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Completed bridge which villagers feared needed human sacrifice: Manohar Parrikar

The former Goa Chief Minister also said that in his first tenure, 14 bridges had been built.

By: IANS | Panaji | Published: December 18, 2016 8:31 am
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Citing successes of BJP governments in Goa in creating infrastructure, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday recounted how he managed to successfully complete a bridge project so jinxed that villagers even hinted that a human sacrifice might be needed. Addressing a party meeting in Ponda assembly constituency, he said that after becoming Chief Minister of Goa for the first time, he made an announcement in 2001, that the incomplete Siolim-Chopdem bridge would be ready in six months.

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“Some days later some people from Mandrem met me and said ‘Bhai, you have made a good announcement, that the bridge should be completed soon, but it appears, that it is calling for a narabali (human sacrifice), therefore the pillar has leaned over’.

“I told them, if you want to, you can sacrifice a rooster, but I will not give you any permission for anything beyond that and that there was no need for sacrifice. All that needs to be done is pull the pillar straight up and in order to finish the job. In six months, the bridge was ready,” he said. The former Goa Chief Minister also said that in his first tenure, 14 bridges had been built.

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    Dr M
    Dec 18, 2016 at 5:29 am
    Why invite reader comment at all if you are going to kill it by 'moderation'?
    1. Rajesh Adrekar
      Dec 18, 2016 at 4:22 am
      Why a rooster to be sacrificed for any cause whatsoever. Mr. Parrirkar should have known his fundamental duty under Article 51A (h). Suggesting or allowing or permitting anyone to sacrifice a rooster for a government civil work of bridge is a sign of primitivism. This is an instance of how a highly qualified and educated person fails to stand by his own rationale. The people who suggested human sacrifice and Mr. Parrirkar are answerable to people of this modern country for nuturing such insane belief in black magic. The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013 is a criminal law act for the state of Maharashtra, India, originally drafted by anti-supersion activist and the founder of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), Narendra Dabholkar. Though Mr. Parrirkar may have casually suggested rooster's sacrifice without much seriousness to it but still a minister, an elected elite must strive to develop scientific temper among people as his consutional duty. Belief in sacrificing a human being or animal to appease some identified or unidentified god or godess or evil spirit, practicing of such belief, profession by the believer will propagate the belief in black magic. There is a thin line between such practices in the name of religion and black magic. The objective is to appease some power for benevolence. Benefit of doubt lies in favour of those practices which fall within the cusp of two.