Former Chief Minister and Goa’s longest serving MLA Pratapsingh Raoji Rane
towards the twilight of his long political innings is rightly receiving the
flak and being virtually roasted on social media by Goans across the world
for that very bizarre statement on 3rd August in the Goa Legislative
Assembly demeaning Goans working overseas.

But equally culpable in all this are those 35 other MLAs for the
indefensible insensitivity they all displayed while they were seated in the
Legislative Assembly that evening and none of them had the spine to object
to Pratapsingh Rane’s uncalled for tirade against Goans working abroad. In
fact some of the BJP MLAs were seen cheering Pratapsingh Rane while he was
senselessly uttering those crude comments.

It was incumbent upon Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as the Leader of the
House to have stepped in and upheld the dignity of Goans by stopping
Pratapsingh Rane’s outburst against innocent Goans. The inexplicable stoic
silence by Speaker Pramod Sawant is also condemnable as he should have
strongly reprimanded Pratpsingh Rane besides expunging those insane words
uttered by him.

This government which has been claiming that it stands for Goem, Goenkar
and Goenkarponn stood exposed once again on 3rd August as it remained a
mere silent spectator while Pratapsingh Rane merrily hit the last nail on
it.

Over the last week while the Goan diaspora is rightly enraged, the now
invisible Pratapsingh Rane and his son Vishwajit have been mute as mice.

Do they have to be told that ‘Silence is not always Golden?’ Martin Luther
King Jr. had said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about
things that matter”




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