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    Defacing heritage

    THE EXPOSITION of the holy relics of St Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa will be held from November 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Every ten years, Goa makes infrastructural facilities available for almost 25 lakh pilgrims in Old Goa over a period of 44 days. But this year, under the pretext of providing world class infrastructural facilities for the pilgrims during decennial exposition of the relics, the Public Works Department of Goa led by PWD Minister Sudin Dhavlikar has wreaked havoc in the prohibited zone of numerous world heritage sites in Old Goa.
    The spate of irreparable damage to historical heritage began with the destruction of the outer wall of the Adilshah’s Arsenal and construction of two laterite stone and mortar platforms within mere two metres of the Viceroy’s Arch near Divar ferry point. Adilshah’s Arsenal would have been lost forever had it not been for the timely intervention by the members of Goa Heritage Action Group. After this, the PWD ‘rebuilt’ the Adilshah’s Arsenal, a 600-year-old wall, using the same stones and the two platforms near Viceroys Arch were demolished. But on October 10, the Department began to construct a new community toilet complex of brick and mortar within a few metres of the Viceroy’s Arch, one of the 14 monuments within the world heritage complex in Old Goa. To the horror of heritage activists, heavy earth-moving machinery was used to dig large pits in the compound of St Cajetan Church, barely 100 metres away from the facade of the church and a few away from the Arch of Adilshah’s Palace.

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    If it’s Sharad Poornima, it’s got to be ‘dudh poha’!

    LIFE CAN be so simple, but we make it complicated and complex for our own convoluted reasons which backfire on us later if not sooner! Especially in the case of what we put in our mouth to carry on living, for example, last Sharad Poornima, my friend Kalaben Panchal, said “We’re having a garba session at Dhiren Shah’s Forrest Restaurant down the Campal and there’s going to be a Gujarati Samaj Mahila Mandal’s snack competition using only paova, (Gujarati), poha (Hindi), fov (Konkani…I’m also making something for the seniors category. Please come, you’ll enjoy too!”

    Defacing heritage

    THE EXPOSITION of the holy relics of St Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa will be held from November 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Every ten years, Goa makes infrastructural facilities available for almost 25 lakh pilgrims in Old Goa over a period of 44 days. But this year, under the pretext of providing world class infrastructural facilities for the pilgrims during decennial exposition of the relics, the Public Works Department of Goa led by PWD Minister Sudin Dhavlikar has wreaked havoc in the prohibited zone of numerous world heritage sites in Old Goa.
    The spate of irreparable damage to historical heritage began with the destruction of the outer wall of the Adilshah’s Arsenal and construction of two laterite stone and mortar platforms within mere two metres of the Viceroy’s Arch near Divar ferry point. Adilshah’s Arsenal would have been lost forever had it not been for the timely intervention by the members of Goa Heritage Action Group. After this, the PWD ‘rebuilt’ the Adilshah’s Arsenal, a 600-year-old wall, using the same stones and the two platforms near Viceroys Arch were demolished. But on October 10, the Department began to construct a new community toilet complex of brick and mortar within a few metres of the Viceroy’s Arch, one of the 14 monuments within the world heritage complex in Old Goa. To the horror of heritage activists, heavy earth-moving machinery was used to dig large pits in the compound of St Cajetan Church, barely 100 metres away from the facade of the church and a few away from the Arch of Adilshah’s Palace.

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    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when Luizinho Faleiro attempted to resurrect the Congress party. For a Saturday following the week when the Indian Super League kicked off in Goa with FC Goa taking on a Chennai team owned by Indian cricket captain, MS Dhoni, and film star, Abhishek Bachchan. For a Saturday following the week when the World Health Organisation warned of the possibility of 10,000 fresh cases of the dreaded Ebola every week worldwide. For a Saturday following the week when there was an acute shortage of beef in Goa, much to the dismay of the minority Catholic community. For a Saturday following the week when the Crime Branch widened the net and summoned Congress MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar and former Congress MLA Shyam Saterdekar for interrogation in the multi-crore PWD scam.

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    If it’s Sharad Poornima, it’s got to be ‘dudh poha’!

    LIFE CAN be so simple, but we make it complicated and complex for our own convoluted reasons which backfire on us later if not sooner! Especially in the case of what we put in our mouth to carry on living, for example, last Sharad Poornima, my friend Kalaben Panchal, said “We’re having a garba session at Dhiren Shah’s Forrest Restaurant down the Campal and there’s going to be a Gujarati Samaj Mahila Mandal’s snack competition using only paova, (Gujarati), poha (Hindi), fov (Konkani…I’m also making something for the seniors category. Please come, you’ll enjoy too!”

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