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Goa Dakshinayan: Debate among Galaxy of intellectuals


Goa next month will kick off a national movement of intellectuals, who are gathering to debate upon several burning concerns, following killings of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Com Govind Pansare and Prof K S Kalburgi.

In fact a three-day conclave, from 18th to 20th November, would be attended by Hamid Dabholkar, Medha Pansare and Shrivijay Kalburgi, who will address the masses at the historic Lohia Maidan in Margao.

It would begin with Sankalp Yatra, said President of Dakshinayan Datta D Naik, which would begin on 18th November at 4 pm from Ravindra Bhavan, to be culminated into a public rally at Lohia Maidan at 6 pm.

It would also be addressed by Atamjit Singh, K Sadchidanand, Dhanaji Gurav, Uttam Parmar, K. Neela, Manan Kumar Mandal and Goa’s Prashant Naik.

“Dakshinayan is a movement that has sprung up through a collective desire to forge a new solidarity between all progressive forces. It is a struggle for the freedom of creative expression that foregrounds tolerance and dialogue”, said Naik.

Damodar Mauzo, Goa’s eminent writer added that it is an attempt to deepen rational thinking as being pivotal to society that is genuinely equal, just and respectful of diversity.

“Dakshinayan is the long awaited initiative to go beyond caste, class, creed, gender, language, form and genre, to cross borders between identities to nurture imagination without narrow borders and to celebrate the voice that frees the mind from limits imposed by ideologies, credos, partisan institutions and movements”, said Maulana Ibrahim.

This Convention is expected to be attended by over 900 delegates, out of which 600 would be from different parts of India, besides 300 Goans.

Following is a detailed programmes of  3 days at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao:

FRIDAY, 18TH NOVEMBER                        

Sankalp Yatra & Rally: Ravindra Bhavan to Lohia Maidan



Inaugural Speakers: Ganesh Devy, Leela Samson & Bezwada Wilson.


Symposium: Have Indian Intellectuals failed India? Speakers: Fr Victor Ferrao, Swaminathan Aiyer Anklesaria, Peter D’Souza & Suresh Dwadashiwar.


Symposium: Dichotomy between Development & Environment.:  Adv Cleofato Almeida Coutinho, Dr Claude Alvares,  Avdhut Timblo &  Dattaprasad Dabholkar.

Youth Session: Culture v/s Science – Is it truly a conflict? Presided by Dilip Prabhudessai.



Talk: Kashmir: Beyond Bullets. Speakers: Suresh Dwadeshiwar, Shafeeq Shaunk.

Multilingual Kavi Sammelan: Presided by Vasant Abaji Dahake.


Cultural: Povade by Shahir Sambhaji Bhagat, Film by Anand Patwardhan & Goa’s Folk Dances



Symposium: Superstitions & Social Consciousness in Indian Folklore. Jose Lourenco, Subodh Kerkar, Tara Bhavalkar &  Anand Patwardhan.

Interview on Media: Freedom & Promiscuity: Interviewer: Raju Nayak. Participants: Amol Palekar, Rajdeep Sardessai & Nikhil Wagle.

Talk: Yogendra Yadav & Raosaheb Kasmbe on “India at Crossroads.”

Antar Bhasha Samvad: Damodar Mauzo & Bhanu Kale.

Symposium: Social Media: Attaches or Detaches: Sandesh Prabhudesai & Yugank Naik.

Concluding session: Action plan to fight communalism. Prabhakar Timble, Annad Karandikar, Harsha Badkar & Prashant Bhushan. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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I thanks all the speakers in advance. For the first time, i really feel i am going to miss a great valuable and enlightening event that is held in Goa. Hope Goa News, makes efforts to cover this event in detail, so we who are overseas can get a good gist of the same.

Jai Goa, Jai Munshaponn!!!!!!!

Jaret de Silva , Chandor, Goa