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.