Shame, Shame, Mr Minister!!

By Dr Mukul Pai Raiturkar
15 July 2012 17:07 IST

On 13th July 2012, in the Goa State Legislative Assembly, the Urban Development Minister of the BJP Government of Goa Mr Francis DSouza made a statement in response to a query from Mr Pratapsingh Rane why the Government was not blocking the entry of Ram Sene into Goa. Mr DSouza said, “Let (Pramod) Muthalik come, we’ll take care of him”.

Was our Minister being sarcastic? I really doubt that. Is it not possible that he meant he will really take good care of Mr Muthalik and will provide him safe haven to “practice” his “trade”of self styled “culture imposition” which at times includes contract rioting and many such “nationalist” activities which other “right wing” groups do not dare to “perform”?

“Everyone can come. How can you stop anyone … no one can be stopped…read the constitution of India” said the Urban Development Minister. One wonders which copy of the Constitution did he really read? Which copy of the Constitution of India was he referring to? Maybe the constitution of British India! If the Brits ever thought of writing one, that is.

The Constitution of India Part III deals with the Fundamental Rights of Indian citizens. It lists the Right to Freedom as one of the Fundamental rights of all Indian citizens as follows:

Right to Freedom

(1) All Indian citizens shall have the right

(a)  To freedom of speech and expression

(b)  To assemble peaceably and without arms

(c)   To form associations or unions

(d)  To move freely throughout the territory of India

(e)   To reside and settle in any part of the territory of India

(f)    To practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business.

When we prevent Mr Muthalik from coming to Goa with his “aggressive brigade,” our Minister feels we will violate his right to move freely throughout the territory of India as well as the right to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India. These are mentioned in sub-clauses (d) and (e) above.

The Constitution of India however goes on to say:

Nothing in the sub-clauses (d) and (e) of the said clause shall affect the operation of any existing law in so far as it imposes, or prevent the State from making any law imposing reasonable restrictions on the exercise of any of the rights conferred by the said sub clauses either in the interest of the general public or for the protection of any Scheduled Tribe”.

So, Mr Minister, please do tell us why can’t your “secular” Government pass a law in the ongoing session of Goa Assembly “in the interest of the general public” imposing “reasonable restrictions” on the fundamental right of Mr Muthalik and his brigade to move freely to and throughout Goa and his Right to reside and settle in Goa?

This is especially sinister as Mr Muthalik has over 45 cases of violence pending against him throughout India. The Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has clearly mentioned that he is concerned about the persistent unlawful activities of Ram Sene and is keeping a close watch on them.

Why do you prefer to test the poison and then run for antidote rather than prevent the poison from from entering the State of Goa? Why?

Or is it that our BJP Government’s reins are not really in the hands of the great “Bhai” and someone from outside Goa is running the Government by remote control? Would that be the RSS by any chance?

Questions galore; answers none !

One thing however is quite clear from the recent happenings in this arena that there is a big question mark on the secular nature of the current BJP Government of Goa. Only time will tell.

So shall we wait for the next three months to see if Muthalik announces the opening of his Ram Sene office in Goa? And what if he actually starts “practicing” his “trade” in Goa? What will happen to Goa’s image as a top class International tourist destination?

And tell me Mr Minister, how will you face the Goan people whose interests you have crucified over the altar of pseudo secularism? 

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Dr Mukul Pai Raiturkar

Dr Mukul R Pai Raiturkar is a consultant pediatrician & neonatologist practicing in Margao. He is the co-convener of Ami Goenkar, an organisation of secular young Goans working towards a novel approach to religious-political issues of Goa. Son of veteran Goan freedom fighter Mr Ravindranath Pai Raiturkar, he exudes unshakable faith in a liberal, secular and free spirited democracy of India.

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Dear Dr.Mukul,

Your article was really interesting. I dont wish to oppose you or any specific segment of the society but the Part III of Constitution as u cited above is a favorite among bhaiyas landing from UP, BIhar and Delhi. Using this clause, they made a mess of Bombay. The locals of Bombay were sidelined by some political parties who used these migrants as a vote bank by protecting their slums.

The Shiv Sena & BJP which was supported by the locals was reduced to minority as soon as lakhs of North Indians settled in Bombay by erecting slums wherever possible. These slums were then taken over by big construction firms under the Slum Rehabilitation scheme and these slum dwellers turned into millionaires overnight.

So now slum dwellers got free houses and the locals spent their entire life trying to buy one.

I hope Goan Politicians learn a lesson from this "Bombay Case Study" and act wisely in the coming years.

- Lavina, Dsouza | 20 th July 2012 19:13


Mr. Mukul,

All above are your views, and cant be same of everyone.

If central government or the Judiciary of India, imposes ban on such type of groups, then only every state of this nation has a right to stop this people.

May be who knows your views may change tomorrow.

- Prashant Raul, Birla - Zuarinagar | 19 th July 2012 10:17


Thinking Freely , म्हटल्यार कितें रे भाऊ ?

- Jagan Kamat, Canada | 18 th July 2012 00:31


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