By Prof. Narendra Nayak
I am born to GSB parents though I cannot claim to be much of a Samaj Bhandav because I do not take part in any religious activities, which are supposedly the mainstay of the community, as I am an atheist. However, I was very happy that you have taken up cudgels to set right the wrongs done to Konkani speaking community in general and GSBs in particular.
I have also seen your statement made to the press about the celebration of Tipu Jayanti and that you are opposing it because he has murdered thousands of Konkani speaking people. While coming to that I think you mean the GSBs as well as the Roman Catholics too. If you go back in history to March, 2016 (not a very remote past event) you will see that a Konkani speaking GSB, Bhaktha of Venkatramana, Shishya of Kashi Math was murdered for questioning the irregularities there. I have not heard anything about that issue from you or anyone else for that matter! It is not too late to break the silence. However I presume that your silence on this issue is because the culprits are not belonging to a community which you associate with Tipu!
Again, if you go back a decade or so you will also see that a group of financial institutions belonging to GSBs with whom you are associated at present had gone belly up defrauding thousands of people of hundreds of crores of rupees in deposits and the majority of them were amchigele, who had kept the money there out of confidence in amgele jana. I see you celebrate quite a lot of things with them without bothering about the injustice done to Konkani speaking people!
Your heart has been bleeding for the Konkani speaking people and that is why you say you are opposing the ‘celebration’ of Tipus birthday using public funds which I feel is well justified. If you have been opposing misuse of public funds for something like a religious function, you can also take the example of Mysore Dussera celebrations, pujas when reservoirs are full etc etc, which are performed using public funds and you would have been right. While I am not fan of Tipu, I am also against state getting involved in religion as ours is a secular nation as of now.
Well, coming back to the Konkani speakers who were persecuted by Tipu, if you will go back a little more in history you will see that they migrated from Goa and became victims because they were hounded out by something else - the Portuguese invasion and the Roman Catholic Inquisition. You would have heard all that about the cruelties our ancestors were subjected to, how the temples were destroyed, the idols used and so on. They were also forced to eat beef and hence excommunicated by default.
So, I would suggest that since you are a BJP sympathizer or yearn for a place in their politburo that you instruct the BJP govt. in Goa to do the following:
1. Restore all destroyed temples.
2. Do ‘Ghar Wapas Hadche’ (bringing back home) for all those converted.
3. Stop cow slaughter and beef sale in Goa as it was one of the tools used by the Inquisitors to pollute the GSBs and get them expelled from the jat by default.
4. The most visible symbol of all this was Francis Xavier who has been conferred sainthood. There is a feast every year and an exposition once in ten years when his remains are kept for public viewing. So, you can ask the Goa govt. to stop all support for it. As it is on 3rd December, the time is not too late.
5. The famous Goa carnival is a religious festival. So get that stopped too.
Of course I could also suggest that we authorize you to lead an expedition to Lisbon to bring back all things which belonged to our ancestors that they have looted and taken there. May be we could start a signature campaign for that. Since the present Raksha Mantri is an amchigele it should not be too much of a problem. Again, amcho railway mantri who is also a GSB will support us in that by rapid transport of men and material. In the meanwhile another GSB, Deshpande, is in the Karnataka cabinet and is supporting the Tipu Jayanti. So declare him as jati padko and excommunicate him immediately.
Again the narrative would be incomplete if I do not bring in another famous GSB Konkani - none other than your friend Vijay Mallmam. What if he has gone to UK with thousands of crores in dues to banks? You were very keen to defend him. Some of that money has been put to good use. He had purchased the sword of Tipu Sultan and he is taking revenge on him by using it in the kitchen to slice vegetables for tendle upkari and mogge koddel. That should be the ultimate insult to Tipu to use the sword which might have been used to slaughter thousands of our Samaj Bhandavs for this purpose!
Tumcho Konkani uleyatalo bhandu