Monday 17 February 2014

Democracy flunked into dustbin in Vanxim

You may call up and express your support to Vanxim. Call up Maggie Silveira, President of Bharat Mukti Morcha, Goa State at her mobile 09371990428.

Way back on October 23rd 2012 people of Vanxim addressed letter to the local body of decision making in Indian democracy - Gram Panchayat in Sao Mathias Panchayat, Tiswadi taluka of Goa State. The links to this letter is here:

The letter signed by 56 villagers including local elected member of Panchayat Greta Vaz, handed over to the Panchayat to be discussed at the Gram Sabha in November 2012. The is written opposition to the retaining wall construction because they have an evidence that this was being done for the corporate agenda and Bamon Raj agenda - this word causes allergy amongst many for the term carries deep truth of manusmriti in its expression.

It is important to note the contents of the letter "We strongly object to Retaining Wall, as it is a part of a 109 page Joint Development Agreement between (1) Mahendra Gaunekar (2) Ms Sonali Gaunekar and Ozone Leisure and Resorts Private Limited dated 11/8/2009 and registered at the office of the Sub Registrar, Ilhas, Panjim, Goa.

     In this Agreement the Retaining Wall along with the Golf Course, Hotel, Spa, Resort, Villa, Casinos, Private marinas etc are mentioned to be constructed at Vanxim. We strongly object to the Retaining Wall, as it is the very first point as part of the infrastructure mentioned as point no.1 on the Joint Development Agreement.

     With deep reading & Understanding the Joint Development Agreement we have fully understood the game plan of Mahendra Gaunekar regarding construction of Retaining wall.

     We request your kind office, therefore to abolish the plans to construct the said Retaining Wall in Vanxim."
This letter caused enormous panic in the Bamon Raj and corporate world that seeks to take over Vanxim. Subsequently it has been observed that democracy at Panchayat level was subtly sabotaged; this letter was never allowed to be discussed nor any resolutions passed on the letter. Democracy was turned farce with this act of the Panchayat body and those controlling the it namely Bamon Raj and Corporate world. This act made one fact very clear that Bamon Raj and Corporate world has one thing in common: both cannot tolerate democracy when mulnivasi people stands to gain.
Few days back local panch from Vanxim Greta Vaz shot the letter to the Chief Minister against the construction of retaining wall that has been going for the past week in Vanxim near ferry dock. The letter of Greta Vaz supplies us the evidence she has been kept in dark over decision to start construction of retaining wall in Vanxim. The links to the letter is here:

Similarly she also wrote to water resource department. The link is as follows:

Greta Vaz informs that she confronted Sarpanch Bhomkar who has been dislodged few weeks ago in non-confidence motion as to construction permission to retaining wall. he lost his temper on Greta and said that Sarpanch and Secretary can do anything they want. What's wrong if they gave permission for retaining wall in Vanxim?
Ilha de Vanxim Association has also shot letters to the Water Resource Department, and to the Chief Minister Parrikar to intervene and stop the ongoing construction work for retaining wall at Vanxim. The links to the letter to the Chief Minister is as below:

Water Resource department too has been alerted on this matter and the letter is as below:

Primary culprit in this entire en-devour has the Goa Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao, Bamon from Aldona, Bardez who took immoral decision and sold Vanxim to Mahendra Gaunekar, Bamon from Gaunem, Ponda. Land neither belongs to Archbishop nor to Gaunekar but they traded it ultimately to corporate body called Ozone that has office in Miramar, Panjim. The huge black money transaction marks huge corruption in the Palace of the Archbishop, Mahendra Gaunekar and Corporate Ozone. This corruption needs immediate investigation and all those responsible must be put behind the bars. All the Swiss bank accounts of Archbishop must be investigated by CBI. Vanxim may turned out to be biggest scandal after mining scandal.
The physical touching of Vanxim is a serious assault on rights of mulnivasi people and on Christians. Vanxim people it is said has been lured with greed of money and for that reason has been silent. To some extend this is true but there other reasons as to why Vanxim people are silent. Yet silence won't last long.
Yet all the Vanxim People are not silent. The opposition is led by Maggie Silviera. She has been defending Vanxim island ever since Mahendra Gaunekar, a Bamon from Gaunem, Ponda has been trying to take over Vanxim in 2005 itself. She has paid huge price for her involvement in defense of her village. Adolf Rodricks of 'Full na Pakli' from Ponda and partner of Mahendra Gaunekar had ran over her in 2007 causing her physical injuries. Yet she has not kept silent. She has challenged Archbishop of Goa and even exposed him for all the moralities that he has indulged himself into. On number of occasions her bike brakes were interfered with. Maggie's life been put into serious risk by the Archbishop of Goa's decision to sell Vanxim. In case of any harm to Maggie those who will be held responsible are Archbishop of Goa Felipe Neri Ferrao, Mahendra Gaunekar and Ozone corporate with office in Miramar, Panjim. You may call up and express your support to Vanxim. Call up Maggie Silveira, President of Bharat Mukti Morcha at her mobile 09371990428.

Archbishop Emeritus Raul Gonsalves during his tenure issued pastoral letter against Golf Courses and Archbishop Felip Neri Ferrao during his tenure sold Vanxim to set up Golf Course. The contrast of decisions is sharp.
Lets examine current situation of retaining wall construction in Vanxim in spite of the written opposition. What is at work is a political pressure at the highest level. Highest level means at the level of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. The decision to bulldoze retaining wall signify tremendous insult to democracy. It is clear that Goa Chief Minister does not care for democracy in Vanxim. To counter higher level of pressure needs of be mobilized. Your voice is that pressure. Bamon Raj has been ruining India and ruining Goa. Its wants to take over land of mulnivasis and never to return it back again. All this is done by force. Democracy is flunked into dustbin in Vanxim. It is replaced by Bamon Raj.
We need nation wide movement led by Bharat Mukti Morcha to expand further. This is what Bamon Raj fears; for its peril is round the corner.
Sebastian Rodrigues

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