Today September 27, 2011 was historic day in the life of struggle of mulnivasis in Goa. For the first time Bharat Mukti Morcha flags were bravely unfurled in the capital city of Goa: Panjim. Bharat Mukti Morcha team intervened to confront brahmanical ploy to OBC people with regard to Golf tourism in Vanxim island in Tiswadi taluka.
Bamon Archbishop of Goa Felipe Neri Ferrao has sold Vanxim island to another Bamon Mahendra Gaunekar. Gaunekar then sold the same to corporate Ozone group for 50 crores on record. Mulnivasis – mostly OBCs and those converted to Christianity from OBCs are facing the threat of Displacement.
Villagers had been agitating for the past one year under the banner of Ilha de Vanxim Association. In the course of struggle they came in contact with Bharat Mukti Morcha and very soon its unit got set up in on this island. Brahmanical system got panicked.
Today again the panic brahmanical system poured huge amount of cash and mobilized nearby island OBC people to fight in favour of displacement of OBC people of Vanxim island. The plot is to get OBC to fight against each other.
A news article appeared in the local daily The Navhind Times on 24th September 2011 titled “Vanxim Islanders stand firm against the resort”. This article caused panic to the bamons behind the conspiracy to evict Vanxim islanders and get it declared as eco-tourism zone. (Currently Vanxim is eco-sensitive zone due to lush green mangroves and marshy paddy fields. Paddy fields are in uncultivable state due to brahmanical State of Goa neglected to repair the breach of bunds and allowed salty water to sip in.) Close aides of Chief Minister Bamon Digambar Kamat and Bamon Mahendra Gaunekar met urgently the same night of 24th September 2011 till 1.00 am at the residence e of local MLA Madkaikar– victim of Poona Pact of 1932 – and conspired to create rift amongst Mulnivasi of the surrounding island.
As per the plan today around 300 OBC people was mobilized by paying Rs.500/- each from Divar, Malar, Narva and few from Vanxim and were brought to the headquarters of Town and Country planning department, Panjim. Bharat Mukti Morcha Activists confronted the crowd with their flags portraying the symbols of Bali Raja, Ashoka and flame of revolution. Posters of Bharat Mukti Morcha’s September 01 rally in Delhi was displayed publicly. Bharat Mukti Morcha Mahila Aghadi president Maggie Silveira and Goa State Convenor Sebastian Rodrigues addressed the press. They resolved to intensify the struggle even further and urged mulnivasi people from all over India including those trapped in brahmanical conspiracy from Malar and Divar to realize their plight and join Bharat Mukti Morcha.
The ongoing struggle in Vanxim has hit the Goa’s Bamon system very badly. Bamons in Goa have pressed panic buttons and that’s why flow of money is resorted to. Bharat Mukti Morcha represents genuine interests of Goa’s Mulnivasi people and will further intensify the agitation. The agitation is already taken serious note of by Bharat Mukti Morcha’s National President Waman Meshram in front of whom India’s brahmanical system trembles.
Brahmanical system through local MLA Madkarkar and 7 ministers of Goa who are paid in this project are trying iits level best to make mulnivasis of Vanxim as captives of Bamons by luring them into money, liquor and other vices so that they can made landless and homeless.
Today OBCs from Malar, Divar, Narva who came to Panjim by accepting Rs.500/- proved very clearly that they have lost their self respect and dignity. They forgot the truth that it is the hard painful toil of their ancestors that has handed over Vanxim to the current generation and they are only their custodians. They fell prey to the brahmanical conspiracy. Those who got their self-respect re-kindled within them left the venue and dissociated themselves after being confronted by Bharat Mukti Morcha activists. Panchayat members too are total victims of Poona pact, 1932 as they were paid by Bamons to get OBCs out in order to realize the intentions of bamons. This struggle is a freedom struggle in order to overthrow the Bamon raj in Goa that is responsible to get Vanxim mulnivasis to the brink of harassment and bondage. Bharat Mukti Morcha is already working in this direction and has already taken number of steps like publishing of pamphlets and organizing meeting to expose role of Bamons including that of Archbishop of Goa Felipe Neri Ferrao and Mahendra Gaunekar. Archbishop has not only sold the land but also the water bodies. Ozone group will never succeed in their plans of changing the name of Vanxim into Ozone Island. If they push on then Baman raj in Goa will come to an end sooner due to the efforts of Bharat Mukti Morcha.
Today Chief Town planner was paying the way to Bamons when he suggested to organize the gram sabha and take decision. This is in a situation wherein resolution after resolution of the Malar panchayat are against golf course project in Vanxim right from 2003. It looks that Chief Town planner is keen to attract ire of the mulnivasi organizations. It will be wise on his part to behave properly in this matter and stop being lighthouse for Bamons. The days of Baman raj are numbered and due the agitation for liberation by Bharat Mukti morcha. Perhaps Chief town planner want to get washed in the gutter with bamons when mulnivasis rise up. That day is fast approaching.
Amrut Volvoikar, vice-president of Vanxim unit of Bharat Mukti Morcha said “this project should not come up in Vanxim. Maggie Silveira declared that Vanxim is for Vanshikars(Mulnivasis) and not for Gaunekars (Bamons).
Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi reportedly has strong backing to this project of displacing Mulnivasis in Vanxim. Vanxim is small island but due to struggle against Baman raj it has acquired special place in the history that children will study in future. ‘Vanxim ganv keddo, and nanv keddem!’
Vanxim unit of Bharat Mukti Morcha thanks all people, press, citizens groups that supported by objecting the Golf tourism project in Vanxim.