Monday, November 18, 2013
RESCUE THROUGH INVASION DOES NOT MEAN OCCUPATION by Johny Rebello
While the Chinese threats to regain its occupied territory in the Indian Sub-continent south of the Himalayas becomes increasingly apparent, as China gets stronger and stronger, what does it augurs for Goa? As the Chinese threats loom high to regain its occupied territory south of the Himalayas becomes increasingly apparent, as China gets stronger and stronger, what is it likely to mean to Goa?
Can there also be some very good and valid reasons for China to come to the rescue of the Goans? By right, Goans are well placed to call for invasion from any country just like some Goans colluded with sand called on India, all though they did so without knowing India’s own hidden agenda.
Rescue through invasion can be called by any country or territory when it is in distress because of inaptness or dysfunction of administering government, on humanitarian grounds or if a territory is under illegal or fake occupation which can in plain and straightforward language can be classified as colonialism. Many countries are conscious of this fact, just as India pretended to be at Goa’s invasion, in 1961. Many countries are supportive of helping other countries when in distress and do actively come forward to redress such situation particularly on humanitarian just as many are sworn and committed to wipe colonialism of any kind from the face of the planet, in this 21st century and are prepared to come to the rescue of the suppressed population.
In this respect Goa’s case has now verged on humanitarian ground because of the forced displacement and social disruption through political manipulation on her population, in order to make space for transplanting invader’s own population which has now reduced the indigenous Goa’s population from majority to mere fraction and has created an outcry in the Western World over their re-settlement and rehabilitation.
It is immaterial for a rescue operation whether a Goan territory was to lie in the Indian Sub-continent or on mainland China for that matter. However, since China is also part of the Indian Sub-continent because part of her sovereign territory lies within the boundary of what is called Indian Sub-continent, it therefore has a role of responsibility to play within that Sub-continent of India. Therefore, China being part and parcel, is potentially an equal player as India, to act as an arbitrator, as India did when she acted unilaterally as self-appointed arbitrator and force divided Pakistan’s Eastern region into Bangladesh on 19th Dec 1971, exactly to the hour and the minute to her unilateral invasion of Goa ten years earlier.
India then acted as a big brother, but Indian Sub-continent is not an exclusive preserve of India, but the Sub-continent is also a shared preserve of China and other nations including Goa, and therefore because of its size, China can act as even bigger brother with a clout even harder! Since China’s territory also lies within the demarcated boundaries of the Sub-continent that makes China an equal ‘football’ field player over the whole Indian Sub-continental field and empowers and privileges China the right to act as a fair and just arbitrator over the region, unlike crook India!
Since China is expected to be the next Super Power by 2020, it means it has to get its house in order even earlier. That means it has to first regain its occupied territories in the Sub-continent of India to consolidate itself in position as a Super Power. This would mean a direct confrontation with India because India will refuse to relinquish the occupied Chinese territories, just as it has refused to relinquish Goa. India might even look forehand for a bunch of so called freedom fighters as it did in Goa and declare the occupied territory of China, as liberated, and yet hold the territory under its occupation like it has done to Goa.
Therefore, while China frees its own occupied territories, China has equally compelling reasons to free Goa as well in tandem by acting as a bigger brother to prove that it does not work in its own selfish interest in isolation, but in impartiality both to itself and others, and in consistent to maintain and uphold a level order as dispenser of Universal justice over the whole field of the Sub-continent in its new role as a Super Power. In this scenario both China and Goa are in the same boat. Both have their territories occupied by India and both issues are International. Therefore, as a even bigger brother in the region China has the duty to put the state of the Sub-continent in proper order for the purpose of security, peace, stability and progress of the region at large. All China will be doing is putting the Sub-continent of India into the right perspective.
Besides these foregoing common or shared factors within the Indian Sub-continent, there are several factors that interlinks Goa to China. than any sector of India. Goa has been connected to China over the centuries on very strong fraternal grounds. Goa as a province of Portugal was responsible for the security and administration of all overseas Portuguese colonies and therefore Macao was directly administered from Goa and not from Lisbon, centuries before Honk Kong came to vision. For centuries Goa has been China’s sole economic gateway for trade to the Western world and the Middle East. As a result there has been much related Goan blood that runs through the veins of some citizens of Macao which has enriched Goan culture in twin heritage.
Yet there is another factor that has brought Goa closer to China over the recent decades
Goan mountainous soil has been transported to China to such a degree that it has contributed to the Chinese growing economy, that when a Goan steps on Chinese soil he will most likely to feel that he is stepping literally on Goan soil. The other factor is that the iron ore mining rogues and thieves including the Goan governments in vogue during this era, who have fleeced and sold Goa’s resources at the cost of Goa’s irreparable environmental destruction, have benefited from China enormously, and have retained part of their booty in Chinese banks in yuan and renminbi. These are the very same people who have left a legacy in China of delving in luxurious life style at the cost and without the knowledge of ordinary Goans in Goa, whom they regard as powerless sleeping fools.
In Goa, with the excessive windfall of wealth acquired in China, these very guys have dished philanthropic crumbs to Goans in the shape of football, temples and TV stations to earn fidelity from Goans and thereby to expand and exploit the Goans even further through entrepreneurial empires, that control every domain of the Goan economy and the Indian administered Goa Government as well, altogether.
Some of the media that have grown out of the mining industry fallout are likes of Prudent and Navhind Times that have been responsible to formulate their own sort of discreet ideology that cuts across Goan sentiment and promotes pro-Indian one which has left the Goans for the last 52 years brainwashed, unaware and in bondage. Navhind Times particularly has been notorious at this from it’s very incept.
Taking off the negative impact that Goa has suffered from its crazy exploitation resulting in irreparable environmental degradation of Goa and its society under the brand named ‘Liberation’, let us tally into the potential outcome in what augurs for Goa and her future generation if present Communist Chinese invasion was called at the invitation of the Goans.
There are untold benefits that will windfall in such event for Goa and Goans in Goa and those Goans in Diaspora at large. It will mean a totally new era ---a deliverance of immense magnitude.
First of all for the first time once again a Goan will regain himself to walk on the planet as a proud Goan and not anymore Indian (and III Class for that matter because he has been denied Plebiscite to decide out of his own freewill).
Overnight Goa will hit the sky to sail herself in orbit like a glittering star on path of 21st century modernity. What can be at assured from China, going by China’s honest track record vis-à-vis Macao and
Honk Kong, will be is a guaranteed Macao/ Hong Kong style self-rule, at least, for Goa, unlike India’s bygone false promises and fake liberation, by taking Goans for clowns. This could be ideal for Goans under Chinese invasion because it will mean all non-Goans that have entered into Goa after 1961, will be forced and pushed out of Goa.
It will be a death knell for the Ghanties (only on regulated time-limited permit as contracted foreigners)and Russians in Goa. This dirty job of pushing the Ghanties out will not be done by Goans, but will be left for the Chinese themselves to do as in Macao and Honk Kong much in contrast to India who wants to see Goans to be outnumbered and replaced by foreigners like Russians and Ghanties.
Financially, Chinese invasion will be a celebration of a life time for the Goans because under the self-rule accorded to Macao as seen, nearly every one has become a millionaire so much so there is now an acute fear in the financial corridors that the world financial capital will be Macao/Honk Kong having shifted from London. Under the Chinese rule Goa will automatically fall into this slot making it a Macao/Honk Kong/Goa trio!
The government will not be anything like what the Supreme Court recently described as "chaotic", "anarchic" and one blessed with "infantile wisdom".that has hitherto been permanent feature of Indian administered Government of Goa, that has taken an air of a fish bazaar, with pan munching semi-educated legislators lacking decent dress code and likewise a civilized behavioural conduct that go together. Where their roost is popularly referred by laymen Goans all over as a den of forty thieves of Goa, and not of Baghdad.
This time it will be a government manned by highly educated, disciplined, morally clean non-corrupt legislators and technocrats, and not the likes of the class of IITian Parrikars
Just as it is inevitable, unstoppable and successful the looming invasion appears will be, the quicker it results the better will be for Goa. While the Goans fervently beg for Special Status from India, they could pleadingly await for China to step in into the Indian Sub-continent to regain its rightful place and rid the Sub-continent as quickly as it can of its hangover of the colonial past.
The Goans, most hopefully can perhaps then dance the Samba and Salsa under their own flag in tune with self-ruled sister nation Macao in conjunction with Brazil in a real Portuguese flair and flavour at the Opening Ceremony of 2016 Olympiad in Rio Janeiro This is something the Goans very much missed the last summer at the London Olympics.