Dr Nandkumar "The Guy In The Red Shirt" Kamat had many points to make, given his vast and encyclopaedic knowledge. Nandu has a lot to say. Usually. This blogger often appreciates his points (even if we sometimes disagree… and he sometimes takes him time in making them).
One of the very valid points he made was the need for citizens to build up their own pre-poll people's agenda. As Nandu put it optimstically: "When a (political) candidate comes to my house during the elections due later this year), he will not tell me what I will do, (Instead) I will tell him what he will do."
[There's not much time left. Elections are just months away.]
That's optimistic. Knowing the way politics in Goa operates (based on community, caste, emotive issues, shrewd manipulation … including more recently of "environmental" issues) this is unlikely to happen in the near future. But it is a very interesting goal. Who knows, it could be made to happen. One day.
Microbiologist-activist-and-man-of-many-roles Nandkumar Kamat explained the context thus: "Some 35-40% (voters) never go to the polling booth. They make a huge difference (in the ultimate results). We need a people's agenda. A peple's political agenda. Because the Leftists were using the lever (in New Delhi), we got some (postiive) reforms there. Those ruling Goa have no Common Minimum Programme. Instead, here it's a policy drafted by (dream-merchants like those selling the) monorail, skybus… superhighways… things that were never discussed in any five-year plans. These (dream-merchants, and lobbyists) are the people running our government. In the years to come, there will be a mafia ruling Goa's political identity. Take the case of what happened (with hill-cutting at) Sant Estevam, a very fragile island. Even the Chief Secretary could not believe (his eyes when he saw) the photos of what we showed him. How do I expect the rule of law in this state? The law is being purchased."
Interesting points all. Given the...