Monday, 22 October 2007


Sometime back remember we wrote some stuff about the ‘inverted pyramid’ technique of news-report writing?… Remember remember… damn cause if you guys don’t, we’ll have to repeat what it means all over… or still better here’s the link to the previous article.
Got it… Now this report which appeared in the Herald tells you about a completely different sort of a technique. It’s called duh ‘bottoms up’ technique of report writing. Cause the deskie who cleared this story, has either downed a few before he checked and released the story or he is completely incompetent.
Just check this story out.
Its actually about the communidade restoring a local parish school, but begins with the conquest of Goa by Afonso Albuquerque in 1510. Then about how missionaries worked zealously to propagate Christianity and so on. The crux is buried way below.
But it's once you reach somewhere towards bottom do you realise why this story could have probably appered the way it has. Cajetan Rapose, the attorney of Assagao has been quoted generously in the story. Chances are he is the one who probably drafted it and sent this press note to the Herald.

Cajetan teaches at a Mapusa college and this piece out here has the same pedestrian stamp... the sort of signature teachers generally leave behind. Hey, is Cajetan is professor already? Is he? Isn’t he a lecturer at St Xaviers?
Anyways… this is a very badly reproduced plug... Anyone know which sub cleared this? Have they stopped editing press-notes in the Herald? Because this is not the first time this week that such shit has slipped through. And are we to read essays in lieu of news reports in this newspaper then?
Communidade restores parochial school
PANJIM, OCT 20--Soon after the conquest of Goa by Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510,the Portuguese introduced few traits of western civilization, essentially Christian which is the long run have kept as enduring influence that makes this place something different from the rest of India.
By the end of the XVI century, the Portuguese power had reached its zenith, but soon saw its decline due to various reasons. However Christianity made deep in roads due to zealous propagation of faith by the missionaries. While conversions were in progress the new converts were also taught to read and write. In each village the missionaries started construction of magnificent churches where a school was always attached.
There schools were known as escolas parochial. Here the new converts were taught the elements of western music, singing and musical instruments like violin, harmonium etc.

One such school was Escola Parochial de Assagao. These teachings of music made Goans to be known today as”Italians of the east.” With the academic background obtained in the parochial schools, youth with propensities for higher education could join any college like Royal College of Reis Magos in Bardez or seminaries of Chorao Rachol in Salcete or even any college under various orders established in Old Goa like those of Francisco, Dominicans, Jesuits.
The elementary education imparted in the parochial schools was the beginning of new era for the Goan population right from the XVI century. These schools were being run successfully till the 1930’s when the Portuguese government spread a chain of offical schools through every village making there parochial schools redundant. By the end of1950’s Diocesan schools were established in almost all villages of the Old Conquest.
These shifts in educational set up resulted in neglect of parochial schools with some in ruins today. Not for Assagao, however. The structure was no doubt in a bad state with timber falling apart and walls giving way to the vagaries of nature.
It all started when Prof Caetano Rapose Attorney of Commundidade de Assagao took up the idea of restoring and renovating the parochial school a year ago. The communidade put up the proposal to the Fabrica da Igreja de Assagao and the Attorney Rodney de Souza got the necessary clearances to give a go ahead to the communidades. Rapose stated that within eight months over Rs 4 lakh were raised and today this beautiful piece of great heritage with bottle shaped pillars, elevated galleries and Portuguese insignas has been restored to its pristine glory.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a proportuguese, communal report...

23 October 2007 at 10:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1: pro portuguese? humm, that's recorded history man. Communal... what?

penpricks: That certainly looks like an article written by someone with a special interest in history. Yawn, that's so historical.

24 October 2007 at 18:32  

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