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
15 Jan. 1987. The Times (London).
rivalries come to boil.
Sept. 2001 GoaNow. Aires Rodrigues opens Law office
Jan. 2001 GoaNow. Aires Rodrigues convenes the International
Goan Convention, 2000
15 1987, Thursday
enemies jostle for position as Goa rivalries come to
boil / Power struggle behind language battle in the
former Portuguese colony.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
"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
International Goan Convention, 2000 convened by Aires Rodrigues.
recap of the several, interesting events at the recently
held daylong International Goan Convention in Panjim
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,
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
Rodrigues and CM Monohar Parrikar
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