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Seed Thought

Celebrating 60 Years of Goa’s Liberation

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Pramod Sawant
Chief Minister, Goa

I feel exhilarated that while we, in the State of Goa, are  celebrating 60 Years of Goa’s Liberation with unprecedented fervour, and our great nation is observing Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate the 75 years of progressive India, things have shaped up well for a conglomeration of conclaves which, I am sanguine, will prove to be a landmark in the history of the State.

India has undoubtedly taken giant strides in almost all fields and has emerged as one of the strongest democracies in the world, and we are looked up to with awe by many nations with our all-round ascent and our firm grip on democratic practices. While all this gives us the honour of holding our head high in the world arena, there remain certain grey areas which leave much to be desired. Opportunities for women needs to be created more at all levels. And this despite the fact that women have proved themselves again and again. The recently concluded Tokyo Olympics is a strong pointer in this direction. Another area that needs immediate attention and concerted efforts at all levels, is the development of our villages. Most of our people may not be aware that the Panchayati Raj originated in 2nd Millennium BCE, that is thousands of years ago. But still it has not come to fruition fully. There are many lacunae in the way the Panchayati Raj is being run. Yet another area where we need to contemplate and initiate some concrete and practical steps is the lack of clean and effective governance. For this, there is a need to sensitize socially active and educated youth to enter public life and over time, change the face of politics in India.

Every state has its own problems to face. There are different reasons for different challenges in different states. Bigger the state, more serious are its problems. Goa is a small state, but like many other states of India, we have our own share of challenges. Given the number and kind of issues in Goa as well as the rest of the country, we plan to make a collective attempt to address major challenges through three different conclaves at Goa which will seek to address pragmatic solutions to chinks in our armour. I am very positive that maximum women, youth and Sarpanches will derive benefits from the s e conclave s directly by participating or indirectly by hearing the perspicacious views of various accomplished personalities, dignitaries, and subject experts.

With best wishes to every Indian

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Rajesh Patnekar
Speaker, Goa Legislative Assembly

It is my singular privilege and honour to be in the Chair of the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly at a time when the State is celebrating the 60th Goa Liberation Day. This day holds special significance for all Goans. As residents of this beautiful and charismatic state, we all have done well collectively to address various issues that face the society and have made sincere efforts to ameliorate the living standards of people in general and women and marginalized communities in particular. Notwithstanding our historic efforts, issues still remain. These issues concern almost every segment in the State. We all are generally aware of the gender inequality issues in almost every state, inadequate development of rural areas, and lack of clean governance and other issues that hinder our progress 
as a developing nation. All these challenges are complex and interrelated within the system. To tackle such issues and to make sure that we, as a state, and as a nation, are not hindered by flawed policies and hidden agendas of the selected and elected few, it is very crucial to have educated but sensitive and empathetic youth take on the mantle of leadership in public domain. The youth must be brought to the fore to inject new life and ideas in governance. 
Similarly, there should be equal opportunities for women, too. It is my firm belief that opportunities should be merit based. 
It is against the given backdrop of prevailing social issues that the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant, has very prudently planned to organize conclaves on National Women’s Parliament, National Youth Parliament and National Panchayat Parliament, Goa as each of these aim at specific and well defined outcomes.

With best wishes

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Rahul V. Karad
Chief Initiator, MIT School of Government,
Founder - Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad

I am indeed very delighted to be associated with the Government of Goa for taking our lifelong mission a step further with this programme. Goa has achieved remarkable progress since its liberation. In 1961, at the time of liberation of Goa from the Portuguese rule, the literacy rate was only 30%. Today it stands over 90%. That is a phenomenal achievement and the credit for scaling such heights in many spheres of governance is shared by the successive state governments. In a way, Goa, for us at least, makes an interesting case study. At the MIT School of Government, Pune, we have taken it upon ourselves to do whatever it takes to bring positive changes to the society irrespective of the geography. So, it is very pleasing for us to see three of our major social initiatives coming up in our neighbouring state of Goa. The National Women’s Parliament is all about women empowerment, the National Youth Parliament will see youth from Goa and from rest of the country come together to deliberate about the strengths and pitfalls of governance and the steps which can make positive contribution to the governing efficacy. National Panchayat Parliament, Goa is specially focused on the rural development. I am thankful to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant, for this having us in this mission. And I hope that these conclaves will prove to be as meaningful as they are intended to be.

With compliments

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