Ajeeb Goa’s Gajab Politics

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Paperback | 368 | 2022 | goanews.com

Ajeeb Goa's Gajab Politics is a commentary on Goan politics, with insights on its various aspects, especially its voting preferences.

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Author: Sandesh Prabhudesai

PB | pp. 440 | 2023| goanews.com

Ajeeb Goa’s Gajab Politics is a commentary on Goan politics, with insights on its various aspects, especially its voting preferences.

Ships in 2-4 days

Ajeeb Goa’s Gajab Politics charts Goa’s trajectory in the context of its political uniqueness, its peculiar odd-ball character that cannot be easily co-opted in the national mainstream. Goa’s people, says the author, set aside religion while voting, a fact that is inspiring for the rest of India where religious affiliations have played havoc with voting preferences. Set against the forthcoming elections, scheduled for early 2022, the book assesses the historical reasons for the current behaviour of Goan voters and their elected representatives. It asks pertinent questions: Why are Goa’s elected governments toppled by intriguing defectors? How do defectors face their voters in Goa’s 40 assembly segments, which generally hold 18,000 to 25,000 (intimately known to the candidate) people? Is the texture of electioneering at the municipal level messier?

Readers are interested in these aspects of a crucial small-sized, but strategically-positioned coastline state. Goa has an impressive literacy rate, it has a great tradition in public service journalism, it shines as a tourist heaven, it excels in the performing and visual arts, its green countryside holds bio-diverse riches. And yet, it is remembered on primetime television for a fractious bickering political leadership. Goa’s migrant resident, with no historic connect, is rumoured to sell its vote. Defections of Goa’s legislators forever provide fodder for the WhatsApp joke club. This book tells Goans to do away with these gajab factors.

Excerpted from an article in Mid-Day by Sumedha Raikar-Mhatre


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About the Author

The author is a journalist based in Goa. He has worked in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English media in Goa as well as for the national and international media, including the BBC. He has rich experience of working for 33 years in the Print, TV and Digital Media, after which he has now shifted to Book Journalism. Before joining professional journalism, he was also associated with student and youth movements, including the theatre movement. He continues to be associated with various literary and cultural movements.


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