Happy Birthday TGF and Happy World Goa Day 2006
The Abbe Faria Stamp issued by Portugal
TODAY is also our 6th Anniversary. We launched this
website on August
The constant refrain has had the following elements in it: Goans are becoming a minority in Goa, the classy Goan culture is being diluted, Goa is becoming increasingly polluted and corrupt etc. And then comes a state of shock when a young teenager in allegedly murdered by his friends.
But we as a community need to move ahead together. That does not mean that we have to be herded into one closet. It surely does not. That would lead to monopoly, mind control, censorship and intellectual dictatorship. We have had enough of that nonsense.
Opposition to monopoly, mind control, censorship and intellectual dictatorship is why The Goan Forum was formed in the first place.
Much positive change has occurred since 1999. For starters, Goan Associations around the world have started an albeit (presently) loose alliance under the determined leadership of Rene Baretto and his colleague leaders. We wish the various Goan associations around the world - all the very best.
It is time however, to move to step 2.
Step 1 was essential...very essential. Goans around the world chose a day and called call it their own. That day is August 20th - since the year 2000, known to Goans and their well wishers around the world, as World Goa Day. As expected, Goa Day celebrations took a festive look. There were dances, parties, get-togethers with Goan food and Goan sorro(caju).
But, now is the time to move to step 2.
There are several ideas that Goans may wish to consider for this important step 2. Some of them are listed here:
must endeavour to work extra hard to further improve their lot and that
of their children. This might involve us expanding and improving our
educational and technical expertise. The world is a marketplace of
opportunity. Goans need to be even better prepared to take full
advantage of those opportunities.
No need to
worry about that anymore. If we do not have our own mechanisms to
contribute, We could use the good offices of Goa Sudharop. Let's help
the less fortunate among us with as much as our generosity will allow.
There are lots of look alike Rolex watches in the market place. They are not Rolex!. There are lots of imposter 'Vindaloos', 'Goan Fish Curries' and 'Goa Fenies' in the market place. We know that they are not our Goan specialties.
the same standards for our Konkani. Let them call their imposter
stuff, any thing they wish. They cannot fool us about our mother tongue.
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