AAP is the last Hope for Goa

By Dr Oscar Rebelo
15 June 2016 10:22 IST

My good friends Radharao Gracias and Aires Rodrigues, both sharp political and legal brains and who have never compromised on their secular and inclusive values, are at it again.

On their recent Facebook posts, they have torn into AAP and AK in particular on the latest, breathless controversy that is supposed to have engulfed AAP as regards the "office of profit".

The messaging and missives against AAP are clear: YOU ARE AS ROTTEN AS THE CURRENT POLITICAL DISPENSATIONS AT PLAY. 

So. There is no condemnation from the sanctimonious BJP spokespersons and sundry Congress wise men against dime a dozen, overtly fattened and lovingly pampered Parliamentary Secretaries in states like Gujarat, HP, Punjab etc tiled by them. 

But if AAP does it, for pure administrative reasons to hasten governance delivery, the wolves are out baying for blood. 

True, constitutional provisions may have been inadvertently overlooked, but is a government allowed to self-correct in a democracy?? 

And pray Radha and Aires what of the Babushes, Churchills, Joaquims and other characters, who did nothing but profit more than Goldman Sachs and J P Morgan when in office and you have so eloquently defended on other occasions?? 

Are they children of a superior God?? And Goa be damned?? 

AAP (and consequently AAP - GOA) stands for the following and let me spell it out for the uninitiated and wilfully prejudiced: 

1. We aim to reduce corruption in our society the most aggressively malignant tumour eating into our vitals every day. We'll strive to send no-compromise-with-corruption candidates to the Assembly. They will certainly make mistakes, but will never betray Goa's trust. 

2. We will never have any truck with the RSS philosophy or any other school of thought from any other religion that promotes bigotry, curtailment of individual rights and downright despicable communalism and divisive angry politics. 

3. AAP will strive to rejuvenate in a genuine, selfless manner the vision of our founding fathers, particularly a certain Panditji Jawaharlal Nehru... a vision of inclusiveness, pluralism, scientific temper and genuine democracy something the Congress party, allegedly the repository of these ideas, woefully failed to defend. 

In sum, to all our detractors, many of whom are super human beings and would have been assets to AAP if only the sun goggles, you are unnecessarily using in the darkness were to be knocked off, let me tell you this. 

AAP-GOA is 24 carat genuine, it's got its heart in the right place, is frankly our last gasp hope. And whatever be the odds, it's never never going to give up on the good fight. 

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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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AAP has established Aam Aadmi Clinic which has helped thousands of poor people in Delhi.

AAP has invested half of their budget in Education & Health Sectors, which no party in Indian History has done so far. AAP has given Education & Health Sectors first priority.

- Jack De Goan, Goa | 24 th August 2016 22:33


Reading the comments , I feel we all are fools wanting a messiah to come along to make Goa a paradise while we bask susegad with urrak and chorispao!

Wake up!

- Ravindra, Margao | 29 th July 2016 21:05


Congress sold us to the mining mafia and drug mafia. It started MOPA and so many corrupt land projects. Congress never gave us special status. BJP is equally bad.

Lets all give AAP a chance. More than 7000 people attended their rally in goa. Looks like AAP may win many seats in Goa

- Dsouza, Mopa | 22 nd June 2016 20:16


Putting blind faith in an entity that exist only on paper in Goa, untested, part-time leadership, and inactive organization in Goa is no only ludicrous but also despicable as some of these writer guys have ambitions of going to Porovorim on AAP's bandwagon. Only Kejri comes and makes noise in Goa, AAP in Goa is in a dip slumber!!

- Batatyache Kaap, Goa | 19 th June 2016 21:31


AAP will be the last nail in the coffin for Goa ... Going by the scenario in Delhi

... But only time will tell....

- Ravindra, Margao | 18 th June 2016 09:26


Oscar, this is an only in incredible india story. Aires forgave the men who raped the german girl and beat him because he did not want to spoil the lives of those young men.


But he has no forgiveness for AAP or Remo.

- Jack, Portugal | 17 th June 2016 20:47


Dr Oscar had supported the Jumla party in the last elections in 2012. He still has high regards for their leaders specially the DM even after all his lies and U Turns. AAP in Goa will only result in splitting the opposition votes thereby giving a cake walk to the Jumla party. When the previous Cong govt was ruling, he along with other NGOs, GBA were very active. In the last 4 years I have never seen him or GBA protesting against this govt. I want to ask Dr Oscar what happened to the Regional plan under your favorite Jumla Govt? It was you who had asked people to vote for them...Is there no accountability from you ? And now you want to fool Goans with 24 Carats ??

- Ravi, siolim | 17 th June 2016 00:02


dotor rebello truthful and courageous article. if aap files rti about all rtis filed by aires - aap will find that he has not filed a single rti againt many politicians including churchill and babush, but filed many cases against churchill political opposition like micky. aap should get details of all rtis filed and make biased activism public news.

- Guitarist, Candolim | 15 th June 2016 20:50


Well explained sir, Oscar.

- Maxie Correia, Vasco-da-gama | 15 th June 2016 17:32


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