Will someone ask the Goa BJP??

By Dr Oscar Rebelo
11 October 2015 12:08 IST

The murderous beef ban brigade is having a free run in the country with even our otherwise eloquent supreme leader mouthing some meandering platitudes on the issue. 

But since we live in this blighted land called Goa, we demand to know from our elected government who we foolishly, indeed criminally supported, what are the freedoms we enjoy here, in Goa, without getting killed, lynched or bludgeoned to death?? 

1. Are we permitted to consume beef (or is the government’s logic : If they can't have beef let them have drugs instead… very Marie Antoinette isque) 

2. Can a protest rally be held against vitriolic, venom-spewing organisations like the Sanatan Sanstha or should we keep silent only to remain alive? 

3. Can corruption scandals within the BJP be spoken of or are we crusaders against corruption only if the targets of attack are the Dhawalikar brothers and Vijay and Churchill and Digu and other sundry political terrorists? 

4. Does fighting passionately for the environment, clearly a divine duty according to all religious faiths, result in your unceremonious decapitation as seen with a genuine Goan lodestar like Alina??

5. Does the brazenly obnoxious, even murderous agenda of elements of the Sangh Parivar in the country deserve at least a token condemnation by this allegedly "secular inclusive" government in Goa that boasts of some half a dozen lily white (ok, make that yellow) Catholic MLAs or is it that pluralism must be paid lip service to, but must be destroyed eventually in search of the elusive Hindu Rashtra??? 

Most readers will now say that this diatribe is from a sickular, corrupt, Nehru-loving bend of mind and should be duly ignored or mocked at. 

But there's one thing I'm completely confident of: This politics of hate division and complete lack of compassion will be roundly defeated by the very Hindus. The BJP assumes to be its captive, servile vote bank. 

Reclaiming the inclusive, harmonious and peaceful tenets of Hinduism, from the violent, intolerant ideology of Hindutva is something, they'll do in style and with such finesse that it'll take our collective breath away. 

Somehow, in my bones I can feel that day is not very far away.

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Dr Oscar Rebelo

Dr Oscar Rebelo is one of the leading social activist of Goa and a practicing doctor. He led the historic peoples’ movement in 2006-07 to get the anti-Goa Regional Plan scrapped and save Goa from total destruction of Goa’s ecology and natural beauty. He is a Goa-based leader of Aam Aadmi Party. He is also a columnist.

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