Wednesday , 19 September 2018


New Dawn For Konkani Cinema

DANIEL F DE SOUZA, VASCO THERE is no denying the fact that in the recent years Konkani films are making their presence felt very strongly in the theatres across Goa. The future of Konkani films seems to be getting better with every new release. New directors, new producers with new ideas, new techniques, trained film technicians, and a rich reservoir ... Read More »

A Tête-à-tête With Shah Of Hindutva

KULDIP NAYAR I find the followers of secular ideology as fanatic as others are. There was a furore over the visit of BJP president Amit Shah to my residence a few days ago. Critics over telephone and emails were numberless. And all that they said was “you should not have allowed him to visit you”. I want to put the ... Read More »


In Praise of Pastoral Letter IT has been reported that GPCC principal general secretary Altino Gomes, while speaking at the condolence meeting, said that before the death of former MP Shantaram Naik, the latter had informed him about the need to support Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao against the BJP workers lest they called upon the Archbishop ... Read More »

Don’t Kill The Goose That Lays Golden Egg

JOAO BARROS-PEREIRA, CANSAULIM THE government wants policemen on motorcycles to patrol the beaches to ensure safety to visitors and local residents. Is this a knee-jerk reaction to the gangrape of a woman at Betalbatim beach, which triggered public outcry and shamed Goa in the country and world over? The icing on the cake is the consideration shown to the turtle ... Read More »

Pranab’s Mission For National Dialogue

TARUN BASU THE images from Nagpur were, in the words of a Congressman, hard to digest. Here was Pranab Mukherjee, a dyed-in-the-wool secularist, who had spent a lifetime in the Congress party, then became the president of India with the responsibility of upholding its Constitution, sharing the platform with, and enjoying the hospitality of, a person – and the organisation ... Read More »


Protect Traditional Expertise IN the fast changing world what probably is lacking is the will to protect our traditional occupations and know-how. As we make strides in modern technology, we should keep in mind that it is important to preserve skills and expertise of our farmers, fishermen, artisans, musicians, craftsmen and artists. This treasure trove of innate skills and expertise ... Read More »

Sacrificing At The Altar Of Rituals

MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES LAST week a 26-year-old man in Jodhpur slit her throat of his 4-year-old daughter as a sacrifice to please Allah during the holy month of Ramzan.  The man later said that he loved his daughter more than his own life. Quite often we hear of people, labelled as infidels, being killed during this pious month of prayer, ... Read More »

Hindutva Is Inimical To Indian Way Of Life

JAGDISH RATTANANI THE life and work of the Father of the Nation has been in the headlines this month. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was in South Africa on June 7, marking the 125th anniversary of the historic incident when a young Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a first-class train compartment at Pietermaritzburg railway station. The event in 1893 ... Read More »


Ill-conceived Move On Migrants SOME village panchayats have decided to issue ID cards to the migrant workers living in the jurisdiction of their villages. I am intrigued by the   decision. I appreciate the  intent of the   move – the ID cards will help locals know the identified labourers – but the proposal could become  a handy tool for the sarpanchas ... Read More »

Opening Gates For ‘Lateral Entry’

GANAPATHI  BHAT, AKOLA THE issue of ‘lateral entry’  or direct recruitment into bureaucracy or civil service at the Centre has hogged the headlines for some time.   More than one of the administrative reforms commissions  have mooted the idea of lateral entry at the medium level, and the Niti Aayog had seconded the proposal.    Now,  the department of personnel and training  ... Read More »