Photos: Why fanaticism has no place in Goa?

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Last month Goa was jolted by a spate of desecration of crosses, causing grief and alarm to the Catholic community in the state. ‘The method of destruction was the same everywhere – the base of the cross was broken by hitting it with some heavy implement,’says Father Savio Fernandes, executive secretary of the Council for Social Justice and Peace, which has been engaged in fact-finding studies into the desecrations. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Last month Goa was jolted by a spate of desecration of crosses, causing grief and alarm to the Catholic community in the state. ‘The method of destruction was the same everywhere – the base of the cross was broken by hitting it with some heavy implement,’says Father Savio Fernandes, executive secretary of the Council for Social Justice and Peace, which has been engaged in fact-finding studies into the desecrations. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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In some places the headstones on the graves and niches – where families preserve the mortal remains of a departed member – were broken. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

In some places the headstones on the graves and niches – where families preserve the mortal remains of a departed member – were broken. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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Goa Police has arrested Francis Pereira, a resident of Curchorem for the desecrations and claimed that he has confessed to the crime. But more desecrations were reported after Pereira’s arrest. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Goa Police has arrested Francis Pereira, a resident of Curchorem for the desecrations and claimed that he has confessed to the crime. But more desecrations were reported after Pereira’s arrest. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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The mood in Goa is one of apprehension. The breaking of the crosses is being viewed as only a manifestation of the actual danger, the danger of an attempt being made to divide Goan society on the basis of religion. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

The mood in Goa is one of apprehension. The breaking of the crosses is being viewed as only a manifestation of the actual danger, the danger of an attempt being made to divide Goan society on the basis of religion. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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In June, Goans say, inflammatory speeches were made against minorities at the All India Hindu Convention organised by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, allied to the Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha. Sadhvi Saraswati had reportedly made a statement that she would request the central government to publicly hang people who eat beef as a mark of social status. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

In June, Goans say, inflammatory speeches were made against minorities at the All India Hindu Convention organised by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, allied to the Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha. Sadhvi Saraswati had reportedly made a statement that she would request the central government to publicly hang people who eat beef as a mark of social status. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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‘Communalization takes place in many ways,’ says writer Amita Kanekar, ‘both direct like the new beef bans outside Goa (which resulted in a severe shortfall in beef supply in Goan markets), and indirect, like the false portrayal of Goan culture and history as Hindu and Brahminical. Catholic culture is portrayed as foreign, while Muslim culture (including Goa’s own Islamic past and culture) is ignored.” (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

‘Communalization takes place in many ways,’ says writer Amita Kanekar, ‘both direct like the new beef bans outside Goa (which resulted in a severe shortfall in beef supply in Goan markets), and indirect, like the false portrayal of Goan culture and history as Hindu and Brahminical. Catholic culture is portrayed as foreign, while Muslim culture (including Goa’s own Islamic past and culture) is ignored.” (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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According to the 2011 Census, the number of Christians in Goa is 25.1 per cent of the population. Muslims account for eight per cent and Hindus comprise 66.08 per cent of the population. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

According to the 2011 Census, the number of Christians in Goa is 25.1 per cent of the population. Muslims account for eight per cent and Hindus comprise 66.08 per cent of the population. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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Most Goans feel that the Goan tradition of peace and communal harmony will win the day. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Most Goans feel that the Goan tradition of peace and communal harmony will win the day. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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‘Goans of all communities are peaceful by nature and even those who have come and settled here get moulded in its culture. It’s the outside forces who are trying to disrupt the peace. Not just the minorities, even the majority is disturbed by this. But these forces won’t be able to disrupt the harmony here,’ says Lobo. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

‘Goans of all communities are peaceful by nature and even those who have come and settled here get moulded in its culture. It’s the outside forces who are trying to disrupt the peace. Not just the minorities, even the majority is disturbed by this. But these forces won’t be able to disrupt the harmony here,’ says Lobo. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

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