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    From hare to tortoise

    THERE IS a controversy raging over digital neutrality, whatever that may be. Since I do not understand what digital neutrality implies, I will leave it to the computer experts to explain what is at stake. I personally am far more concerned and agitated over the digital divide. The huge gap between those who have access to the internet and those who do not. Those who may have access to the internet, but are computer illiterate like me. Those who may not be able to afford a smart phone even if it is available for just Rs 5000. And those who may be able to afford smart phones, but are more confused by it than empowered.
    It may be true that there are more mobile phones in the country than there are toilets. But this is nothing to be proud of. In fact, it shows a misplaced sense of priorities. We certainly need toilets much more than we need mobile phones. Studies of ownership of mobiles reveals that young men are more likely to own mobiles than young women. In fact, women in the rural areas and even in some urban areas are not permitted to have a mobile even if the family can afford it. Out of the fear that the mobile is part of western civilisation and may provoke the girl to go “astray”. It is not a coincidence that women have a bigger problem not having access to a toilet just as they are also discriminated against when it comes to being armed with a mobile in case of an emergency.

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    Opinion Poll: One mother, several fathers

    On the birth centenary of Dr Jack Sequeira, attempts were made to canonise him as the ‘Father of the Opinion Poll’. Truth be told, the Opinion Poll had only one mother, and several fathers. In fact, people of Goa who voted against merger should be considered the legitimate parents of the historical Opinion Poll.

    From hare to tortoise

    THERE IS a controversy raging over digital neutrality, whatever that may be. Since I do not understand what digital neutrality implies, I will leave it to the computer experts to explain what is at stake. I personally am far more concerned and agitated over the digital divide. The huge gap between those who have access to the internet and those who do not. Those who may have access to the internet, but are computer illiterate like me. Those who may not be able to afford a smart phone even if it is available for just Rs 5000. And those who may be able to afford smart phones, but are more confused by it than empowered.
    It may be true that there are more mobile phones in the country than there are toilets. But this is nothing to be proud of. In fact, it shows a misplaced sense of priorities. We certainly need toilets much more than we need mobile phones. Studies of ownership of mobiles reveals that young men are more likely to own mobiles than young women. In fact, women in the rural areas and even in some urban areas are not permitted to have a mobile even if the family can afford it. Out of the fear that the mobile is part of western civilisation and may provoke the girl to go “astray”. It is not a coincidence that women have a bigger problem not having access to a toilet just as they are also discriminated against when it comes to being armed with a mobile in case of an emergency.

    Ushering in Dictatorship?

    It is becoming apparent that the BJP, controlled by RSS ideologues, is trying its best to turn India into an autocracy.


    Where are you on the election map?

    After the delimitation process was completed, you may find that your region falls under a different constituency. Take a close look at the maps to determine where you figure on the Election Map.

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    Delhi HC verdict on gay sex

    Stray Thoughts

    Modi buys fighter jets in Paris, Parrikar buys fish in Goa

    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when I was placed under house arrest by the contractor, Venka Rao undertaking the concretisation of the stretch of road from the Dona Paula circle to the Dona Paula jetty. For a Saturday following the week when Mickky Pacheco continued to be absconding a week after a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against him my Margao JMFC, Pooja Kavlekar. For a Saturday following the week when the Directorate of Health Services attributed the mysterious deaths in Pali village of Sattari taluka to the Kyasanur forest disease. For a Saturday following the week when Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was inaugurating a mobile fish vending van even while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was striking a deal for the purchase of Rafale jet fighters in Paris. For a Saturday following the week when the Shiv Sena in Mumbai not only demanded prime slots for the screening of Marathi films at multiplexes in Maharashtra, but even more shockingly demanded the Muslims should be disenfranchised. For a Saturday following the week when the airfares shot up ahead of the summer vacation for educational institutions due to the restriction of timings for the landing of flights at Dabolim.

    Life and Living

    Real biryani and kebabs at GTDC’S ‘Spice’ restaurant in Vasco Da Gama now!

    THERE are quite a few eating out places in port city Vasco da Gama now (although aam aadmi will always swear by Anantashram if it’s Goan seafood you’re looking for). Last week I found myself in Vasco anew to eat at the born-again GTDC Vasco Residency’s Spice Oasis restaurant. It’s been rusticating for some two years and is now refreshingly refurbished. Goa Legislative Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar cut the ribbon along with GTDC chairperson Nilesh Cabral, MD Nikhil Desai and others. The Vasco Residency may be in shambles, but the newly done up restaurant is the place to go if you want to relish some of the best biryani and kebabs this side of town.

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    Opinion Poll: One mother, several fathers

    On the birth centenary of Dr Jack Sequeira, attempts were made to canonise him as the ‘Father of the Opinion Poll’. Truth be told, the Opinion Poll had only one mother, and several fathers. In fact, people of Goa who voted against merger should be considered the legitimate parents of the historical Opinion Poll.

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    The Three Beatinhas of Belem

    Marcelina, Carmelina and Natalina tormented successive chaplains in Belem. How could they be stopped?