Tomorrow on Dr Jack de Sequeira’s death anniversary the Goa government
could have unveiled at the Secretariat in Porvorim the statue of Goa’s
first Leader of Opposition.

Successive governments despite their assurances have done nothing
worthwhile in memory of Dr Jack de Sequeira. But for his then tireless
efforts during that historic Opinion Poll which was held on 16th January
1967,   Goa today would have been languishing as a mere district if not
taluka of Maharashtra with less than a handful of MLAs representing us.

Dr Jack de Sequeira, the Father of that Opinion Poll as the then fiery
voice of the Opposition toiled with a vision and passion towards the
development of Goa. Unlike many of today’s politicians who are
self-centered, he relentlessly raised and pursued issues concerning the
backward, down-trodden, and neglected communities of Goa. A Leader of his
integrity, honesty and commitment, we may now never see in this arena of
political pygmies.

As a school student I had the privilege of interacting with Dr Jack de
Sequeira and with nostalgia memories of witnessing his debates in the
Legislative Assembly, always well prepared and ever so eloquent. Later
after that 1975 State of Emergency I had the occasion of addressing many
public meetings along with that great and inspiring leader.

Dr Jack de Sequeira always dared to speak from his heart and always walk
the talk. Only a few of such politicians still remain in our midst and will
also be always remembered for the good they have done for Goa. About the
rest and in particularly some of the current politicians in power who have
been steering and navigating Goa down the tube there will be no obituary to
write and no land remaining to even raise a Samadhi, leave alone a statue.
It is imperative that today students in our schools and colleges are made
aware of the very rich and invaluable contribution to Goa by Dr Jack de
Sequeira. He cannot be consigned as our forgotten hero.

Politics today is no longer a mission, not even an honest profession. It
has been abridged to a scoundrel’s very last resort. It has become a
ruthless business, with morals and ethics twisted, thrown to the winds, and
long buried deep in the slush of ignorance and thuggery. Those belonging to
a genre of politicians with qualities of head and heart cannot survive in
today’s political pitch as he has to be thick skinned and a hypocrite to
the core. Having to be always ready to breach and bend every rule possible
to survive.

It is very distressing to see and be witness to the continuing rampant
destruction and devastation of Goa. In 2012 we were promised a ‘Parivartan’
and ‘Acche Din’, but Goa has sadly by the day been just further corroding
beyond recognition.

It should have been the endeveaour of those in power to at least salvage
and safeguard what remains of Goa. Unfortunately Goa is getting defaced at
an electrifying speed. Posterity will never forgive the rulers of recent
years for their selfish and dubious role in this irreparable damage and
obliteration of what was once a beautiful Goa, the Paradise of the East. Goa
is being deviously laid to rest Bric by Bric. Dr Jack de Sequeira must be
rolling in heavenly abode at the way Goa is being uncaringly and ruthlessly

Aires Rodrigues

Advocate High Court

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Ribandar – Goa – 403006

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