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Basuri Desai , Hearald Reporter met Prof, Prajal Sakhardende

Basuri Desai , Hearald Reporter met Prof, Prajal Sakhardende of United for Mother Goa for his plans and efforts to save Goa’s environmental heritage for posterity

 

BASURI DESAI:-

What is this movement all about “United for Mother Goa – Goenchea Lokancho Awaaz”?

PRAJAL SAKHARDANDE:-

United For Mother Goa-Goenchea Lokancho Awaaz is a social Movement of the people of Goa to SAVE Our Mother Goa’s priceless natural and cultural heritage and identity to seek a change in 2017 to herald in a better Goa corruption free and wherein our Environmental heritage will be protected for posterity which is being blatantly destroyed today.

BASURI DESAI:-

 How this particular movement will be different from other movements for a change in the state of Goa?

SAKHARDANDE:-

This movement is different from all other movements because congenitally inherently it is a platform for all. I am saying all environmental social activists to come together and seek a political change in 2017. Many of us, heritage environmental social activists, will be supporting this movement but will never contest elections. We are appealing to all people of Goa to come forward and bring about a Revolution in Goa in 2017 the Golden jubilee year of the Historic Opinion poll of 1967.

BASURI DESAI:-

Such movement, especially in the election year, gives rise to political group. What is your take on it?

SAKHARDANDE:-

See eventually if a political group emerges with the said ideology it is welcome. However, on a personal note let me reiterate that I will never contest any election but will be part of the new REVOLUTION TO SEE MY MOTHER GOA PROSPER AND FLOWER FOREVER. This Movement was founded by South Goa based environmental activists Suraj da Costa, Joazinho Martins, Judith Almeida and Iris Passianah. They came over and requested me,  Claude Alvares, Wendell Rodrigues and other emvironmental and social activists to be part of it in a advisory capacity and we welcomed this great idea and thought.

BASURI DESAI:-

 

Will you be fielding your own candidate or will your movement support individuals/independents?

Sakhardande:

We will be fielding honest committed corruption free dedicated social activists and also appeal to many more honest social activists to come forward and contest and we at the UMG -GLA will support them under our social environmental heritage platform. We will support who is a good person who has not been tested before. Because we have seen how political parties and governments have cheated and fooled Goans all these years and finished our state. We will support the never tried new people, I mean fresh candidate.

BASURI DESAI:-

You have been in couple of movements in Goa, the recent movement was against coconut declassification and Goenkarponn. What happened with these movements?

SAKHARDANDE:-

Yes I have been in the Heritage Movement for 16 long years and I had started way back during Nylon 66 in the year 1995 just as a volunteer when Prof Ave Cleto Afonso requested me. On our Coconut Chipko movement we are now fighting through the court where advocates Akash Rebelo and Rui Gomes Pereira are fighting the coconut issue free pro bono as we don’t have the money to do so. As I am personally against collecting funds. I am against any form of money collection.

Our Heritage movement has been largely successful. We have managed to save a large number of historical monuments, heritage sites through our Goa Heritage Action Group since 2000. Now we have the History Heritage Action group Goa too. We also have Goa’s Movement for Special Status and we are fighting for Special status to protect Our mother Goa’s natural and cultural heritage, etc.

BASURI DESAI:-

 

On coconut issue you and others have received support from Goa Forward Party or vice-a-versa. Will you support regional outfit like GF party?

SAKHARDANDE:-

We did not receive any support nor we sought any support from Goa Forward in our Coconut Chipko movement because it was never formed then. On January 11, 2016 when we took to the streets with our chipko movement to save our Goa’s heritage tree, Vijay Sardesai, Reginaldo Lourenco, Rohan Khaunte joined our agitation on the Guirim highway as citizens and not as politicians or parties.

BASURI DESAI:-

 

Claude Alvares has been accused for not supporting Mhadei issue, even by the government. What is your take on it?

Sakhardande:

Claude Alvares is my idol and my icon. He is Goa’s hero, he saved Goa. The government which has shown least concern for our environmental heritage including the coconut identity heritage tree of Goa has no right to accuse a great environmentalist like Claude Alvares. The government took a huge U-turn on Special status and Casinos. On the issue of regional plan the government was seeking relaxation of CRZ. They even said we do not need so much forest cover and what else is required. Yes, I agree that they showed concern for our Mhadei. We at the Mhadei bachao abhiyan too went to Supreme Court, thanks to Mrs Nirmala Sawant over Mhadei diversion. Look at our hills how they are being built upon. See our fields how they are filling it everywhere and see the casinos in the Mandovi and judge this government.

Prajal Sakhardande

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