The Power Play At Panchayat Elections And Game Of Reservations

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  • May 31, 2017

It is time for the Panchayat bodies to go for the polls. This once in five-year event actually is the grass root level exercise with elections being held for each ward. The panch member is elected who eventually decides the Sarpanch and decides how Panchayat bodies should work.
The role of Panchayat bodies has attained utmost importance. It is these bodies which run the government at grass root level. It is unfortunate that the legislators are increasingly interfering in the working of the Panchayats. The actual essence of panchayat is ‘power to the people’.
The system of ‘gram sabhas,’ Panchayat meetings…

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WHAT PARRIKAR SAID BEFORE ELECTION HAS TURNED TRUE

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  • May 26, 2017

Senior leader Sudin Dhavalikar has got what he aspired for – PWD and Transport. And he will be only able to explain why he wants these two portfolios. Can’t he develop Goa if he is given other ministries? Is PWD and Transport, key for the development of the state? Everyone knows the answer for these questions but that is not an issue right now. The thing to feel good about is that MGP seems to be comfortable. Their novice MLA like Deepak Pauskar also got the plum corporation, Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation.

The aim of all the political parties…

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Keep your red beacons but give us what we rightfully deserve

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  • May 12, 2017

It came as a surprise for everyone when Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked red beacons on the cars to be removed. The move came unprecedented as the red beacon always symbolised very important persons (VIPs). The Prime Minister claimed his decision will be a blow to VIP culture and every Indian is VIP. It felt so nice to listen to such things. I am also a VIP. Wow!
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his cabinet were amongst the first few people who removed red beacon from their cars. In fact Ministers like Vijai Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte and Sudin Dhavalikar who…

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Tears in eyes and dust in lungs, for people living in the mining belt

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  • April 28, 2017

Goa: The issue of pollution caused by the trucks that carry iron ore from the mining leases to the jetties is as old as the mining industry itself. The rising demand from China in the run up to the Olympics fuelled the state’s iron ore demand. That is why the people living in the mining belt have borne the increasing pollution since 2005.
Certain villages in Sattari, Sanguem, Bicholim and Quepem talukas are so showered by this pollution that life with mining dust has become the order of the day. It was in 2012 that the people began to openly…

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‘BABA RE BABA’, WHAT VISHWAJIT DID WAS UNPREDICTABLE TILL MARCH 11

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  • April 18, 2017

As more than a thousand people from Valpoi flooded the streets of Panaji earlier this month, there was something unusual happening. The news of Vishwajit Rane joining the BJP was already an old story, but to see it happen so quickly, was something unbelievable. But that’s what Goa’s politics has come to right now.

Vishwajit’s introduction to politics was through his father, Pratapsingh Rane, the uncrowned king of Sattari, who is known for his classy style, no non-sense behavior and marathon experience in running the State. ‘Khashe’, as he is known in this area, commands a lot of respect.

Then came…

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