Ashwin Krushna Trutiya
By Staff Reporter
The Akhil Goa Mandir Suraksha Samiti calls for ‘Goa Bandh’ on 20 October
- Goa Temple Destruction : Goa Bandh gets 100% success (21 Oct 08)
- Goa Temple Destruction : Bandh stalls life in Goa (20 Oct 08)
- Goa Temple destruction : BJP to support ‘Goa Bandh’ (19 Oct 08)
- Goa Temple destruction : AGMSS calls for ‘Goa Bandh’ on 20th (17 Oct 08)
October 21, 2008
Ashwin Krushna Ashtami
By Staff Reporter
Photos of Goa Bandh
Photos of Goa Bandh – Ponda, Goa – Photo 1
Photos of Goa Bandh – Ponda, Goa – Photo 2
Photos of Goa Bandh – Mapusa, Goa – Photo 1
Photos of Goa Bandh – Mapusa, Goa – Photo 2
Photos of Goa Bandh – Pednem, Goa
Devout Hindus participated in Goa Bandh
Well equipped Police force to control peaceful Hindu agitators
Agitators showing mark of lathicharge to Shri. Parrikar, BJP
Agitators showing mark of lathicharge
Also many media channels, news papers and websites gave exposure to Goa Bandh as:
1) Goa Shut down peaceful – Times of India
2) Bandh in Goa evokes near complete response – PTI News
3) Panaji: Bundh Evokes Good Response – Private Buses Stay off Road – Daijiworld.com
October 20, 2008
Ashwin Krushna Shashthi/Saptami
The Goa shut down call given by the Hindu right wing organisations evoked a near complete response on Monday, with shops and establishments remaining closed for the day.
The day-long shut down call is in protest of the increasing instances of desecration of idols in temples across the state. The shut down call given by the Mandir Suraksha Samiti has representation from organisations like the Bajrang Dal and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in it.
The Bharatiya Janata Party too has extended its support for the bandh, which according to them, is a protest against state’s deteriorating law and order situation. Majority of the offices struck work on Monday and various establishments remained closed as employees did not turn up.
There were also incidents of stone pelting reported where a bus run by Kadamba Transport Corporation was stoned by protestors at Mapusa town. Police confirmed that eight people have been arrested in this connection.
"Now the situation is under control. There were some road blockages which are cleared," superintendent of police (North) Bosco George told PTI.
Goa has witnessed around 500 desecrations so far, mostly in the temples located in isolated rural areas. The Goa government has declared the bandh illegal and has appealed to the people not to co-operate with it.
Despite government appeals and strong police presence, the bandh remained successful in major parts of Goa including the capital city of Panaji.
Earlier, The Goa church had condemned desecration of idols in the state."It is a matter of serious concern that our state is witnessing an increased number of desecration of Hindu places of worship," Father Francisco Caldeira, director, Diocesan centre for Social Communication Media, Goa church’s wing, said.
Fatherr Caldeira said that the desecration is a dangerous trend for the social fabric of Goa, which is known to be a land of religious harmony and amity.
"While we condemn such acts of cowardice and vandalism against religious places, we express our unstinted solidarity with the aggrieved community and we appeal for peace to be maintained at all costs. We call upon the concerned authorities to bring the culprits to book," the church has said.
October 19, 2008
Ashwin Krushna Panchami
Panaji (Goa): The BJP has announced its total support to the ‘Goa Bandh’ called for by the members and trustees of all temples on the 20th
October. Also, the leader of opposition, Shri. Manohar Parrikar has appealed to all to voluntarily participate in this ‘bandh’ and make it a success.
SIMI and IM behind desecration – Parrikar
The chances of SIMI and Indian Mujahideen master minding the desecration incidents should be looked into and investigated, said Leader of Opposition, Shri. Manohar Parrikar in a press conference held at Panjim, Goa on 18th October.
Organisations participating in the ‘Goa Bandh’ on Oct 20
The ‘Goa Bandh’ called on October 20th to protest against failure of the Congress government in Goa to curb the series of desecration of idols of Deities and Saints will be observed by the following organisations :
- Political Parties : Shivsena, BJP
- Associations : Marathi Rajyabhasha Prasthapan Samiti, Divya Jagruti Sangh (Mapusa), Trader and Market Association of various places, Taxi and Pilots Association, Temple members, devotees (mahajans) and trustees of all temples of Goa.
- Pro-Hindu organisations : Bajrang Dal, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
- Sects/Spiritual Organisations – Sree Padmanabh Sect and Sanatan Sanstha
October 17, 2008
Ashwin Krushna Trutiya
Panaji (Goa): The Akhil Goa Mandir Suraksha Samiti (AGMSS) intends to undertake a statewide Dharmajagruti campaign w.e.f. October 15th in order to create mass awareness to curb the deplorable series of desecration of idols of Hindu Deities and Saints in the State. Likewise, a ‘Goa bandh’ is being called for on Monday, October 20th. This was told by AGMSS in a press conference held here in GUJ office.
In the recent past, 17 incidents of desecration of idols of Hindu Deities and Saints have occurred in Goa. The recent one being the desecration of the dome of a small temple of Sree Rakhandev Aajoba, a deity which is seat of faith of the residents of Cuncolim at large, on the day of Dussehra i.e., on 9th October. The most striking feature of these incidents is that the police have not succeeded in nabbing even a single culprit in all the above cases. Thus, the temples of Goa have become insecure. Home Minister Shri. Ravi Naik had stated in the Goa Assembly that idol desecration incidents are ordinary incidents. Panchayat Minister Shri. Babu Azgaonkar has made a ridiculous attempt to cover the failure of the police and the government in nabbing the culprits by saying that Hindu organisations are involved in such desecration incidents.
Temples are the seat of faith of idol-worshipping Hindus. In this regard, the agitation staged by the residents of Cuncolim stands as an ideal. The AGMSS has extended its total support to the same. Thus, the AGMSS intends to undertake activities such as making announcements over the loudspeaker at public places in all Talukas of the State, holding meetings in all villages, etc. from 15th October to 19th October. It has also called for a ‘Goa Bandh’ on the 20th October. The AGMSS appeals to all Hindus to fulfill their duty towards Dharma by participating in its above campaign. AGMSS Goa State Co-ordinators Shri. Vinayak Chari, Shri. Rajendra Velingkar and Shri. Jayesh Thali and Shri PRabhu of cuncolim were present art this press conference.