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Aires Rodrigues

Aires in London:
left to right, Flavio Gracias (President of Goan Association UK), Tony Luis ( ex-President of Goan Association UK), Concy Fernandes, Aires Rodrigues, Alexyz, Francisco D'Souza (SCOGO) and Cipriano Fernandes

1. 15 Jan. 1987. The Times (London). Goa rivalries come to boil.
2. Sept. 2001 GoaNow. Aires Rodrigues opens Law office in Goa.
3. Jan. 2001 GoaNow. Aires Rodrigues convenes the International Goan Convention, 2000
4. Other References.

January 15 1987, Thursday
Political enemies jostle for position as Goa rivalries come to boil / Power struggle behind language battle in the former Portuguese colony.


While the European tourists laze topless on the silver beaches of Goa, watched by a constant parade of young Indians with their minds plainly boggled, other young men are planning mayhem.

'I am afraid that some heads are going to get broken' smiled Aires Rodrigues, a young law student just released from jail where he had been held over Christmas. 'I was arrested on Christmas Eve,' he said. 'Even Salazar (the former dictator of Portugal) would not have been so cruel. '

Goa celebrated the 25th anniversary of its liberation from the colonial yoke of Portugal with a series of riots, strikes and road blocks that were quite uncharacteristic of the usually laid-back Goanese attitude to life and politics.

Six people died in the troubles. But, worse, the quarrel has sharpened communal rivalries between the Christians, who make up 28 per cent of the population, and the Hindus.There are, accordingly, fears that a number of communities are planning to revenge themselves on their neighbours, just as soon as the authorities' backs are turned.

Ostensibly, the troubles are about language and about cultural identity - which has been a fruitful source of Indian discord for many years in many different parts of the country.

September 2001.
Aires Rodrigues
Aires Rodrigues with his wife Loretta and daughter Evita.

"Some people are advocates by temperament itself and they just need a degree to practice law. Others have to study to become lawyers. But Aires Rodrigues belongs to the first category because law courses in his veins." That's how Sunaparant editor Advocate Uday Bhembre, began his address at inauguration of Aires Rodrigues' law office at "Ribandar Retreat" on August 4.

Rodrigues did not have to wait until he became a lawyer but argued a case he had filed in the Supreme Court while he was just a law student. Then, for 15 years he roamed the world, to return and complete his law studies and to secure the third rank at the finals. Bhembre said that Rodrigues will succeed in this noble profession, provided people support him, to find a solution for society's major problems. Said

Aires Rodrigues, "After my voyage across the world, I decided that it was time to come back to finish my law studies and start a career, of which I dreamt in my childhood," addressing over 500-odd friends and admirers and people of all walks of life. Adv Rodrigues assured all that he would ensure transparency in all he does and in every step he takes. Adv Rodrigues said, "Please don't ask me to connive or to conspire with my fellow lawyer colleagues."

January 2001
International Goan Convention, 2000 convened by Aires Rodrigues.
Bridging Gaps
A recap of the several, interesting events at the recently held daylong International Goan Convention in Panjim
"GOANS in Goa are very successful. So also we have Goans who have carved a niche themselves outside Goa and the world over. This International Goan Convention is a grand opportunity to bridge a gap of difference, if any, in the perspectives of the two sections of Goans, and ponder why how the world perceives Goans with so much respect and admiration among other Indians," announced Ryan de Souza, the smart mood-setter at the very start of the Goan International Convention, organised by World Wide Goans in collaboration with the Institute Menezes Braganza, on December 30, 2000, in Panjim.
The convenor, Aires Rodrigues, ushered in the chief guest, India's former super cop and former Ambassador to Romania, Julio Ribeiro, the Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, and other distinguished guests, in the packed hall. The convention was attended by 570 registered delegates, of whom 270 were from outside Goa, including expatriates. For once, Goans seemed to have overlooked their caste and creed differences and felt that they were fortunate to be among the larger Konkani flock, assembled and listen to the views of various sections of Goans, some specific problems they face and about probable solutions to the problems.
Aires Rodrigues and CM Monohar Parrikar

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