When the ailing King tells the Truth…

By Dr Oscar Rebelo
18 March 2018 20:38 IST

Long ago in a faraway land called Goa Rakh Pur, there lived a people.

Simple-minded, in commune with their natural environment, forever squabbling and a trifle hypocritical when it came to their legendary motto Goem Goenkar and Goenkarponn.

They sold Goa and their souls, but they complained. So at least they complained.

That was a positive.

And they had a King. Who ruled with an iron fist and was ruthless in his decisions.

One suspects, the King loved his Goa and her people, but he certainly loved his Emperor more.

Seated in the capital “DULLI" the emperor demanded a fierce loyalty, no matter what the cost, and even if it meant Goa, going down the chute, the King complied.

True, the King had his unique qualities, which he brought to the table.

He ran the administration like a tight ship, he juggled the state finances smartly, he set up Goa's infrastructure for posterity and generally quelled potential rebellions.

He however spectacularly failed to preserve Goa’s natural and cultural heritage, which continued to be ruthlessly savaged and allowed the kingdom to drift into a cesspool of drugs, prostitution and gambling.

On those counts the King and his courtiers surrendered.

And then, out of the blue, the King was struck by a deadly, terminal illness. The race car was being brought to a screeching halt, as fate played its hand.

And then before the band even finished the piece, the rapacious vultures began encircling the prey, called Goa, and her fabled treasures. The black hole, for the people looked, now imminent.

From afar, the King on his ailing bed tried to run the Kingdom, but was this the time to clutch at straws???

And then the moment of epiphany arrived. As all the ancient sages had advised: Truth and only Truth can set you free.

The King decided that this was the course he had to follow, the only path to redemption.

He called for a televised speech to his subjects and delivered it

"My fellow Goa Rakh Puris, I am diagnosed with a terminal illness and I am going to fight this malady to my last breath.

But my doctors tell me, my prognosis is grim.

I may not have been your perfect ruler and for the exigencies of politics I may have faltered and broken promises. But that is the nature of the beast of Goan politics. I am truly sorry for that.

But I also worked like a man possessed for the welfare of my people. My arrogance may have masked all my budgets and schemes and opportunities I genuinely created for the people.

But create them I did .MY WAY!!!

My only request to the people - all of them - those who love me and hate me is to continuously exert pressure on the friendly vultures that are set to devour Goa.

There is the real possibility of infrastructure projects coming to a screeching halt , ‘Victor of Fatorda’  is looking at every green patch of land with brown tinted glasses. Corruption, which I admittedly failed to control, will now go into the stratosphere.  

If I get well I get back, If not Shri P, our loyal soldier will officiate in my absence. This charade can't run any further.

My ego doesn't permit me to do this, but my common sense must.

All the best to all of you. I may have dodged the truth at times, I may never have learnt the art of listening, I may have turned my back on my genuine advisers and friends but I served my people, by God I did, I served them even at the cost of my health."

After this speech that went viral the next day, The King finally found peace with himself, protected his legacy somewhat and most importantly did a service to democracy, something in short supply on the planet today.

Disclaimer: Views expressed above are the author's own.

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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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Well written but somehow you cannot hide your soft corner for Goa's most tyrannical. casteist and vindictive Chief Minister. And I can understand it because other dwarfs trying to fit into his shoes are clueless.

The most significant achievement of this man is that he managed to organize and rehabilitate several sycophants who have no other qualification and ability other than their birth in a particular caste.

I remember how several so called intellectuals crying foul about Ravi Naik promoting his own caste bearers while he was a CM. Now everyone is silent. Some because they cannot decide which side to take in politically fluid situation, while others out of fear that Bhai will be back, like proverbial 'wagh yetolo' (not Vishnu).

A man, whose obsession has been power also seems to be an anarchist deep down. Inability to create a proper system and a capable successor to manage that system suggests so.

But keeping aside the differences and his fascist trait, the man should come back and take the reins of power in hand.

Perhaps this illness would be a lesson to him. No other claimant can come even close to him in his administrative skills. And Goa will continue to slide further down. He has set the trend and only he can change it with his extraordinary quality to take a U turn without any hassles, avoiding all barricades.

- Rupesh Jhalmi, Aquem , Margao | 25 th March 2018 09:56


Judas did not killed Jesus but he supported the Killer, so we consider him as a Sinner.

Same way, Some Goans did not commit Corruptions but they supported Corruptions by voting a Corrupt Congress. Judas did this for few Silver Coins and Some Goans did this to avoid Communal BJP. But in both ways, both are Sinners! Supporting Corrupt Congress to avoid Communal BJP is also a SIN.

- Jack De Goan, Goa | 22 nd March 2018 20:28


I always admired Dr Rebello and his brilliant ideas and love for Goa and Goans! He deserves to be a leader for Goa.

- Lawrence Fernandes, Sancoale Goa | 20 th March 2018 03:43


Excellent piece. As close as it can get

- Ravindra Panandikar, Margao | 19 th March 2018 02:07


Most stupid write up.. does not suit n never expected from a learned so called intellect.

Anyway the idiology will percolate from the idiotic mindset of Topimaster deceptive trickster The Delhi's King

- Dilip Nayak, Fatorda | 18 th March 2018 16:34


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