Too early; Aires!

By Dr Oscar Rebelo
15 March 2013 19:02 IST

Whereas my good friend Aires Rodrigues and the opposition political parties are well within their rights to express their displeasure on the Goa Lokayukta Act and seek further clarifications and rectifications, they should temper their irrational demonization of the to-be-newly appointed Lokyukta, Justice Sudarshan Reddy.

By all accounts and enough media research, Retired Justice Reddy is a man of impeccable credentials and reputation. He certainly is not going to soil it, in Goa, as the Lokyukta, as Aires continuously wants us to believe. What gain does a man have to endanger his carefully built and cherished reputation, well into, the autumn of his life? Completely incomprehensible to me.

In this mad rush and gamble, to get at Manohar Parrikar (who is fair political game) by all means possible, one cannot disparage, discourage and destroy individuals who have offered their services to this thankless task of building institutions of democracy for Goa’s future.

Once the Lokayukta is operational, if the man or the institution willfully fails to battle this monster of corruption, then come out with all guns blazing. No  problem Until then, please hold your fire.

The people of Goa are tired of the dress rehearsals, costume fittings, backroom maneuverings , last minute adjustments and interminable sound checks in this long drawn drama.

The real show must begin and allowed to play on. We, the people, will then decide on the merits or demerits of the performance, and yes, Aires can help us make that decision by flashing us an SMS / tweet, whenever he wants.

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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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