On 30th May 1987 Goa attained Statehood. But after 35 years the debate still rages whether our Goa has benefited after becoming India’s 25th State. There has been nothing to cheer about having achieved Statehood. Goans now realize the trap they got into by craving for statehood. An illusion gone awfully sour. With statehood the common man has lost but only the politicians have had the last laugh.
As a Union territory, we were ably governed with 28 MLAs and a cabinet of just four. Today Goa is totally mismanaged with 40 MLAs and a jumbo cabinet of 12. Goans were promised the moon with Zero Tolerance to Corruption and Good Governance. But it has been only U turns and rampant corruption all the way. The cavalier manner in which the government has been heartlessly and mercilessly destroying Goa is a matter of great concern. It is distressing to see and be witness to the continuing widespread destruction and devastation of our land.
Our Goa is sadly by the day getting further disfigured and corroded beyond recognition. It should have been the endeavour of those in power to at least salvage and safeguard what remains. But unfortunately Goa is being defaced at an electrifying speed. Posterity will never forgive those politicians who for their selfish gains have dubiously allowed this irreparable damage and wreckage of what was once a beautiful Goa, the Paradise of the East. Now sorrowing lies our Goa.