As the start of the tourists season rolls in, the mood of the stakeholders
appear to be cheerful. It, however, might be too early for an all-night
celebration. No wet blanket am I, so let's begin with the the good news.

BRICS has apparently taught our government a few tricks: roads are being
repaired at record speed and speed breakers here and there have disappeared
as BRICS men and women  have to speed to locales where they will make
momentous decisions which will have a big impact on the development of Goa
and uplift our economy from a deep sleep. The great leap forward?

Our beaches now are also clean, cleaner than they have been in years and
garbage has been reduced considerably. No need to organize a Garbage
Festival, after all. If Goa or at least south Goa is going through an
upbeat season, without and within, it is thanks to BRICS. And, i future,
when people refer to Goa will they mean south Goa? Let's wait and see.

The policemen who are everywhere are indeed a most welcome sight and an
assurance to Goans who live here as well as people who visit the state on
holiday. They appear to be friendly, especially in Salcete. I have not seen
a single policeman who had a nasty look on his face. Most appear to be
young which is fortunate and might explain why they look happy. Has Goa
turned the corner?

But, then, all is not hunky-dory as only a few days ago I saw a jeep full
of people stop their vehicle by the side of a road, and getting ready to
picnic in paradise. They really know how to manage a budget, these people.
Maybe they could teach the Goa government a trick or two. All kinds of
goodies were unpacked in no time at all for all to see. However, I also saw
a few unhappy eyes of people who own restaurants and other establishments
not too far away. Picnic in paradise? No charge. Free.

We Goans are a selfish people otherwise the situation would not have gotten
to this level. People need to work in communities to keep their
neighborhoods and the environment clean. Picnickers and others who use
public and private space to party in Goa on a shoe-string budget need to be
shown the backside of the shoe.

They need to be told in no uncertain terms to go away if they overstep
their rights. Village and other communities need to send them a clear
message. Remember there is strength in numbers. People power is the need of
the hour. No need for violence, only the message that our culture does not
approve of this kind of behavior. Goan culture is slowly being replaced by
*bhelpurization*. Enough is more than enough.

The government is also disgusted as drinking in public places will soon be
banned if it is not already. If tourists decide to party in paradise, the
first lesson they need to learn is the time and place, the when and where.

Raise you glasses high, by all means, to a toast. But, remember, there is a
price to pay: even in paradise.

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