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Devil in Disguise - 2

December 30, 2013-January 5, 2014

Lionel Messias

In the earlier column (Devil in Disguise - 1/December 9-15, 2013) you read how Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, the Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP) Marcaim legislator’s 2007-declared assets of Rs. 3,00,80,303 rose to Rs. 5,58,50,317 in 2012, without him ever holding a paid job.  We had him in our cross hairs for his ranting: “Deport ‘Goans with Portuguese passports’ …. Seize their ‘land’ and ‘assets’ … Shut down the ‘Portuguese consulate’ in Goa”.  His words were well publicized on December 7, 2013.  But that’s how politicians are, they have no qualms about living off you tax money, all the while, accumulating their own pot of gold in the form of land and assets.  Most often, this perfidy goes on for decades as they get re-elected using their ill-gotten wealth to build their own personal vote banks, sometimes even communal vote banks as elder brother Ramkrishna Dhavalikar was attempting to create when he vented his anger.

His vote bank politics has helped him win consecutively from 1999!

Pandurang Dhavalikar’s asset accretion creates records

We take a look this time at his brother Pandurang Dhavalikar’s, asset accumulation.  The Priol MGP legislator has been at his game since 2007.  At the time of the 2012 election asset declaration, Pandurang Dhavalikar of MGP declared an asset increase of Rs. 11.98 crore (from 1.41 crore to 13.40 crore), an astonishing achievement considering other non-employed Goans had to resort to getting Portuguese passports for the sole purpose of getting employment in foreign countries. Which caused his brother’s unwarranted rant.

Their only indiscretion they committed in our opinion was actually a lack of discretion (from whatever point of view you want to look at it).  Pandurang’s predictable (some would say beyond belief) asset accumulation was a percentage increase of 848 per cent.

Prior to the 2007Assembly elections, Pandurang declared his assets to be Rs. 1,41,41,192.  Five years later in 2012 his assets soared to an astronomical Rs. 13,40,04,641.  He had liabilities of Rs. 8,18,50,483.  Interestingly, of his liabilities, Rs. 6,25,00,000 was borrowed from Kayji Real Estate PVt. Ltd., owned Agrawal Minerals Pvt. Ltd. The following is a list of land he bought at great cost and with the alacrity of a shopaholic.

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Agricultural land:

Land measuring 11.90 acres at Bethora, Ponda, bought on August 20, 2008 for Rs. 25,00,000.  He spent Rs. 6,30,000 to develop it.  Total cost Rs. 31,30,000.   
Land measuring 5.95 acres at Bethora, Ponda, he purchased on September 26, 2008 for Rs. 16,00,000.  He spent Rs. 6,00,000 to develop it.  Total cost: Rs. 22,00,000.   
Three acres in Bethora, Ponda, bought on September 26, 2009 for Rs. 14,87,875.00.  He spent Rs. 5,20,000 to develop it.  Total cost: Rs. Rs 20,07,875.
Land measuring 5.95 acres at Bethora, Ponda, purchased on October 1, 2009 for Rs. 30,00,000.  He spent Rs. 6,50,000 to develop it.  Total cost: Rs. 36,50,000.
Land measuring 23.81 acres at Bethora, Ponda, bought on November 5, 2009 for Rs. 1,50,00,000.  He spent Rs. 13,53,211 to develop it.  Total cost Rs. 1,63,53,211.
Land measuring 5.96 acres at Bethora, Ponda, purchased on November 5, 2009 for Rs. 38,00,000.  He spent Rs. 7,40,000 to develop it.  Total cost Rs. 45,40,000.
Land measuring 5.95 acres at Bethora, Ponda, he purchased on May 7, 2010 for Rs 29,75,782.  He spent Rs. 7,10,000 to develop it.  Total cost: Rs. 36,85,782.
Three acres in Bethora, Ponda, he purchased on September 1, 2010 for Rs. 20,00,000.  He spent Rs. 6,50,000  to develop it.  Total cost: Rs. 26,50,000.   
Three acres in Bethora, Ponda, bought on September 18, 2010 for Rs. 14,87,875.  He spent Rs. 4,80,000 to develop it.  Total cost: Rs. 19,67,875.
Three acres at Bethora, Ponda, he purchased on September 18, 2010 for Rs. 14,87,875.  He spent Rs. 5,00,000 in developing it making it a total of Rs. 19,87,875.
Land measuring 98.27 acres at Dharbandora, Sanguem, he purchased on November 25, 2010 for Rs.  5,50,00,000.  He spent a further Rs. 5,50,00,000 to develop it.  Total cost: Rs. 11,00,00,000.
Cost of purchasing land: Rs. 9,03,39,407.
Cost of developing land: Rs. 6,18,33,211.
Grand Total: Rs. 15,21,72,618.
(Note: The cost of purchasing land figure of Rs. 9,03,39,407 does not include the cost of buying the few commercial buildings (shops/warehouses) he declared because they are negligible.)

(Concluded)

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Devil in Disguise - 1

December 9-15, 2013

Lionel Messias

Remember Elvis Presley’s ‘(You're The) Devil In Disguise’.  Somehow, exactly 50 years later his song encourages us to make comparisons with Ramkrishna Dhavalikar, but who instead released a hate song you read about on December 7, 2013.  But, let’s dwell on Presley’s lyrics first:
“You look like an angel
Walk like an angel
Talk like an angel
But I got wise
You're the devil in disguise
Oh yes you are
The devil in disguise”.
Dhavlikar’s hate song (sung in a stern tenor) runs like this: “Deport ‘Goans with Portuguese passports’ …. Seize their ‘land’ and ‘assets’ … Shut down the ‘Portuguese consulate’ in Goa”.  To be fair to the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) legislator his supposedly “I love my India” song could have sounded hateful because of his badly written lyrics.  We are also reminded of the fact that the MGP’s founding fathers and present day financial benefactors were and are mine owners.  And, we all know how they have ravaged much of Goa with their slaughter mining.
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The foreign influx - 1

November 25 -December 1, 2013

Team GS

Circa 2013, Goa has become Terra Nova

Back in the eighties, a busload of German tourists from Dabolim airport were met by anti-tourism activists with a splash of cow dung.  Such was the opposition to foreign tourists coming to Goa because Goans were worried (not xenophobic) that outsiders would come and ruin Goan culture, devastate the land and Goa would never be the same again.  And in retrospect, their fear seems to have been borne out, although there have been exceptions, because Goa has become a playground – whether we like to admit or not – for those who want to “partay”, for those who want to snort/sniff/swallow/smoke drugs and the less said the better about the land.  Here not just foreign tourism, but domestic tourism should take the lion’s share of the blame.

But it has never been in the eye of the storm for causing a diplomatic incident notwithstanding the rape and murder of British teenager Scarlet Keeling back in 2008, the case for which is still going on at a tardy pace.  With the events of October 31, when the murder of a Nigerian led to his compatriots taking the law into their hands, damaged a hearse/blocked a national highway and allegedly attacked police while they stood helplessly by, that box too can be checked now.

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The foreign influx - 1

November 25 -December 1, 2013

Team GS

Circa 2013, Goa has become Terra Nova

Back in the eighties, a busload of German tourists from Dabolim airport were met by anti-tourism activists with a splash of cow dung.  Such was the opposition to foreign tourists coming to Goa because Goans were worried (not xenophobic) that outsiders would come and ruin Goan culture, devastate the land and Goa would never be the same again.  And in retrospect, their fear seems to have been borne out, although there have been exceptions, because Goa has become a playground – whether we like to admit or not – for those who want to “partay”, for those who want to snort/sniff/swallow/smoke drugs and the less said the better about the land.  Here not just foreign tourism, but domestic tourism should take the lion’s share of the blame.

But it has never been in the eye of the storm for causing a diplomatic incident notwithstanding the rape and murder of British teenager Scarlet Keeling back in 2008, the case for which is still going on at a tardy pace.  With the events of October 31, when the murder of a Nigerian led to his compatriots taking the law into their hands, damaged a hearse/blocked a national highway and allegedly attacked police while they stood helplessly by, that box too can be checked now.

The question is what is it about Goa that makes foreigners think they can do anything and get away with it?  Even small things like dressing badly, driving rashly, or behaving boorishly at supermarkets, the Russians especially.  Why is that those who come from polite societies become rude and cavalier in Goa?  A bit like when in Rome, do what the Romans do?

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

And as in the case of Nigerians and Russians who have colonized Morjim in north Goa, even thumb their noses at the State?  Is it the sentiment behind “Athithi Devo Bhava” (Your guests are like God) that locals are tolerant or is it because state governments have forever looked the other way because the government mantra has always been to encourage tourism at any cost, just like the mining industry was given a free hand.  Example: Minister Dayanand Mandrekar berated the police in August, saying, “We have had incidents like one police officer Vijay Singh who cracked down on rave parties in the coastal belt of Anjuna (when he was SP North Goa), which has directly or indirectly affected tourism business.  We should try and understand that tourism is the only source of generating income for the state, in the wake of the closure of mining activities.”

In other words having allowed the mining industry to degrade and devastate the hinterland, the official word is “Go ahead, do whatever you will with the coastal areas.’


So anything goes as long as the tourists flood in and the tourist industry is made richer?  Ever since tourism became an industry, Goa’s image has hurtled in the eyes of many and is now known as a destination for drugs, booze, rave parties, sex workers, even paedophilia.

And the government far from giving the image a makeover is only interested in boosting numbers. Here’s Minister for Tourism, Dilip Parulekar’s take.  He sees a 12-15 per cent growth this season as compared to 4.5 – 5 per cent last season. The state expects to receive at least 4,50,000 foreign tourists in the current tourist season, which began with a Russian charter landing on October 13, as compared to 3,25,000 tourists last year.  “The chartered flights will also rise from the present 1,025 to 1,250, this season,” Parulekar predicted, noting that many new operators have shown interest in starting operations in Goa.  “The state witnessed the arrival of 26,00,000 tourists during the 2012-13 tourist season,” he exulted.  So, the government is blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to activities unleashed by foreign and domestic tourists, because its end game is only nudging the graph up.
 
 

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Big Brother Parrikar

November 4-10, 2013

Team GS

Much is being written and said about how Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar “rushed to the site and personally took control of the volatile situation” that ensued on October 31 when a mob of Nigerians indulged in a free for all after the alleged murder of one of them.  But he is the home minister and he seems to orchestrate all police moves rendering them impotent, but that’s another story.  So the kudos to him should also be tempered with how the Foreigners’ Registration Branch has only 19 Nigerians registered with them, but there are about 400 to 600 of them in Goa.  As home minister, was his sleeping on the job?

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