Monday, February 23, 2015
ARE WE BETTER OFF AFTER LIBERATION ? by Arwin Mesquita, Colva
I appreciate that although not impossible, it is a challenge today to put in measures for protecting Goan demographics, identity, land and our way of life. This challenge is mainly because of the perceived restrictions by the Indian Constitution, which was officially never approved by Goans and opinions given by pessimists.
However, before we even try to look at measures to protect Goa’s interests, we first need to, at least, publicly acknowledge and get the Central government to acknowledge that there were serious flaws in the manner Goa was absorbed into the Indian Union without any safeguards. Such acknowledgement can help look at possible remedial measures. Post- 1961, Goa could have progressed within India into a world class state with a special identity. Unfortunately, due to the mistakes we made at Liberation, Goa is actually going backwards. All of us Goans instead of simply celebrating the Liberation, should ask ourselves what are we actually celebrating?