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    Tiatr Triumphs

    THE VOICE of the people has prevailed. At least for now, the conspiracy to intimidate not just tiatrists, but civil society in Goa has been foiled. But the very fact that Tousif de Navelim’s tiatr Akantvadi Goeant Naka had to be held under heavy police protection dramatises the deep seated apprehensions over not just the entry of the Sri Ram Sene into Goa, but the government’s tacit support to fanatical Hindutva elements.
    Never before in the history of post liberation in Goa, except during the early years of the first Maharashtrawadi Gomantak government, has an attempt been made to curb the freedom of expression of tiatrists Tiatrists have historically been the most powerful voice of dissent in the state. Never before has an outside agency attempted to force the cancellation of a tiatr in Goa. Never before have fundamentalist Hindutva organisations had the courage to target tiatrs, which are the soul of the unique and distinct cultural identity of the state of Goa.

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    In Mumbai one more time

    HERE I am in Mumbai-that-was-Bombay one more time for old time’s sake! Not that I am not happy to be in Mumbai to babysit mother dear while her caregiver goes on leave and my Mumbai sister has some urgent work to attend to for a couple of days (I have a Mumbai sister, Chicago sister, New Zealand sister and a Malaysian brother)! I’m thinking how dependent we are on our caretakers for this, that and the other, as we grow older and older. The babysitting of mother is over with as her caregiver returns and then I have to catch up with my usual junketing around… as usual whenever in any of my hometowns of yesteryear, I suffer from pangs of déjà vu…how time flies.

    Tiatr Triumphs

    THE VOICE of the people has prevailed. At least for now, the conspiracy to intimidate not just tiatrists, but civil society in Goa has been foiled. But the very fact that Tousif de Navelim’s tiatr Akantvadi Goeant Naka had to be held under heavy police protection dramatises the deep seated apprehensions over not just the entry of the Sri Ram Sene into Goa, but the government’s tacit support to fanatical Hindutva elements.
    Never before in the history of post liberation in Goa, except during the early years of the first Maharashtrawadi Gomantak government, has an attempt been made to curb the freedom of expression of tiatrists Tiatrists have historically been the most powerful voice of dissent in the state. Never before has an outside agency attempted to force the cancellation of a tiatr in Goa. Never before have fundamentalist Hindutva organisations had the courage to target tiatrs, which are the soul of the unique and distinct cultural identity of the state of Goa.

    A retrospective show of Padmashree Prof Krishna Reddy’s prints at KA

    KALA ACADEMY hosted a retrospective exhibition of Prof Krishna Reddy’s prints, drawings, sketches and sculpture in collaboration with printmaking department of Sir J J School of Art Mumbai from August 8-15. The art works range from the year 1947-1997. This exhibition was an initiative of Prof Anant Nikam, the head of the department of printmaking at Sir J J School of Art in Mumbai, art curators Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma of Clark House and Prof Hanuman Kambli from Goa College of Art.


    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.

    North GOA

    South GOA


    Delhi HC verdict on gay sex

    Stray Thoughts

    Goa to import well-built Belgaum migrants to catch stray cattle

    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah told party workers, including BJP members of Parliament, that they should strive to replace the Congress vichar with the BJP vichar. For a Saturday following the week when replies to questions in parliament confirmed that Goa lags behind many other states in the country in terms of the quality of education. For a Saturday following the week when, despite the presence of a large number of Nigerians in Goa and close connection of Goans with Africa, the state Health Minister Laximikant Parsekar remained unconcerned over the threat posed by Ebola.

    Life and Living

    In Mumbai one more time

    HERE I am in Mumbai-that-was-Bombay one more time for old time’s sake! Not that I am not happy to be in Mumbai to babysit mother dear while her caregiver goes on leave and my Mumbai sister has some urgent work to attend to for a couple of days (I have a Mumbai sister, Chicago sister, New Zealand sister and a Malaysian brother)! I’m thinking how dependent we are on our caretakers for this, that and the other, as we grow older and older. The babysitting of mother is over with as her caregiver returns and then I have to catch up with my usual junketing around… as usual whenever in any of my hometowns of yesteryear, I suffer from pangs of déjà vu…how time flies.

    In News

    Govt mismanagement and reckless wastage causing water shortage

    According to the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the acute mismanagement of water by the government as well reckless wastage by the public that is responsible for the deplorable water supply situation in Goa. The state is losing revenue of more than Rs 70 crore due to “unaccounted water”.

    Short Story

    The Three Beatinhas of Belem

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