Sudin Dhavlikar says the MOI issue has become irrelevant. Why? Because thanks to migration of locals and negative birth rate, the number of locals has remained at 6.50 lakh. So locals make up less than 50 percent of the population of 15 lakh. You cannot force non-Goans to learn Konkani and Marathi, he says, so now after all the drama of MOI, he is demanding grants for all English medium primary schools, not just Church-run Diocesan schools. BBSM are frothing at the mouth. As is the Goa Suraksha Manch. Et tu Sudin, they are saying, but don’t laugh too much, Sudin has been nationalised like our rivers.
He says that now Goans have to think in terms of being Indian and not Goan. Why, he does not specify. But TARGET GOA can tell you this. Ever since Sudin Dhavlikar got the PWD portfolio many moons ago, he has been very nationalist minded. His roads are full of potholes, come the first few showers of Goa’s mighty monsoons. If that is not India, we don’t know what is. The contracts that get the Goa PWD tenders, like the contractors that get the national tenders and tenders in most other states of India, grow fat and healthy, while our roads are built thin and weak. They live. We die. That’s very Indian. No one cares. No one fights it.
He is closely connected with a radical Hindu group – the Sanatan Saunstha in Ponda and lo and behold desecration of religious monuments just happens in Goa. Just like that. After Sadhavi Saraswati made some stirring statements including hanging beef-eaters and turning India into a Hindu nation called Hindustan.