Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Today on 14th November 2007 the birthday of Chacha Nehru had a nasty suprise in store for the People of Cacra, Tiswadi, Goa, India. Goons came and forcefully blocked and errected gate on public road connecting Cacra and Nauxi villages on Zuari River shores. When the Cacra Nagrik Vikas Samiti (CNVS) went in to inquire they were told to contact the local panch who is supposed to know everything about the matter. He however was not traceble today and his mobile was not connectable.

This fresh assault on the Cacra villagers and Goa's tribal popolation - Gawdas comes at a time when there is increasing protests of the conquests of the Goa's coast by the buiders and Real estate agents for tourism and purposes. The entire coast in the region of Cacra, Nauxi, Bambolim, Siridao, Odxel, Mariel, Aivao and Dona Paula is under pressure due to this ruthless onslaught wherein State is actively siding with the builders.
There was drinking water well here that was burried by the builders. The pain and agony caused to the villagers here is unimaginable.

Looking at the way the things are proceedings it is not very difficult to guess the near future of Goa: On Coast due to Real Estate and in the Hinterlands due to open cast iron ore lobby, there is going to be the situation of mass homelessness with repurcursions of its own.

Few months earlier same bulders tried to errect the gate but the angry villagers had brought down the contruction of Gate on Public Road. Cacra villagers use this space for their fishing activity. But the landlords - Talaulikars who got this land registered in thier name with usurios intensions during earstwhile Portuguese Colonial regime that ranged from 1510 upto 1961 are involved in selling the same to builders over the past few years - a familiar pattern that is visible across the State of Goa. They are known as 'Bhatcars', landlords who are the in the forefront of Sale of Goa for corporates.

Cacra villagers were forced into fishing after they were occupationally displaced from agriculture when Goa University was set up in thier lands. Now looks like they are also compelled to do away with their fishing occupation. What is suprising is that it is all happening in the knowledge and blessings of the powers that be in Goa. The entire coast is under assault from the rich and famous - the film stars, Sports Stars, Underworld and what not. The need of the hour is to evolve fitting reply to the Corporate invasion.

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