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Hawaiian diversion

Being a Goan, I have seen the underlying hatred spewed by Goans and the rest of India at the West (albeit that they seek greener pastures in the same West), but what is this news I hear that the CM gives very vague tidbits of a sister state partnership with Hawaii? (‘Goa, Hawaii to become sister states, MoU soon: Parrikar,’ June 19, The Gulf Today).

The report, and the quotes by the ailing CM Mr Parrikar sound like a kindergartner’s poem, “If you go to Hawaii and if you wake up in the morning, without knowing where you are, you will think you are in Goa”. One wonders if he’s in his right senses. And what really is the partnership about? Nothing is mentioned about how it will benefit the Goans?

I have been audience to the backlash that Portugal faces from the mouths of these very ministers in the Goa government for Portugal’s influence on the Goan culture. Portugal and everything Portuguese is severely looked down upon with distaste (though many of the same brethren and the kin would be guilty of some European nationality).

This partnership sounds fishy exactly how Parrikar puts it “Their food habits are also like us, fish, rice and coconut is abundant. It looks like Goa, the two have a lot of similarities and they are interested in having sister-state relationship “.
Federico Miranda — By email

Cruel act

It’s horror of horrors to see children being snatched from their parents at the US border by officials trying to enforce the so called “zero-tolerance” border security policy (‘Trump’s family separation policy blasted,’ June 19, The Gulf Today).

The last six weeks saw almost 2000 young immigrants removed from loved ones, and with distressing stories stacking up, famous figures from all sections of the society including President Trump’s family, have come forward to condemn his actions. But Trump as usual is never guilty of any misdoing and in his inimitable style tried to blame Democrats for the situation.

Last monththe #Wherearethechildren hashtag, referring to 1500 children the US government had lost after removing them from their families, shocked the world. News reports state that children, who range in age from one to 18 years old, are placed in centres where they sleep on mats on concrete floors in units delineated by chain-link fences resembling cages. It’s time to stop the cruelty.
Margaret Drake — By email

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