Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Russia

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    Goa has provoked strain in India-Russia ties: Russian Diplomat




    Upset with the Goa government's "shocking" and abrupt refusal to allow an Indo-Russian music festival, Russia may shift the event to Thailand, a Russian diplomat said here Saturday.

    Alexey Mzareulov, Russian deputy consul in Mumbai, said Goa did not care for the money that Russian tourists spent here. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Mzareulov said the "weight of the scandal" was such that the matter was now out of the hands of the consular authorities and in the hands of the Russian ambassador. "Goa provoked the loss of Russian-Indian friendship relations, because as you know we have more than 250,000 Russian tourists here," Mzareulov said.

    Russian tourists would now begin to think of Kerala or even other countries as holiday destinations instead of Goa, he said. The decision to cancel the festival, which had top Indian bands like Indian Ocean and Parikrama playing with their Russians counterparts, was taken by the Goa government after a scuffle between taxi operators and tour operators earlier this week, in which some Russian tourists were injured. "This is not just loss of money for the organisers, but also a loss of profit from the festival for Goa," Alexander Antipin, Russian news agency Itar-Tass's bureau chief in India, told the media.

    Antipin said the top newspapers and Itar-Tass were keeping tabs on the developments involving Russians in Goa and felt that the festival's cancellation would trigger adverse coverage back home. Backing Antipin, Mzareulov said: "Think about what Russian tourists when they go back to Russia will say about this story."

    The festival was to be held Jan 31-Feb 1 at Baga, one of the most popular beaches in north Goa, located 20 km from the capital. "If money of Russian tourists is nothing for you, if it means nothing for many thousands of families of Goa, it is a matter for the state authorities to decide. We have enough places to be recommended," Mzareulov said.

    The diplomat said that both Russia's consular office in Mumbai as well as the embassy in Delhi were shocked when they learnt that the festival was cancelled abruptly. "Now our pride of this good traditional cooperation between Russia and India has been compromised. We see tourism from Russia to India, especially to Goa, as one of the most important components of bilateral relations. Human relationships are important now after the Soviet Union's disintegration," he said.

    Asked if the Russian authorities would issue a travel advisory over the attack on Russian tourists and the abrupt cancellation of the festival, Mzareulov said: "... now the weight of this scandal is so high. High enough to come to level of ambassador. The foreign ministry of India and the government of Goa are qualified to find ways for settlement. The festival is not here and there is a feeling of bitterness in many Russian hearts," he said.

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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    Why are Nigerians leaving India's Goa state?


    Anti-Nigerian sentiment has been high in the Indian state of Goa since 31 October when a group of Nigerians took part in a protest after one of their countrymen was murdered, writes Pamela D'Mello.

    Three Nigerian men are milling around on a balcony of an apartment building on the edge of garbage-strewn fields in the tourist getaway of Goa.

    Today, they are the only West African tenants left in the building. The others have joined an exodus from the state to the western cities of Pune and Mumbai. As in Goa, there too police have begun a verification processes against African nationals.

    These three men - as the building's owner Jerry says - all have legal documents.

    Goa has long been known for its sun-soaked beaches, clubs and party zones that draw Russian and other European tourists, as well as holidaying Indians.

    The villages of Parra and Siolim in north Goa - just adjacent to more crowded beach villages on the coast such as Baga, Calangute and Anjuna - are where the largest community of West Africans live.
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    But now the panchayats (local village councils) have resolved that villagers stop renting rooms to Nigerians.

    A local bike rental association has also stopped renting to Nigerians in "protest" at last month's blockade of the highway by some 60 West Africans, mostly Nigerians, and their alleged "high-handedness with the police".

    "I've got nothing against them, and you can't have a blanket ban. But they really are a nuisance, because some of them are in the drug trade," said a local businessman in Parra who did not want to be named.

    Jose Pacheco, a young man in the village, says: "One of the Nigerians was harassing my sister, who noted down his bike number and we had to trace it down and warn him. When there's a bike accident, even before we can call our friends to the scene, they are there in larger number. Being physically bigger, they tend to intimidate us."

    Nigerian officials say such attitudes amount to little more than discrimination.
    'Injustice'

    There are about 40,000 Nigerians living in India, and many of them are in Goa.

    In India on a business visa for over a year, Joe Prince, who hails from Anambra in south-eastern Nigeria, tells the BBC that he exports clothing from the southern Indian town of Tirupur - a major textile and knitwear hub - to Nigeria, but spends much of his time in Goa.

    In Goa, police have been to his apartment but they left when they found his documents in order.

    Mr Prince is unhappy that he can no longer rent a bike: "I cannot go anywhere. If the local council pressures him, my landlord says we will also have to leave."

    The Africans are not without local support though.

    "I opposed the village council resolution to stop renting to Nigerians. It's an injustice. They are my brothers in Christ and I will support them," says businessman and evangelist Paul Fernandes, a Goan whose religious services until recently drew some 35 West Africans.

    Parra, like most quiet villages in Goa - which was a Portuguese colony for 451 years - also faces pressures from internal migration from within India and its residents often tend to dislike all "outsiders".

    "Most of us are indoors by eight in the evening, when the Nigerians and all others working the nightlife scene leave their residences. So we see little of them and interaction is minimal, except at shops and gyms they frequent," said a local youth.

    Recently, before the events of 31 October, villagers were unwilling to let the West Africans use a local football field and there have been occasional arguments over local women.
    Uneasy relationship

    A Goan widow's marriage to a Nigerian national has made the bar and restaurant they run in the village a regular meeting club.

    In the seaside village of Anjuna religion has been an icebreaker. West Africans stand out at the morning mass in the local church.

    The police say that a group of Nigerians are involved in sourcing cocaine and heroin from Latin America for local distribution. The killing of Obado Simeon in the early hours of 31 October is being linked here to a turf war with local drug pushers.

    All the accusations have drawn diplomatic censure from the Nigerian embassy in Delhi.

    Nigeria's high commissioner in India, Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku, told the BBC the community is feeling "aggrieved" after the murder of Mr Simeon, and that the state's subsequent order to deport Nigerians living illegally there was like "rubbing salt on their wounds".

    The nightclub and party zones of Calangute and Arpora, where the seamy and the fashionable merge have also become off-limits to West Africans.

    Joe Prince says: "We are simply not allowed to enter the Tito's lane (a night-clubbing hub) and other major clubs for the past eight months after a major incident where we were beaten up by bouncers and the police.

    "There was an incident with one Nigerian and all of us who were not even involved were targeted. If we cannot go to the clubs, what are we to do?"

    He says a friend of his was stopped from entering a club while his two Russian women friends were let in. "Is that not racial discrimination?"

    The manager of a well-known nightclub in Calangute justifies the ban: "There's an informal ban on them in the main club, because we don't want pushers inside the club. They sell drugs openly on the streets and we can't stop that, because we don't own the street - that's a police matter."

    Nigeria's high commissioner Mr Amaku, says Indians need to exercise caution.

    "Indians need to understand that a large number of Nigerians are living legally in India and even if some are living illegally, there are laws in place to deal with that and those should be implemented," he says.

    BBC News - Why are Nigerians leaving India's Goa state?
     
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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    BJP's hypocrisy at display.
     
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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    So uganda doesnt matters? :D

    Aaptard hypocrisy at display
     
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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    We had to do this someday. Thanks to Goa Government for bursting Nigerian Sex & Drug racket. We cannot tolerate Nanga nach of Russians also in India.

    Also many Nigerians are overstaying in India without valid visa.

    If they want to stay in India let them show some decency in their behavior.
     
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    :pound: I guessed by the negative title having "BJP" that Singh has opened the thread , and I was right :rofl: He has became a true fanboy of AAP. Thank God I am not so mad for BJP.

    AAP has only one leader Kejri and he is screwing but BJP has many leaders who are not screwing, how long it takes to understand it lets see.
     
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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    Lets send the Nigerians and Russians to Delhi... :laugh:
     
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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    Did Parrikar break any law in Goa like Somnath Bharti did in Khirki extension, Delhi ? please someone shed some light!
     
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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    lol at the OP.

    Russians have been known to be involved in illegal activities in Goa like human and drug trafficking, russian mafia is highly active in goa and there are some no-go zone for Indians in Goa!!!
    The government just want to control these things as having a music festival there is just a cover for more drug trade and illegal activities.
     
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    Nah... enough of drugs/prostitution both are doing in Delhi already... let's send them to Chennai since I see lot of love for them specially for Africans.
     
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    and how many of them have legal passport???

    And which "work" are they doing in India? some high profile white collar MNC job???
     
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    Re: Why is BJP's Parrikar destroying our relations with Africa and Rus

    Why is parrikar doing this?
    ans-because if he doesn't, his local rivals will use it as a pretext to blame him for collusion with Russian and Nigerian criminal elements. then make the same a poll issue and whip up anti- foreigner sentiments in pars of Goa to make manoharji lose the next election.Mr Parrikar is between a rock and a hard place really he has earned the ire of many in the centre and among people like us who chide him for making Russians and Nigerians leave , but he would have earned brickbats from his electorate if he had not., one can't blame the guy either way really.
     
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