Smita Nair

Articles By Smita Nair

At debate of candidates, sitting BJP legislator missing and Congress pick leaves midway

The debate, titled Decision Time 2019, was organised by the South Goa Advocates’ Association and sitting BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar, Elvis Gomes from the AAP and Francisco Sardinha from the Congress were invited.

The world in a grain of rice

Lush-green paddy fields turning into villas, uncertain rains and struggling farmers — a film about an unusual Goa story travels to Paris.

Midnight to midnight and merger: Political drama made in Goa

In a stunning turn of events, the BJP got Speaker Michael Lobo to open his office at 1 am Wednesday. They had got two MGP MLAs to split and merge with BJP. And by afternoon, CM Sawant dropped Dhavalikar from the council of ministers.

In Goa, BJP’s Pramod Sawant govt wins floor test 20-15

The effective strength of the 40-member Assembly is now 36. The leadership change was necessitated due to Parrikar’s death on Sunday.

Allies come on board, Pramod Sawant takes Goa floor test today

The BJP has staked claim with these numbers: 10 BJP MLAs (Pandurang Madkaikar is in hospital and, therefore, not counted as a voting member), three each of the MGP and Goa Forward Party, and three independents.

Pramod Sawant is Manohar Parrikar’s successor, takes oath as new Goa chief minister

Pramod Sawant is Goa CM: A day after Parrikar passed away at age 63 after battling pancreatic cancer, Pramod Sawant and his cabinet of 11 ministers took oath early Tuesday morning. With that, Goa has a new chief minister and a functional cabinet.

Highlights: Manohar Parrikar laid to rest at Miramar Beach

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar funeral highlights: With the demise of Manohar Parrikar, the strength of 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly has been reduced to 36. A BJP MLA died last month, while two Congress members had resigned last year.

Goa political scenario: Talks between BJP, allies continue to be in deadlock

Manohar Parrikar death: Till 6 am, there was no clarity with everyone waiting to hear from the other side. At Miramar meanwhile the beach bed was being cleared by the state government for the final rites of Parrikar scheduled at 5 pm.

CM Parrikar loses his battle with cancer; Goa in political turmoil

Parrikar’s health worsened sharply Saturday, sending the BJP into a huddle, after which the party acknowledged that the “chances of his getting better are slim”.

The Parrikar way: Quick decisions, independent and unobvious style

This unobvious and independent style, backed by swift decision-making, would soon define the political journey of Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar — beginning with Subhash Velingkar, his mentor and RSS guru, handpicking him as the future face of the BJP in Goa.

Goa government: No one has numbers, all eyes are on Raj Bhavan

Manohar Parrikar death: Manohar Parrikar’s government had the support of the MGP, Goa Forward, and the Independents — however, all these MLAs have been clear for long that they would support only a government led by Parrikar.

Manohar Parrikar obituary: From IIT graduate to four-time Goa CM

Manohar Parrikar obituary: Months before his death, ten clerics reached the BJP headquarters to read the Koran for him and the state’s archbishop Filipe Neri Ferao appealed to the Catholic community to pray for him. Such was his pull, till the end, as one of the few BJP leaders known to have secured a secular image.

Manohar Parrikar dead: Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah to pick new CM; Congress stakes claim to form govt

Manohar Parrikar Death Union minister Nitin Gadkari arrived in Goa in the early hours of Monday by a midnight flight to decide on the leadership issue in the state following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar ‘very unwell’, BJP plans ahead; Congress stakes claim

Deputy Speaker and BJP leader Michael Lobo Saturday said the “emergency meeting” was called to discuss the details on Manohar Parrikar’s health, which he said was showing no signs of improvement and had forced the party to start discussing options and taking the coalition into confidence.

Eco-resort construction: Parrikar’s son says petition ‘politically motivated’, done to settle scores

Abhijat was referring to a petition, which alleged that his eco-tourism project Hideaway Hospitality being constructed on a buffer zone identified as "eco-sensitive zone" around Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, was responsible for "massive deforestation" and "cutting open forested land".

Made of clay and a monitor lizard’s skin, this Goan drum could get heritage status

As the ghumot gets set to receive a state heritage status, Goans are only too happy to be beating the drum.

Under UPA, any Aliya, Maliya, Jamaliya could enter India: Amit Shah

Calling 2019 an important election year for the BJP, Shah said the party will also win the states of Bengal and Odisha this year.

Kamal Jyoti Utsav: Goa BJP urges govt scheme beneficiaries to light lamps outside homes

The party has decided to hold a meeting on February 15 to “plan the distribution of lamps” and are still looking at it as a “self-motivated exercise” where families buy and light the lamps themselves.

Goa DGP defends ‘Traffic Sentinel’ scheme for citizens to report traffic offences

Tourism industry stakeholders have said the scheme is detrimental to the sector, and local residents have been protesting against the "sentinels" intruding their privacy. Both ruling and opposition MLAs have said the scheme can be misused.

Goa to review scheme: Citing privacy and misuse, MLAs call for scrapping traffic sentinels

The scheme allows citizens to report on traffic violations by clicking a photograph or video of the offender and vehicle registration plate and sending it to Goa Traffic Police department through a WhatsApp number.