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 is an essential part of our heritage. It is worth mentioning here that in the yesteryears a doctor was able to detect and diagnose any disease with the use of only a stethoscope, without using modern equipment and testing facilities. Likewise our workmen have inherent qualities, which do not entail the use of modern technology. Even weather forecasting was accurate without any sophisticated meteorological gadgets. Intuition and instincts are an essential part of natural intelligence and it should be our endeavour to protect this natural gift.
ELVIDIO MIRANDA, PANAJI
Beaches Under Cloud
OUR beaches are earning a bad reputation, which is an ominous portent that calls for drastic measures by the tourism department to salvage the image of Goa as the most favoured tourist destination. A fortnight back there was a gangrape on a beach in South Goa: a couple was robbed at knifepoint and the girl was gangraped. It is found that tourists often venture into the sea after drinking alcohol on the beach, and there is no one to stop them. On Monday, a group of tourists from Maharashtra descended on the Calangute beach in the wee hours of the morning and decided to go for a swim despite the ban on swimming during the monsoon. Three persons from the group drowned in the choppy seas, while two are feared drowned. Moreover our beaches have turned into garbage dumps with piles of plastic, beer cans and flowers littered on the beach. Stray dogs have increased in numbers and menacing the visitors. To cap it all, hawkers, tea vendors, tattoo and massage touts make life miserable. It is time to wake up and smell the coffee.
A F NAZARETH, ALTO PORVORIM
Threat Posed By Trees
ON Monday Mormugao taluka was witness to nature’s fury. A tree uprooted at Dabolim and fell on a moving car, claiming the life of a woman travelling in the vehicle. Yet another tree uprooted at Chicalim near the Goa Shipyard colony. Fortunately there was no loss of life in the second incident. But the uprooted tree threw the vehicular traffic out of gear for almost three hours. Trees leaning towards roads is a common sight in parts of the state. One such big and vulnerable tree stands along the Airport Road at Chicalim (Opposite Airport Residency building). This particular tree leans towards the road in the midst of electricity cables. I request the authorities to cut down or trim the tree before it causes loss of life and property during downpours.
AVDHUT KUNKOLIENKAR, DABOLIM