‘Goenkarponn’ doesn’t spare even dead Muslims!

By Dr Oscar Rebelo
20 September 2017 11:18 IST

It was an alarming sight, to witness, the frightening spectacle when the villagers of Raia, Curtorim, vociferously protested the setting up of a burial ground for Muslims in Salcete. 

From Madman Trump to the allegedly peaceful Aung San Su Kchyi to the mean, spiteful Hindutwa brigade, “barely alive" Muslims are in the cross hairs of every form of organised and sadistic bigotry, on the planet. 

In Goa, we have decided not to spare even the dead Muslim by denying him / her a decent burial space. This must be a record of sorts. 

It is true the Islamic world is passing through a severe crisis, buffeted by insane radicalism and medieval revivalism, but this is destroying Islamic societies, far more severely, than our societies, that this toxic ideology seeks to target. 

So, mainstream Islam wants to beat the pants off radical Islamists as much as the rest of the world wants to. 

Hence to achieve this objective, we need to join hands with ordinary, regular, law abiding Muslims and desist from demonizing them as the Sonsodo Kabrastan issue clearly seeks to do. 


Therefore, the courageous and emphatically Christian stand of Fr Maverick Fernandes of the Council for Social Justice and Peace, of demanding that Muslims deserve a decent burial ground, and for which he was hounded. out of a meeting recently at Sonsodo deserves to be whole heartedly applauded. 

Of course, the legendary “Goenkar" Vijay Sardesai and Aleixo Reginald Lourenco, played to the gallery with customary elan. 

Goans have had a historic trait of settling and prospering in every corner of the globe including the United Arab Emirates, where there are churches for them to pray in and cemeteries to bury their dead. 

The creation of this unnecessary and hideous targeting of the Muslim community by predominantly the Christian folk in South Goa will surely sound the death knell of the legendary and evidently hollow " secularism " that Goa is supposedly , so famous for. 
So take a bow Fr Maverick , for standing up for the rights of another , much beleaguered , community and by this  you have truly demonstrated the magical beauty and the genuine luminosity of Goem,. Goenkar and Goenkarponn.

It's a pity the church doesn't allow you to enter formal politics!!! 

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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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Some Christians esp. those of South have always had a hostile attitude towards other religions including Hindus! The kabrastan issue depicts the very same fact. These xenophobic people are ready to queue for Portuguese passports but cannot tolerate another Indian settling in Goa. Konkani Rajbhaas Andolan used these xenophobes and the hooligan who died after being shot dead by the police, was hailed as a martyr.

- Viraj Gawde, Ponda | 24 th September 2017 02:06


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