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Go Beyond Empty Nativistic Rhetoric

PACHU MENON, MARGAO WE Goans have taken our susegado attitude to such unhealthy ends that it has necessitated the intervention of concerned individuals and ‘well-wishers’ to wake us out of reverie and face the realities for what they really are. With the Goan essence fast disappearing from the lifestyle of the present generation, we have had nothing but the empty …

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Glimpses Of A Metropolis In Decline

JAGDISH RATTANANI “THE wonderful thing about Goa is that you can make of it what you like; the basic ingredients are near perfect,” writes Paul Fernandes, the uniquely talented caricaturist from Bengaluru. “The Goans have given us several invaluable philosophies on the importance of the simple joys of life… the way of life in Goa is certainly worth emulating in …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ire Against Traffic Sentinels ANOTHER ‘traffic sentinel’ was attacked on Wednesday, this time at Vasco, making us to reflect on the scheme introduced to capture traffic violations on mobile phones. It will be better if traffic sentinels are deployed at important junctions like the Zuari bridge at Cortalim where motorists face traffic congestion regularly. Many junctions in Goa witness traffic …

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Days Of Grand Alliances

SAMIR KHAN, MAPUSA LEADERS of major Opposition parties in the country converged on a Kolkata ground to put up a show of unity against the Modi government with the common agenda to oust the NDA government for its faulty economic policies and divisive politics. This ‘mahagatbandhan’, an alliance of various parties opposed to the Modi government, has already sent jitters …

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The Citizenship Bill Muddle In Assam

M A KALAM THE burning issue of the so-called illegal migrants in Assam and some other states in the North-East has assumed disturbing proportions, particularly in the light of the citizenship amendment bill, 2016, that has just been passed by the Lok Sabha and is awaiting its passage through the Rajya Sabha. The bill signifies the collective contorted thinking of …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Inequality Is Increasing AS the richest and most powerful men and women in the world get ready to discuss global issues in Davos, Switzerland, the Oxfam Inequality Report 2019 brings forth  the common trend across the world – in the 2018 alone, the wealth of the poorest half of humanity, 3.8 billion people, fell by 11 per cent, while a …

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Oppn Unites, Modi Gets The Jitters

KAJAL CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA “ALLIANCE of looters”! Oh,  what a language in a democratic country; that too coming from someone holding a top constitutional post! In any society which claims to be civilised and law-abiding, judiciary is supposed to deliver the last word in respect of any controversy. So if indeed somebody or some groups are accused of committing any loot …

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EWS Quota May Open Can Of Worms

AJIT RANADE THE Parliament of India passed a constitutional amendment which modifies articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution. This is to provide reservation for economically weaker sections for admission to institutes of higher education, and jobs in the government and possibly in the private sector. Article 15 prohibits the state against discriminating on the basis of caste, race, religion, …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

No Need Of Quota for Dalit Christians IT is difficult to understand why the Catholic Bishops Conference of India  even after more than six decades is still demanding reservations for the Dalits who converted to Christianity,  knowing very well that in Christianity there is no caste system – hence no discrimination on the basis of one’s caste, as all Christians …

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States’ Beef Against Eggs Is Indigestible

SUJIT DE,  KOLKATA IT is horrifying to learn that as many as 12 Indian states have banished egg from the midday meal for schoolchildren as a result of government’s reservation against non-vegetarian items. It is a brutal act as surveys reveal that most of the students as well as their parents are eager for its inclusion. This is quite natural …

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