Goa Scouts win 2nd Prize

Being a Scout Leader myself, I was very happy to hear that the Goa Scouts won second place at the national level. The award was presented to Goa during the national council meeting of the Bharat Scouts and guides held recently in New Delhi.

The award is in recognition of Goa achieving second position in the overall average percentage increase in the census of the scouts and guides wing for the year 2011-12.

As per the 2009 census, there were around 22,000 scouts and guides in 138 member schools in Goa. This number has swollen to approximately 31,000 scouts and guides in 2012 with 31 new schools joining the association.

“It is for the first time in the history of the movement in Goa that appreciable growth has been achieved. This was possible due to sustained efforts of promotion, visionary planning and unanimous cooperation and support extended by the member schools,” the Goa Bharat scouts and guides association said in a statement.

In todays day and age of television, Facebook and online games, it is nice to see children in Goa taking part in outdoor activities and making real friends. In addition, the values of the Scouts (like “Do a good deed everyday” and “Be Prepared”) will surely come in handy for these children when they grow up!

Goa Carnival 2013 to be made bigger and better

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has announced that the Goa Tourism Ministry plans to make the Goa Carnival 2013 even bigger and better than it usually is by inviting neighbouring States such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and even Gujarat to join in the parades with their floats. 

The Goa Tourism Ministry is also planning to revive the Food and Cultural Festival during the Goa Carnival 2013 by inviting neighbouring States to participate at this festival to showcase their cuisine and culture with food stalls and programmes. While Goan cuisine will dominate the food festival, it would give Goans a taste of food from the rest of India, said Minister Parulekar.

Unlike previous years, professional event management agencies will be employed by the Goa Tourism Ministry who will conceptualise and work out the themes for the Goan and neighbouring state floats.

This is the first time that the Goan Carnival will include floats and food from outside the state. In the past, the Goan Carnival only showcased the unique food and culture of Goa. While this effort by Minister Parulekar to add other neighbouring states to the Goa Carnival 2013 will certainly help visitors and tourists from these neighbouring states to feel at home in Goa during the Carnival as well as expose Goans to the cultures of other states, the question remains whether the Goan Carnival is the right place to showcase other cultures or whether the Goan Carnival should be limited to Goan food and culture alone.

What do you think ? Should the Goan Carnival 2013 include other neighbouring states as well ? Or should the Goan Carnival only showcase Goa’s unique cultural heritage ? 

Do let me know in the comments…

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