CM cries for lost Goa, remembers Matanhy

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 27 April 2013 21:24 IST

“I cry for the old Goa without crimes or tensions but full of community spirit. It’s still alive to certain extent. Let us save this Goa” : Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister, Goa.

“Let’s live Matanhy, just not remember him” : Rajendra Arlekar, Speaker, Goa Assembly.

“That life with Matanhy was so rich; it had a meaning” : Alina Saldanha, Minister & Matanhy’s wife.

With such emotional words, they paid tributes to Matanhy, while releasing a book “Matanhy: A Legend.”

The book, a collection of articles written by Matanhy’s colleagues in socio-political struggles as well his colleagues in the school and the family, is published by Broadways.

Santosh Wadkar is the chief editor while Prajal Sakhardande is the editor.

Remo Fernandes with his flute and Varun Carvalho as well as Deby Fernandes with their melodious voices paid a musical tribute to Matanhy, at a ‘sentimental’ function held at the Institute Menezes Braganza hall today evening.

The hall was packed with Matanhy’s comrades in all the struggles he waged to protect and develop his Mogachem Goem.

There was Sergio Carvalho, Martin Menin Fernandes, Shashikant Kamat of olden days to Melisa Simoes, the younger generation who fought arm-in-arm with him to Save Goa.

Let’s save Goa and pay real tributes to Matanhy, said Parrikar.

He recalled his childhood and college days of ‘60s and ‘70s when nobody bothered to lock their houses.

Arlekar said Matanhy was a restless personality who transferred this restlessness to everybody and made the whole community upset over changing face of Goa.

Alina, his wife, recalled how Matanhy never bothered about money and becoming wealthy but keeping Goa wealthy and rich.

“He believed in sustainable development of Goa; keeping it green and beautiful”, she said.

In a choked voice, Alina said: “I was the proudest woman on his side, wherever he went.”

The audience-packed hall, throughout the function, also remembered the crusader with whom they had spent struggling moments.

It was just not a book release function, but resolving to fight for Goa, with candles in each and everybody’s hand….

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Matanhy Saldanha is gone but his dedicated work will never be forgotten.

He has done yeoman service for the traditional fishermen, protection of environment, education, raising social awareness against many ills to the society and was an excellent teacher.

All should try to keep that spirit alive.

After influx of workers from many states of India, it is no longer possible to keep the doors of the houses unlocked.

Goans go abroad for better prospects and many people from the neighbouring states come to Goa for their better prospects.

It is not that all the people who come to Goa from other states are thieves but a few get tempted and lift even copper pots which have been traditionally left out of the houses.

Time has changed but Matanhy's memories need to be kept live for the good of Goa.

- Francisco, Goa | 28 th April 2013 12:43


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