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Lead Articles


   World Goa Day

  About us Goans

   Travel Advisory

The Tale of 2 Rivers

  Caste System

  Francisco Xavier

  Vasco da Gama

 Church Woes

The  Inquisition

  Goan Liberation

  The Opinion Poll

Homes for the Aged
  Goa Tourism

 Goa's Bandodcar,  the  Machiavelli  CM

  Goa's Anjediva
    Oh Dabolim !

  Dabolim & TAIP

  Konkani -amchi bhas in trouble
  Sea Wolves 1943

 The Isle of Love

  Goan Diaspora

 Reaffirming our  Portuguese status 

Goa & Goans

  Fr. Chico Monteiro

  Through my father’s eyes
  The Opinion Poll
  The Siddis
  Family Feuds

Honrado Goans



Goa Media Watch
Keeping track of  the Goa Media 's bondollam


 Persons of the year 2004


Kattor re Mirsangh



REVIEWS of books by

Ben Antao
Tony Martins
Aurora Couto
Aurora Couto

© 2006

PUBLIC SINS, PRIVATE LUCRE, GOA DAMNED  Valmiki Faleiro writes: Goa’s stink would put a skunk to shame. Never was the awful stench of corruption in public life so overpowering, so intense, so pervasive. Originating from ministerial chambers in the State Secretariat, bribe culture permeated down to the lowest rung of Government functioning. So rampant it today is that we, the people, have accepted it as ‘A way of life.’ [ Read More]

RES IPSA LOQUITUR:  Is it OK to lie and furthermore to justify what is not true ? [ TGF does not believe so]

Goa's Road Traffic Department issues Licenses to Kill and Maim? Valmiki Faleiro writes:  Gone are the days when driving schools hardly existed in Goa and road fatalities were rare.  But there were men like Cruz and Dixit, who conducted stringent driving tests before issuing a licence. [Read More]

Portuguese Citizenship for eligible Goans  - Hopes, misconceptions, and what EU Law provides - TGF.   What follows is a brief summary of the Law as it stands to the Employment safeguards with regard to EU citizens.  [Read More]

A Shocker from Chennai ! -   Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times: A  study in Chennai has found that as many as 42 per cent of school-going children are victims of sexual abuse. And in most of the cases, the perpetrators are either close relatives or family members.

Goa’s appalling road sense- 3  by Valmiki Faleiro:  Expert driving alone does not make safe drivers. *Road sense,* coupled with fair skill, would avert bulk of road carnage – emerging, slowly but inexorably, as Goa’s major tragedy.

A tribute to Anjediva's Poristhar - by Anthony Baretto: Born on 4 October 1912, Poristhar completed his Segundo Grau and started a career in the military.  His next posting was as Commander on Anjediv for 16 years and new the place like the back of his hand. “I spent the best years of my life on the Anjediv Island. Life was full of excitement,” he would add nostalgically.

Goa’s appalling road sense-2   by Valmiki Faleiro:  India with 10 million vehicles has 87,000 accidents a year.  Japan with 74 million vehicles has 8,400.  Goa, with a fraction of a single million vehicles, has 3,000+ reported accidents per annum!  Sadly, that’s where we stand.

Driving Skills in Goa: What Driving Skills?  by Valmiki Faleiro : Bad roads and too many vehicles do not cause accidents. People who drive them do. Abysmal driving skills and an appalling lack of road sense are the conjoined twins primarily responsible for death and misery on Goa’s roads.  

Goa’s appalling road sense-1   by Valmiki Faleiro : Lack of good driving skills is one part of Goa’s problem. The other is our appalling road sense.....

Violence is Never the Answer - TGF

It is a sad commentary on those in the power-blocs who fomented this atmosphere of communalism, those in the press who should have known better but decided to stick their ostrichoid heads into the sand, the educated who should have anticipated wisely but chose to follow instead of leading, and all those who sold their souls for a few pieces of silver.

Portuguese Nationality 2006   - Livia de Abreu Noronha

Best of luck to all the Goans who are anxious to get through this ordeal, which should have really been a smooth one, "punn bhaile lokhan piddar konn ghallem". As a Catholic I will say "Devan tumkam sogleank adhar dinvum".

other lead articles:

A Goan Village circa 1961 : Pride, Prejudice, the Truth, or Selective Blindness  in 2006?

The Goa Mess named Land Survey


Science, PseudoScience, Plagiarism or What?

What a Monumental Shame !

Chandrakant Keni sez -Expel Portuguese Goans from Goa !

Goa: One man's meat is another man's poison


                             *Looking Glass Archive 1 2 3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11*



TGF editorials

The Diversionary and Divisive Konkani Script Contra Tu

 Religious Intolerance in India

 Are Goans liberated?

 The Big Let down



 Goa: House Swiping

Religion &  Freedom

 The travails of Fr. Chico

 Harder Talk: XBS & TGF The 1961 Goa action

 Portuguese language in Goa

 The Politics of stupidity

 AfroIndian Caribbean conflicts

 The challenges Indian Catholics  face.  

 Why I walked to work

 Sit up and take notice

 Christian Missionaries are like the Mafia

 Textbook Prejudice

  Goa: An African writer's perspective(1964)

 Chandrakant Keni sez -Expel Portuguese Goans from Goa !

 Goa: One man's meat is another man's poison

 Goa: Paradise or Trap ? - the Alexia Stewart story


Valmiki Faleiro writes

  Editorial Plagiarism and the Heraldo

GOA CONTEMPORÂNEA : entre o legado português e o contexto indiano (being uploaded)

The Diversionary and Divisive Konkani Script Contra Tu

nuttin about de Sinna

 a Saint or  a 'Sinna' ?

 Constancio Monteiro

 Dead Men Flying

 Dung Chow Pong in Dona Paula.

 May, Grandma &  Me

Tut Tut Mr. Karmali

 Dabolim and TAIP

 Goa Not for sale!

 Dear Ex PM Vajpayee

 Dear Ex CM Parrikar


TGF Writers site


  Romi-Kannada Unity upsets Casteists

  .Msgr Dalgado: Prof. Olivinho Gomes pays tribute to Konkani's Godfather

  Konkani - roots

  Konkani - the struggle, betrayal and reality

  Konkani Proverbs
 Konkani - hijacked!


em Português
   Integração e Distinção:  A comunidade Goesa em Portugal

  Goa & Ourselves 





Have you seen my Daughter?


TGF Writers' Sketchpad

 Cornel DaCosta review of Blood and Nemesis

 The first flight to Goa

 The Goa you may not know

 Sorrowing Lies My Land - Revisited

 The Tale of Two Rivers

 Luis de Camoens

 Goem will soon be gone

 Snakes, Ladders et al

 Another Sunday

  Last Man

  Inquisition distorted



From other writers
 Memories Proud and Humble

 Portuguez Tempar ani Indian Tempar

The Rane Rajput myth?

 Is Panjim sinking?

  If not.... expect Goa to be liberated again!

  Beware of Marathiwadis

   Wisdom in a Nutshell

   Politicians' promises


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