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Carrying on a Dubious Game in Goa?

Once again at the superficial level, Goa seems to be going back to having its politics dominated by the two big national parties. Both have leaders hopping across party lines and who seem well disposed to lobbies ranging from those advocating casinos to destructive strip-mining, especially once they are in power. Neither of these parties seems to be able to go beyond conservative and divisive politics to create a vision for the future of one of India’s most affluent, best educated and outmigration-oriented states.

Carrying On a Dubious Game in Goa?

 

Once again at the superficial level, Goa seems to be going back to having its politics dominated by the two big national parties. Both have leaders hopping across party lines and who seem well disposed to lobbies ranging from those advocating casinos to destructive strip mining, especially once they are in power. Neither of these parties seems to be able to go beyond conservative and divisive politics, to create a vision for the future for one of India's most affluent, best educated and out-migration oriented of states.

(Mis)understanding Goa

Shrouded in stereotypical images, Goa is the archetype of the misunderstood smaller region.

The BJP Tidal Wave in Goa

Careful political management, built on Congress' misdeeds, brought in a Bharatiya Janata Party tidal wave that more or less decimated the ruling party. The BJP has managed to woo the minorities as well, but what impact will soft Hindutva have on diversity in the state?

Twisting the Tale

The BJP in Goa is sponsoring and circulating VCDs of a film purporting to tell the story of the territory?s liberation from Portuguese colonial rule. But there is a clear anti-Christian agenda behind the film and the effort to promote it, with the intention of appealing to the Hindutva vote bank.

Goa : Questionable Initiatives in Education

Accusations against Goa's BJP government for its attempts to 'saffronise' education, are being met by a growing citizens' resistance movement. The government, on the other hand, is seeking to allay suspicions by positioning it as the long-running controversy of Marathi vs Konkani. With the potential instability seen in successive governments in Goa, such controversies will only add to the continued lack of governance.

Goa Elections: Politicians Disappoint Again

Using a mix of minority fears and money power, Congress(I) returned to power in Goa in the recent elections. But the quality and character of the new legislators is not likely to be much better. Many politicians with dubious reputations, charges of corruption and a record of party-hopping contested and won. The Goans hold political leaders responsible for the state's crisis of administration and they are not far wrong.

Goa Fighting the Bane of Tourism

Goa: Fighting the Bane of Tourism Frederick Noronha The ill-effects of tourism in Goa are getting widely debated in the press and among the politicians and the public. While people's organisations are mobilising to prevent further degradation of Goa's natural resources, the tourism industry in nexus with politicians is exploring new ways of making more and more of Goa's hinterland available to foreign tourists.

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