Today Kenneth; tomorrow, Who?

By Dr Oscar Rebello
20 April 2018 09:35 IST

I have met Kenneth Silveira on a couple of occasions.

He is always full of himself (which politician isn't). He loves to boast of his unimaginable wealth (which politician other than the poppers from AAP, don't) and despite getting some 100 odd votes in the Panaji by-polls, thinks he is always a winner (which politician doesn't have the same delusions of grandeur, except those from AAP of course).

The only difference between Kenneth and any other regular politician is that he is a prime time idiot, a bone head a goof ball.

By pompously declaring Manohar Parrikar’s demise, he made two cardinal errors.

One is the obvious: he spread a fake unverified canard and disrespected a chief minister’s critical state of health.

Whether this was intentional, malicious or motivated only Kenneth would know.

But it is the second inadvertent mistake he did, that he is now paying the price for.

HE TOUCHED A RAW, VERY RAW NERVE, IN THE BJP.

Keeping up the charade that all is well in New York is the only weapon the BJP has to rein in the charlatans waiting to jump ship and rock the boat.

Nothing else. No narrative, No economy, No strategy, No outreach, and of course no ideology.
So when the going gets tough for the BJP, the only weapon they have to unleash is the politics of fear and intimidation and they score distinctions in that field.

So, the BJP is doing what it does best. And they are smug about it.

The question is the role of the cops in this sordid drama.

In a heartbeat, they swoop and apprehend a “criminal" for a crime of idiocy in a midnight swoop. This must be a new low for our police force in Goa.

There are serious crimes that haven't been investigated and concluded for years now and the town idiot is who our brave cops display as a trophy... what a fantastic bunch of bullies!!

If the BJP and the cops have any sense left (democracy is an alien concept to them in any case) they should immediately send Kenneth home with a rap on his knuckles and advice him to control his trigger happy Facebook fingers.

Anything more than that is an ominous sign, particularly for the journalist and activist fraternity.

Today it is Kenneth...Tomorrow who??

For whom do the cops bells toll, my friend they toll for thee.

POST SCRIPT: One lesson for all governments in power is this: You may have scared the idiot, but when it comes to the vast majority of Goans they are watching and watching closely.

Their sympathies lie unequivocally with the idiot and they are sick to the stomach of the bullies in power.

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Dr Oscar Rebello

Dr Oscar Rebello 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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wow! what a volte face

when hindutva terror was propagated by erstwhile congress , where were you sleeping.?

when respectable officers of army (Puranik) and doctors ( dr kodnani) were jailed , where were you? You were shouting hindutva at the top of your voice - a religious or a anti hindu bigot, i may say

your views are no longer unbiased,

By the way ,i do not support the unwarranted arrest of a citizen either, but if no action was taken , you would have your biased views on that too!

- Ravindra, Margao | 20 th April 2018 20:17

 

Fantastic piece of writing...

- Jojo Dsouza , Goa | 20 th April 2018 07:09

 

Oscar only you could give such a powerful message using a village idiot as the pivot. I topped the powers that be get it and take appropriate action

- Blaise costabir, margao | 20 th April 2018 04:44

 

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