about the same. The date of cited N.O.C matches these times of scandal. Scanned copy of those letters is as follows:

Continued secrecy

Fr. Noel has not disclosed (1) Who gave Vanxim to Santa Monica Fund, and under what Obligations and which year. (2) What is the reason as to why so-called N.O.C from Tenant Association of Vanxim dated 26.02.1996 kept secret till date? Why the signatories of this N.O.C are covered up by the office of the Goa Archbishop?

Comments on Fr. Bismarck

Fr. Noel commented "Fr. Bismarck was wrongly informed by someone that the residential houses were sold." This sound like Fr. Bismarck was living in an illusion from 2010 till his murder in 2015 and was working only on hearsay. This is not the case. Joint Development Agreement between Ozone and Mahendra Gaunekar of 2009 very clearly states that it will take over entire island including the residential houses and Goa Archbishop is going to facilitate this process. Here we share link for your ready reference:

Accusations on secrecy on Eight other sale deeds

BMM never hidden eight other sale deeds on Vanxim. Their details are made known again and again. One of the sale deeds is carried on by close kin of late Dr. Jack Sequeira who was the leader of the Opposition in First Legislative Assembly after Goa was annexed to India. Here is the links:

Who is the valuer?

Fr. Noel informs that Valuer valued Vanxim land at certain cheap rates. What is the name and address of this valuer? Why name is kept secret?

Secret Agreement

Agreement to sell Vanxim signed in 1999, according to Fr. Noel. Yet the question remain as to why People of Vanxim were not informed? Announcement in Church not made? Why in this agreement clause included for selling Capao directly to corporate included if nexus with corporate was not prevalent? Here is the link to the Agreement to Sale:

Gaunekar's conditional benefits

Fr. Noel contemplates on prospects of Gaunekar's benefits. He observes that Gaunekar stands to benefit in case Ozone project takes shape or he stands to loose. Whose side you are fighting Fr. Noel? This question is important since Fr. Noel takes up case for Mahendra Gaunekar directly he ask "People are not told how much Mr. Gaunekar must have spent on lawyers while fighting the various cases pending with regard to the land at Vanxim?" More important matter is how much office of the Archbishop stands to loose on Vanxim deal after unanticipated opposition since 2010.

Suspected bribes to amend or change laws

Fr. Noel makes very important remark "And who knows about possible inner costs involved to pay bribes at different levels in order to amend or change the laws to convert the said areas to development zone?" This is very good question and CBI investigation is needed to ascertain the actual status.

Defend the super rich

Fr. Noel's shares the theme of his last November inter-religious meet "Together we protect the nature and defend the poor". The theme is good and BMM has no issues with the same. However praxis followed by the office of the Archbishop in case of Vanxim is opposite. It is only defense of the super rich and kick on the residents of Vanxim by branding them "unauthorized settlers" and use of the term "so-called tenants". Fr. Noel too uses this very word. Fr. Noel is grossly wrong informed on facts about Vanxim.

Diocesan Finance Committee

Who are members of Diocesan Finance Committee and College of Diocesan Consultors that took decision on Vanxim that Fr. Noel discussed in his email. The minutes and names of people involved must be made public immediately.

Press dispute

BMM takes no responsibility for the Sunday Herald Review report dated 07/02/2016 criticized by Fr. Noel for its article on Vanxim. Certainly there are few errors in it. However to attribute intention that article was published to tarnish the good name of the Archbishop and the Church while encouraging Catholics to leave the Church and join fundamentalist sects is wrong. 

Why Catholics leave Church?

The reason Catholics are living the Church and joining the sects are different and well known to the hierarchy of the Church. If Fr. Noel or anyone else seriously wants to address this then beginning has to be made. The best way to begin is along with prayer is study and publicly discuss encyclicals of various Popes on this matter beginning with Pascendi, here is the link :

Explanation and elucidation is in this book:

Beating around the bush and accusing few individuals who raise their voice will not help nor any short cuts would be useful.

Objectionable Eloquence
We have to face the Truth and Truth shall set us free, Bible has taught us. Fr. Noel has observed that BMM is very eloquent on social media and see red in Vanxim deal. Eloquence in this case is problematic. This can best be dealt by recourse to Jacques Rancière's book Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy(Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998) Pp 99-100. Rancière notes "When speech is acquired by those whose right to speak is not recognized they can produce spatiality and temporality that disturbs hegemonic representations of time-space constallation, namely 'who are we?' and 'where are we?'" Office of the Archbishop is certainly Hegemonic in nature that believes in asserting its moral and intellectual superiority over dissenting voices even if it is on wrong side of the Truth, hence feel disturbed.

We can now very well explain the roots cause of use of terms like "disgruntled elements", "conspiracy theory specialists" and "fundamentalists sects" by Fr. Noel D'costa. Alternative voice is intolerable as status quo founded on falsehood stands disturbs. So be it.

"Goenchi Mati" versus "Goencho Chikol"

BMM is not opposed to the idea of "Goenchi Mati" idea that Fr. Noel speaks in his email. BMM has opposed mining and supported active combat of affected people across the state of Goa. This does not mean BMM will conform and get seduced to "Goencho Chikol" getting grafted and crafted in the Office of Goa Archbishop over Vanxim deal. BMM will continue to speak up in forthright manner with malice towards none.

Caste Role 

Fr. Noel asks another question: "Does Caste of a person decide the goodness or badness of a land deal?" Fr. Noel must ask the question in reverse : What role does caste played historically in Society and particularly the office of Archbishop? Last Portuguese Governador had twenty advisors. All of them Catholics, all of them Bamons according to information given by Anthony Veronica Fernandes from Candolim. Catholic Bamons were so bad in treating their tenants that entire Goa's Bhahujan Samaj hated them. They treated badly catholic tenants too. This gave rise to hatred of Catholics by non-catholic bhahujans equating Catholic Bamons with Catholic tenants. Goa's first Chief Minister of post-annexation Goa Dayanand Bandodkar brought in Tenancy Act in order to break the hegemony of Bamon Raj. We leave this to your reflection. How caste influences land deals and history of nations can be best understood by reading Dr. Ambedkar's book "Revolution and counter revolution". Or must consult Archbishop in charge of Dalits at CBCI as listed on CBCI directory. How did Bamons became Bhatkars asserting control and authority over land?

Satanic Capture

What has happened in case of Vanxim deal in the office of Goa Archbishop is much more than Caste. Its complete satanic hold that has held office of the Archbishop captive in order to make People of Goa captive. Vanxim is not beginning with several cases before that. Current Archbishop Ferrao executed the Vanxim sale through Fr. Arlino D'mello in 2006 while former Archbishop Gonsalves authorized Fr. Victor Rodrigues to execute Agreement to sell Vanxim in 1999. One is Bamon, the other is not yet both implemented agenda of bamanism that is agenda of satanism.

Morally wrong, Legally right?

Fr. Noel denies that Archbishop has ever made statement that he is morally wrong but legally right in selling Vanxim. Archbishop has not made written statement through any of the Pastoral letters that he is morally wrong and legally right, he should now do. But Fr. Noel cannot deny his oral statement either. This has been widely discussed in press and Fr. Victor Ferrao has even spoken about it in public like at his talk "Beings a Goan Christian" at Pedro Arope Institute in Raia two years ago. 

Inter-religious dialogue

Fr. Noel must move ahead and organize inter-caste dialogue. Solutions would flow. Also there is need for Priests to retain their identity all the time: Cassock. Priest without cassock suffer from identity crisis. Unfortunately we see so many priests in Goa going though this malady. Fr. Victor Rodrigues is seen for so many years without Cassok in civil clothes in Courts. Some lawyers has observed that in the morning he is in Courts in Panjim and in Afternoon in Courts in Margao in civil clothes. Priest without Cassock not only makes Priest vulnerable to temptations of sins but also closes any scope for inter-religious dialogue. For priest his cassock is his living sermon. Anyone understand preached Jesus from the Cassock Priest wear. Cassock is like uniform of a military soldier. Priest in cassock is full fledged soldier of Christ. Fr. Noel and other priests may well do to keep this mind before next inter-religious meet on January 29, 2017. This will do lots to make sure not only retain Catholics within Church but also attract those outside faith to the calling of Jesus. This is what Inter-religious dialogue is. For a Priest inter-religious dialogue in civil clothes is no dialogue at all. It is an abject surrender to modernism that we stand to resist.

One question we leave : Why did Fr. Noel D'Costa did not directly initiate dialogue with those who continually raising Public objections on the way Vanxim sale is executed by Archbishop's office? Is method of dialogue not applicable to People in Vanxim? 

Monday, 16 January 2017

When will office of Goa Archbishop break out of Vanxim Scam

Attempt to escape responsibility

Over the past six months we have been receiving a single statement from the hierarchy of the Church in Goa with regards to Vanxim sale. While BMM has been stressing the need for the office of the Goa Archbishop to act decisively on Vanxim land scam there are serious attempts at escaping the responsibility to act and speak out. We are often told that once the Church sold the land in Vanxim we are not responsible as to whom the buyer further sells the land. The utterances from certain priests presumes the innocence of the seller, in this case office of the Goa Archbishop as to whom the buyer further sells the land. However, this is not the case.

On record hobnobbing with corporate

Even though Ozone Leisure and Tourism Pvt Ltd are not named in the agreement to sale of Vanxim in 1999 there is clear hobnobbing with the corporate world. Though this Agreement to Sale of Vanxim is between the Goa Archdiocese and Mahendra Gaunekar the indicators are prevalent in the document that Archdiocese would sell Vanxim (Capao) not only to Mahendra Gaunekar but if needed would enter into direct sale to corporate on the recommendations from Mahendra Gaunekar. This is very serious situation considering that now the attempts are ongoing to brainwash public to establish innocence of the office of the Archbishop.

Why brainwashing now?

We however are baffled as to why certain priests are hell bent on brainwashing public to announce non-existent the innocence of the office of the Goa Archbishop. The issue is even more surprising since the brainwashing attempts are being made after Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao already went on public record that Vanxim land sale by his office is morally wrong. What exactly few priests want to establish by these assertions is not known. Do they wants to prove Goa Archbishop was wrong in asserting that Vanxim sale is morally wrong? If yes, then would not this amount to rebellion against the Authority of Goa Archbishop? Are these priests regretting that Archbishop publicly stated Vanxim sale is morally wrong? Revelations from God in due course of time may help us to know this rather strange behavior of priests engaged in brainwashing public particularly Catholics.

The deeper plunge needed

It is a common sense that when stakes are as high as Vanxim land parceling out to 5 star hotel and for housing for the super rich the lure of mammon would be tempting specially for those in various leadership positions. This is particularly true of Church leadership even though there are signs that God has not abandoned his Church to be lured away for money and restoration work and wrestling with the mammon is ongoing. The statement of Goa Archbishop that Vanxim sale of paddy fields and bunds is morally wrong is one such indicator to reclaim the unruly affairs at the office of the Goa Archbishop. The statement invites us towards deeper plunge in reflection on the morally wrong state of affairs inside the office of the Goa Archbishop. Archbishop’s statement admitting moral wrongness of the Vanxim sale deed has confirmed what many had suspected for decades: all is not well within the office of the Goa Archbishop and things have gone towards extreme situation prompting Goa Archbishop to describe one of its fruits as morally wrong. It is most common knowledge that Vanxim sale is not the sole fruit of the affairs of Goa Archbishop that has turned to be morally wrong. What is currently needed is a deeper plunge to reflect prayerfully, honestly and trace out the roots of moral wrongs going ons at the corridors of power within Church apex body in Goa.

Resisting temptations to silence in the face Justice

There are most powerful temptations of every possible evil to maintain status quo that perpetuates moral wrongs in the office of the Goa Archbishop. There are many who are aware but has stayed away from initiating any firm action to change. This is so much unlike Jesus Christ whom the Church and particularly the Priests are supposed to preach. There is no smoke without fire even though for a time being fire may not be visible. If people in the corridors of power do not take measure to change the situation Public intervention is inevitable. Not only because the tree that bears morally wrong fruits has grown big but also because it has been acknowledged by the Authority as senior as the Patriarch of the Indies and the Archbishop of Goa Daman and Diu. When such high authority speaks out it is very important that it needs to be redressed very sincerely and honestly, and what is needed to be done be effected without delay on priority basis, bravely. If this is neglected by the clergy and the laity then not only this will ruin the public morals in Church and Society but also accumulate sins of omissions. It is therefore gravely dangerous to maintain silence in the face of injustice. Or else the morally wrong tree that has grown in the office of Goa Archbishop will spread its roots in the heart of every person in Goa. This is going to be very tragic situation comparable only to moral suicide of a civilization.

Tracing the traces of scam in Tenants Association of Vanxim

One of the most cited document by the office of the Goa archbishop is the NOC to sell Paddy fields given to a ‘Goan Firm’ by Tenants Association of Vanxim on 26.02.1996. However what is surprising is that even though this document is cited as the most prized document justifying sale of Vanxim till date it has not been made public and still top guarded secret. One may question as to why this lid of secrecy still not removed? Why the names who signed the document not made public? In normal way of dealing this documents would have been easy to share publicly. Yet secrecy around this turns the entire affair as a skeleton in the cupboard at the office of the Goa Archbishop. It is well known now that the office of the Archbishop has kept this secret as the signatories of N.O.C are not the legitimate office bearers of the Tenants Association of Vanxim. 

Narayan Bhosle systematically collaborated with vested interests, breached boundaries of the paddy fields and allowed Mandovi water to flood Paddy fields but also refused to hand over the charge to the new elected committee composed of Paulina D’Souza and Chandrakant Volvoikar, both of whom lodged separate complaints with the State administration followed by another one by Ligorio F. Silveira with Mamlatdar of Tiswadi in 1995 itself. It is the Tenants Association of Vanxim illegitimate office bearers that have most probably signed the N.O.C. on 26.02.1996. As long as this document is maintained in secret nail of suspicion against the office of the Archbishop will not go away despite innumerable attempts towards distraction. 

Breaking out of Vanxim Scam

Office of the Goa Archbishop has to take a call on Vanxim scam. After taking first step by labeling Vanxim sale as morally wrong, it has to move on to rectify the wrongs. Committing a scam is bad. Persisting in scam is worse. And after recognizing scam publicly to persist in the same is worst. Currently the office of the Goa Archbishop is in the worst state. After admitting that sale of Vanxim was morally wrong they have continued in a scam state. This must change. There is a felt need for the office of the Archbishop to take on pro-active stance and to break out of Vanxim scam. Few steps are needed. Most important step is to criticize the Goa cabinet decision to declare Vanxim as Investment Promotion Area. Forty six survey numbers from Vanxim are notified in the gazette notification and most of them office of Archbishop is involved through sale deeds. For this it has to overcome the current inhibitions blocking such action.

Overcoming inhibitions

The inhibition currently is: how can the Office of the Archbishop criticize Vanxim five star hotel cum luxury housing for the super rich when they themselves are involved in selling Vanxim to Gaunekar who then sold the same to Ozone corporate.  Office of the Archbishop has a primary duty to break out of this scam and it has to speak out with all its might. Selling of Vanxim was carried on in secrecy and sale was kept in secrecy for over four years from February 2006 to February 2010. This was done so that time limit for challenging sale deed passes off. Now the systematic collaborations with corporate and the brokers has caused so much damage to the reputation of the Church, Crisis of Faith and spiritual disarmament. Perhaps it is the spiritual disarmament that has boosted up the office of the Goa Archbishop to sell off Vanxim. Vanxim sale deed does not place any condition of silence in the face of injustice.  One day that Sun will rise and sent rays so powerful into the office of Goa Archbishop that Prophets will do what Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has failed: Criticize fearlessly, publicly. Void caused by murder of Fr. Bismarck Dias will be filled up. Lets pray for disarmament of those predators who prey on Vanxim and Goa and the native people of Goa.  

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Responsibility to speak out boldly to expose Vanxim scam

Status of Vanxim land grab

Official Gazette, Government of Goa, Series II No. 40 dated 5th January 2017 published notification from Department of Industries bearing no. 3/10/2016-IND regarding demarcation of Capao (Vanxim) Island’s 46 survey numbers under the Goa Investment Promotion Act, 2014. Notification mentions that corporate entity M/s Ozone Leisure and Resorts Pvt. Ltd. had applied for setting up of an integrated 5 star Resort and Villa Estate Development in Capao on September 03, 2015, two months and two days before Fr. Bismarck was killed and disposed off in Mandovi River on November 05, 2015. Vanxim too stands in Mandovi River. Goa Investment Promotion Board had granted in principle approval for this project on December 14, 2015, forty days after Fr. Bismarck’s gruesome murder and suppression of evidence.  On December 16, 2 016 - after 13 months and 10 days of Fr. Bismarck murder and its cover ups - Goa Cabinet cleared the project on behalf of Goa Government. And now on  January 05, 2017 after exactly 14 months of Fr. Bismarck’s killing official notification is published on Vanxim (Capao) Island. Certain reflection is warranted as this is not only a legal fraud but an ultimate moral fraud as well as it was born in the Office of the Goa Archbishop in 1999 with Agreement to Sale Vanxim to Mahendra Gaunkar or to any corporate.

Silence of the office of the Archbishop

After admitting that Vanxim sale was morally wrong publicly Goa Archbishop has maintained silence on the issue of criticizing the Goa Cabinet decision on Vanxim. Admission on the part of Archbishop that Vanxim sale is immoral makes entire Vanxim venture immoral including Cabinet decision. Although there are environmental grounds on which this contest is proceeding in the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court – to which we do not object – the happenings in the office of the Archbishop are totally suicidal as the lobby of priests has been intensely involved in all round manipulation and liquidation of Church lands all over Goa. Future generations are robbed off precious lands granted for community use in past. The office of the Archbishop that is meant uphold the morals have dedicated to doing away with them. Frankly speaking this Vanxim scam is begins with Archbishop Raul Gonsalves in the decade of 1990s. Agreement to sale of Vanxim was signed in 1999, now 18 years has passed by. That means the scam is visibly in existence for at least two decades. Immorality of the office of Goa Archbishop has engulfed Goa Cabinet in most certain way. There is need, an urgent need to address the rot going on in the office of the Goa Archbishop for so long. Vanxim sale besides being an ecological scam is also a moral scam. Jesus Christ -whose body the Church is- has been taken over by Satanists and being robbed off its splendor and Glory. Priests may have made some money for sure but time has come for Fr. Arlino D’Mello, Parish Priest of Aldona to publicly apologize to selling Vanxim and come out openly on what is going on. Same is required to be done by Fr. Victor Rodrigues, Parish Priest of Nuvem who signed agreement of Sale with Mahendra Gaunekar.

Emeritus Archbishop Raul Gonsalves too has duty to speak up publicly and shed his cover of silence as he had authorized Fr.Victor Rodrigues to sell Vanxim. Similarly Goa Archbishop Filip Neri Ferrao too needs to come out boldly condemning the Goa cabinet decision to include Vanxim under IPB Act. Public condemnations of Cabinet decsion from the Church authorities at various levels are what are needed. If Church authorities persist in their way of silence then their divine punishment is inevitable. The behavior of Church authorities has caused tremendous confusion and demoralization amongst mass of people.

Taking responsibility for irresponsibility

The affairs in the office of the Archbishop have sunk all time low. Over the past few decades degeneration has cropped in and damage that is caused to the diocese and to the social fabric of Goa through manufacture of scams has generated tensions of faith and livelihood. The irresponsibility is not only visible in Vanxim deal but over several more instances in different parts of Goa. The tentacles of corruption have taken cancerous proportions and money and greed decides the affairs at the office of the Goa Archbishop and can be confirmed from the Vanxim deal in secrecy. Over several years these things has remained without rectification and even have worsened. Now however things have reached towards the limits of tolerance and blood of Fr.Bismarck Dias cries out for Justice. Before things go out of hand any further there is an urgent need to reverse criterion of decision making of leadership at the office of the Archbishop.

It is a good admission to begin with from the Archbishop Ferrao that Vanxim sale is immoral. However it is not enough to say this is immoral. Every priest and every catholic and every citizen in Goa must be made aware as to how Archbishop’s decision to sell Vanxim Island is immoral. Secondly one cannot stay in a state of immorality once you admit it. Archbishop has to take responsibility and change the trends. He has to call all the priests in Goa and direct them to condemn Goa Cabinet decision on Vanxim to convert it for the luxury tourism and super luxury housing with personal example. Archbishop has to question himself and put himself in introspective mode and reflect as to what Jesus Christ commands him to do to rectify the situation of immorality that he has led Archdiocese of Goa into. Perhaps its God’s will for a radical action to pull out Goa diocese from the immoral state and Vanxim is only one proven and admitted case, perhaps the key to access to hidden secrets to gory affairs behind the scene.

Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) is surprisingly silent at the moment. They have given up the fight in order to avoid uncomfortable questions on Vanxim. As a Church wing to uphold Justice it is supreme irresponsibility to let the Goa Cabinet decision to unchallenged publicly by Church authorities. Silence on part of CSJP also gives wrong signal that it will let the affairs at office of the Archbishop without scrutiny. This is not the spirit of Justice by any standard. There is an old saying that goes “Charity begins at home!”  and so the battle for justice begins at home. For CSJP the home is the office of the Goa Archbishop. In fact even though Vanxim scam came to public knowledge in August 2010 for the past seven long years there is not even single statement of condemnation from the CSJP on Vanxim. One fails to understand as to what prevents CSJP from taking aggressive stance on Vanxim even though Archbishop Neri himself admitted that Vanxim deal is immoral. What prevents CSJP leadership from moving on and wracking up the corrupt trend founded on Vanxim affairs? Is it because so many priests are involved? If Priests and Archbishops march to Hell does it mean that that leadership of CSJP too has to follow the suit to their doom? The silence of CSJP makes the mockery of the notion of Justice.

Time for bold witness

It is time for courage witness to uphold Justice by all. Fr. Bismarck Dias is already there as luminous star before us. He used his speech to uphold Justice. He deployed his music and Guitar to rebuke unjust system. He physically and symbolically stood courageously before oppressive regime. He has left behind the legacy so potent and powerful. Any sensible heart on fire with Justice will pick up his flames and march on. Bharat Mukti Morcha will continue to speak up without compromise.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Goa Cabinet nod to include Vanxim island as ‘Investment Promotion Area’ is an abuse of Governance

Jai Mulnivasi!

Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) strongly condemns 16/12/2016 decision of Goa Cabinet to declare 82,595 sq. mts of paddy fields, water bodies and Khazan lands camouflaged as ‘Orchard’ into ‘settlement’ to facilitate construction of five star hotel and luxury villas by Ozone Leisure and Resorts Pvt. Ltd. The roots of this tragedy however are traced to brazen craze to liquidate Church lands all over Goa at the Office of the Goa Archbishop. BMM is not opposed to the Church nor to the Catholic Faith and but is totally opposed to the existing long term criminal nexus with real estate dealers. In fact BMM continues to carry forward this struggle by employing various tools of analysis available in Bible (Ephesians 6: 12) with regard to Vanxim. BMM continues to place itself against principalities and powers controlling the Office of the Goa Archbishop, against the rulers the world of this darkness in Goa Cabinet and against the spirits of wickedness in the high places in the office of the Indian Minister of Defense, Manohar Parrikar that remote controls Goa Government.

Cabinet decision is massive fraud not only from the office of the Archbishop but also from the Goa State. A complaint of fraud in Vanxim Association was filed by late Ligorio Silveira with Mamlatdar of Tiswadi as early as 17/4/1995 (See: Office of the Archbishop claims that it based its decision to sell Vanxim on the N.O.C from Tenants Association of Vanxim dated 26/2/1996. Goa Government was already intimated and urged to crackdown on existing frauds and how boundaries are breached to destroy paddy fields by team headed Narayan Bhosle. Office of the Archbishop further acted against interests of the tenants deliberately (See Goa Cabinet decision has placed itself on par with the office of Goa Archbishop thereby raising them into twin towers of corruption. This twin tower of corruption currently looks invincible with even CBI refused to investigate in spite of letter of BMM disclosing details.
Late Mathany Saldanha was totally opposed to the conversion of Vanxim Paddy fields for tourism purpose. He had declared shortly before his death that this project will never come up in Vanxim. At a meeting in Delhi organized by Delhi Goans Association discussion Vanxim he had uttered that Goa Archbishop’s office is the office of business bureaucrats.  

BMM Calls for abolition of land titles granted to Ozone Leisure and Resorts Pvt. Ltd and revocation of the said cabinet approval to declare Vanxim as Investment Promotion Area. IPB Act as colonial enterprise with imperialist designs. Declaration of Vanxim as ‘Investment Promotion Area’ shift powers to the Secretaries to the government who are IAS officers sent to Goa by Central government with directions from Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Declaration of Goa Cabinet means direct imposition of rule of Central Government with PMO as an epicenter of Corruption.

IPB Act has been passed to enforce what is blatantly illegal. In case of Chapora River judgment of Nation Green Tribunal (NGT) it has been clear the Governance in Goa is an exception while abuse of Governance is a rule. Passing of IPB Act in Goa Assembly is a law meant to institutionalize this abuse of Governance. It can best be compared to the assembly of robbers gathering in the centre of town and passing a decree declaring their activities usurping of Goa’s lands as legal. Vanxim thus is handed over to the gang of dacoits where their dark rule of darkness reins. BMM will always stand against this in bold and uncompromising manner.

The consequences of this way of political governance will be “terrible as an army set in array” (Canticle of Canticles 6:3). BMM calls upon members of public to prepare for the long drawn wrestles against the powers that rule with wicked intentions, who pass laws that make land grabs legitimate. BMM will continue to raise its voice and requests people of Goa to contact us directly to shoulder responsibilities in organized manner. Please contact us directly in order to build up the momentum in numbers and take the movement across the State of Goa.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Evidence of use of per seine nets in Zuari river

This is an evidence of use of per seine nets in Zuari. Evidence is furnished by Fisheries department itself. There are standing instructions of the Goa Fisheries department against the use of per sine nets in Zuari river. 

Fishermen-mining clash in Zuari, Stones and abuses hurled at Vedanta barges near St. Jacinto island

There has been clashes between fishermen and mining industry in Zuari river. Vedanta has lodged protest against Fisheries department, Goa. Fishermen are sought to criminalised by calling terming them as 'miscreants'. Entire mining operation in Goa is huge scam and able demonstrated by Shah commission.  Mining companies has ruined an d destroyed Goa like no other industry and now Vendanta that is listed at London stock exchange began targeting Goa's fishermen in Zuari. Bharat Mukti Morcha considers mining in Goa as great plunder and calls for halt to mining in Goa. Here we reproduce letter from Vedanta to Fisheries department. 

Fisheries department acting on this complaint from Vedanta issued directions to Fisheries organisations across State of Goa not only in Zuari but also Mandovi. Told to stand, fisheries department crawls!  This is how mining scam continues to perpetuate further more.

Siridao fishermen lodge complaint against Kinjal Singh

Fishermen from Siridao, Tiswadi, Goa has filed police complaint against Kinjal Singh, believed be an IAS officer of 2008 batch. it is not sure as to what action police and local Panchayat has taken in this regard. latest information from Siridao indicate that Kinjal Singh may attempt to privatise beach which is a public common. Bharat Mukti Morcha CALLS PUBLIC ATTENTION to this latest incident of conquest of Goa's coast.  Currently fishermen are threatened with police cases in case they continue in their protests. Here we share scanned copy of the police complaint complaint.