PANJIM: The shocking disclosure by Pramod Muthalik and his group called the Ram Sene to start their unit in Goa has received widespread condemnation especially among the State’s youth and snowballed into a major rallying point for opposing the divisive move.
A group called “We don’t need Ram Sene in Goa” has already sprouted on popular social networking site Facebook and has received overwhelming support of nearly 1200 people, mostly youth who have spoken against the group.
medium; text-align: justify; ">Speaking to Herald, Anwesha Singbal one of the gutsy founding members of the group rightly said that they were against “self proclaimed saviours of religion” coming and setting up shop in Goa.
“He (Pramod Muthalik) has made statements that he is going to set up the Sri Ram Sene in Goa and attack pubs and other ‘western influences’ in Goa. By these statements, he is blatantly violating the Goa Government order and challenging the Government authority”, Singbal said referring to the order of the erstwhile Government which had issued an order banning the Sri Ram Sene from setting up shop both in North Goa as well as in South Goa.
In the light of the attacks on pubs in Mangalore, carried out by the Sri Ram Sene and subsequent statements that they would set their next target on Goa, the Goa Government under then Home Minister Ravi Naik had banned the outfit first in South Goa and then in the entire State.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had while addressing a press conference at the Agriculture Department said that the Government would not tolerate any person taking the law into their own hands. People can express dissent and approach us, but a person taking the law into his hands will not be spared”, Parrikar had said in response to Muthalik’s statements.
Parrikar, however, made no mention whether the ban already in place against the organisation, would be continued by his Government and would indeed be a test of his commitment to the multicultural and secular fabric of the State.
Muthalik was recently in Goa as part of a convention to chalk out the road map for the creation of a Hindu State in India. The conference was held at the Sanatan Sanstha headquarters at Ramnathi in Ponda.
The Facebook group had formed earlier too in 2009 in the aftermath of the Mangalore attacks but maintained a low profile after the issue died down.
“The Sri Ram Sene is also projected as a body that believes in violence and that they are self proclaimed saviours of religion. We know what our religion is. None of the religions of the world would believe in violence. What religion one follows is a personal issue”, Anwesha Singbal said.
“Let us see what steps our Government takes”, Singbal quipped.