Friday 18 October 2019

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Regulatory Authority for real estate or corruption?


Though the proposed law is shown as an attempt to protect the common man with the objective of the government to provide housing for all by 2020 through enhanced private participation, to my mind it is neither in the interest of industry nor the common man.READ

Scrapping RP21 will destroy Goa


There is opposition to the Regional Plan 2021 particularly in the villages of Salcete. The opposition to the plan has become very handy to the government to propose the scrapping of the plan in the election year. READ

Is Mahagathbandhan possible in Goa?


Vijay Sardesai, the strongest votary of the alliance politics, has caught the imagination of the people. But Fatorda is part of Salcete and Fatorda alone cannot spearhead an alliance. Any alliance in Goa will have to be beyond Salcete. READ

NJAC Debate: Reminiscences of Indira Gandhi


There can be no argument over a fact that a few in the Indian judicial system has let the institution down. These few have also entered the system through what is now called the collegium system (judges appointing judges), a system invented by the Supreme Court and championed by one of our finest judges justice J.S. Verma, who later in life accepted deficiencies of that systemREAD

Taking manipulations at Civic Polls lying down


There is also a manipulation in reserving wards for women and OBC to such an extent that for decades certain wards are never reserved while some are reserved every time. The reservation policy is used to knock out political opponents or to favour political supporters. READ

Corruption: No instant Justice possible


Proving corruption as a crime has always been difficult. There are no finger prints and no weapons or undergarments to be recovered. The booty may find its way beyond the shores. Like adultery, it is something that happens within four walls. READ

Mopa set to overwhelm Goa


Even if the Dabolim airport is closed, the issue as to whether we have the capacity to absorb 13 million tourists amongst our 1.5 million populace? If that is the trend, what special status are we talking about?READ

Goa’s ‘development’ at stake


The success of civil society seen earlier seems to be getting drowned by the negativism that has gripped the state of Goa particularly in the Salcete belt, which is driving the opposition to all developmental activity. It is not a matter to celebrate the civil society’s success but a cause for concern. READ

Creating atmosphere of fear


The measuring rod of government’s democratic credentials would be its tolerance level to NGOs. To look at any dissent and criticism as anti-national is bordering on stupidity particularly when we look at the pioneering role played by some of the NGOs over the past decade even leading to the parliament passing legislations.READ

A Year of Headlines & Speeches


The central government resembles a poor mirror image of the previous government. It has precious little to show in any of the areas. The government has only attempted to wipe out the stamp of Nehru from the national psyche while appropriating national leaders like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and reducing Mahatma Gandhi to a cleanliness icon.READ

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Cleofato A Coutinho

Cleofato Almeida Coutinho is a senior lawyer and one of the constitutional expert in Goa. A member of Law Commission of Goa, he also teaches at Kare College of Law in Madgao.


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