LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (21/01/2021)

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Crusader Of Goa And Konkani

IN the death of Gurunath Kelekar Goa has lost yet another true Goenkar who was a freedom fighter and staunch Gandhian with always a die-hard spirit. He was very active in the Konkani movement and was recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award. Kelekar founded Movement for Amity towards Roads in Goa (MARG), an organisation that dedicated itself to educating people about road discipline and sense which brought about quite a change in the use  of roads by motorists. He was always very concerned and anguished over the increasing number of fatal accidents in the state. The very righteous and humble Gurunath Kelekar till his very last always led an extremely simple life and always had the best interests of Goa at heart. As a writer and activist he never hesitated to raise his voice against the wrongdoings of the government. Over the years I had the privilege to interact with the very knowledgeable and so candid crusader who never hesitated to speak out his mind. The government must give due recognition to the selfless service rendered by him to Goa and Konkani while carrying forward his legacy and works. May the soul of our departed valiant Goan rest in eternal peace while his thoughts and deeds always inspire us.    

AIRES RODRIGUES, RIBANDAR

Expedite Vasco Projects

THREE key projects proposed in Vasco –  fish market complex,  renovation of the municipality building and power house in Baina – will materialise in the next few months.  The work on the three projects will commence as soon as the clearances are obtained and other technicalities are processed. However, it must be said that the required time  for completing  the projects assumes significance. It is common knowledge that projects take more than the stipulated time for completion due to delays. Pre-monsoon showers will be witnessed in the state after four months. The question to be asked is: whether the three projects in Vasco can be completed before the onset of monsoon. It is pertinent to note here that at  a meeting with several government departments,  the Panaji MLA urged the departments to complete ongoing works in the state capital by March. Instructions have also been given to finish digging in Panaji by March-end so that the resurfacing of the roads could be completed before the  monsoon. In Vasco, it would be desirable to complete the three projects before the  monsoon sets in. If there could be any unforeseen delay in completing  the projects then it could be decided to commence the works after the monsoon. There should not be any delay in the works due to the monsoon.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO

The Gabba Feat

INDIA possesses astounding cricketing talents  like Shubhman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Hanuma Vihari. They are products of a well-oiled cricketing system where merit; and merit alone pays dividends. Several youngsters who have donned India colours of late are under-19 products. India’s extraordinary Test series win  in Australia could not have happened without the young and new players. The team won without Virat Kohli for the most part and with insignificant contribution from Rohit Sharma – the two  ‘stars’. They, without a doubt,  played with a definite plan – to win at all costs.  Young men like Gill and Pant had it in  them to shine big. They only needed that extra push, that additional pat on the back. Without the support of the team management and captain no player can go all the way. The confidence to perform come what may, and a fearless approach, won the day for India at Brisbane.  A definite game plan to  take a chance was conspicuous. India could have pocketed even the Sydney Test if Pant had lasted longer at the crease. Who knows, if the team had won there, it may not have retained the same resolve at the Gabba. It is India’s good fortune to have in the ranks players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Vihari who are cast in the same mould as Rahul Dravid in terms of patience. Gill is all set to seal his place as an opener in all formats of the  game. He can slog and attack in equal measure.  After being at the receiving end for “unsatisfactory wicket-keeping”, the diminutive Pant has confirmed his place in the team purely as a batsman. With back-to-back 50s, the left hander can be a dangerous batsman for the opposition down the order.

GANAPATHI BHAT,  AKOLA