Sunday 23 June 2024

News Analysed, Opinions Expressed


आता चाफा बोलणार नाही...


गावडा समाजातला काशिनाथ हा पहिला डॉक्टर. आरक्षणाचा फायदा न घेण्याचा त्याने निश्‍चय केला आणि खुल्या कोट्यातून त्याने गोवा वैद्यकीय महाविद्यालयात प्रवेश मिळवला. परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण होणे म्हणजे शिक्षण हे त्याला कधीच मान्य नव्हते. तो विषयाला भिडायचा. रोगाची पाळेमुळे तपासायचा. त्यावरचे संशोधन व अत्याधुनिक उपचार हुडकून काढायचा. READ

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Sorrowing Lies My Land


The Land Revenue Code of Goa, Daman and Diu is an exception. This has resulted in non-agriculturists as well as non-Goans buying large tracts of fertile agricultural land in Goa. A cursory look at the records of the Sub Registrars at Taluka headquarters is sufficient to gauge the extent of sale of agricultural properties to non Goans since liberation of Goa.READ

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Lok Ayukta - Guardian of People's conscience


The Law Commission’s draft Bill meets almost every demand of Anna Hazare’s Civil Society. But a strange confluence of ideologies evolved. The BJP, the Congress and the leaders of the local India Against Corruption appear to have met around a round table under the watchful eyes of the Speaker and decided to adopt the very bill, which is now the Lok Ayukta Act.READ

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Quest for a just Land Acquisition Policy


I think the Goa Government must act at the earliest if it wants to offset the likely backlash. The R and R Policy of the State of Haryana can be adopted lock, stock and barrel subject of course to such floor price per acre or per square meter and such rates of annuity as may be commensurate to the market conditions prevailing in Goa.READ

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Indian National Congress & National Integration


We have our foes and enemies. They allege that the Congress appeases minorities for their votes. There were no votes to be sought in 1885 when Wyomesh Chandra Bannerjee gave a clarion call for national unity and communal harmony. There were no votes to be sought when Bal Gangadhar Tilak declared that Swarajya is my Birthright. There were no votes to be sought when Lala Lajpat Rai faced the lathis or the Punjab faced the savage bullets of General Dwyer at Jalianwala Baug. READ

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Kunta Kinte Syndrome


There are also those who are left with little or no land to convert into a concrete jungle and have time and means to look after themselves. It is their pastime to pontificate over the loss of Goa’s landscape and its skyline. They are the ones who gather themselves in groups of every kind and oppose every activity which in their opinion is a curse on their idea of a quite beautiful sylvan Goa. They rally behind real diehard activists and at times hijack the agitation.READ

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Saving Goa...


How about amending the transfer of property laws preventing the sale of Agricultural lands to non agriculturists? A number of States in the Country already have such a provision. We may perhaps add a few more riders. READ

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The Lion of Goa


Bandodkar proved his mantle within a short time by displaying his unique qualities of diplomacy, statesmanship as well as real politik. In the first general election after liberation (which he did not contest) he pitched ordinary farmers and peasants against the rich and mighty landlords and mine owners set up as candidates by the Congress Party. READ

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Kanya, Kaliya and Krishna Kanhaiya


I recollect nostalgically that day in September 1996, when I had the privilege of a lifetime to pilot the Women’s Reservation Bill (Constitution Amendment Bill) in the Lok Sabha. I was then the Law minister of India. READ

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Once upon a time there lived a woman called Phoolan


I could not believe that once upon a time she was a “dakoo”, a bandit of the ravines of Central India. How could I? She appeared so innocent and out of the rustic ordinary. READ

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Hi Uday,

As far as knwing Bhai is concerned i knw him personally since his school days. he is a born leader. i was there when he was appointed by congress party and other leaders (and "not gauda") as union law minister.

i request you to kindly stop making assumption and false conclusions with misinterpreted information.



NARAYAN pernem |

mr khalap you always manage to get strong reactions for no fault of yours. that is because of 3 reasons. 1st you being a gentleman people think you are a soft target and it is safe to criticise. 2nd is your views on konkani. (please note on language issue i dont agree with you but i know you will always be a marathiwadi and i will always be a konkanimogi). 3rd reason is that you are a nationalist. on this issue we are with you. i dont agree with harsh views of mr bhushan for his language. but i agree with his feelings. bharatmata ki jai and down with portuguese agents. now coming to the issue you have raised in your article if legal system is a cobweb then lawyers are the spiders who have made this cobweb to trap innocent cliants.This is my view what people have to say on this?

jayesh nayak |

Hi Narayan,

These days new trend has come in force, at least in Goa that is call you’re liked political big wing as “Bhai”, “Bai”, “Bhau”, “Tai” and likewise.

Why is this change? What purpose it serves as far as interest of Goa is concerned?

Unless and until we get away from such unwanted all these political big wings will continue to take us on golden ride.

I think we must start calling all politicians by their names.

As for as Khalap, Gauda and Mapusa Urban Bank is concerned, I conclude you don’t know much about it! But what I wrote is a fact!! And equally don’t forget to find out why Khalap was made the law minister of India!! Also don’t forget that most of the time truth is bitter!!!

Uday – Margao

Uday |

its quite unfortunate that great people of this great nation want to blindly believe in conspiracy theories. if u point finger at anyone, everyone want to believe that he is bad.

bad news travel fast. most of the breaking news are negative. why? because we want to believe in conspiracies and negative things.

there is no relation between deve gauda and khalap except that they worked together in cabinet ministry. Bhai has come out clean after long legal battle. he also brought Mapusa urban bank back on track and now under his leadership bank is prospering very fast.

in those time all the banks including nationalise banks had NPAs. govt of india helped nationalise banks but cooperative banks in india were left to its fate.

but irony is that why only some selected institutions were targeted by BJP govt? why they failed miserably in helping this institutions and why only leader like bhai were targeted?

false cases were put on bhai. for three long years systematically his name was being spoiled by political establishments. but still people have faith in bhai. they reelected him and bhai took over bank and without govts support within a week he brought bank in profit.

only bhai can do this magic

NARAYAN pernem |

We have so many laws in place that we need not have more laws. Within the existing framework of laws, all cases can be tackled! But what is being practiced now days is “Justice delayed is justice denied.” Hence we feel the need of more laws!!

As for Mapusa Urban Bank case, I’m sure Khalap is not come out clean! Is it? If the case was to be taken to legal conclusion, I’m sure Devi Gauda’s son, who later became the Chief Minister of Karnataka, also had to be drangged in the court of law! Surprised? I think he never appeared in court in Khalaps case!!

Also find out how and why Khalap was made Law Minister of India.

Uday |

angrez chale gaye aur inko chod gaye. Albert pinto ko gussa kyun ata hai. Albert pinto ko gussa isliye ata hai kyun ki uska portuguese grandpa uske grandma ko chodke chala gaya aur is bechare ko uske indian grandpa ke naam pe is garib mulk india me zindagi bitani pad rahi rahi hai. Isliye khalap jaise saare freedom fighters ab pinto ke personal enemy hai.

bhushan |

Mr. Pinto you sound unhappy that Portuguese were thrown out of Goa and we goans got liberated from their unjust rule.

its true that todays democracy and justice system is used to blame gud and uncorrupted people like Mr. Khalap. False cases were put on khalap to tarnish his image. i remember khalap saying that he is ready for this Agni Pariksha and that he will emerge like a phoenix bird.

True to his word he came out clean and also brought Mapusa urban bank in profit.

hats off to you bhai

Ashish Prabhu |

Goans are not dumb Mr Khalap. That's the difference between democracy & dictatorship, During Portuguese era people got justice in time. Now its" justice delayed justice denied". Anyway, the giant cobweb helped you in the Mapusa Urban Bank (Goa Bank) case. Am I right ?

A. Pinto |

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Adv Ramakant Khalap is former Chairman of the Goa State Law Commission. Being a veteran politician of Goa, he has served the political arena as the union law minister as well as Goa’s deputy chief minister and the opposition leader in the past. He also takes keen interest in literature and cultural activities while heading several institutions, especially in the field of Marathi literature.


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