CRIME ON A CHRISTMAS DAY -- THE NAVHIND TIMES PUBLISHES JUINO DE SOUZA'S PLAGIARISED ARTICLE
The inevitable finally caught up with Juino De Souza, the bearded activist, columnist from Porvorim who sprung up on the scene in Porvorim about a decade ago and has never left newsprint since. Some almost mistook him for a long hidden malnurished twin of Dr Sushrut Martin who also hails from the foothills of Porvorim.
A prolific columnist in the recent times and a high profile secretary of the Porvorim Residents Welfare Association (PRWA), Juino has stitched together this article -- which was published on the Christmas day issue of The Navhind Times -- with the skill of a darner. Four articles have been worked open and Juino has lifted and masked a few lines from each article to stitch this Christmas suit for the readers of The Navhind Times... Right here, we have Juino's article... The lines in bold are the plagiarised parts.
Make Christmas a celebration of peace
by Juino De Souza
And the angels said unto them, fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men" (Luke 2:8-14, KJV).
7 Jesus, has come into our world like a brilliant sunrise, changing darkness into light, bringing healing love and peace into our lives.7
1 The beautiful thing about Christmas is that it is a wonderful reminder of the fact that God loved us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth to be the light of the world to show us the way out of evil's darkness to God. He made that way possible by becoming a man, so he could pay the penalty of mankind's sin - death on the cross - and thereby grant mankind the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Such is the power of Christmas and the good news of God's salvation for a lost world. 1
During the past few weeks, there has been a battle raging against the SEZs and the IT Park. We are threatened by outside influx, growing economic inequality and environmental catastrophe. The issue has attracted much of public, political and press attention and there have been mass public meetings, demonstrations and show-downs all over the state. The crusade has seen the creation of numerous NGOs, youth groups, social and political outfits; each trying to outsmart the other. Where are we heading?
We cannot allow the situation to flare up and get out of hand. We will not tolerate human right abuses and acts of violence. 3There is no reason why the Goan should fight his fellow Goan.3 The dignity of life must be respected and there is need for building a massive movement for peace and goodwill. There is also need for introspection, whether our political, social and economic beliefs are reflective of our true and correct actions.
4 It is our right to protect the land of our ancestors as sons of the soil. However we have to do away with our negative thinking and crab mentality. We must learn to drive out hatred, rivalry and jealousy. 2 Too often we try to hide the ugly side of conflict, fearing that the truth will shake our resolve for violent retaliation and this is a tragic mistake. It is by speaking the truth that we can earn trust. 2 We have to 4 learn to settle our petty squabbles amicably 4.
5 We as a society that is moving forward, cannot afford to be caught lagging behind and we must pursue new challenges.5
Peace begins with those who are peaceful and then spreads to neighbours, friends and society as a whole. As a state, we must gain the confidence and trust of all peace-making groups from all sides of the conflict. We must start a dialogue with those with whom we may not feel comfortable, and with those with a different perspective and belief. We must talk to and listen to every side of the conflict and try to understand the 'other sides' point of view.
6 Talking, listening and understanding are not signs of weakness, they are natural human resources for resolving conflict.6 When both sides are listening, opportunities for peace often reveal themselves. Understanding and listening does not mean 'agreement,' and talking must take place at all levels, not merely among the leaders, as there are many leaders in positions of power who are opposed to taking a step forward towards peace. When people feel listened to, they are more likely to lower their defences, and listen to those whom they fear and despise.
As we welcome Jesus, our Savior, let us make this Christmas a celebration of peace. Let us light a candle as a sign of guiding light and sing in our heart a Christmas song for love and peace in Goa.
A Merry Christmas from me to you!
Now please find below -- in finer fonts -- the articles and their links from where Juino stole a lot of the text from...
The Light of Christmas
1 The beautiful thing about Christmas is that it is a wonderful reminder of the fact that God loved us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth to be the light of the world to show us the way out of evil's darkness to God. He made that way possible by becoming a man so he could pay the penalty of mankind's sin—death on the cross—and thereby grant mankind the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Such is the power of Christmas and the good news of God's salvation for a lost world. 1
You can receive God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life by admitting that you are a sinner, by confessing your sins to God, by thanking Jesus Christ for dying in your place, and by inviting him to come into your heart and life as personal Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is God's Christmas love gift to you and me. Have you received his gift? If you would like help to do this, click on the God's Invitation button link below.
We Must Observe, Monitor and Report what is actually happening on the ground. Secrecy is an ally of War and an enemy of Peace. 2 Too often our own Nation hides the ugly side of War, fearing that the truth will shake our resolve for violent retaliation. This is a tragic mistake. Only by witnessing and speaking the truth can we earn the trust necessary for peace. 2
All of us must monitor the human rights abuses, and acts of violence committed against all sides in the conflict and report what we see to to a worldwide network of friends, concerned people, synagogues, churches and mosques. Observation and reporting is key to awakening the conscious of voters, politicians, and supporters on all sides. Peace Keeper Arthur Gish, in his book Hebron Journal, calls this “The Grandmother Effect”. “There are things no one will do if their grandmother, or anyone else is watching. ”Many leaders in positions of Power forcefully oppose this important step toward Peace. They tell us that: “We will not negotiate with Terrorists”, or that “We will not turn our backs on our allies” or that “We will not talk with them until they recognise us”.
This approach wrongly confuses being human with being weak. 6Talking, listening, and understanding are not signs of weakness; they are natural human resources for resolving conflict. 6
As Peace Makers, we must insist that our leaders begin talking with and listening to all sides of the conflict. This simple step often requires training, focus, and determination. It also requires leadership.
Konkani Identity Of A True Goan?
Goa seems to get caught up in one controversy after the other that keeps raging, we have had the VCD on freedom struggle, Konkani V/s Marathi language issue, the opinion poll, Mopa Airport and now the battle between Konkani v/s Konkani is over its script. Prima facie the confusion created over the script seems to be a ploy by politicians to strike the sensitive nerve by whipping up passions and arousing sentiments for vote bank politics well before the ensuing assembly elections. The controversy is also due to vested interest
promoters of the konkani language who are making every attempt to exert pressure on Government to secure large funds for financing their own konkani Academies, Mandals, Kendra's, Parishads and which is why the issue has suddenly erupted and is taking an ugly turn. No doubt Konkani (with devnagiri script) has been included in the eight schedule of our constitution having an official language status that has enabled us maintain our identity, but the moot question is whether it would be worthwhile for one official language to have two different scripts incorporated at this stage through an amendment in the Goa, Daman and Diu official language act, 1987 and whether it will need the approval of the Central Government / Parliament and would it not expose our own divisive misdeeds is a matter that needs introspection and contemplation. The saying goes that one has to strike when the iron is hot, why were the Roman script protagonist sleeping over the issue and why was no action was taken to correct the anomaly since last nineteen years? Konkani in the Devnagiri script was accepted as the official state language of Goa since 1987 on the assumption that the learner already has knowledge of that script which is common to Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, and Sanskrit, besides the Government of India (Department Of Hindi) had brought out a book and cassette for the purpose of learning Konkani through Hindi and vice-versa. Our school and college students are taught Konkani through the Devnagiri and have by now become familiar and acquainted with this commonly accepted script, therefore making a loud noise now for equal status will only aggravate the situation and cause further confusion without serving any purpose. We are all aware that the Roman script is very popular and widely used among the catholic community in their correspondence and has the backing of the church as religious services are conducted in Konkani using this script and it is
rather surprising that our powerful catholic politicians and ministers have failed to address this burning issue for equal recognition on the floor of the legislative assembly all these past years and such a situation would never have arisen. Although 4 it is our right to protect our mother -tongue being sons of the soil, we have to do away with negative thinking and crab mentality and learn to settle our petty squabbles and iron out the creases amicably 4 for the common good of Goa. 5 Can we as a society that is moving forward, afford to remain mired in prejudices of the language of the people?5 A language and its script cannot be forced on the people and it should be left open for the Goan to choose the script he prefers and any interference or involvement with the language controversy by government, political parties, individual politicians and other interested parties may turn the tables and have a reverse effect, which may not be able to correct itself. The Government must refrain for taking sides and should distance itself completely from the language issue, there should be a total stop to funding and financing any organization or group that thrives under the garb of promoting the language its art and culture which should be left entirely to the lovers of the language devoid of political and government interference.
Today the scene is all together different. We are still struggling for a good quality of education, freedom from corruption and other related freedoms that are being denied and it is imperative for government to stress on how to prepare the Goan to take up new challenges on strength of self rather then the strength of language. We have a cosmopolitan populace in Goa who speak different languages. The outside influx is growing and controlling Goa and we goans are heavily dependent on them. Be it the fishermen at the Betim jetty, the barber, podeiro (baker/bread man), carpenters, masons, labourers, waiters and motorcycle pilots, are also outsiders doing roaring business. The outsiders have become sarpanchas and municipal counselors and very soon may even contest the assembly elections and become ministers, most white collared jobs in the
private sector are filled with these hardworking outsiders who have built fortunes, married our pretty goan girls and made Goa their homes. Our NRI's have become rich and famous, these Goans are educated to the hilt and are proud to communicate in konkani to preserve the Goan identity. Goa has a rich cultural heritage, ethos, tradition and most of all the Goan spirit of unity in diversity, the inseparable bond of
harmony that exists between Hindus and Catholics for hundreds of years, the unconditional love a goan has for his fellow Goan. Why are we then looking for a diversion through the language issue to destroy the peace of Goa? 3There is no reason why the Goan should fight with his own fellow Goan.3 Let us concentrate and capitalize on the positive side of peaceful co-existence that will strengthen the future of our children and our people instead wasting our productive time, energy and money
creating divisions in the name of konkani. It is high time that we bury the language issue once and for all and divert our energy towards preserving our sweet and versatile Konkani.
Respond to God's Word
7 Jesus, our Savior, has come into our world like a brilliant sunrise, changing darkness into light, bringing healing love and peace into our lives. 7