Friday, 23 June 2017

IOP Confusion as vast and deep as Indian Ocean ?

On 12th June 2017 from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm we had a visit from three People Asha Naik, Datraraj Kerker and Goa State Youth Vice President of Indian Oceanic Party Rama Shetkar. They had come to tell us to join their newly formed Political Party. After asking them about the Party ideology they gave us one page in Hindi containing global message of its National President C.P. Vyas. They did not give us the Constitution of the Party nor Manifesto of the Party. The speech though emotive ideologically is inclined towards Brahmanism. We present some points in this direction from the Vyas Global message from the perspective of mulnivasis.

No mention of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar

There is no mention of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar as one of the inspiring figure to the Party. There is a suspicion that this Party is tilted towards Brahmanism. This is significant considering that Ambedkar along with his predecessors Shahu Maharaj, Jyotirao Phooley and Savitribai Phooley fought for freedom from Brahmins with support from British. While Nehru-Gandhi-Gokhale after fought British to attain freedom for Brahmins after they failed to get share in rule.

Valmiki, the divine light of the Party?

Party thinks of non discrimination on Jatis and Religions. Jatis are different from Varnas which are four: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vyasha and Shudra. Jatis are several splits orchestrated by Brahmins amongst Shudra to keep them perennially divided. They feel insecure and hence they keep them divided. Shudras is Sanskrit word for ‘Slaves’. Persian word for slave is ‘Hindu’. The word Hindusthan means land of slaves. 

At the same time text of this speech mentions that Vyas is moving ahead in divine light of Maharshi Valmiki. Valmiki was a State Poet in the Kingdom of Pushya Mitra Sung established after Brahmins destroyed revolution by murder of King Brudatt and established Ayodhya as headquarters of his counter-revolutionary kingdom. Valmiki wrote literary works ‘Ramayana’ in which he defended Varna system. Rama is written as dripping molten lead in the ears of studious non-brahmin native Shambook at the instigation of Brahmins; for Shambook was studying and Brahmins kingdom as per manusmriti denies education to Shudras. Rama is thus presented in Ramayana as defender of Bamon Raj. Now when C.P. Vyas is moving in this ‘divine’ light that defends Bamon Raj should natives of India join hands with it?

Location of roots of Violence and Injustice

Ramayana has seeds and examples of Violence as well as injustice from Brahmins to Shudras. Yet Vyas message ends with call to youth to be part of youth rights revolution and do away with Violence and Injustice from their roots. Now, when an epic of Violence and Injustice - Ramayana is a moving light for Vyas his call to Youth is meaningless directed to misguide and destroy.

Is Gandhi messenger of non-Violence?

For Vyas one of the inspirations is Gandhi and he wants to convince us that we are belonging to his vanvs. Vyas describes Gandhi as a messenger of Love, non-violence and brotherhood. This is surprising though popular notion peddled though Vyas speech. Vyas overlooks the fact that it was Gandhi who gave order for Violence in 1942: Do or Die! And amount of Violence triggered against British officials at all levels was remarkable. This violence created such huge damage that British in just a half decade from carried on Transfer of Power to Brahmins, and packed off from India.

When Gandhi betrayed Bhagat Singh

Along with Gandhi another inspiration listed with picture is of Bhagat Singh for the nationalistic reasons. We wonder how Gandhi and Bhagat Singh can be joint inspirations for Vyas. Gandhi never defended Bhagat Singh in his acts and in fact opposed him to such an extend that Gandhi stayed silent as Bhagat Singh was hanged Lahore Jail in today’s Pakistan. Bhagat Singh wrote a famous book “Why I am an Atheist” and was led to commit violent bombing of the Assembly in British India even though there were no casualties.

Concealed Masonic identity of Swami Vivekanand

Swami Vivekanand, Freemason is another inspiration for Vyas as he belied that he was world teacher. There is very little discussion or information shared in the speech on Vivekanand’s degree in Freemasonry. We wonder why.

Aryabhatta, a product of Revolution of Gautam Buddha

Aryabatta is another listed as inspiring world teacher. Aryabatta was a product of vibrant University system in Ancient India that came up after Brahmanism and rule of Manusmriti was overthrown by massive movements led by Gautama Mahavira and Gautama Buddhas. Science was research was major gift of Buddha’s revolution in India that led to a period when Maurya Empire ruled. Several Universities pioneering scientific temper rose up : Taxasheela, Vikramsheela and Nalanda are three renowned examples. Aryabatta who discovered zero was a product of this system of education. It was during this time India was known as Golden Bird. This system perished after the Brahmins re-established their rule in the form of Pushamitra Sungh. Bikkus were massacred all over India. University system that attracted scholars from all over the world was set on fire and was left burning for several months. If Aryabatta had to rise up again in India then the rule of Shudras has to be established again. For this Vyas has closed mind at least visible from his printed message in Hindi. Jyotibha Phule, Periyar, Shahu Maharaja, Ambedkar are not amongst those inspiring Vyas. Entire orientation of Vyas is a variant of Brahmanism. We wonder: why?

Vinobha Bhave - a response to dilute radical land reform movement

Vinobha Bhave is another figure mentioned as inspiring Vyas to view society together. This must be reflected upon as Bhave led Bhoodan movement in India as a response to radical movement advocating land reforms in India. He allegedly convinced Zamindars to give away mostly unproductive, uncultivable lands that they had captured over the years to the poor politically conscious masses. Bhave protected interest of Brahmins from en mass confiscation of their land by poor shudra peasants.

Cost of India as Economic Power

Vyas foresees India as economic power in near future. What’s the cost of this to masses of the country specially the Adivasis, SC and OBCs people? Vyas is silent on the topic. What is the cost of this growth of India as economic power on ecology? Vyas does not say anything.

Do nation dream or groups dream?

Vyas speaks of Dream of the Nation. One must ask him to list out what he considers as ‘dreams of the nation’. What is the dream of nation in current age of Anthropocene for the planet earth? Earth dreams of shut down of all the industries of the world. Who dreams on behalf of the nation?

Call to the nationalist

Vyas gives out a call to those nationalists with wish and capacity to free society of corruption, terrorism, starvation, hopelessness, unemployment, rapes, murders, intrusion, draught and floods. All these are products of rule of Congress and BJP, the two parties with their alliances under control of Brahmins in India. Brahmins now realized that both these Parties are discredited and they would not be able to manipulate EVMs non-stop to perpetuate their rule though these two Parties and allied parties. Hence new Parties are being floated. AAP is one of them and this Indian Oceanic Party has sufficient indicators in the global message of C.P.Vyas, it follow the same path. He is trying to cultivate Indian Nationalism by carefully protecting those responsible for sabotage of Indian nation over the centuries. Or else just refer to Manusmriti, a book of Brahmanical supremacy that Rama in Ramayana defends.

Vyas for nation of Brahmin Supremacy?

When Vyas himself adores Ramayana that protects and defends Brahmanical supremacy how do Vyas expect everyone to come together on one platform without Vyas renouncing divine path of Maharshi Valmiki?

Is Goa a nation?

One Goa centric point that must be made here as Vyas has come out with global message to Indians. Global Status of Goa as per United Nations Organizations is that Goa is a Colony of India. It was due to Veto power exercised by USSR on the night of December 18, 1961 that defeated UN condemnation of Invasion of Goa by India via its resolution 988. So officially Goa is part of India due to Veto power of USSR. Vyas is has not made any comments on this in his message in Hindi circulated in Goa. Should India be allowed to forget this? Should Goa forget this? Should anyone forget this? No!

Conclusion


Indian Oceanic Party is confused in their orientation. Their broad orientation is towards strengthening o Bamon Raj. BMM disagrees with Party position in completion. Its yellow pamphlet in Hindi raises more questions that needs answers even though slogans are catchy and pitches for Truth: "Sacchayee ki tasveer bano" (Be a picture of truth) and "Majboor nahi majbooth bano" (Be strong rather than miserable). This criticism is written to seek truth for Truth sets us free. Truth is revealed through questions. Perhaps there is too much confusion as vast and deep as Indian Ocean. Lets await for a written response from Indian Ocean Party on its theory presented on yellow paper we have shared here as we received it. We are sure Bhagat Singh whose picture is printed on top of the pamphlet would have raised these questions and even perhaps more. Bhagat Singh was fierce critic of religion and even wrote a book "Why I am an Atheist?" Surely Bhagat Singh would instantly object to Maharshi Valmiki providing divine light to the IOP President. To print Bhagat Singh's picture on this pamphlet amounts to hijacking of Bhagat Singh's thought. Only those who do not suffer from lack of goodwill and lack of intellectual bankruptcy will talk this truth out which Vyas and leaders of IOP in India and Goa may like. Yet for the reason of upholding of truth we speak out forthrightly. This is contribution from BMM to Goa and India as well. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Status of Nestle labour exploitation issue

We gets an impression after reading these above and below letters that labour is taken for ride by both the multinational company Nestle (based in Maulingem in Bicholim Taluka) as well as Government of Goa. Match fixing is clearly visible. We had earlier shared notes and stored in folder on this matter and it can be accessed by clicking here .


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Arrested Sabaji Shetye's Vanxim connections must be probed

On June 06, 2017 evening media broke the news that Additional Collector Sabaji Shetye arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau. He allegedly demanded the bribe of Rs. 1.50 lakh but was paid Rs.25,000/- to process N.O.C for explosive license. News spread like a wild fire across Goa and beyond particularly because he was known to operate suspicious manner but was never caught by authorities. 

We know him from the time he was a deputy Collector in Panjim. It was his court that Vanxim tenancy cases were heard for the Condonation of delay to re-start the proceedings in 1995 cases. Sabaji Shetye played this role in highly suspicious manner. Sabaji one by one went on passing orders granting condonation of delay to benefit Mahendra Gaunekar and Ozone corporate after the office of the Archbishop betrayed People of Vanxim by selling island bunds and Paddy fields to Mahendra Gaunekar in highly secretive manner.

We know the conduct of Sabaji Shetye in Ligorio Silveira v/s Mahendra Gaunekar case No: TNC/DYCL/APPL/74/2009. He granted condonation of delay even though he had no powers to do so. In fact it was then Lawyer of Mahendra Gaunekar who is now a High Court Judge  pointed out in Administrative Tribunal President that the office of the Deputy Collector has no powers to grant condonation of delay.

In this manner Sabaji Shetye has betrayed public. Now we know that he has a habit of accepting bribe. It is plausible to conclude from his conduct in Ligorio Silveira case, and other Vanxim cases that Sabaji Shetye has accepted the favors in kind or cash to pass order granting condonation of delay favoring Mahendra Gaunekar. This he did even without powers to do so. Powers lies with Administrative Tribunal.

Now that Sabaji Shetye’s character is publicly exposed it is a must that all his decisions be reviewed; for he played a role of tiny conduit strip down Vanxim tenants of the legal titles by subjecting them to prolonged litigations. It is based on Sabaji Shetye’s mischief that Vanxim people are deprived of land titles of their land. The question is; how much money Sabaji has taken from Mahendra Gaunekar or his agents in order to grant condonation of delay?

It is because of this situation that Vanxim has been punished through inclusion under Investment Promotion Board. Board members led by Manohar Parrikar, the Chief Minister of Goa are under what Giorgos Kallis calls the spell of “Growth Curse”.  Its pretty evident that he is under the spell of Growth curse considering that he doesn’t care for butchering of several hundreds of trees to expand highways connecting Agassaim to Verna for a new Zuari bridge. Cortalim highway stretch has witnessed mass cutting down of trees too. Earlier nearly 100 trees were cut down to widen the road from Bambolim to Dona Paula via Goa University. Now, additionally 900 trees are declared will be cut down to widen highway connecting Cortalim to Vasco by Public Works Department (PWD) headed by Minister Sudhin Dhavlekar.  When there are already tow functioning bridges over Mandovi there was no need to construct the third one by wasting public financial resources.

Goa Government is sending its annual jaunts to Cannes in France to learn as to how to go about organizing International Film Festival of India (IFFI). How come it never came in the mind of Goa Government think tanks learn lessons from Grenoble city in France that has replaced Bill boards with trees? Why the nasty Billboard are occupying spaces in Goa next to public road while trees are being cut down? Why these Billboards are not razed to the ground, uprooted and trees planted?

IFFI has only extended underworld mafia from Bombay to Goa and today controls number of Politicians in insidious manner. This is the reason as to why Gambling legalized in Goa by BJP supported Francisco Sardinha government in 1990s still continues to wreck havoc with social, economic, cultural and ecological fabric of Goa. 

Anyway, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is not alone to be spell bound by Growth Curse. The rest of members too are equally likely to be under the curse. They are Tourism Minister Babu Azgaonkar, Industries Minister Rohan Khunte, and Representatives from Industry on IPB Atrey Sawant, Ernest Dias, Yatin Kakodkar, Girish Bharne, Rajkumar Kamat and Kaman Shekar Sardessai. The IAS officers who are on the board are Secretary (Industry) and Secretary (Tourism) whose unofficial role is to collect money bags for Central Government on the same lines that Manohar Parrikar said sometime ago that MoEF officials are collecting brief cases to grant EC clearances to mining companies in Goa. Same logic applies to IPB. 

According to highly placed source at IPB, the political role of handing over large tracks of Goa’s land for corporate houses is to make sure that Goa is ruled by non-Goans in next five years and students passing out from Engineering Colleges in are gainfully employed in Goa.  In fact it looks that the essential qualification needed to be on IPB is to be under Growth Curse spell. Sabaji Shetye played his role to please his masters – political and economic. Now it is surprising that he is caught red handed in bribery case; perhaps he was becoming too greedy and keeping all the booty from corruption to himself without demanded share by higher ups. 

Now with Sabaji Shetye’s arrest all the orders he passed have now come under nail of suspicion. His orders condoning delays in Vanxim tenancy cases involving Mahendra Gaunekar must be revoked and land titles reverted back to the People of Vanxim. This is a rare occasion for the State and the Archbishop of Goa to apply their minds and embark on correction path as corruption and bribery of Sabaji Shetye is caught red handed.

Handing over Vanxim Island for the pleasure of the rich by putting Five star hotel and luxury villas in Paddy fields and green areas is certain tragedy of the commons. According to Giorgos Kallis in his book in defence of degrowth: Opinions and Minifestos (Open Commons: March 2017) writes “ Nobel laureate in Economics Elinor Ostrom showed that the commons do not inevitably end up in tragedy and they do not have to be privatized or managed by the State. The communities she studied, more often than not, found ways to pool efforts together, devise their own institutions, and govern their shared resources sustainably.”

Archbishop of Goa talks often of nurturing of small christian communities but cares a damn that his office has sold off Vanxim community cultivation land and fishing spaces to a neighborhood Casino Gambler at Altinho, Panjim where Archbishop resides to gamble his way through at the cost of Public Interest. In sale deed as well as in Agreement to sale it is carefully concealed that buyer of Vanxim is Archbishop's neighbour in Altinho, Panjim.

Disgusting state of affairs as this is not the first time Goa Archbishop’s office has done things this way. Why till date lead of secrecy is not lifted on the documents related to Vanxim sale? Why the office of Archbishop has created situation to put itself in public embarrassment? Why the office of the Goa Archbishop kept letters it sent to Vatican asking permissions from Pope John Paul II with all attached documents kept in concealed state? Why letter from the office of Pope John Paul II authorizing sale of Vanxim kept secret? Pope John Paul II is now a saint and it is strange that this correspondence has been kept secret?


The way nexus of the office of the Goa Archbishop is involved with corporate and negotiated the State agencies is a way to consolidate its path to Capitalism. Giorgos Kallis has put the context very succinctly “The frightening reality is that capitalism is a mad joke peddled by money-addicts with no clue of why they are doing what they are doing, other than that they are doing it and that they have to keep doing it.” Vanxim fits the bill.

Sabaji Shetye is not alone Government officer under scanner on Vanxim scam. Sanjeev Desai too is involved. You may click here for more on him. No Goa government officer involved in Vanxim scam must go unpunished.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BMM Letter to Indian Prime Minister on Aadhaar Card Compulsions

Date: 30th May 2017
To,

Mr. Narendra Modi,
Prime Minister of India,
South Block, Raisina Hill.
New Delhi-110011.

Fax: +91-11-23019545,  23016857.

Subject: Revocation of Aadhaar Card Compulsions

Dear Mr. Narendra Modi,

It has come to our attention that you were totally against Aadhaar Card before your were elected Prime Minister of India and had even written to government authorities protesting concepts of Aadhaar Card promoted by then Manmohan Singh led Congress government. On 26.09.2013 few days after Supreme Court order against Aadhaar Card scheme you had also publicly attacked Aadhaar Card in BJP’s election campaign public meeting prior to the Lok Sabha elections. Videos of you speaking against Aadhaar are widely circulated on Whatsapp and now your government’s enforcement of the same is truly unfortunate.
We question as to why you have not scrapped Aaddhar Card even though you have completed three years in office as Prime Minister of India. Instead of cancellation your government has provided legal sanctions to the dangerous Aadhaar card by passing Aadhaar Act as Money Bill in the Lok Sabha stifling all the dissent and debate. Even this law does not make Aadhaar Card compulsory but voluntary. The trend to links up Aadhaar card to bank account and to PAN are dangerous.

Several government institutions of the Government like Provident Fund of India, Medical Collages, Banks, Public Distribution Services (ration), LPG distribution services are making Aadhaar card number compulsory. You have maintained before last Lok Sabha elections Aadhaar card is security threat to the nation and we agree with that. But why instead of shutting of Aadhaar card you are encouraging this even further? Why didn’t you shut down Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) set up by Congress Party in power? This only shows that your government is no different from Congress government in this matter and you have taken U-turn in your actions.

This is illegal, arbitrary and dangerous placing lives of People of India in tremendous risk.
We also wish to bring to your attention that Government of India has informed Supreme Court of India on May 03, 2017 that Aadhaar data has been leaked and this has been reported in various media. We share one report link http://www.news18.com/news/india/yes-aadhaar-data-were-leaked-centre-to-supreme-court-1390919.html for your perusal. Several crores of Aadhaar numbers are leaked according to the study conducted by Centre of Internet and Society based in Bangalore with links : http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/nformation-security-practices-of-aadhaar-or-lack-of-a-documentation-of-public-availability-of-aadhaar-numbers-with-sensitive-personal-fianacial-information-1
You are requested to reverse this decision and eliminate requirement of Aadhaar card in India not withstanding as to how much expenditure has already been made. Lives of Indian people are precious but Aadhaar card treats it as casual. We found your approach to Aadhaar card is also casual. Before the elections you opposed and then after elections you supported. There is no integrity in what you speak and what you do as proved from Aadhaar card stands you changed time and again.   

You may very well take the statement of Senior Lawyer Shyam Diwan on May 03, 2017 in Supreme Court very seriously as we have taken it too, “Civil rights movement was started by a woman who was made to sit at the back of a bus. Nobody asked her to make a big deal of this.”

Stick to what you spoke at the Public meetings before last Parliament Elections. Video of your speech on 26.09.2013 is getting circulated widely on Whatsapp and you must have seen it too.

Crores of citizens data is already leaked you are doing nothing about it nor UIDAI is doing anything about it. This is a reflection of complete irresponsibility in managing collected private data of residents in India. There is also information in circulation that corporate in India already posses Aadhaar data as it was collected without law. The Law that Lok Sabha passed is incapable of preventing leakage of citizens/residents data gathered from Aadhaar enrollment.

Awaiting your quick action to scrap entire edifice of Aadhaar Card and restore security of every Indian currently under threat from Aadhaar card.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,
       
        Sd/- 

Maggie Silveira,

President, Goa Unit

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Call for Boycott of Panchayat Elections 2017 in Goa

Panchayat elections in Goa are scheduled to be held on June 11, 2017. We observed that Panchayat powers to decide for the village has been taken away by two recent laws. One law is Goa Investment Promotion Act 2014 passed by Goa Government and second law is The National Waterways Act, 2016 of the Central government.

Goa Investment Promotion Act overrides Panchayats and  powers are taken away, and Panchayats have become Powerless in final decision makings etc. Several Panchayat and municipal areas such as Vanxim-Malar (Capao), Bambolim-Nauxim, Sancoale, Amdoi-Sanguem etc are brought under the ambit of Investment Promotion and facilitation Board (IPB) and declared as Investment Promotion Areas (IPA) e.g. Vanxim in order to facilitate massive land grabs by private corporate interests. Powers of decision making are taken away from the local Panchayats and given to the Secretary (Panchayats) who is always an IAS officer appointed to Goa by the Central Government (Delhi). When Panchayats in Goa are ruled from Delhi for the benefit of private corporate through this law then election to the Panchayats in Goa is a façade and must be boycotted till this law is scrapped.

The National Waterways Act, 2016 has taken control over Goa’s six rivers – Sal, Zuari, Mandovi, Mapusa/Moira, Chapora and Cumbharjua to the Inland Waterways Authority of India based in Gurgaon, Haryana. Its package that along with the rivers that pass through several village Panchayats jurisdiction central government rule extends to all the portions of attached village lands by virtue of Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985. The reason is to get funds for dredging of rivers in Goa damaging fishing while benefiting mining, tourism and gambling involved Corporate. Dredging is known to cause ecological damage from NGT study on MPT dredging of Arabian Sea near Vasco. With Goa’s rivers taken over by Central Government will make fishermen livelihood miserable branding them as trespassers by invoking section 35 (j) of Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985. 

Central Governments’ this decision is against common people of Goa and in collaboration with Goa Government. This is total bulldozing of Panchayat rule and elections to Panchayat in presence of this law over Goa are mockery.

Bharat Mukti Morcha therefore calls for boycott of Panchayat Election in Goa till the above two laws are repealed.

Sd/-


Maggie Silveira, President, Goa Unit

Declaration of Goa’s rivers as National Waterways: Factual status

Government of India published an extraordinary Gazette notification Part II, section 1 on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Notification is from Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department) and mentions that The National Waterways Act 2016 (No. 17 of 2016) of the Parliament received the assent of the President on the 25th March, 2016. President on this date was Pranab Mukherjee. He was present for the convocation ceremony of Goa University in 2017.
It is recorded in the gazette notification “An Act to make provisions for existing national waterways and to provide for the declaration of certain inland waterways to be national waterways and also to provide for the regulation and development of the said waterways for the purpose of shipping and navigation and for matters connected therewith or incidental threto.” The two objectives are highlighted in bold above.
Through this Act existing law ‘the Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985’ stands amended in its Section 2 clause (h) as “national waterway” means the inland waterway declared by section 2 of the National Waterways Act, 2016, to be a national waterway.
Through this Act 111 rivers of India are declared as National Waterways. Out of which six rivers are from Goa as follows:
a.       (1) National Waterway 25: Chapora River, from Bridge at State Highway No. 124 (1 Km from Maneri village) upto Confluence of Chapora river with Arabian Sea at Morjim.
b.       (2) National Waterway 27: Cumberjua River, from confluence of Cumberjua and Zuari rivers near Cortalim ferry terminal to Confluence of Cumberjua and Mandovi rivers near Sao Martias Vidhan Parishad.
c.       (3) National Waterway 68: Mandovi River, from Bridge at Usgao to Confluence of Mandovi river with Arabian Sea at Reis Magos.
d.      (4) National Waterway 71: Mapusa/Moide river, from Bridge at National Highway – 17 at Mapusa to Confluence point of Mapusa and Mandovi rivers at Porvorim.
e.      (5) National Waterway 88: Sal river, from Orlim/Deusa Bridge to Confluence with Arabian Sea at Mobor.
f.        (6) National Waterway 111: Zuari river, from Sanvordem Bridge to Marmugao Port.

Purpose

Control of these rivers from March 26, 2016 is with Inland Waterways Authority of India based in Gurgaon, Haryana and headed by an IAS officer.
Main purpose for this authority is to carry on dredging and other measures to make rivers deep for navigation of ships as per section 14 clause (c) of Inland Waterways Authority of India Act 1985. Dredging of riverbed and sea bed is known to damage biodiversity of rivers and sea, confirmed by National Green Tribunal study carried on at MPT dredging site of Arabian Sea.
All the land attached to rivers comes under the control of Inland Waterways Authority of India. How much distance is its jurisdiction is not mentioned in the Act. One report online placed this figure at 500 meters from the river. Section 2 clause (a) states defines “appurtenant land” as “all lands appurtenant to national waterway, whether demarcated or not”.
Authority has power to make regulations to exclude fishing and fishermen from carrying on in National Waterways by declaring their activities as ‘disorderly, undesirable and trespassers’ as per section 35 clause (j).

Who stands to benefit?

Main players who are responsible to get Goa’s rivers under Inland Waterways Authority of India is mining companies. They approached this Authority as barge transportation was chocked up as per press cuttings of 22/01/2010 made available on the Authority’s website.
Authority’s chairman visited Goa on 21/01/2010 and met up with delegates of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Cesar Menezes and others, Goa Barge Owners Association President Atul Jadhav and others and MPT Chairman Praveen Agarwal. Chairman Mr. Gaur did not meet any fishers organizations in Goa even though all the six rivers are used extensively for fishing purpose.
According to Herald dated 22/01/2010 following is reported:
g.       “The development of inland waterways will include extensive dredging, night navigational facilities and construction of banks, which will compliment the ship movements along the waters.”
h.      “The Central government and IWAI together will work on the development of inland water once it is nationalized.” Gaur said.”
i.         “The central authority however said that Goa will have to give away its right to collect tax of Rs.100/- per tone for carrying ore in the barges.”
The Times of India of the same date 22/01/2010 reported the following:
j.        “Gaur said development of the Goa’s waterways will entail dredging to provide a draft (depth) of four meters.
k.       “Strong support to nationalize Goa’s waterways came from the Goa Barge owners association whose President, Atul Jadhav, explained the various constrains they operate under. Barges are grounded for days on end due to low depths, greatly reducing ore transportations in Goa, he said.”
l.         “Official sources said the State government had formed a committee about eight years ago to study the benefits of nationalizing Goa’s inland waterways. The committee visited Cochin to study the development that the NWAI had done there and concluded that Goa Waterways were much more developed. The proposal was therefore selved.”

Gomantak Times of same date 22/01/2010 had additional bit of info:
m.    “If Goa gets national waterways we will spend 400-500 crores required for dredging and developing riverbanks, the Chairman added.”   

Navhind Times of the same date 22/01/2010 is more detailed in the matter as follows:
n.      Story has a title “IWAI Chairman in State, talks held on National Waterways States”
o.      IWAI Chairman Mr. S.P.Gaur visited Goa on 21/01/2010.
p.      “Goa’s river potential to be expanded to facilitate bigger barges to operate.”
q.      “Authority takes up drenching of the river floors, Construction of Jetties, night navigation facilities.”
r.        “Under Inland Vessels Act State Government retains control of rivers.”
s.       “Permission of Authority could be required to construct bridges.”
t.        “Within 2-3 years inland waterways could be declared national waterways.”
u.      “Government has to give consent to declare the rivers as national waterways.”
v.       “IWAI is in Goa as various stakeholders requested as inland waterways had got saturated and needed solution and state government not doing anything in this regard.”
w.     “Waterways and rivers are state subjects, usually centre doesn’t take any initiative”
x.       “IWAI chairman met chairman of GCCI Mr. Ceasar Menezes, Barge Owner Association President Mr. Atul Jadhav, The Captain of Ports, MPT Chairman Praveen Agarwal.”

Politics underplay

Most of the People of Goa was not aware as to what went on from 2010 upto 2016 when Goa’s rivers were declared as National Waterways. Press in Goa began to report only in the month of August 2016 when MLA Vijay Sardesai began to oppose Central Government’s decision to declare six of Goa’s rivers as National waterways. On August 09 - 10, 2016 Vijay Sardessai spoke openly against this in the Goa Legislative Assembly claiming that this decision was meant to satisfy interest of the Jindals, Vedanta and other corporate interests. He formed Goa Forward Party (GFP) and opposition to Nationalization of Goa’s rivers was one of the main election planks of the party. Party won three seats and then joined BJP. Within few weeks GFP reversed its stand on Nationalization of Goa’s rivers informing that Party has compromised with the central Government. Nature of compromise is not known to the public. Vijay’s most powerful speech in the Assembly against Nationalization of Goa’s rivers was on August 09, 2016. He continued speaking out the next day too in the Assembly. There were others who also spoke and amongst those includes Pandurang Madkaikar, the then Congress MLA of Cumbharjua Constituency.

Cheap river navigation or docile Goa’s native people?

According to Amitab Verma , (Chairman of the IWAI) “Revolution in Offing on Inland Water Transport Front”. Corporate India. May 15, 2016, P. 40-41’. Inland water transport expansion is for two reasons: Cargo transportation in cheap manner, and for tourism.
Chapora river and Sal river has been nationalized for the purpose of Tourism including potential for transportation connected to 5 star hotels and location of casinos. While the rest of rivers are known for use by mining barges. Mapusa/Moide River is used to transport ore from Paira in Bicholim while Mandovi and Zuari are routinely used by Barges for transporting ore and coal. Cumbaharjua River acts as Canal joining Mandovi and Zauri together and heavily used by mining barges.

Barges are already causing damage to Goa’s ecology

Mining barges as it are creating various kinds of problems. We here re-produce an extract from an exclusive interview of past Chairman of MPT Cyril George to Herald dated 17/06/2015:
People should also understand that there are so many shipyards not following environmental laws, besides there are barges along the Zuari river bay and each of these barges has created health hazards, environmental hazards, besides pollution. These aspects are ignored.
Now if Chairman of MPT declares that barges along with Shipyards are creating such a huge problems then what can be deducted when barge fleet expands? Deduction is very simple to understand: Multiplied health hazards, intensified environmental hazards and drastic rise in pollution.

Ecological assessment missing

The question remains: When did Goa Government gave consent to Central Government to include six of our rivers as National Waterways? Why People of Goa not consulted before granting consent to the central government in this crucial aspect? What impact will dredging of Goa’s rivers will have on ecology and livelihood of People? Did Goa Government carried on any EIA study? If yes, why it is not discussed publicly? If No. Why? Is Goa Government so careless towards ecology and its People?
How much tax Goa government is collecting per tone from barges carrying ore and coal in Goa’s rivers? How much tax Central government is collecting per tone from barges carrying ore and coal in Goa’s rivers? When did IWAI grant permissions to construct new bridges over Mandovi and Zuari rivers in Goa?
Coastal Villages specially sharing banks with rivers needs to discuss this thoroughly amongst themselves. Discussions amongst only elected members will not be sufficient as it is known fact that elected members are co-opted by various vested interests and really do not carry public interest in their way of dealings.
There is another serious implication to this aspect. IWAI as per section 28 has power to enter any building, enclosed court or garden attached to dwelling house with 24 hour notice.
More Land Acquisitions as Land grabs

As per section 26 this Authority can compulsorily acquire land using Land acquisition laws. Pretty insane proposition indeed! There is need to audit as to how much of Goa’s land is under Central Government control. This is going to be an addition. Besides there is de facto control of river bank coast of nationalized rivers with IWAI. Irrespective of the fact whether lands are demarcated or not. This is a sophisticated form of land grab of Goa’s rivers as well as attached lands.

Invisible fishing community

With central government’s direct control over six rivers of Goa, Indian government has direct stake in Goa’s majority of Geography. What are intentions of Central government and their allies in Goa is anyone’s guess. Fishermen are told to stop fishing in rivers. Instead take up big trawler and group of four fishermen take it on loan and move into deep sea for fishing. Central government’s seriousness in this matter is reflected in fact that it has crafted a full fledged scheme for this purpose named “Sagarmala”.
The question now is why should Central government go in for nationalization of rivers ruthlessly? It is because Central government is bought off by few corporate of the global elites who want to control the world.  Dredging of rivers is very important step towards making the fishermen insecure and rootless. Only way fishermen can survive is through intelligent resistance and broader networking.

Bamani betrayal

Fishermen are not Bamons. Bamons are in the decision making positions in various parties, organizations and government. If they had to care for the fishermen then six rivers of Goa would have never been brought under the purview of IWAI. Bamons and their parties only used this issue to gather public support and votes and they forget. This is what accomplished by Goa Forward Party (GFP). Kanshi Ram has written book many years ago titled “Chamcha Age”. It describes as to how natives of India has been  made slaves of Bamon Political interests and even if they are elected they are not willing to take any steps towards liberation of India’s natives from clutches of Bamon Raj. Because of this reason Goa today has government that is illegitimate government. Minority Bamons who are foreigners to India rule over native majority of India. M.K. Gandhi fought British because they were foreigners ruling over India.

Currently there is no Political Party in Goa Assembly that speaks out the interest of Fishermen and fishing based livelihoods in a sincere genuine manner.

Vanxim Revolt is now Seven Years: Some reflections

May 2017 is a very important juncture in time for several reasons for Vanxim proved a way to the skeletons in the office of the Goa Archbishop. May 13, 2017 witnessed consecration of Archdiocese of Goa to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary’s views on God as recorded in Luke 1:51-53 commands our attention:
“He has shewed might in his arm: he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He has filled hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.”
This consecration is also the an occasion to clean up all heresies such as clandestine dictates against Latin Mass and Latin Litanies besides to reverse trend of high paced liquidation of Public Lands given to various religious institutes under Goa Diocese.
May 2017 completes open rebellion in Vanxim against Land grab by Corporate entity Ozone facilitated by Mahendra Gaunekar and the Office of the Goa Archbishop. On May 16, 2010 MLA Pandurang Madkaikar, Mahendra Gaunkar and Ozone officials visited Vanxim to convince people to accept land grab of their island. They did not succeed and had open confrontation. Overwhelming majority people opposed and challenged Pandurang Madkaikar as well as Mahendra Gaunekar along with Rudresh Chodankar.
May 23rd is also the birthday of murdered Fr.Bismarque Dias. He spoke in defense of Vanxim and continuously questioned role of the Office of the Goa Archbishops in selling Vanxim. After State agencies avoided to register his death as murder High Court few weeks ago has directed Police to register this case as murder and commence investigations.
In view of the above circumstances it is important to reflect critically and question few taken-for-granted assumptions on Politics of Vanxim land deal.
1.       Mafia background: Although sounds scandalous Vanxim land deal is purely a mafia deal. Mafia that has not only penetrated deep into the office of the Goa Archbishop and visible from 1995 onwards. Fr.Victor Rodrigues has been key mole in this regard as he is the one who signed Vanxim Agreement to Sale in April 1999 on behalf of then Archbishop Raul Nicolau Gonsalves. Agreement to sale itself commits Archdiocese to sell Vanxim to corporate body directly. It was mafia operations by which Narayan Bhonsle refused to hand over charge to the new committee of Vanxim Tetants Association and destroyed Vanxim bunds allowing Mandovi waters into Paddy fields and rendering cultivation impossible. It was mafia influence in the office of the Tiswadi Mamlatdar who ignored the complaints on breach of bunds in Vanxim and illegalities of functioning of Tenants Association of Vanxim.
2.       Basis in Fraud: N.O.C obtained from Tenants Association of Vanxim  to sell Vanxim is fraud. This is confirmed as after repeated questioning Goa Diocese is not been able to make this document Public. What documents are presented to Rome is not known to public at all. Based on this fraud letter is written to Rome to get permission to sell Vanxim and claims are floating that Vatican has granted the permissions to sell Vanxim. This is again a fraud as Office of the Archbishop has not made these documents public in spite of repeated public questioning. By keeping these documents hidden Office of the Goa Archbishop is causing grave insult to Pope John Paul II who is believed to have sanctioned sale of Vanxim. If this saint was petitioned to sell Vanxim and if indeed if he has sanctioned sale of Vanxim then People of Goa has right to see these documents made public. We want to know as to how Goa Archbishop’s office had presented Vanxim case for liquidation and what has been the response. Secrecy in these matters is intolerable.
3.       Forged Signatures of witnesses: Signatures of the one staff of the Bishop’s house on Agreement to Sale and Sale Deed differs drastically. Investigations followed by criminal proceedings are the need of the hour on Vanxim deal on this aspect too.
4.        Buyer without Address: It is a common practice that both the seller and the buyer must have their complete address recorded in the documents of Agreement to Sale as well as Sale deed. While sellers’ address is recorded as Altinho, Panjim in total the buyers’ address is kept concealed in both the documents and recorded simply as Mahendra Gaunekar, Panjim. Why is it so? Why Mahendra Gaunekar’s full address is not recorded in full? Is it because Gaunekar is next door neighbor to the Office of the Goa Archbishop? Why Gaunekar’s address has been kept clandestine? The sale deed as well as Agreement to Sale was carried on in the office of Civil Authority. Why Civil Authorities allowed this to happen? It is clearly evident that Civil Authorities are as corrupt as the office of the Goa Archbishop.
5.       Long term destruction of agriculture: People of Vanxim were self sufficient in food. Paddy always yielded bumper crops. People were enterprising in their family farms and were autonomous. There was no dependency. Paddy was ably supplemented by fishing activities. Destruction of agriculture however destroyed but Paddy cultivation as well as traditional fishing at Vanxim manos. State authorities are colluded with anti-social elements and ignored public complaints and cultivation remains impossible. State Authorities behaved irresponsibly through their acts of omission. Now agriculture stands ravaged. Paddy fields are full of mangroves. For food People have to buy food from outside or from Public Distribution Shops (PDS) in Malar. Mafia rule in India has turned all pervasive. PDS is asking for Aadhaar Card for few kiolos of wheat and rice. Aadhaar data is for surveillance purpose and makes mockery of privacy. Destruction of food sustainability in Vanxim has resulted in such a enslaving situation and the Office of Goa Archbishop is clearly responsible to this.
6.       Ozone Intervention as Land Grab: buying of Vanxim bunds and Paddy fields by Bangalore based corporate Ozone represents colonial and imperialist designs of Capital accumulation and reducing local people as their subjects. In fact this is very clear from the Joint Development Agreement between Mahendra Gaunkar and Ozone corporate. Ozone claims that they are going to decide as to who stays in Vanxim. This document also outlines very clearly Goa
Archbishop is going to facilitate takeover of every residential house in Vanxim by Ozone. There are reports from Goa Archdiocese that Mahendra Gaunekar has approached to buy off residential houses in Vanxim but refused most probably due to Public outcry. Most of the houses in Vanxim have executed 99 years lease deed with the office of the Goa Archbishop. This legal relationship is now sought to be broken and sale deed promoted. This is mainly a capitalist move to put pressure on Vanxim residence to pay up very high costs for the purchase of their house plots. Once the sale deed is executed Ozone and their mafia group is free to unleash reign of terror on Vanxim residence to sell off their house plots to Ozone jus as they have gone about with Paddy fields. Declaration of Vanxim (and also Tiracol) as Eco-tourism site are only green pretexts of Land Grab.
7.       Can the Office of the Archbishop absolve responsibility to Vanxim? There are arguments put forth by few that once the Archbishop’s house sold Vanxim to Mahendra Gaunekar role of the Archdiocese is over and those who are protesting over Vanxim must not talk of Vanxim. The argument further extends that office of Archbishop is not responsible for the fact that Mahendra Gaonekar has sold Vanxim to Ozone corporate. This is not a valid argument. The Agreement to Sale of Vanxim of 1999 itself is clear on this. It binds Archdiocese to sell Vanxim even directly to the Corporate. The fact that Archdiocese has not done so and sold Vanxim Paddy fields to Mahendra Gaunekar does not exempt diocese of its responsibilities towards Vanxim. From the Agreement to Sale it is clearly deductable that Archdiocese was fully aware that Vanxim is going to be transferred to private corporate and consented to it. Storm has to be raised against the office of the Archbishop of Goa and we are sure clean – up is round the corner. Vanxim episode demonstrates clearly that mafia is ruling the office of Goa Archbishop for past several decades and Vanxim sale is a fruit of it. We cannot run away from this reality and pretend as if all is well.
8.       Who sold whose Paddy fields? Several people who sold paddy fields to Mahendra Gaunekar and Ozone corporate did no belong to them. So many of them were given to them only for cultivation purpose. Tenancy law created the situation in which rights were bestowed on those who are cultivating the paddy fields in the decade of 1960’s. There are many such people who have entered into commercial deals with Gaunekar and Ozone signed their papers away for lakhs of rupees.
9.       Paddy fields for commercial housing and tourism for the super rich? What is the logic that justifies allocation of paddy field spaces on Vanxim Island in the middle of Mandovi River for housing and tourism for the super rich of the world? What is the nature of this development? Disgusting. This is possible because of the nexus of the office of the Goa Archbishop. Setting up of fast track courts to solve tenancy cases have more to do with facilitating land grabs all over Goa than to grant rights to tenants.
10.   Ozone and Gaunekar, destiny makers of Vanxim? These entities have common interest to gobble up Vanxim. They are seen actively involved through proxies to support, propose and oppose various people as candidates for the forthcoming Panchayat elections. For the past Assembly elections Ozone and Gaunekar lobbied with Manohar Parrikar to get Pandurang Madkaikar into BJP and he got elected as the scarecrow of EVMs in Cumbharjua constituency. This is a very sad reality and the office of Goa Archbishop is responsible for getting Gaunkar and Ozone involved in Vanxim and they are blaming Vanxim People for Catholics leaving the Church. Goa Archbishop’s office is centre to sell off Catholics today. Tsunami has to be raised against the office of the Goa Archbishop for their deeds in Vanxim and we are sure it is take place and wipe everything clean and new reign take over.
11.   Archbishop responsible for Vanxim Sale alone? No. Fr. Noel D’Costa in a mass e-mail circulated few moths ago clarified that Archbishop is not the only one who is involved in decision to sell Vanxim. These are others involved too. So Archbishop cannot be held responsible alone, others too must be named. Investigations have revealed that currently rules of the Church after Vatican II stripped off Archbishops of their autonomy in decision making. Perhaps this is what Fr. Noel D’Costa is hinting at. If Archbishops are caged parrots in post-Vatican II church then they must revolt against it like Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre have revolted and his ordained priests and Bishops are carrying the age old tradition as per writings of St. Paul’s call to keep up to the tradition. There is tremendous resistance going on all over the world. Let Goa Clergy too join in.  If Vanxim episode calls for the revolt of Archbishops, Priests and Laity of Goa against the Vatican II rules so let it be. We cannot tolerate what the Office of Goa Archbishop has done in Vanxim.
12.   Towards retaining autonomy over Vanxim: No Political Party, no Corporate body can steer Vanxim out of present crisis. Political Parties are only there to use people for gaining of power. Once they gain power they discard their voters. Present and past government formations is an example testimony to this effect. Very often those who get elected get co-opted financially and even ideologically. Present member of Malar Panchayat Greeta Vaz is an excellent example. She was proposed elected with a mass public support to be a voice of Vanxim revolt in the Panchayat. Yet she betrayed. She did not push for a single resolution opposing Ozone project in Vanxim. She did not get Malar Panchayat to pass a resolution against declaration of Vanxim as Investment Promotion Area. Instead she has become a voice of corporate Ozone! Ridiculous. What lessons we learn from here? Democracy essentially is method for division and strife in the village. This division has come to a boiling point with the Ozone and Gaunekar in the picture. They would have never been in the picture if not for the stupidest decision making by the office of the Goa Archbishop to sell Vanxim. Looking at all this scenario there is only one direction visible. Vanxim islanders have to shun the Political Parties for good and take responsibility for the island like the ancestors did and cared and developed in a way they wanted.   Panchayat is currently defunct body and Chief Minister is the Chairman of Investment Promotion Board deciding pace of Land grabs all over Goa. Elected member from Vanxim has important role to play: an unceasing voice in defense of Vanxim from Corporate Land grabs. Same is the role of every one on the island as vey often elected members get co-opted : to be an unceasing voice in defense of Vanxim. Those running after money, parties, power, self-glory, pride etc are only speeding up their self destruction.
13.   What if other Church deals get affected with Vanxim agitation? This is a question fielded at us often pointing towards similar unethical practices followed by the office of the Goa Archbishop in other places in Goa like dealings with Models Constructions in Taleigao Souto Maior lands meant for welfare of local tribal people. We are not bothered as to what impact Vanxim agitation is to have on other similar dealings irrespective of culprit’s geographic identity. Ethically correct dealings will have no negative impact of Vanxim agitation. It is only unethical dealings in land leading to grabs by locals and outstation actors that are bound to be affected negatively and their credibility questioned. So be it. Souto Maoir dealings once again proves Advocate John Fernandes right that Office of the Goa Archbishop cares a damn for tribal people of Goa – Gawdas, Velips. Questions on Vanxim deal will continue to be raised in public domain irrespective of what impact it is having on other deals of land grab involving office of the Goa Archbishop. With the Consecration of Goa Archdiocese it is natural that the suppressed and the oppressed must rise up with their voices and rich must go away with empty hands.  No one is focusing on how Leading Hotels opposed by Church in Tiracol is allowed to enter in land deals in Nuvem. No one examines roles played Fr. Victor Rodrigues there in Nuvem and while he was Procurator of the Diocese and signed agreement to Sale on Vanxim. No one examines role of Aldona Parish Priest Fr. Arlino D’Mello while served as Procurator and sold Vanxim. There are too many and too dangerous skeletons in the office of Goa Archbishop they have to be dealt with by the respective Church Authorities instead of waiting for Public fury to dislodge them.

14.   Intellectuals as Parasites: Even though so may intellectuals are aware of the layers of scams relating to Vanxim land deals they are silent. Few poke up and they for mysterious reasons got silenced. We will not name them but hopefully they will make their finding public without fear immidiately. Now that Goa Archdiocese is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary there is no scope of fear. Mary takes away all fears make us all new and undoubtedly with consecration of Goa Diocese to her Immaculate Heart Mary is set to pull down Bamon Raj and other existing satanic kingdoms and dominions. Anyway, leaving these intellectuals aside we continue to speak up, we continue to confront, we continue to fight our battle in forthright manner.