Religion, Politics and the Political in Goa

Religion and Politic do not mix. It is said to be a hazardous cocktail. Religion has often served political ends.  God is repeatedly sold for notes and votes across several religions. Violence has sometimes enjoyed religious sanction.  Heinous crimes   have been committed against Humanity in the name of God.  ‘The other worldly’ concerns of religions have numbed and...

Politics, the Art of the Impossible?

Otto von Bismarck is said to have said, ‘politics is the art of the possible. Most of us will agree with this saying. We all like determinate and achievable goals. It seems to confine politics to the possible, feasible and achievable. Maybe we have to turn this Bismarck’s dictum on its head. Politics is not just the art of...

United Opposition

With the united opposition gunning for the BJP, the political scenario in our country is set to enter a new state of entropy. The embers are steadily getting stirred and flames of political tempers are threatening to rise. We do not need political punditry to forecast that the run-up to the 2019 elections is going to be an interesting...

Lessons and Choices at Hand

The discourse around the denial of permission to four higher secondary schools among other things to the Diocesan Society of education opens several widows to look at our Goan Society.  One might say that the discourse centred on it is haunted by the spectre of absence.  Absence or void has become the chief lens through which we seem to...

Facing our Political Present -II

The filiations through mimicry have been an age-old strategy of some elements on the periphery to become absorbed into the centre and gain power.  Humans do have a tremendous capacity to become what one hates. Unfortunately, in our desire to reject the imperial centre, we seem to have become copies of the same.  This mimicking of the imperial centre...

GREETINGS

Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.

- Fr Victor Ferrao