Venting ire on social media won’t help, Goans need to put up a united fight against migrants

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As we Goans are fighting amongst ourselves on the party lines, the outsiders have taken advantage of the situation, and today we see the people who have migrated to Goa just a few years ago are challenging Goans on their own soil. Isn’t it an awakening call for Goa? And we Goans just vent our ire on social media, that’s it? Will that help?
I know it is not illegal for any citizen of a country to settle anywhere and fight elections, but dude, can we at least file RTIs to get when the so-called people got the election cards, ration cards, and aadhar cards registered in Goa? Can we get the migrant’s documents cancelled? Can we make representations to the Government? The Revolutionary Goans have been doing a good job in this regard, but that does seem to be enough as we Goans are still electing the people who are promoting such kind of migration.

 


 

SURAJ BNANDREKAR
Editor, Goemkarponn

Elections are a foregone conclusion. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won hands down in the just-concluded elections, and it makes no sense to discuss how they won, what went wrong, and who split the votes – the reality is the BJP has 20 seats, and they will rule us for the next five years.
The sooner we Goans, who were saddened by the BJPs ten-year rule, accept this reality is better for Goa. For a better Goa and to protect the identity of the State and sustainable development, there has to be a collective effort from each of us, and for that, the Government needs the support of the people’s support for development, and people too need the Government’s support.
Yes, many Goans did not want Dr Pramod Sawant to lead BJP to form the Government, but 35 p.c people voted for his Government, and 67 p.c split their votes by choosing different parties, and that is the brutal truth we need to accept.
Remember, if we accept that Sawant has 35 p.c and MGP around five p.c and three independents around five p.c, we must know Sawant has the support of 45 p.c Goans. So it is wrong to say at 35 p.c voted for him.
Don’t mistake this article for being in support of Dr Sawant.
The article is for Goans to accept reality and move on. The article is a small effort to unite each and every Goan who loves his motherland, who wants to save Goa for posterity, and who wants its environment to be protected. Without the active support of the Government this goal cannot be achieved.
As we Goans are fighting amongst ourselves on the party lines, the outsiders have taken advantage of the situation, and today we see the people who have migrated to Goa just a few years ago are challenging Goans on their own soil. Isn’t it an awakening call for Goa? And we Goans just vent our ire on social media, that’s it? Will that help?
I know it is not illegal for any citizen of a country to settle anywhere and fight elections, but dude, can we at least file RTIs to get when the so-called people got the election cards, ration cards, and aadhar cards registered in Goa? Can we get the migrant’s documents cancelled? Can we make representations to the Government? The Revolutionary Goans have been doing a good job in this regard, but that does seem to be enough as we Goans are still electing the people who are promoting such kind of migration.
Today in places like Sancoale, Dabolim, Margao, St Cruz, and many more, Goans are becoming a minority, and the majority are migrants, and many more constituencies will go into the hands of outsiders unless we Goans pull up our sleeves and do something.
By saying do something, I do not say – violence. What do I mean to question your MLA, panch, and the Government about why this is happening? How are people getting documents so easily when Goans have to run from pillar to post for small works?
It is not just about the migrants; in North Goa, the people from North India, especially businessmen, have wreaked havoc, and the local Goans are being harassed and tortured in their own backyard. We need to wake up and fight this.
Inflation, development and other issues can be fought anytime, but if we lose Goa once and our motherland falls in the hands of migrants, nothing can be saved, be it the environment, rivers etc. etc. etc. So let us first unite and fight to save Goa from the clutches of the so-called migrants.

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