Wednesday, 11 June 2008


Dear Pallavi Dempo,
As one of the directors of M/s Navhind Publications Pvt Ltd we thought we should tell you that the five labourers died after a compound wall of Devashri constructions (you ought to know by now that the firm is run by your husband Shri Srinivas Dempo who also runs the Navhind Group) Porvorim, fell on them as they slept.
And they died ma’am. Its not as if five of your eye lashes got weighed down under an unusually heavy streak of mascara and fell off. Five wage earners died.
Now the logic may be wasted on you. The death in a daily wage labourers’ home varies from a death of a patriarch in a conglomerate. There is no celebration of death. There is no will. The only heirlooms passed in most likelihood will be a mud-streaked vest, a pair of street-side underwear, a pouch of gutka, a few children and a few thousand rupees, if they are lucky. With the husband gone, the wife and kids are rarely staked out in whatever small landing holding they may have back home by her in-laws.
You did wrong by editing the name of Devashri out of the reports published in The Navhind Times. You did wrong by slipping these four deaths under a silly Page 1 lead story about computerization of ration cards (with that weird crocodile logo). A story which other newspapers had reported months ago.
People have died ma’am on your hands (your conglomerate) ma’am. While Devashri constructions gave them a hasty grave and The Navhind Times carved them a very poor tombstone.
Did you notice ma’am, that your newspaper did not even mention that it was the Devashri wall that did the labourers in. Your paper did not name the company? It surely wasn’t because they did not know which firm it was that did the poor sods in? It wasn’t carried precisely because they knew.
Jog your memory to a few weeks ago ma’am.
Remember that lead story your newspaper had carried about nudity in a newspaper (like Devashri you did not name the newspaper, but unlike Devashri, you did leave several clues to let your readers know that its Times of India, you were talking about) and you mentioned about how carrying such pictures was not moral? How moral is your hiding facts in this case? Your newspaper has suppressed critical information about the company because of whose carelessness five people have died.
As a media critiquing blog, the occasions when we get ourselves to thanks The Times of India are rare. This is one time when we will. Its good to have someone who can match up to the clout your newspaper and others Goan newspapers have been using as a condom to cap the news that isn’t of your interest.
We are glad now that there exists an organization as powerful as the one you own that names you when you do wrong. We also hope that you will return the compliment later. It felt nice to see that in this case, Herald and the Gomantak Times had enough pluck to state what happened. We need to navel-gaze ma’am. The media in Goa really needs to navel-gaze. There is too much dirty linen in the Goan media (not surprising since a lot of newspapers are money laundering units) that needs to be washed in public.
Readers ma’am, really do not want to know if your daughter received a consolation prize in some competition, but if someone has died, they’d surely want to know how.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true...and you guys have put it down so effectively...well said PP! We're glad too, that now there is another publication that can stand up to NT.

11 June 2008 at 14:52  
Blogger shri8131 said...

When can we expect real story on removal of the grounded MLA Anil Salgaocar’s transshipper Andheri Nagri off Caranzalem coast, from this blog.

11 June 2008 at 18:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that nis exactly how mthes tycoons and their families go about trodding poor labourers. And then they appear as philntrophers, Maecenas, etc. Sahme on nyou Dempo clan. &You nsucked the Portuguese, now you are sucking the your poor Indian brethren?

11 June 2008 at 18:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does pallavi read this blog?

11 June 2008 at 19:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I told a pussycat in the press,"In the papers I read, only the GT and the Herald mentioned that in the Porvorim tragedy where 5 labourers were buried alive the builders are
Devashree Developers. The NT mentions nix. And nobody mentioned
that Devashree is a Dempo concern. Very strange. Or perhaps not"

The mazor looked at me as if I was stupid, and with a bored yawn drawled,"So what's new. Meiow"

11 June 2008 at 22:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Work, the rich and influencial,inGoa, belive beyond doubt & limits that all that they do is right & all the wrong in the interest of Goa, and the WILL of the people, you experience, all that happens no where happens in Goa, and all that should happen every where ( ina civil society) does not happen in Goa, a thousand examples exist, all thanks to such "conglomerate"s....

11 June 2008 at 22:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, the DEMPO's are shameless, soulless people whose only, single minded, objective is of amassing wealth.
Other people,environment, etc. are meaningless entities for the DEMPO's.

12 June 2008 at 04:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wtf wtf wtf penpricks is a director? all this time you had us convinced that you were the tea boy

12 June 2008 at 06:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Navhind Times 'Akhbaar' nahin, 'Sarkar' hai.
(Navhind Times is not a newspaper, it is the government)

12 June 2008 at 12:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehehe...Navhind Times is a Newspaper(Toilet Paper) you can Trust(Discard)

12 June 2008 at 12:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI.I completely agree with the blogger. I wont like to mention my name here because i am myself navhind times staffer and sufferer.
we at Navhind times are in a way thankful to times of india but we are pained with the way newspaper is going..
it's bizarre... the kind of stories that goes in the newspaper are funny... the paper has turned into a big joke.. and i hope Pallavi Dempe reads the paper.

12 June 2008 at 17:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI.I completely agree with the blogger. I wont like to mention my name here because i am myself navhind times staffer and sufferer.
we at Navhind times are in a way thankful to times of india but we are pained with the way newspaper is going..
it's bizarre... the kind of stories that goes in the newspaper are funny... the paper has turned into a big joke.. and i hope Pallavi Dempe reads the paper.

12 June 2008 at 17:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. If I may,there's another comment to be made here: this was not the first and will definitely not be the last time NT covers up a major story. But then what would you expect from a pathetic excuse for a newspaper?

12 June 2008 at 18:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The poor 5 men army died due to wall collapse on the plot on whose licence was of Savio D'Souza also known as Savio Chenitala who carried the money bags of High command man Ramesh Chemicala.
Why there is no arrest of the person who allowed such illegality on his plot. Is it because he is connected to the present politicians in power.

Why is that the voice of Goa since 1900 is silent after writing his name on the story of wall collapse. Has he met certain journos and taken care of them as he has taken care of the High Command men for Goan politicians presently in power.


12 June 2008 at 21:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

atleast TNT carried the story. some dont

13 June 2008 at 10:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are this 'some'?

13 June 2008 at 18:07  
Anonymous Alvino A said...

Hi PP, this is unrelated to Dempo's Coverage in TNT but am sure You will do justice to it considering You Guys have been doing an amazing job and one wishes if there was a platform other than the Net where You without compromising on your anonymity could uncover the farce in Goan Media. But I am a bit baffled as to how TOI Goa is missing your hawkeye.

Check this...The Report on Pathologists on 10th June that Preetu Nair filed is a copy of her own report filed earlier on Gomantak Times is a copy of the Report filed in Goan Observer by Jonqil Sudhir is a copy of the Report filed by Rupesh Samant for TNT is a copy of the Report filed on some television channel way back in 2003. Speak of plagiarism that transcends time. The fact that there is nothing new in addition to what has already been seen doesn't surprise me. Trust Me, Preetu will next right on prostitutes at Baina (her proximity to the NGO Arz is legendary) and of course, child rights and all that blah, blah.

But the story doesn't stop here. Arun Sinha has not forgotten his old enmity / animosity to the Old Lady of Boribunder. What they can do we will take it further. So if ToI has a Education Page so has TNT (written by pretty li'l things that have joined TNT) and if they have a report so have we. The Pathology Report written by ToI had a follow up on front page of TNT (even the position was same).

Have the smart ass journos of Goa seen for themselves how they lickspittle from other sources.


14 June 2008 at 08:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Pen pricks, I hope who worked in a newspaper before starting this blog. Will you dare to file about your own relatives indulging in all shaddy deals or continue to do character assassination. Please stop this nonsense.

14 June 2008 at 13:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all anonymous.
I have seen most of you accusing The Navhind Times for different stories. But sorry to write that when it comes to advertising most of you rush to the same toilet paper - The Navhind Times. Please try to fing out why is this happening than go on accusing The Navhind Times.

16 June 2008 at 11:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dempo owns Goa365 and therefore the news bulletin which is posted on youtube has been conveniently left out on the day when the devashri crash was reported, check it our for yourselves on youtube for postings by demerg courtesy

17 June 2008 at 12:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goan Jounrnalism has reached its nadir with Penpricks. The event you are discussing involved the death of five people ironically first reported by the Times of India and the byline was of Preetu Nair the bete noire of Penpricks. But in this muck you forgot that of the dead was a lady who was pregnant and her husband.(of course the five of them were outsiders and Ghattis)

This is what happens when journalists spend most of their time gossiping in some cafe about other journalists. At the end of the day these fellows run out of story ideas and keep on running around the bush.

18 June 2008 at 09:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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19 June 2008 at 10:11  
Blogger FriedClyde said...

Wow, some good insights into the bullshit thats on in goa!

Cheers, keep up the good work!

20 June 2008 at 12:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PP pls decide... five deaths or four... u made it four in the second para itself. being thorough was always ur trait. wot happened?

21 June 2008 at 19:11  

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