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The Other Silences to the Marginalisation of Catholics in Goa

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Jason Keith Fernandes Bosco de Sousa Eremita’s article, “The Silent Ethnic Cleansing of Catholics in Goa,” published earlier this month was widely shared on social media. At about the same time that I read a Hindu friend informed me that he is often accosted thus when he extends professional services to Catholics in Goa: “Arrey! …

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What Amitav Ghosh can teach us

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  Jason Keith Fernandes While a number of litterateurs across India were making a symbolic protest against the rising intolerance in India under the Modi regime by returning their awards from the Sahitya Akademi, a bunch of Sahitya Akademi award winners from Goa, along with two Padmashri awardees, made a very odd statement. On the …

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Goans, Films, and their worlds – Putting Nachom-ia Kumpasar in context

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  Jason Keith Fernandes I am always afraid when I go to watch a film that features Goa or Goans, because of the host of problems that plague their representation. These problems were more than painfully obvious in the recent films Finding Fanny (2014) and The Coffin Maker (2011). As in these films Goa is …

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Medium of Instruction in Goan Schools: Mother Tongue or Multilingualism?

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  Open Letter to the Goan government’s Advisory Committee on Medium of Instruction  Jason Keith FernandesR. Benedito FerrãoAlbertina AlmeidaAmita KanekarDale Luis MenezesAnjali ArondekarNandita de SouzaAnibel Ferus-ComeloSujata NoronhaChrissie D’Costa This letter is pursuant to an email that was dispatched to the Advisory Committee on Medium of Instruction on 12 October, 2013. Before we proceed, however, we …

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The Battle of the Konkanis: Separating Wolves from the Lambs

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  Jason Keith FernandesDale Luis Menezes Context In 1987 subsequent to mass demonstrations composed overwhelmingly of bahujan Catholics the legislature of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu recognised Konkani in the Nagari script as the official language of Goa. This recognition of script was used to privilege a brahmanical project of fixing the …

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Common Sense and Hindu Nationalism: Why the Catholics in Goa are not Hindu

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Albertina AlmeidaAmita KanekarDale Luis MenezesJason Keith FernandesR. Benedito Ferrão Can a Goan Catholic be Hindu? Can Catholics professing a tradition of Catholicism that is over five centuries old be considered Hindu in culture? This is what the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, sought to suggest in a recent interview with Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi of …

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Feet of Clay: Amitav Ghosh and the Imperial Indian Gaze

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— Jason Keith Fernandes A couple of days ago, an interview, of the part-time Goa resident author Amitav Ghosh, with Lila Azam Zanganeh for the magazine Guernica created something of a storm of outrage. Ghosh had suggested in the course of conversation, that ‘one of the wonderfully liberating things about India; [is that] it lets …

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Muslim-Catholic dialogue in India: Is caste the main problem?

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  Jason Keith Fernandes Introduction Sharing his experiences on Christian-Muslim dialogue in the March ’09 issue of Jivan, Fr Paul Jackson was unusually reticent on the challenges that face the Catholic aspirant on this route. To say that this route is a path of thorns would not be an exaggeration, since there are quite a …