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Irish musician Bob Geldof insults Goa as 'land of women and drugs'; HJS condemns

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Irish musician Bob Geldof insults Goa as 'land of women and drugs'; HJS condemns

November 6, 2012

HJS complains action against Bob Geldof for hurting of National Sentiments of Indians : Writes to Ireland Embassy in India and Indian Embassy in Ireland to take action

Patriotic Indians are protesting on following Contact Details

Email : tina@bobgeldof.com, info@krugercowne.com

Panaji (Goa) :
In a letter to the Ireland Embassy in India at New Delhi and the Ireland Consulates in India and Indian Embassy in Ireland the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) demanded to take action against Bob Geldof for hurting of National Sentiments of Indians.
It may be recalled that renowned musician, social activist, Noble Peace Prize nominee and a Knight, Nobel Peace Prize nominee during his first visit to Goa made controversial statements like ‘I knew Goa for its image of beautiful women drugs and serene beaches, Goa gave me the best drugs and, Goa and Drugs were completely one thing’ hurting the National Sentiments of Indians. His statements about Goa and India have hurt the National sentiments of Indians as this is defamation of India (Goa) at an International level and a National insult. A police complaint has been lodged against him in Panaji Police station in Goa today.

HJS in their letter to Irish Embassies and Consulates in India have said that ‘We respect Irish culture and its co-relation with India. We have common fighting spirit against those who wants to rule us and try to destroy our Culture. We are informing this to you as your citizen and a public figure is defaming the Image of Nation and no true Indian will take it lightly. Now you must inform your Nationals visiting India in future to respect our glory and sentiments as we are respecting yours.’ HJS has demanded to them to immediately take action against Bob Geldof for his misdeed and demand an unconditional apology from him for hurting the National sentiments

HJS has also written to Indian Embassy in Ireland and said that the Indian government is duty bound to protect the National respect of India and requested them to immediately take action against Bob Geldof for his misdeed by reporting to the Ireland Government and demand an unconditional apology from him for hurting the National sentiments of Indians and not issue visa for Indian visits in future.

Protest Letter by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

Reg No 1540/1-634,12-11-2001,Ponda Goa

Reg Off : 'Madhusmruti,1st Floor . H.No 457, Near Satyanarayan Temple Dhavali ,Ponda Goa INDIA

Tel : (0832) 2317712.  E Mail : pravakta@hindujagruti.org. Website : www.hindujagruti.org

To,
EMBASSY OF INDIA
6 Leeson Park, Dublin 6, Ireland
Tel.: 01-4970843, 4966792
Fax: 353-1-4978074
e mail: indembassy@eircom.net

Dear Sir,

Subject : Hurting of National Sentiments of Indians by Bob Geldof of Ireland through his public statements.

We write to you on behalf of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti is a Non Governmental Organisation working for religious awakening of Hindus and for the welfare of the Nation and the Hindu Dharma. Our activities in relation to welfare of the Nation are ‘Respect the National Flag Campaign’ during the National days namely 15th August, 26th January. Our details can be obtained at www.hindujagruti.org

We would like to inform you that we came across the statements made by Bob Geldof of Ireland about Goa like  ‘ I knew Goa for its image of beautiful women drugs and serene beaches, Goa gave me the best drugs and, Goa and Drugs were completely one thing’ in today’s Navhind Times and O Herald. I hereby attaché those news paper cuttings for your reference and Open letter to Mr Geldof by Savio Rodrigues, Editor-in-Chief, GoaChronicle.com

These statements are not true but his misconceptions about Goa and India have hurt the National sentiments of Indians as this is defamation of India (Goa) at international level and a National insult.

A police complaint has been lodged against him in Panaji Police station in Goa today.

The Indian government is duty bound to protect the National Respect of India.

We hereby request you to immediately take action against Bob Geldof for his misdeed by reporting to the Ireland Government and demand an unconditional apology from him for hurting the National sentiments of Indians and not issue visa for Indian visits in future.

We await you prompt response in this matter.

Yours Sincerely

Dr.Manoj Solanki
Convenor,
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (Goa)

An Open Letter to Mr Geldof !

November 5, 2012

It was wonderful to have known that you were in Goa for an event, that last time around also courted controversy. This time though, you added a new dimension to that controversy. You  held the flag of the 'white-sahib' class we Indians have been subjected too for many years quite high. You stayed true to everything so inherently in your 'white-sahib' genes.

Let me explain what I mean by what I am saying; and do stay with me as I don't mean to be disrespectful; you certainly have been doing a fabulous job with your music and social causes.

You see most 'white-sahibs' who have come to our country and our little land Goa often enjoyed and raved about our hospitality, environments and our women (some men also). Of course they added their own bit to their experiences. Sex and drugs, being one of them. And if you think that menace is something that originated out of the locals from Goa, you need to get your facts right. Because the twin evil of sex and drugs was a culture brought to Goa by people from your land. And it is tag that we have found tattooed to the very heart of tourism business and how people in the international market see Goa and its people as.

You see Mr Geldof, when celebrities like you who have an international repute utter such frivolous statements on the culture of our land, it is much like when the 'white-sahib' came as guests and ended making our land their home and us the servants, to whom they could say and do anything too. Some of our own people would laugh it out and take it good humor, because they have not got over the colonial hangover. Sadly, I wasn't there amongst the media, but my team reported the issue to me on my return to Goa, otherwise, whether you liked it or not, I would have expected an apology from you and I would have got it because I would have reasoned out with you and since you are a reasonable man, you would see the error of your statement.

But here is what I find most strange. You never ever visited Goa before. So I am wondering with what surety can you say that 'you got the best drugs from Goa'. Could it not be possible that you wayward hippie and junkie friends created the illusion about the paradise called Goa when actually they brought the drugs from their own kind or from their own land, because nobody grows opium or makes cocaine in Goa.

Let me explain what I mean, since I have been investigating the drug issue in Goa for the last couple of years. Goa until five-years back never manufactured or produced any form of drugs. Initially, drugs was brought to Goa by people from UK, Germany. and later on it was the Israelis. Now of course across India not only Goa, the proximity to our neighborhood countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan has made these drugs more easily available and accessible.

I cannot deny the fact that it is an 'image curse' that we are living with, since that time, the likes of your hippie friends made Goa - the paradise of lust and drugs.

When people of your stature makes such statements, which get national and international coverage. And you are not helping by those statements. You are further subjecting my land and people to an image we are trying hard to shed.

Our governments must have not done much in the past but at least we have not given up hope because it is a menace, like it is in any part of the world, so Goa is not so unique to drugs and sex. And the people of Goa are trying to keep drugs away from our land.

I hoped you enjoyed our hospitality. Its time to return our courtesy with an apology; simply, because its the most decent thing to do. Our vedic culture teaches us patience and forgiveness. I would not like to comment on your culture, since it is rude to do it, but a look into history would certainly give you an indication.

This is an open letter to you, which I have also emailed to your tour manager Tina.

Would love to invite you to Goa once more, so you can see our true culture, and also clear some of the clouds your hippie friends have put in your creative head...

From Goa with Love
Savio Rodrigues
Editor-in-Chief
GoaChronicle.com

Goa gave me my best drugs : Bob Geldof

November 5, 2012

Panjim (Goa) : In what could spark a controversy in the State, which is struggling to improve its tainted image, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bob Geldof on Sunday said Goa gave him the best drugs.

“Finally…I am happy to be in the land which gave me my best drugs. In Goa, specific, when I was going out, the best stuff came from Goa,” he told a press conference a day after performing at a concert at the three-day Thinkfest at Bambolim, which concluded on Sunday. 

The philanthropist said as he was growing up, the image of Goa for him was ‘beaches, women and drugs’.

“I came from a Catholic island (Ireland). I was 14 (years)… Goa was this blissful land with beautiful women, beaches, drugs… and all that came from Goa. It was great to me,” he said adding that such factors influenced him to come to Goa. (Related Report on Pg 3)
Elaborating further, he said he knew during his early days that drugs were being transported from Goa but didn’t know who all were involved in it.

Bob, a first-time visitor to Goa has been performing across several countries for raising charity.

Bob narrated how during one of his earlier visits to Bangalore, he had performed in a huge field with a small stage where more than 20,000 people were present. “It was crazy,” he commented.

The iconic rockstar who moved the world with his songs said “it does not matter whether the crowd is 20 or 20,000... whether they clap or go crazy.”

Earlier participating in the session at ThinkFest which was held in association with 100 Pipers, Bob said that the power of charity has been underestimated. “If we lose the natural instinct to help others, something inside us dies”, he said.

Bob’s contribution to famine-devastated Africa has been admired worldwide. Talking about it, he narrated how one night when he was home realizing that his record was not doing well, he watched television and saw the great African famine.

Taken up by that, he later, travelled across the world performing concerts in aid of the African people who were reeling through the worst-ever crisis.

Bob rose to prominence as lead singer of the Irish rock band ‘The Boomtown Rats’ in the late 1970s and early 1980s, alongside the punk rock movement.

Geldof also co-wrote ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’, one of the best-selling singles of all time and starred in Pink Floyd's 1982 film 'Pink Floyd -- The Wall'. A single father, Geldof has also been spoken out for the fathers' rights movement.

Source : Herald Goa

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