VIVA GOA! VIVA PORTUGAL! – The natural salutation that comes to mind as one sits down to write on the Grand Brass band farewell that the people of Khariawaddo Vasco and the Vascoites gave to the Portuguese Navy on 16th November 2010. These people of Khariawaddo showed that they still have the Goan Portuguese culture in them and that there is still love for them in our hearts.
Beautifully decorated fishing trawlers and canoes accompanied by traditional brass band ferried large number of revelers towards the sip from Khariawaddo fishing jetty. A rally was held later by some youth in Vasco on their motorcycle holding the Portuguese flags.
There was dancing to the accompaniment of the brass band and Goan misic. The revelers then exchanged flowers with the Captain of the Ship Proenca Mendes in the presence of Consul Geral de Portugal Antonio Sabido Costa and other sailors. Some sailors handed over T-Shirts, while Mendes handed over the Portugal flag to the fishermen, who in turn handed over the Indian flag to the Captain.
What was actually to be done by the Indian Navy or the Goan government, the lay people have done it and proved the love for the Portuguese who had come on a good will visit. The coward Chief Minister of Goa was so afraid of a few BJP activists who wanted badly to get in limelight and in favour of Goans that he ran away to Delhi bluffing and fibbing the people of Goa. BJP is not even aware that far from being made heroes, are termed as villains and are more than ever out of books with the people after this incident. It is rather very strange that they gave a warm welcome to the great grandson of General Dyer. There was not a word of protest on the mouth of the BJP as if they did not exist at all.
Next we have a somewhat another awkward category or a bunch of numbs under the leadership of Naguesh Karmali who calls himself a freedom fighter. A freedom fighter who is paid for his work and who worked for money. Little does he know that he cannot brag about fighting for freedom as the Goan tax payers of Goa have paid him and are still paying him! Little do they know that the Portuguese were requested by the Hindus to save them from the Bahmani Rulers (Adil Shah) of those times! Little do they know that the Portuguese brought peace to the Hindus and a good moral western gothic culture into Goa which is slowly fading away with the introduction of drugs and crimes of the present downloaded culture!
Far in contrast to a few 10 to 20 people protesting against the visit of the NRP SAGRES, people turned out in hundreds to give a fond and loving farewell to the Portuguese Navy and that really captured the hearts of the Portuguese. At the last minute they were given a very happy and warm farewell. It showed them the love of the Goans.
Captain Mendes, speaking to the media said that they were very pleased and happy to receive such an overwhelming send off by the Goans. He said that they were very pleased to arrive in Goa, even though there was some opposition from the freedom fighters.
Councilors Fiola Rego and Lavina D’Souza and former councilor Arnold Rego were present. “It was our goodwill gesture to show them hospitality, as Indians treats their guests as god,” said Simon Pereira, a fisherman. “We don’t want to comment on the people who opposed the arrival of the ship”. He also stated that the function was just a goodwill gesture to strengthen Indo-Portugal ties and to show them about how Incredible Goa and its people were.
The celebrations were galore and the Goan security were watching from far and never bothered to stop the Khariawaddo and other Vasco people from approaching the Ship. They approached in hundreds, the Hindus, Catholics and the Muslims of Goa (True children of Goa) which was a spat on the face of Karmali and his colleagues and the BJP who had demonstrated in tens and twenties. But the real Goans demonstrated a good will and diplomacy in hundreds.
People of Khariawaddo we can say really showed their gratitude to the departing Portuguese Naval Ship with the love of True and real Goans in their heart as were the parting words heard from the mouth of one of the sailors, “Goa e Goeses estão em nossos corações e estamos levando o seu amor com a gente de Portugal, que vai durar para sempre e sempre.” meaning “Goa and Goans are in our hearts and we are carrying your love with us to Portugal which will last forever and ever”
These were the loving words from the mouth of a sailor, which he said to the people of Khariawaddo, Vasco and the people of Goa in general but definitely to the non Goan protesters. We Goans commend love and affection wherever we go throughout the world. Unlike other Indians the Goans are not looked upon suspiciously. By this great act of the people of Khariawaddo and the Vascoites in general the Portuguese are aware that barring a few BIMBOS the Goans love them still and have love for them in our hearts. It is a great victory amidst the opposition. The Goans really appreciate the gesture of the Khariawaddo people and all the people who participated in the farewell ceremony and to the rallies aftermath. Long Live Goa and the Goans! And once again VIVA GOA PORTUGAL!
(For photograps of the farewell please click or visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygMquUiFg8E a view to behold)
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