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Goan Voice Newsletter: Friday 13 Oct. 2017


Funeral: Michael Fernandes

MICHAEL FERNANDES, Ex Gailey & Roberts, Nairobi died on 1st Oct 2017 in Wimbledon. Beloved husband of Sarah. Loving Father/father-in-law of Lily/Gabe, Seby, Darryl, Charmaine/Gavin and Kevin/Suzette. Cherished Grandfather of Giles and Glen; Aaron, Curtis and Kane. Condolences to: or
Funeral: Tuesday 24th October 2017, at 11.00 a.m. Christ the King Church, 9 Crescent Gardens, Wimbledon Park. SW19 8AJ. Close to Wimbledon Park Underground Station. Followed by Cremation: North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane, Morden. Surrey, SM4 4NU. Wake: Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4LU

Death: Olga D’Costa
4 Oct: Mississauga. OLGA D'COSTA. Ex Zanzibar. Wife of the late Gilermo D’Costa. Mother of Blazia, Titu, Nora, Donald (Samantha), Noel and Anthony. There will be NO viewing before. Mass begins at 12:30pm at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 11 Peter St. S, Mississauga, ON, L5H 2G1. (Lake Shore Rd /East of Mississauga Road, Port Credit). Followed by Funeral Mass at the same location. Thereafter Burial at Assumption Cemetery – 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON, L5T 1N4. (Tomken/Derry) May Mrs. Olga’s Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. [Info: Claude Fernandes]. Messages of Condolences may be sent to: click here.

News Summary

Letter: Claremont Memories, and Race

11 Oct: Valley Almanac News (New England, USA). From Bosco, Hazel, Karen, Timothy, Raymond, Joseph and Michael Cardozo of Amherst Massachusetts “… we hope to inspire a larger discussion of racism and bullying in Claremont and the U.S. at large. Our family of eight — aged 30-82 — consists of a father who was a doctor in Claremont … We are also people of color: South Asian/Indians of Goan ancestry who were born in Zanzibar (parents), Kenya (oldest four siblings) and Claremont (youngest two). Our experience in Claremont was largely positive, yet none of us were shocked or surprised by the potentially racist nature of the recent incident. As one of the only nonwhite families in town, we all experienced racism in one form or another. We didn’t know how to talk about it then, but we were in an environment that didn’t deal well with difference… 524 words.  click here
For photographs of the Cardozo family,  click here

India's Hindu party struggles to win over Christians

12 Oct: UCAN. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is treading a fine line in promoting its pro-Hindu nationalist agenda while trying to court voters in Christian strongholds in the northeast and south. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several of his BJP leaders have been criticized for creating policies that push for a Hindu cultural and religious hegemony. Among those are national laws to ban beef and restrict conversions, moves that will inevitably drive religious minorities away from the party. But ever mindful of placating religious minorities, the party has adopted different strategies tailored to different areas, and embraced Christian politicians in key states…  click here

In incessant strife and discord, Goa a mostly liberal land, kind and gentle

12 Oct: New Indian Express. Thus wrote Justice Gautam Patel scrapping the Centre’s move to shift National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) bench from Pune to Delhi… The verdict, when it came, was strongly worded — but in language more lyrical than strictly legal. The High Court today quashed the Centre’s notification to move the western zone of National Green Tribunal in Pune — which handles all cases from Goa — to the NGT’s principal bench in New Delhi. Making a strong case for not moving the NGT’s Pune office, Justice Gautam Patel and Justice N D Sardessai quoted John F Kennedy and James Baldwin on evidence and justice; pointed out how in this, a “time of apparently incessant strife and discord” in the country, Goa is a “kind and gentle land,” how its sunsets are “ridiculously brilliant” — and why the “unprotected” are the ones who need the most protection…1323 words.  click here
12 Oct: The Hindu. High Court says no to transfer of NGT bench to Delhi … Social activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues hailed the HC verdict as a “landmark order”. Terming the High Court verdict as a victory for the people of Goa, he demanded that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar apologize to Goans for “the mischievous move which has been rightly thwarted”. He has alleged that the government’s attempt to transfer cases from the Pune bench to Delhi was done to make it difficult for litigants…  click here

Expat Voice: Alice in Goa

12 Oct: Little India (USA). Alice Surya Minelli speaks two Indian regional languages, Konkani and Hindi, and cannot shake off the “foreigner” tag that people identify her with. Minelli, who was born in Italy, has been living in Palolem, South Goa, since she was two years old. Her parents, Claudia and Giovanni, moved to India 18 years back, without giving it a second thought, and set up an Italian restaurant on the beach in 1999… She says, “I lived in a small village with a closed community, so people were not very open minded… People also want to take advantage of you only because they think you are an outsider… When I heard about the incident in which an Irish girl was found murdered near Deobagh beach in Canacona, I was terrified, thinking that something like that could actually happen to me too… Even though some terrible incidents take place in India against foreigners, we cannot change it… 614 words.  click here
For the Facebook page of the Magic Italy Authentic Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria,  click here

Video: Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's CEO on Low-Cost Carriers

10 Oct: Bloomberg. Tony Fernandes, chief executive officer at AirAsia Group, discusses low-cost carriers, the possibility of a pilot shortage, his plans in China, regulations in India, his aircraft orders and his outlook for the company. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: European Open." Commencing heavily discounted flights to Europe is unattractive right now, given the amount of capacity already deployed, the CEO said. “When we come into a market we’ve got to make sure we can really bring fares down, we don’t think we can,” he said, adding that serving the U.S. from Japan could be a more interesting market, with an Osaka-Honolulu route doing “very well.” … 11m. 37s.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Tony Fernandes,  click here
For the 2004 Goan Voice supplement on Tony Fernandes, click here.

The false inevitability of history

12 Oct: Mint. By Sidin Vadukut. Recently, I came across two images on Twitter. The first was a poster for a festival of Portuguese films that was held in Goa just a few days ago. The second was a poster which showed an Indian man sweeping a tiny Portuguese soldier out of Goa with the butt of a rifle… merely five decades after India went to war with Portugal over Goa, relations have normalized to an extent that may have seemed unfathomable in the 1960s… In 2007, Portuguese film-maker Luís Galvão Teles visited Goa for the 38th International Film Festival of India. It was a moving experience for Teles. His father had argued for Portugal, against Indian claims on Goa, at the International Court of Justice in 1960… Shortly afterwards when India liberated Goa, Teles recalled, there was heartbreak at home in Portugal: “I remember people crying at my place. We were praying and still hoping for a miracle.” …  click here

Goan children’s perceptions of peace displayed at int’l exhibition in Italy

11 Oct: Times of India. Rome's iconic Colosseum — once the venue for bloody battles between Gladiators — recently held an exhibition titled Colour of Peace comprising over 7,000 artworks, nearly 30 of which were painted by schoolchildren from Goa. Inaugurated on September 21 on the occasion of International Day of Peace Day, the artistic endeavour with the theme of 'Peace begins with me', was organised by Sri Chinmoy Peace Foundation, which has one of its centres in Goa… Lalita Umraskar coordinated the collection of the paintings from Goa …  click here

Forthcoming Events

Sat: 14 Oct: 1:45 p.m. 33rd Annual National Rosary Crusade of Reparation at Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue, Westminster, London. SW1P 1QW. (Closest underground: Victoria) - Public procession of Reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart. Celebrating the Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Led by the Rt. Revd. John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley. Procession to Brompton Oratory, praying the rosary en-route. Scapular enrolment, solemn benediction. Service ends at Brompton Oratory at 5.15 p.m. but an optional mass begins at 6 pm. Further information available from Mathias Menezes: 0208 764 0262 | Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa: 0208 765 0258 | 07958 537314. For the flyer, click here.

UK: SOLD OUT! Sat. 21 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 44th Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus& Launch of Future Leaders on Saturday 21 October 2017 with Holy Mass at 4pm ,Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band Rainbow’s End and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are prized at just £17.00 for Adults, £8.00 for children under 12 years. For tickets Tickets: £17.00 Adults and Children £8.00 below 12 Years. Contact: Gabriel: 0208 2307139, Nicholas 07838184216, Brian 07833494173, Deborah: 0208 384 3809/07896007011, Pedro: 07854865116, Karissa:07891322338. SOLD OUT! For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 11 Nov. G.O.A. Mass for the Deceased members commencing at 12.30 hrs. followed by a three course meal. Venue: St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, CR4 4LD. Mass will be celebrated for the souls of the deceased members of the Association and the Goan community. Further details from : Nina Pinto: 0208 767 0663 | Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 E: /

Sun 19 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK). Our Fiesta celebrations commences with Mass at 12:00noon sharp, followed by dancing to the music of Rainbow's End and Disco by DnA. Tickets include snack and meal. Back by popular demand is the Children's Fancy Dress and the theme this year is "Super Heroes". All Children wanting to participate please come dressed as the Competition starts at 1.45pm sharp, come early to avoid disappointment. For the flyer with full details, click here

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