Goa is often subsumed in media-driven clichés of being a beach-sun-and-fun place. The dominant image we are left with is of a State on permanent holiday, urbanised and inhabited by a Westernised middle-class. This reality too does exist in pockets, but its dominant project sidetracks a range of other issues. Social activist Kalanand Mani and journalist Frederick Noronha focus on concerns emerging from the farm and field, and tell the story of a Goa often overlooked. For this task, they lean on the work of the Madkai (Ponda)-based Peaceful Society, which completes a quarter century of encountering rural Goa. They track other work focussing on the concerns of the poor, in a way that seeks to build a closer understanding of Goa’s heartland.
Table of Contents
Into the forests, issues of the people
Poor health, rural Goa’s hidden enemy
Liquor is quicker, a way to fast death
No protein, vanishing fish, wasted subsidies
Caste, an old story seldom told
Mining, Goa’s `backbone’, extracts a high price
Goa years: re-learning the politics of activism
Revisiting Baina: a forgotten chapter
It pours, it rains… water still a neglected issue
From the grassroots, it’s more than politics
Goa women: still a long way away
Infrastructure: beyond dry numbers
Goa 1556 is an alternative publishing venture, named after the accidental arrival of Asia’s first Gutenberg-inspired printing press here. Today, more than ever, Goa needs a voice to help understand itself and articulate its own priorities. Other publications of Goa1556: Songs of the Survivors (stories about Goans in Burma, edited by Yvonne Vaz-Ezdani, 2007), In Black And ite: Insiders’ Stories About the Press in Goa (2008), and Girls In Green (alumni writings from St Mary’s, Mapusa, 2008). See http://goa1556books.notlong.com
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Published in November 2008 by Goa
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