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Saturday, April 28, 2007


COMMENT: Erasmo was a dedicated son to Jack. Jack was a great son of Goem. Where Jack led, Erasmo enthusiastically followed. Just as Jack was a man of intergrity so was his son. When Bandodkar commenced the now famous Goemcar 'aya Ram gaya Ram' yatra by buying the first two independent MLAs to form his MG government, everybody knew that Jack had stoutly refused to kowtow to baseness. When Erasmo could have lapped the milk of self aggrandisement by backing Indira Gandhi he chose to go with the Lok Dal. Whether this was wrong judgement or scruples we will never know. We do know he did not back the winning horse and lost.
Erasmo contributed, like a myriad other Goemcars during those heady days of the Opinion Poll. He did benefit personally for his labours. However, he symbolises the fighting spirit of Goemcars. Remembering him will be tantamount to creating a memorial to all those Goemcars who fought and won the right for Goem to be.
I remember, long ago, working for Farbril Gasosa. In my political life I strongly supported another political party. This was when the Sequeiras were no longer United Goans. This support of mine brought me in political conflict with Erasmo's candidates. Erasmo's wife did not take kindly to my activities and had a word claiming that I was being disloyal. Erasmo overheard her and told her not to try to dissuade me from my political convictions as all that he was paying for was my work and not my political leanings.
He was a democrat.


by Maria Aurora Couto

The naming and renaming of streets to honour our freedom fighters, an ongoing exercise, has sometimes been fraught with dissent and contention, not least in the case of Dr Jack de Sequeira, but for whom the State of Goa might have been an appendage of a larger state.It is therefore laudable that a few months ago the lead taken by the Panchayat of Calangute to unveil a statue of Dr Jack at a prominent junction, was followed by the Corporation of the City of Panjim that has named the NIO circle and Dona Paula Miramar road after him.
Most recently the meeting point of two highways on the Merces-Panjim circle/junction near NH-17 and NH-4A has been named after Dr Jack on his 92nd birthday on April 20 this year.
What prompts my intervention in what is indeed a much delayed recognition of Dr Jack’s contribution, is the deliberate omission in all the celebrations, speeches and reports of the name of Erasmo de Sequeira, the son and comrade in arms of his father, who in his brief life was as active politically as his father.
It was my privilege to have been living in Goa at that historic time preceding the first ever democratic elections when everything seemed possible, a time to dream, a time of idealism when Goa struggled to realize a long held vision.
Dr Jack did not have to enter politics, he was not politically or personally ambitious in that sense. His foray into politics was the result of his deep commitment to Goa when he realized that a political party was needed to represent the aspirations of Goans who did not want to merge with Maharashtra and were disheartened with the Congress Party whose members were divided on this issue.
With deep sadness I recall seeing Erasmo at dead of night pasting posters, walking the quiet streets with his group of activists, planning strategies, doing the legwork his father required.
He was Dr Jack’s trusted lieutenant, a Member of Parliament for ten years, and would have been made a minister by Mrs Indira Gandhi, she sent him on missions abroad at a time when he preferred to remain an Independent.
The Opinion Poll was a natural follow up to Dr Jack’s vision when he formed the United Goans Party. No to merger. And in this second and bitterly fought battle, Erasmo’s role was pivotal as countless in Goa will testify.
Why then is history being hijacked and by whom and to what end? Why has Erasmo de Sequeira’s name been wiped out? This is a plea for an objective perspective in a crucial period of our history.
While rightly, if belatedly, acknowledging Dr Jack de Sequeira’s decisive role in a momentous period of our history, due recognition needs to be given to those like Erasmo de Sequeira who paved the way to the preservation of our distinctive ethos.
Erasmo’s contribution broadened the battleground to include all Goenkars irrespective of religion, caste and class. We need such a vision more than ever in the Goa of today

Saturday, April 21, 2007

True Son of Goem; Father of Goem's Statehood

Comment: Dotor Jack de Sequeira was a grandson of Moira. He was a great son of Goem. His contribution to the preservation of the political entity that is Goem today will never be surpassed. His being remembered, belatedly, by Goemcars, is deserved and totally fitting. May his soul rest in eternal peace and here on earth may his legacy, the legacy of Goem, remain alive and well forever.


Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Suresh Mehta unveiled the statue of late Dr Jack de Sequeira, known as the Father of the Opinion Poll and the first Opposition leader of the Goa Legislative Assembly, at the Dona Paula circle on the occasion of the latter's 92nd birth anniversary on April 20 evening. Later at a function, Admiral Mehta, who is also the son-in-law of Dr Sequeira, said, "I shudder to think what might have been if Goa would have merged with Maharashtra. Dr Sequeira served Goa with whole-hearted devotion, to preserve Goa's identity, language and culture," he said. Mayor Tony Rodrigues said that if not for Dr Sequeira, Goa would have been just another far-flung district of Maharashtra. Former Vasco MLA Vasant Joshi spoke of old times, when he was on the opposing side with the MGP. "We were rivals, but I will say that Dr Sequeira was an honest, upright and an outstanding gentleman," he said.' Late Babu Naik's son Gourish, who also spoke on the occasion, assured that Goa would soon have its third statue of the great leader in Salcete. Former CM Luis Proto Barbosa and former Santo Andre MLA Teotonio Pereira detailed their association with Dr Sequeira. The function commenced with a song rendered by Sigmund D'Souza hailing the Father of the Opinion Poll as a true son-of-the-soil "Goencho Niz Put". [GT]

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Comment: CONCNICHI BOHNCHUDDI. The nightingale of Concannim. This was Uhas Buyao. A musical maestro, a man of vision, a human being with a vision that was broad and sweeping. A giant on the Goemcar artistic scene.
A man who will henceforth be serenading the denizens of the heavens.
And what a lovely sound he will make!!
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
This great son of Goem made us all proud of being niz Goemcars.
Bessau poddovn re Ulhas -babacher.
And GOD give his family the strength to bear their sad loss.

Goem condoles the sad demise of Goa Shahir Ulhas Buyão

Goa Shahir Ulhas Buyao left for his heavenly abode on 16 April after a brief illness. Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK) condoles the sad demise of its friend benefactor and Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar (APKP) winner Mr Buyao.TSKK had chosen the veteran Konknni singer Mr. Ulhas Buyão, popularly known as Goa Shahir, as the recipient APKP for the year 2006. He was chosen for his valuable contribution to Konknni lyrics, music and stage performance for the last forty years. Mr. Eric Ozario, the President of Karnataka Konknni Sahitya Academy of Karnataka Government conferred the award on him. The public function was held on 25 August 2006 at Grace Church Hall, Margao. He also received the Goa State Art and Cultural Award in 2006.Ulhas Buyão was born on 21 June 1944 at Zambaulim, Goa. He was passionate about his music and compositions and they played an integral role in his life. Over the years he had created his own unique identity in Goan Music, whether it is Bhajan, kantar or a folk song. The hallmark of his composition had been his ability to communicate a feeling of strong emotion and message through his renditions. Through his Buyão Theatre’s Gõy, he had produced audiocassettes and CDs. Since 1963 he performed approximately in 500 programmes on All India Radio, Panaji. He has given a number of programmes on Goa Doordarshan. His ill health did not dampen his spirit or kept him away from singing and composing music till his death. Mr. Ulhas is a person of multiple dimensions. He is a stage artist. He has acted in Konknni and Marathi plays and tiatrs. Besides his own Konknni plays and tiatrs, he has acted in M. Boyer’s “Ekuch Rosto” tiatr 65 shows; Prem Kumar’s “Visvas” tiatr 20 shows and Mike Mehta’s tiatr “Sunita” 20 shows. As an artist he has supported and encouraged a number of other artists to develop their talents. Ulhas Buyão took an active role during the opinion poll to preserve Goa’s identity. He moved from village to village to concentize the people through his songs and speeches against merging Goa with Maharashtra. For this mission he organized more than 75 programmes in different parts of Goa. Similarly during the language agitation in 1986 he was active to support Konknni as the State Language. He was the publisher of “Rat Ranni” Konknni periodical in Roman script. He has published his Konknni books “Ram Gita”, “Hanga khun zala” and “Yo go tum manddar”. On 25 August, during the APKP function at Margao his Konknni novel “Novi Fantodd” in Roman script was released. Out of his own conviction he was fully involved with the agitation to get equal and official status to Konknni written in Roman script in the Official Language Act. In this context he has written extensively in Marathi and Konknni. He has selflessly served Goa and Konknni without expecting anything in return. Ulhas is an artist, singer, writer and moreover a man of convictions, values and integrity. Goa and Konknni lost one of its beloved son and soldier of justice and truth.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Papa - saibacho Pergao

A book by Pope Benedict XVI to appear in Italian, German and Polish stores on Monday is billed as his answer to popular publications such as Dan Brown’s best-selling “The Da Vinci Code.”Journalists on Friday received advance copies of the Italian edition of “Jesus of Nazareth,” which attempts to reconcile the historical figure of Jesus with that of the Gospels.In the work, Benedict laments, “The worst books, which destroy the figure of Jesus and dismantle faith, filled with the supposed results” of scriptural study — a clear allusion to “The Da Vinci Code,” which was harshly criticised by the Roman Catholic Church.“The interpretation of the Bible can become an instrument of the anti-Christ” if it goes down mistaken paths, he warned.The pope, a respected theologian, also denounces “the temptation to interpret Christianity as a recipe for progress and to consider the quest for the common well-being to be the true goal of all religions.”The book is being translated into 17 other languages, and will soon be available in Latin America, where books by Spanish Jesuit liberation theologian Jon Sobrino were recently condemned by the Vatican.“Wherever God is considered a secondary dimension that you can put aside temporarily or lastingly in the name of more important things, these supposedly more important things fail,” the pope writes.“The negative experience of Marxism is not the only (experience) that has shown us that,” he added.The Vatican takes issue with Sobrino for stressing Christ’s humanity over his divine dimension, and for presenting Jesus as a figure who was involved in social causes while ignoring his redemptive role.The book is full of references to problems of the modern world, from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster — which he said was an example of what can happen when a human endeavour “is not illuminated by God” — to African peoples who are “robbed and looted” both materially and spiritually to benefit a Western “lifestyle.”The pope began writing the book in 2003 when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and headed the Vatican’s doctrinal enforcement body.He asserts that his account offers a “theological interpretation of the Bible without abandoning historical rigour.”A second volume will concern the birth of Jesus and “the mystery of his passion, death and resurrection,” according to the Italian publisher, Rizzoli.Benedict states in the new book’s foreword that it is “absolutely not” part of the papal Magisterium — or infallible teachings — but simply an “expression of (his) personal research.” “Everyone is free, then, to contradict me,” he wrote.

From the Herald.

Comment: Infallibility the prerogative of the Popes has always been fundamental for the Roman Catholic Church. I remember my grandmother telling us children how 'Papa-saibak DEO bhangaranchin lettran mezar vhudoita ani vukum dita.' That GOD instructed the Pope by throwing golden letters on his desk. Naturally this publication airing the Pope's own thoughts has rightly been accorded human authorship. In this uncertain, unanchored world of today it is good to be able to turn to an authority that is steady and steadfast. However, it is even more important to remember that no person is perfect.

Not even the Pope.

Only GOD is all knowing, all seeing, all powerful and all good.

GOD bless the Pope.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Mascarenhas' Conspiracy Theory

Comment: A good conspiracy theory always brings together numerous loose ends, however far fetched the conclusion. And Mascarenhas has excelled. He has penned a synopsis from which could very well emerge an international blockbuster, fit to rival the Da Vinci Code. What an imagination, what a talent for piecing together events that could be 'possible' . The genius of Mascarenhas, as that of any good conspiracy theorist is the ability to allude to different, diverse, seemingly unconnected events and draw conclusions from them that not only appear to mesh but are apparently very plausible.

If all that Mascarenhas says is true than we are living in world that is far more exciting than we ever thought possible. They say truth is stranger than fiction. In this case is it or isn't it? Goem needs something like this translated onto the international cinematic screen so that the world comes to hear of nossa terra. Go for it Prakash. Now put Goem on the world atlas.

We'll worry about the truth at a more conducive time......

Retreat From The Brink

We, the citizens of the EIP (Goa, etc.) stand on the brink of an awful, yawning chasm. If we go on a little further, we will fall down and be lost. We must turn back!

Goan Freedom Movement
Freemasonry: Putting The Pieces Together
The Crisis of the Church is Over!
On the Brink of An Awful, Yawning Chasm
During British India's movement for Independence, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi assured the National Conference Party, formerly the Muslim Conference, founded and led by Sheikh Abdullah, that 'the Kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir is a nation, and we will respect its rights,' or words to those effects. Yet, at the same time, the same Mr. Gandhi stated that the people of Portuguese India do not have the right to remain separate, and that Portuguese India must be
absorbed. This is the uttermost hypocrisy. (See Experiments In Hypocrisy).

For centuries, the enemies of Christianity have waged war against Christians, seeking to overthrow the Church. Shortly after Portugal made the Circumnavigation of Africa and arrived in the East Indies, and had founded our Country, the Estado da India Portuguesa, the Dutch had turned heretics, sought independence from Spain, which also ruled Portugal at the time, and
spread out around the world, undermining the Portuguese Empire and the Christian religion.

In South Africa, Ceylon, Japan, Formosa, etc., they managed to entirely or nearly entirely wipe out Christianity. In the Malabar Coast, they terrorized, harassed and instigated many of the former Nestorians who had returned to Christianity, to secede again, thus commencing the Monophysite or Jacobite sects in those parts.

The shock of the Dutch Wars hit Portugal hard, and it never did recover its earlier dynamism. Instead, it sank into a stupor that has lasted to this day. As a result of this, Portugal and its dependencies subsided into inertia — Susegadism.

This situation was worsened by the Pombal Schism, when the crypto-heretic Pombal came to dominate the Portuguese government and pioneered the anti-Catholic, Freemasonic, regalist and anti-Clerical revolution that was to culminate later in the French-sponsored suppression of the Jesuits, the French Revolution and lastly the Vatican II Council.

However, even before the Vatican II Council, the Church was ruffled by the Modernists who made another attempt to hijack the Church with the heretical Liturgical Reform Movement, resulting in the Holy Week 'Reforms' etc., under Pope Pius XII. Shortly after, Pope Pius XII took the reigns of power back into his own hands and partially reversed this, until he was murdered by
poison in 1958.

In 1954, such fermenting heretics, barely concealed, took the initiative of supporting the Indian Union and joining with an assorted bag of vermin, including those of the Hindu Right, to commit acts of terrorism against our EIP by seizing the enclaves of Dadra & Nagar-Avelim. Not only this, but they actively worked to sow confusion amongst us, and to delude and misguide us, so that few, if at all any of us were able to correctly assess and resist the crimes of 1961 at that time.

By late October 1958, these heretics, under Roncalli, their leader, had managed to seize the Vatican and contrive the 'election' of Roncalli as 'Pope John XXIII', thus setting into motion the long delayed Freemasonic plan of seizing and remaking the Church, a plan that had been frustrated at least twice, the first time by the success of Pope Pius IX in resisting their 'Revolution' in 1848, and the second time by Austria-Hungary's veto of the election of the Freemason, Cardinal Rampolla, following the death of Pope Leo XIII.

This coup set the stage for a worldwide revolution. Everywhere, Christian states were ordered by the heresiarch Roncalli to secularize, and his New Church set out to wage relentless war upon all those who refused, such as Salazar in Portugal, Franco in Spain and Ngo Dinh Diem in Vietnam.

In early 1961, the Roncallists, joined up with the Freemasonic John Fitz-Gerald Kennedy, the 'first Catholic' President of the US, to organize the murder of President Diem and nearly all of his family - brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, wife, children, all of them except the Bishop Peter Martin Ngo Dinh Thuc and another brother who escaped because they were abroad. Kennedy paid for his sins shortly; being assassinated himself within a few months! Thus works the wrath of God!

By mid-1961, the stage had been set for an operation against Salazar and Portugal, with Roncalli collaborating with the Soviet Union and its allies to invade our EIP and annex it to the Indian Union.

In this conspiracy, Freemasons such as Roncalli, Communists such as Jyoti Basu and the Hindu-Pinko-Communists such as Nehru, the Prime Minister of the Indian Union, and himself another Freemason, collaborated against Portugal and the EIP.

Nehru's aim was to overthrow and annex the EIP and de-Christianize it: which goal admirably meshed in with those of Roncalli, to remake the Church and Christians in the Freemasonic mould.

Thus, the aim was not so much as to liberate the EIP from Portugal, in itself a legitimate goal, if achieved from within, even by external aid, but to re-Hinduize, re-Paganize the EIP. SusegadismChristianity has always been an active, dynamic force, going out of its way in search of souls, to bring them the Good News of the Salvation that is in Christ Jesus. Christianity was
never about inertia — Susegadism. And Christianity could not have been broadcast and so many million souls from so many countries of the world, brought in, if its propagators had been inert.

Nor, if we consider it, did Portugal attain to its empire and found our EIP when inert. Consider the daring and energies required for the Portuguese pioneers to push down into the unknown, down the West Coast of Africa and up the East Coast, and across the Indian Ocean to Cochin in the East Indies. Consider the efforts required to take on and vanquish the entrenched Muslim Arabs who owned and dominated the trade in these seas. Consider the daring required to take up a small fleet and seize the city of Goa, the second city of the Bijapur Kingdom. None of these could have been achieved by inertia.

Again, consider what brought Arabs, Turks and others, including the Portuguese here to Goa. Was it that they were attracted by a lazy, indolent people, or was it that they were attracted by the prospect of seizing and owning a thriving port-city, inhabitated by an energetic and hardworking people?

My point: Goa is Susegad today as a result of the shock that Portugal suffered at the hands of the Dutch some centuries back, from which they never recovered themselves, nor allowed us to recover ourselves. Susegadism, then, is not naturally and historically Goan but is an aberration — something that we must overcome!

In Short: We must recover our original Dynamism!

It was the Dynamism of St. Francis Xavier — Goencho Saib, of the Cuncolim martyrs, both Goans and Europeans, and of countless others that spread Christianity around Goa and into Mangalore, that won the Nestorian heretics of the Malabar back to Christ and which spread Christianity into Bengal, Malaya, the Sundas, Formosa, Japan, etc.

And today, if we must recover ourselves, then we must necessarily overcome our cultivated habit of Susegad and remake ourselves as a Dynamic society.

We have enormous tasks ahead of us: To wrest the liberation of our country, the EIP; to go forth and be witnesses of Christ to the millions of souls around the world who are lost in the darkness of paganism, heresy, schism, infidelity, freemasonry, etc. Susegadism can accomplish neither of these necessary tasks.

Remember, we owe our pagan compatriots, not the false charity of ecumenism and a false equality of religions and our God with their demons, but of the true charity, such as that which brought the Apostles Tomas and Bartholomeo and Goench Saib and others to our far-off land, with the charity of seeking our eternal salvation! On the Precipice of an Awful, Yawning ChasmToday, forty-one years since the criminal acts of 1961, we, the citizens of the EIP, a Christian nation, find ourselves looking down from a precipice, into an awful, yawning chasm, verily the Pit of Darkness. This is where one-one years of De-Christianisation has brought us.

This De-Christianisation has been two-fold. On the one part, the outward, it is maintained and operated by the invaders, the Indian Union. The main agency of this is the Indian National Congress Party of Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, grandson Rajeev Gandhi and now Rajeev's widow, the Italian apostate, Mrs. Sonia Maino-Gandhi, who has become a Hindu of the Arya Samaj sect. This Congress Party is the 'liberal', moderate face of Hindu Revanchism, or re-paganization. It seeks to achieve this by persuading all people to sit down together and mix up their religions. Needless to say, such a process is not permissible to the Christian, violating as it does, the First Commandment.

However, we have progressed along this path, coming to the edge of disaster.

But the second, and main agency of this our De-Christianisation is that Church which gives itself out as the 'Catholic Church' and which, in fact, it is not, being rather the Freemasonic Duplicate of our Catholic Church for which Goencho Saib, Pad Juze Vaz, Pad Agnel and the countless others, laboured and sacrificed. This duplicate Church is the Church of Satan, his AntiChurch.

More than any other entity, it seeks to De-Christianise us, to re-paganize us. It urges and commands us to adopt a new ideology, to contemn the old Catholic faith that moved Goencho Saib, Pad Juze Vaz, Pad Agnel and the others, and to join with the adherents of other religions in co-worship, violating, negating and falsifying the First Commandment.

Our people, those who choose to see the evil times that we are passing through, wail and moan, and ask why it is that 'our Church' does not take the initiate in organizing and guiding us for our fight against these injustices — these threats to our very existence. But, if you will only dwell deeper you will know why, and it is not a difficult matter to understand.

First of all, this Church, this New Catholicism, is active, and in fact, very active. One could even say that it is overactive or hyperactive! But active in what? It seeks to organize Communist revolutions - Liberation Theology - throughout the Indian Union and the EIP, to overthrow the existing social order. Now, in itself, such an objective cannot be wrong, for the existing, casteist Social Order is evil, of the Devil and inhuman, intolerable and must, MUST! be entirely and absolutely exterminated. However, the liberation of men is not to be found in the vain, emptiness of Communism, Marxism and Liberation Theology, but in the Egalitarianism of Christianity.

We see that this Church is hyperactive in fomenting this revolution, which angers the ruling classes and brings upon it the resulting acts of revenge - murders and rapes of its priests and nuns. We see this Church involved in organizing fishermen in the Malabar and in Goa, in organizing the resistance to the environmental destruction wrought or sought to be wrought by the Konkan Railways and by the Jindal MetaStrips. And we see it in the withdrawal of the Jesuits from their prestigious schools, so much preferred by the ruling class in Bombay and other India cities, so that they can concentrate on revolutionizing the rural and tribal peoples.

And yet, the more obviously just and urgent cause of Goa, of the EIP, escapes this Church.

Does not the Bible tell us, Charity begins at Home? And so why is it that this sect's charity, its revolutionary energies, are not for us, its own people, but for strangers?

It is because they are too part of the problem: because they are bhagidars — accomplices in this crime against our country and us, co-conspirators against our rights, history, traditions and identity.

It is this sect that has brought us, sleepwalking, to this precipice. It wants us to leap in, into the Pit of Darkness, where its Prince, Beelzebub, reigns.

It wants us to sit down and worship Baal, Moloch and Chemosh — or their Indian counterparts. It is this brainwashing that fights against us, which makes us our own enemies.

It is this brainwashing that makes Remo Fernandes push this monstrous anti-gospel of heresy and idolatry, this evil that will separate us forever from God and his Saints, no less than our own Goencho Saib, Pad Juze, Pad Agnel and the like.

The first part of this program has been largely accomplished. We are compromised, and no longer believe as our fathers did: We no longer hold Christianity to be uniquely true. Now comes the second part.

The first part was worked by the Congress Party; the Bharatiya Janata Party
will play the second part.

We have seen what they have been doing all over India since the last five years. The rapes of nuns, the murders of priests as also that of Graham Stewart have hogged the news headlines. But it is much more than this. There is a grassroots movement to encompass, coerce and compromise Christians into idolatry and to reverting to Hinduism. The victims of this campaign are the isolated Christian families and individuals lost in the sea of Hinduism, with very little of it making the news.

And Gujarat, April 2002 till December 2002, the anti-Muslim pogroms, is the dry run. One day, this program will be extended throughout the Indian Union and all its conquests, such as the EIP. Where will we run then? Even as I write this, the media tells of the Success of this experiment in Gujarat, bringing the BJP to a thumping majority in the provincial elections. And Atal Behari Vajpayee has begun to bray that this is the beginning of their all-India sweep, reversing the general trend till now of provinces voting in Congress administrations.

During and after the French Revolution, the Usurper of the Mysore gaddi, Tipu Sultan, set about to exterminate Christianity from Mangalore. But Christianity in Mangalore had already been weakened by the efforts of the Dutch and the Pombal Schism, and the influence of Christianity had weakened over those who still called themselves Christians, backsliding into paganism.
Thus, when Napoleon's ally, Tipu took on the Mangalorean Christians, he had a cakewalk, and while many of these people did return when Tipu was overthrown and exterminated, a very large number remained and continue to be infidels to this day!

Consider then our own peril. We are weakened as the Mangaloreans were weakened. We are compromised from within, and cannot stand, unless we reform ourselves and return to the faith of Goencho Saib. So, in our present condition, what will be our fate when the soon to be extended Gujarat campaign comes to Goa? Will we not be nearly entirely wiped out? Consider how the vast majority of our people, already moving towards this end, being sufficiently paganized, will quite happily regress into full and formal paganism! The War Is Now!There are many, too many among us who see the grave peril that we find ourselves in and will only cry over it. They will indulge themselves in empty emotionalism, cry and rue our fate, but do nothing about reversing it, even claim and teach that it cannot be reversed.

But all that has happened, all that has been done in Goa is reversible!

The very fact is that we are no longer a Portuguese Dependency and that we are not a part of the Indian Union, but that we have become an Independent State with all the rights that that entails, militates in our favour.

There is only one major task before us: to force the evacuation of the invader.

But besides this, we must, in order to secure our future, revert to the Catholic faith — whole, complete and entire: to the faith of Goencho Saib, Pad Juze Vaz, Pad Agnel and the others. This is the only way that we can achieve our goals and secure our future.

We will not achieve our ends by mere emotionalism, by crying and weeping and wailing and doing nothing material about the situation. This is not what our exemplars, Goencho Saib, Pad Juze Vaz, Pad Agnel, etc., did. We must stop idolizing our exemplars and start imitating their activism. Like them, like their Catholic Majesties, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel of Spain, the Christerois of Mexico, like Moreno y Garcia, President of Ecuador and martyr against the Freemasons, and other Christian patriots, we too will have to make sacrifices, to organize armed resistance and to force out the invaders and to bring the traitors to book. This is our task, the duty that we owe to God and to our posterity. Progress BoldlyIn sum, then, I want you, my compatriots to awaken, and to seize upon the present moment as the right time to begin, to commence our fight. We must push our priests, bishops and clergy to return to the true Catholic faith. We must organize our Government and entities to train and raise our national army, to take on the invader and force him out. We can no longer afford to sleep on these matters, but we must
progress boldly, fearing only God and his justice.

For God is on our side, the side of truth and justice. The Goan freedom struggle is based foursquare upon truth, law and morality. Therefore it will become a fire that will rage up and consume our enemy — this edifice and monument of lies that is called the Indian Union.

The elephant has set upon the ant, and will be stung in turn and made lame — made to fall down with a great crash! This is the power of truth!

The invader boasts and derides us. He boasts that he has us in thrall, under anaesthesia, as he goes about lobotomising us. He mocks and is amused that a few of us have awoken from the stupor and strive to gain full consciousness. But our truth is such a great force that it will strike out and consume him and entirely destroy him, making him a byword and a memory — a memory to be derided and scoffed at!

This is our confidence in our God — if we will be faithful! For does not He assure us: If you are faithful and keep my commandments, one of you shall stand against a hundred of your enemies and make them to flee. But if you are unfaithful, I will undermine you, and a hundred of you shall flee from before one man out of your enemy.

By: Prakash Joao Maskaren


Comment: A doyen of the Concannim film world. A home grown genius. An artistic Goemcar of the highest order. The man who made those lovely movies that set Goemcar hearts agog. The maestro who moved a generation and gave us something which we could proudly claim as our very own.

Frank Fernand was a pioneer who created a lasting legacy. A legacy that needs many more Franks to carry forward the beauty and glory of our, our very own maim bhas.
He was the Father of Concannim filmdom. His life and work will be an inspiration to Goemcars today and for generations to come. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Frank Fernand, producer of epoch-making Konkani films "Amchem Noxib" and "Nirmonn", breathed his last at the age of 87 years here on April 1, and was buried at Borivli in a quiet funeral. born on May 3, 1919, at Curchorem, the pioneering musician had the privilege of being baptized by Anjuna’s saintly priest Fr Agnelo de Souza. In 1942, Frank was exposed to jazz standards while performing in 1942 at Savoy Hotel in Mussorie with the Rudy Cotton band. He played for a while the same year in New Delhi too. By 1946 Frank was performing for Mickey Correia’s celebrated band. He joined the film industry in 1948, playing the violin and trumpet for music duo Shankar-Jaikishan. Frank is also associated with the success of Raj Kapoor’s super hit "Barsat" and another film with music director SD Burman. He did remarkable musical arrangements for Kishore Kumar, C. Ramchandra, Roshan and Anil Biswas. The Hindi Film music community still cherishes Frank’s final assignment with music director Kalyanji-Anandji as his first assistant. He produced Konkani film Amchem Noxib based on Ratus’ story, under the banner of Frank Films (Goa). With a successful comedy, memorable music and Rita Lobo’s fresh face Amchem Noxib was runaway hit. Frank launched "Nirmonn" in Konkani, with a touching story, and received the Certificate of Merit, at the hands of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; the film was also made in Hindi as "Taqdeer" and was directed by A. Salam. Frank Fernand joined G Saraiya to produce "Priya", in Hindi in 1965, with music by Kalyanji Anandji. Frank, who excelled at jazz, has also provided the musical score for the film "Mhoji Ghorkarn", directed by A. Salam. He has also staged a tiatr "Bekar Patrao" in the eighties with a ten-piece orchestra. The veteran musician had a setback when he contracted Parkinson’s disease in 1985.

[By Isidore Dantas]