Saturday 21 January 2017

Response to Fr. Noel D'costa on Vanxim land deal

Fr. Noel D'Costa, Convenor of the Apostolate of Inter-Religious Dialogue, Archdiocese of Goa has sent group email to around 48 emails on Vanxim and Bharat Mukti Morcha discourse on the sell out affairs suspecting secrecy, fraud and other unethical practices. This mail having serious public importance as they are being circulated to much broader audience and has raised many voices and messages to us asking for our response. Fr. Noel we know is not involved in Vanxim deal in any way on record. BMM places on record our appreciation and gratitude for Fr. Noel for speaking out at least this much and giving us opportunity to respond. After perusing the said email text here is our brief response:

False information

Email claims that part of Vanxim is tenanted property and as per law it cannot be sold. Archbishop's office has not sold the same but only transferred rights to Mahendra Gaunekar. This is wrong. Besides the sale deed there is clear letter from the then Procurator of the Archdiocese of Goa Fr. Victor Rodrigues about the sale of tenanted land in Vanxim. Letter was written by Fr. Victor Rodrigues and sent to Mahendra Gaunekar. Mahendra Gaunekar then sent this letter to various people in Vanxim and it is this very letter that served as major document against People of Vanxim in the Court of deputy collector, Panjim. Fr. Noel's further arguments does not hold ground as the base argument itself falls flat with this evidence. Here is a scanned copy of the letter : 

Manipulating Past

Fr. Noel D'costa has claimed that Paddy fields in Vanxim were cultivated only till 1970 and after that they were left fallow and used for fishing purposes by letting Mandovi water into paddy fields. This is not true either. The exact nature of this anomaly is placed on record by former President of Tenant Association of Vanxim late Ligorio F. Silveira. He filed written complaint against Tenant Association of Vanxim with the Mamlatdar of Tiswadi in 1995. With the hindsight it is possible to deduct that there was long term plan to destroy Vanxim Paddy fields. The cultivation continued well in late 1980s and in few cases even in early 1990s. To claim that Vanxim Paddy fields were not cultivated from 1970 is wrong and amounts to manipulation of past in order to control the present and future. You may know the content of this letter. In addition there are complaints from Tenants Association of Vanxim office bearers against Narayan Bhosle who did not hand over charge to new committee and State Administration did nothing about the same. The date of cited N.O.C matches these times of scandal. Scanned copy of those letters is as follows:

Continued secrecy

Fr. Noel has not disclosed (1) Who gave Vanxim to Santa Monica Fund, and under what Obligations and which year. (2) What is the reason as to why so-called N.O.C from Tenant Association of Vanxim dated 26.02.1996 kept secret till date? Why the signatories of this N.O.C are covered up by the office of the Goa Archbishop?

Comments on Fr. Bismarck

Fr. Noel commented "Fr. Bismarck was wrongly informed by someone that the residential houses were sold." This sound like Fr. Bismarck was living in an illusion from 2010 till his murder in 2015 and was working only on hearsay. This is not the case. Joint Development Agreement between Ozone and Mahendra Gaunekar of 2009 very clearly states that it will take over entire island including the residential houses and Goa Archbishop is going to facilitate this process. Here we share link for your ready reference:

Accusations on secrecy on Eight other sale deeds

BMM never hidden eight other sale deeds on Vanxim. Their details are made known again and again. One of the sale deeds is carried on by close kin of late Dr. Jack Sequeira who was the leader of the Opposition in First Legislative Assembly after Goa was annexed to India. Here is the links:

Who is the valuer?

Fr. Noel informs that Valuer valued Vanxim land at certain cheap rates. What is the name and address of this valuer? Why name is kept secret?

Secret Agreement

Agreement to sell Vanxim signed in 1999, according to Fr. Noel. Yet the question remain as to why People of Vanxim were not informed? Announcement in Church not made? Why in this agreement clause included for selling Capao directly to corporate included if nexus with corporate was not prevalent? Here is the link to the Agreement to Sale:

Gaunekar's conditional benefits

Fr. Noel contemplates on prospects of Gaunekar's benefits. He observes that Gaunekar stands to benefit in case Ozone project takes shape or he stands to loose. Whose side you are fighting Fr. Noel? This question is important since Fr. Noel takes up case for Mahendra Gaunekar directly he ask "People are not told how much Mr. Gaunekar must have spent on lawyers while fighting the various cases pending with regard to the land at Vanxim?" More important matter is how much office of the Archbishop stands to loose on Vanxim deal after unanticipated opposition since 2010.

Suspected bribes to amend or change laws

Fr. Noel makes very important remark "And who knows about possible inner costs involved to pay bribes at different levels in order to amend or change the laws to convert the said areas to development zone?" This is very good question and CBI investigation is needed to ascertain the actual status.

Defend the super rich

Fr. Noel's shares the theme of his last November inter-religious meet "Together we protect the nature and defend the poor". The theme is good and BMM has no issues with the same. However praxis followed by the office of the Archbishop in case of Vanxim is opposite. It is only defense of the super rich and kick on the residents of Vanxim by branding them "unauthorized settlers" and use of the term "so-called tenants". Fr. Noel too uses this very word. Fr. Noel is grossly wrong informed on facts about Vanxim.

Diocesan Finance Committee

Who are members of Diocesan Finance Committee and College of Diocesan Consultors that took decision on Vanxim that Fr. Noel discussed in his email. The minutes and names of people involved must be made public immediately.

Press dispute

BMM takes no responsibility for the Sunday Herald Review report dated 07/02/2016 criticized by Fr. Noel for its article on Vanxim. Certainly there are few errors in it. However to attribute intention that article was published to tarnish the good name of the Archbishop and the Church while encouraging Catholics to leave the Church and join fundamentalist sects is wrong. 

Why Catholics leave Church?

The reason Catholics are living the Church and joining the sects are different and well known to the hierarchy of the Church. If Fr. Noel or anyone else seriously wants to address this then beginning has to be made. The best way to begin is along with prayer is study and publicly discuss encyclicals of various Popes on this matter beginning with Pascendi, here is the link :

Explanation and elucidation is in this book:

Beating around the bush and accusing few individuals who raise their voice will not help nor any short cuts would be useful.

Objectionable Eloquence
We have to face the Truth and Truth shall set us free, Bible has taught us. Fr. Noel has observed that BMM is very eloquent on social media and see red in Vanxim deal. Eloquence in this case is problematic. This can best be dealt by recourse to Jacques Rancière's book Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy(Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998) Pp 99-100. Rancière notes "When speech is acquired by those whose right to speak is not recognized they can produce spatiality and temporality that disturbs hegemonic representations of time-space constallation, namely 'who are we?' and 'where are we?'" Office of the Archbishop is certainly Hegemonic in nature that believes in asserting its moral and intellectual superiority over dissenting voices even if it is on wrong side of the Truth, hence feel disturbed.

We can now very well explain the roots cause of use of terms like "disgruntled elements", "conspiracy theory specialists" and "fundamentalists sects" by Fr. Noel D'costa. Alternative voice is intolerable as status quo founded on falsehood stands disturbs. So be it.

"Goenchi Mati" versus "Goencho Chikol"

BMM is not opposed to the idea of "Goenchi Mati" idea that Fr. Noel speaks in his email. BMM has opposed mining and supported active combat of affected people across the state of Goa. This does not mean BMM will conform and get seduced to "Goencho Chikol" getting grafted and crafted in the Office of Goa Archbishop over Vanxim deal. BMM will continue to speak up in forthright manner with malice towards none.

Caste Role 

Fr. Noel asks another question: "Does Caste of a person decide the goodness or badness of a land deal?" Fr. Noel must ask the question in reverse : What role does caste played historically in Society and particularly the office of Archbishop? Last Portuguese Governador had twenty advisors. All of them Catholics, all of them Bamons according to information given by Anthony Veronica Fernandes from Candolim. Catholic Bamons were so bad in treating their tenants that entire Goa's Bhahujan Samaj hated them. They treated badly catholic tenants too. This gave rise to hatred of Catholics by non-catholic bhahujans equating Catholic Bamons with Catholic tenants. Goa's first Chief Minister of post-annexation Goa Dayanand Bandodkar brought in Tenancy Act in order to break the hegemony of Bamon Raj. We leave this to your reflection. How caste influences land deals and history of nations can be best understood by reading Dr. Ambedkar's book "Revolution and counter revolution". Or must consult Archbishop in charge of Dalits at CBCI as listed on CBCI directory. How did Bamons became Bhatkars asserting control and authority over land?

Satanic Capture

What has happened in case of Vanxim deal in the office of Goa Archbishop is much more than Caste. Its complete satanic hold that has held office of the Archbishop captive in order to make People of Goa captive. Vanxim is not beginning with several cases before that. Current Archbishop Ferrao executed the Vanxim sale through Fr. Arlino D'mello in 2006 while former Archbishop Gonsalves authorized Fr. Victor Rodrigues to execute Agreement to sell Vanxim in 1999. One is Bamon, the other is not yet both implemented agenda of bamanism that is agenda of satanism.

Morally wrong, Legally right?

Fr. Noel denies that Archbishop has ever made statement that he is morally wrong but legally right in selling Vanxim. Archbishop has not made written statement through any of the Pastoral letters that he is morally wrong and legally right, he should now do. But Fr. Noel cannot deny his oral statement either. This has been widely discussed in press and Fr. Victor Ferrao has even spoken about it in public like at his talk "Beings a Goan Christian" at Pedro Arope Institute in Raia two years ago. 

Inter-religious dialogue

Fr. Noel must move ahead and organize inter-caste dialogue. Solutions would flow. Also there is need for Priests to retain their identity all the time: Cassock. Priest without cassock suffer from identity crisis. Unfortunately we see so many priests in Goa going though this malady. Fr. Victor Rodrigues is seen for so many years without Cassok in civil clothes in Courts. Some lawyers has observed that in the morning he is in Courts in Panjim and in Afternoon in Courts in Margao in civil clothes. Priest without Cassock not only makes Priest vulnerable to temptations of sins but also closes any scope for inter-religious dialogue. For priest his cassock is his living sermon. Anyone understand preached Jesus from the Cassock Priest wear. Cassock is like uniform of a military soldier. Priest in cassock is full fledged soldier of Christ. Fr. Noel and other priests may well do to keep this mind before next inter-religious meet on January 29, 2017. This will do lots to make sure not only retain Catholics within Church but also attract those outside faith to the calling of Jesus. This is what Inter-religious dialogue is. For a Priest inter-religious dialogue in civil clothes is no dialogue at all. It is an abject surrender to modernism that we stand to resist.

One question we leave : Why did Fr. Noel D'Costa did not directly initiate dialogue with those who continually raising Public objections on the way Vanxim sale is executed by Archbishop's office? Is method of dialogue not applicable to People in Vanxim? 

Tuesday 17 January 2017

When will office of Goa Archbishop break out of Vanxim Scam

Attempt to escape responsibility

Over the past six months we have been receiving a single statement from the hierarchy of the Church in Goa with regards to Vanxim sale. While BMM has been stressing the need for the office of the Goa Archbishop to act decisively on Vanxim land scam there are serious attempts at escaping the responsibility to act and speak out. We are often told that once the Church sold the land in Vanxim we are not responsible as to whom the buyer further sells the land. The utterances from certain priests presumes the innocence of the seller, in this case office of the Goa Archbishop as to whom the buyer further sells the land. However, this is not the case.

On record hobnobbing with corporate

Even though Ozone Leisure and Tourism Pvt Ltd are not named in the agreement to sale of Vanxim in 1999 there is clear hobnobbing with the corporate world. Though this Agreement to Sale of Vanxim is between the Goa Archdiocese and Mahendra Gaunekar the indicators are prevalent in the document that Archdiocese would sell Vanxim (Capao) not only to Mahendra Gaunekar but if needed would enter into direct sale to corporate on the recommendations from Mahendra Gaunekar. This is very serious situation considering that now the attempts are ongoing to brainwash public to establish innocence of the office of the Archbishop.

Why brainwashing now?

We however are baffled as to why certain priests are hell bent on brainwashing public to announce non-existent the innocence of the office of the Goa Archbishop. The issue is even more surprising since the brainwashing attempts are being made after Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao already went on public record that Vanxim land sale by his office is morally wrong. What exactly few priests want to establish by these assertions is not known. Do they wants to prove Goa Archbishop was wrong in asserting that Vanxim sale is morally wrong? If yes, then would not this amount to rebellion against the Authority of Goa Archbishop? Are these priests regretting that Archbishop publicly stated Vanxim sale is morally wrong? Revelations from God in due course of time may help us to know this rather strange behavior of priests engaged in brainwashing public particularly Catholics.

The deeper plunge needed

It is a common sense that when stakes are as high as Vanxim land parceling out to 5 star hotel and for housing for the super rich the lure of mammon would be tempting specially for those in various leadership positions. This is particularly true of Church leadership even though there are signs that God has not abandoned his Church to be lured away for money and restoration work and wrestling with the mammon is ongoing. The statement of Goa Archbishop that Vanxim sale of paddy fields and bunds is morally wrong is one such indicator to reclaim the unruly affairs at the office of the Goa Archbishop. The statement invites us towards deeper plunge in reflection on the morally wrong state of affairs inside the office of the Goa Archbishop. Archbishop’s statement admitting moral wrongness of the Vanxim sale deed has confirmed what many had suspected for decades: all is not well within the office of the Goa Archbishop and things have gone towards extreme situation prompting Goa Archbishop to describe one of its fruits as morally wrong. It is most common knowledge that Vanxim sale is not the sole fruit of the affairs of Goa Archbishop that has turned to be morally wrong. What is currently needed is a deeper plunge to reflect prayerfully, honestly and trace out the roots of moral wrongs going ons at the corridors of power within Church apex body in Goa.

Resisting temptations to silence in the face Justice

There are most powerful temptations of every possible evil to maintain status quo that perpetuates moral wrongs in the office of the Goa Archbishop. There are many who are aware but has stayed away from initiating any firm action to change. This is so much unlike Jesus Christ whom the Church and particularly the Priests are supposed to preach. There is no smoke without fire even though for a time being fire may not be visible. If people in the corridors of power do not take measure to change the situation Public intervention is inevitable. Not only because the tree that bears morally wrong fruits has grown big but also because it has been acknowledged by the Authority as senior as the Patriarch of the Indies and the Archbishop of Goa Daman and Diu. When such high authority speaks out it is very important that it needs to be redressed very sincerely and honestly, and what is needed to be done be effected without delay on priority basis, bravely. If this is neglected by the clergy and the laity then not only this will ruin the public morals in Church and Society but also accumulate sins of omissions. It is therefore gravely dangerous to maintain silence in the face of injustice. Or else the morally wrong tree that has grown in the office of Goa Archbishop will spread its roots in the heart of every person in Goa. This is going to be very tragic situation comparable only to moral suicide of a civilization.

Tracing the traces of scam in Tenants Association of Vanxim

One of the most cited document by the office of the Goa archbishop is the NOC to sell Paddy fields given to a ‘Goan Firm’ by Tenants Association of Vanxim on 26.02.1996. However what is surprising is that even though this document is cited as the most prized document justifying sale of Vanxim till date it has not been made public and still top guarded secret. One may question as to why this lid of secrecy still not removed? Why the names who signed the document not made public? In normal way of dealing this documents would have been easy to share publicly. Yet secrecy around this turns the entire affair as a skeleton in the cupboard at the office of the Goa Archbishop. It is well known now that the office of the Archbishop has kept this secret as the signatories of N.O.C are not the legitimate office bearers of the Tenants Association of Vanxim. 

Narayan Bhosle systematically collaborated with vested interests, breached boundaries of the paddy fields and allowed Mandovi water to flood Paddy fields but also refused to hand over the charge to the new elected committee composed of Paulina D’Souza and Chandrakant Volvoikar, both of whom lodged separate complaints with the State administration followed by another one by Ligorio F. Silveira with Mamlatdar of Tiswadi in 1995 itself. It is the Tenants Association of Vanxim illegitimate office bearers that have most probably signed the N.O.C. on 26.02.1996. As long as this document is maintained in secret nail of suspicion against the office of the Archbishop will not go away despite innumerable attempts towards distraction. 

Breaking out of Vanxim Scam

Office of the Goa Archbishop has to take a call on Vanxim scam. After taking first step by labeling Vanxim sale as morally wrong, it has to move on to rectify the wrongs. Committing a scam is bad. Persisting in scam is worse. And after recognizing scam publicly to persist in the same is worst. Currently the office of the Goa Archbishop is in the worst state. After admitting that sale of Vanxim was morally wrong they have continued in a scam state. This must change. There is a felt need for the office of the Archbishop to take on pro-active stance and to break out of Vanxim scam. Few steps are needed. Most important step is to criticize the Goa cabinet decision to declare Vanxim as Investment Promotion Area. Forty six survey numbers from Vanxim are notified in the gazette notification and most of them office of Archbishop is involved through sale deeds. For this it has to overcome the current inhibitions blocking such action.

Overcoming inhibitions

The inhibition currently is: how can the Office of the Archbishop criticize Vanxim five star hotel cum luxury housing for the super rich when they themselves are involved in selling Vanxim to Gaunekar who then sold the same to Ozone corporate.  Office of the Archbishop has a primary duty to break out of this scam and it has to speak out with all its might. Selling of Vanxim was carried on in secrecy and sale was kept in secrecy for over four years from February 2006 to February 2010. This was done so that time limit for challenging sale deed passes off. Now the systematic collaborations with corporate and the brokers has caused so much damage to the reputation of the Church, Crisis of Faith and spiritual disarmament. Perhaps it is the spiritual disarmament that has boosted up the office of the Goa Archbishop to sell off Vanxim. Vanxim sale deed does not place any condition of silence in the face of injustice.  One day that Sun will rise and sent rays so powerful into the office of Goa Archbishop that Prophets will do what Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has failed: Criticize fearlessly, publicly. Void caused by murder of Fr. Bismarck Dias will be filled up. Lets pray for disarmament of those predators who prey on Vanxim and Goa and the native people of Goa.  

Monday 9 January 2017

Responsibility to speak out boldly to expose Vanxim scam

Status of Vanxim land grab

Official Gazette, Government of Goa, Series II No. 40 dated 5th January 2017 published notification from Department of Industries bearing no. 3/10/2016-IND regarding demarcation of Capao (Vanxim) Island’s 46 survey numbers under the Goa Investment Promotion Act, 2014. Notification mentions that corporate entity M/s Ozone Leisure and Resorts Pvt. Ltd. had applied for setting up of an integrated 5 star Resort and Villa Estate Development in Capao on September 03, 2015, two months and two days before Fr. Bismarck was killed and disposed off in Mandovi River on November 05, 2015. Vanxim too stands in Mandovi River. Goa Investment Promotion Board had granted in principle approval for this project on December 14, 2015, forty days after Fr. Bismarck’s gruesome murder and suppression of evidence.  On December 16, 2 016 - after 13 months and 10 days of Fr. Bismarck murder and its cover ups - Goa Cabinet cleared the project on behalf of Goa Government. And now on  January 05, 2017 after exactly 14 months of Fr. Bismarck’s killing official notification is published on Vanxim (Capao) Island. Certain reflection is warranted as this is not only a legal fraud but an ultimate moral fraud as well as it was born in the Office of the Goa Archbishop in 1999 with Agreement to Sale Vanxim to Mahendra Gaunkar or to any corporate.

Silence of the office of the Archbishop

After admitting that Vanxim sale was morally wrong publicly Goa Archbishop has maintained silence on the issue of criticizing the Goa Cabinet decision on Vanxim. Admission on the part of Archbishop that Vanxim sale is immoral makes entire Vanxim venture immoral including Cabinet decision. Although there are environmental grounds on which this contest is proceeding in the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court – to which we do not object – the happenings in the office of the Archbishop are totally suicidal as the lobby of priests has been intensely involved in all round manipulation and liquidation of Church lands all over Goa. Future generations are robbed off precious lands granted for community use in past. The office of the Archbishop that is meant uphold the morals have dedicated to doing away with them. Frankly speaking this Vanxim scam is begins with Archbishop Raul Gonsalves in the decade of 1990s. Agreement to sale of Vanxim was signed in 1999, now 18 years has passed by. That means the scam is visibly in existence for at least two decades. Immorality of the office of Goa Archbishop has engulfed Goa Cabinet in most certain way. There is need, an urgent need to address the rot going on in the office of the Goa Archbishop for so long. Vanxim sale besides being an ecological scam is also a moral scam. Jesus Christ -whose body the Church is- has been taken over by Satanists and being robbed off its splendor and Glory. Priests may have made some money for sure but time has come for Fr. Arlino D’Mello, Parish Priest of Aldona to publicly apologize to selling Vanxim and come out openly on what is going on. Same is required to be done by Fr. Victor Rodrigues, Parish Priest of Nuvem who signed agreement of Sale with Mahendra Gaunekar.

Emeritus Archbishop Raul Gonsalves too has duty to speak up publicly and shed his cover of silence as he had authorized Fr.Victor Rodrigues to sell Vanxim. Similarly Goa Archbishop Filip Neri Ferrao too needs to come out boldly condemning the Goa cabinet decision to include Vanxim under IPB Act. Public condemnations of Cabinet decsion from the Church authorities at various levels are what are needed. If Church authorities persist in their way of silence then their divine punishment is inevitable. The behavior of Church authorities has caused tremendous confusion and demoralization amongst mass of people.

Taking responsibility for irresponsibility

The affairs in the office of the Archbishop have sunk all time low. Over the past few decades degeneration has cropped in and damage that is caused to the diocese and to the social fabric of Goa through manufacture of scams has generated tensions of faith and livelihood. The irresponsibility is not only visible in Vanxim deal but over several more instances in different parts of Goa. The tentacles of corruption have taken cancerous proportions and money and greed decides the affairs at the office of the Goa Archbishop and can be confirmed from the Vanxim deal in secrecy. Over several years these things has remained without rectification and even have worsened. Now however things have reached towards the limits of tolerance and blood of Fr.Bismarck Dias cries out for Justice. Before things go out of hand any further there is an urgent need to reverse criterion of decision making of leadership at the office of the Archbishop.

It is a good admission to begin with from the Archbishop Ferrao that Vanxim sale is immoral. However it is not enough to say this is immoral. Every priest and every catholic and every citizen in Goa must be made aware as to how Archbishop’s decision to sell Vanxim Island is immoral. Secondly one cannot stay in a state of immorality once you admit it. Archbishop has to take responsibility and change the trends. He has to call all the priests in Goa and direct them to condemn Goa Cabinet decision on Vanxim to convert it for the luxury tourism and super luxury housing with personal example. Archbishop has to question himself and put himself in introspective mode and reflect as to what Jesus Christ commands him to do to rectify the situation of immorality that he has led Archdiocese of Goa into. Perhaps its God’s will for a radical action to pull out Goa diocese from the immoral state and Vanxim is only one proven and admitted case, perhaps the key to access to hidden secrets to gory affairs behind the scene.

Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) is surprisingly silent at the moment. They have given up the fight in order to avoid uncomfortable questions on Vanxim. As a Church wing to uphold Justice it is supreme irresponsibility to let the Goa Cabinet decision to unchallenged publicly by Church authorities. Silence on part of CSJP also gives wrong signal that it will let the affairs at office of the Archbishop without scrutiny. This is not the spirit of Justice by any standard. There is an old saying that goes “Charity begins at home!”  and so the battle for justice begins at home. For CSJP the home is the office of the Goa Archbishop. In fact even though Vanxim scam came to public knowledge in August 2010 for the past seven long years there is not even single statement of condemnation from the CSJP on Vanxim. One fails to understand as to what prevents CSJP from taking aggressive stance on Vanxim even though Archbishop Neri himself admitted that Vanxim deal is immoral. What prevents CSJP leadership from moving on and wracking up the corrupt trend founded on Vanxim affairs? Is it because so many priests are involved? If Priests and Archbishops march to Hell does it mean that that leadership of CSJP too has to follow the suit to their doom? The silence of CSJP makes the mockery of the notion of Justice.

Time for bold witness

It is time for courage witness to uphold Justice by all. Fr. Bismarck Dias is already there as luminous star before us. He used his speech to uphold Justice. He deployed his music and Guitar to rebuke unjust system. He physically and symbolically stood courageously before oppressive regime. He has left behind the legacy so potent and powerful. Any sensible heart on fire with Justice will pick up his flames and march on. Bharat Mukti Morcha will continue to speak up without compromise.