INTRO: Indian pop singer refuses state award by western Goa. Indian pop singer Remo Fernandes turned down an award announced by his native western Goa state, accusing the government of nepotism and bringing about environmental degradation.
STORY: Pop singer Remo Fernandes(雷莫·費爾南德斯) on Saturday (August 18) refused to accept an award announced by his native western Goa state(果亞省), accusing the government of nepotism and bringing about environmental degradation. The award, given by the state government's art and culture department, was due to be presented on Saturday.
Fernandes, who has belted out hits like "Bombay City", "Pack that smack" and "Politicians don't know how to Rock'n'Roll", some with social messages and satires, said he was upset with the state government's Regional Plan 2011 that would turn the laidback coastal tourist hotspot into a concrete jungle.
"The refusal of the award was a protest. It was a public protest against the fact that the government of Goa is made up of all the ministers and politicians who are rejected by the people of Goa due to famous Regional Plan just a few months ago, whereby they were trying to sell and rape most of Goa intercity to commercial and construction site - destroying mangroves, beaches, hills and rice fields. And same politicians are today in power through backdoors or horsetrading," he said.
Fernandes also asked the state government to donate the 50,000 rupees cash reward to Goa Bachao Abhiyan (Save Goa Campaign), an NGO. Fernandes, who received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in January, said the state award at this stage was irrelevant to his stature.
The tiny Goa state has a history of unstable governments, with legislators from smaller parties switching sides between the Congress and Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.