Today after having served Goa distinguishably as Governor for just over two years BV Wanchoo takes the flight out of Goa. The very shoddy manner in which the NDA government virtually evicted him out of office is outrageous. For a person of his caliber, integrity and competence BV Wanchoo did not deserve to be treated in such a demeaning manner.
That BV Wanchoo was going to be gunned down was very clear from the body language of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 14th during his visit to Goa. At the airport while being greeted with a bouquet by Governor Wanchoo, the Prime Minister disrespectfully and very uncourteously looked the other way. It was in utter bad taste. With the change in guard at the centre the law did not require BV Wanchoo to resign and he could have continued as Governor for another three years. But he chose to spare himself of the mudslinging that the NDA leaders would have craftily unleashed to hound him by leaving him battered and bruised. In his usual devious style Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tried to fakely project publicly that he had no problems with BV Wanchoo continuing as Governor but the State BJP was asked to fire salvos seeking the Governor’s resignation. And they did it with great fanfare by even suggesting that they knew it would have the desired effect due to the pre-planning. BV Wanchoo was extremely people friendly and though very knowledgeable was always ready to learn. A refined gentleman to the core. Always gave everyone a very patient and polite hearing with an open mind unlike many of his predecessors including Kidar Nath Sahani who was extremely intolerant to hear the other side of the ‘Kahani’. Goa will miss BV Wanchoo for the kind open hearted man that he was. Beginning with Nakul Sen having interacted with every Governor since 1972, without any shadow of doubt BV Wanchoo clearly outstands them all. Governor BV Wanchoo was very proactive and analyzed all matters brought before him indepthly from all angles. I had the occasion of meeting with him on a couple of occasions with various issues. Unlike most other Governors who just receive your representation and bid you off after a cup of tea, with BV Wanchoo there was always an open exchange of ideas and thoughts on the subject of the representation placed before him. A Governor is bound to be an appointee of a political dispensation. But when the incumbent dons the mantle as Governor, he should keep his preferences and prejudices behind and bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution. Something which Governor Wanchoo has maintained to the highest standards. If the Raj Bhavans have to be kept free from the political stink, having persons like BV Wanchoo who carry no political baggage was the way to go. Regardless of all the rhetoric we have heard over the last few weeks, this Government will not walk the talk but as expected has a string of ageing RSS pracaharaks lined up to move into the Raj Bhavans which will now be their saffonised retirement homes at tax payer’s expense. Bidding farewell to 63 year old BV Wanchoo while thanking him for upholding the Constitution of India while unfailingly discharging his role as Governor of Goa. Sir, just to let you know that you will be always remembered for the outspoken and warm person that you have been. Aires Rodrigues Advocate High Court C/G-2, Shopping Complex Ribandar Retreat, Ribandar – Goa – 403006 Mobile No: 9822684372 Office Tel No: (0832) 2444012 Email: airesrodrigu...@gmail.com Or airesrodrig...@yahoo.com You can also reach me on Facebook.com/ AiresRodrigues Twitter@rodrigues_aires