Community Media Triggers Change in North Goa Village

Community Media Triggers Change in North Goa Village

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For the last one month the people of Abreu Vaddo in Saligaon village, North Goa, have been united against the construction of a cell phone tower. in their neighbourhood which threatens their peace and well being. The tower would be an outrage not just to the health of the people but also to the old school sensibilities that make the neighbourhood the beautiful and serene place that it is. The people of Abreu Vaddo called IndiaUnheard’s north goa community correspondent Sulochana, and asked her to make a video on their issue. Last night, the 4 minute IndiaUnheard video made by Sulochana was publicly screened at an open air press conference. “Finally after many appeals the session court has ordered to stop the construction” A group of more than 200 people watched the video. The four minutes chronicled the entire struggle. The illegality and outrage of the tower, was juxtaposed with the data on the grave dangers of the cell phone tower radiations and the voices of the community people demanding the right for them and their families to live clean healthy lives. The community still said no- We do not want your tower. Do we want a law that says that the people have to be consulted or not? Yes. So please take this voice of the people back into the assembly. Local activist, Mario Mascarenhas who played a pivotal role in the struggle led the community discussion and consultation. The MLA Mr. Dilip Parulekar agreed to take up the larger legal issue of ensuring consultation within a community, before the construction of such potentially dangerous towers with the Chief Minister. “Sir, I am a community correspondent from Video Volunteers, I just wanted your statement, now that you have heard about the community, who are requesting you to shift this tower. What will be your action on this?” The struggle of Abreu Vaddo is an example of how in today’s media saturated world the people’s movements can create their own media. And a space for their voices and demands. Community media is a witness and an archive. It is dialogue and debate. It is peaceful and dynamic. It is open and accessible. It is for the people, by the people, of the people.

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2 Comments

  1. The case was heard – the case was thrown out since there was no Illegality proven. Please state the correct facts. and no interview was sort from the owners of the land and yet we have been quoted. shame on video volunteers for doing this.

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