Goa: Former minister Dr Misquita's funeral performed in Hindu tradition as per last wish


Rupesh Samant

Vasco, Jul 10: The final rites on Goa’s former minister Wilfred Mesquita were performed in the Hindu way at Vasco.

The mortal remains of the former minister were cremated in the town of Vasco in Hindu Crematorium this morning. “That was his last wish. He always wanted the final rites to be conducted through Hindu rituals,” one of his family members said.

Mesquita, 70, had passed away on Monday night in a hospital at Mumbai after a brief illness.

Before bringing the mortal remains to the crematorium, they were taken to the church in Vasco where holy mass was performed.

 

His son and daughter lit the funeral pyre in the presence of several hundred people who also included Christian priests.

Born at Divar in north Goa district on April 14, 1949, Mesquita graduated from the Goa Medical College in 1970s. He later specialized in medicine from a college in Mumbai before taking the plunge into politics.

During his decades long political career, he had a stint in various parties in the coastal state. He was the founder vice president of the then ruling Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (youth wing) in 1974.

He served as cabinet minister in the late 1990s in the then Congress-led state government and held various portfolios like revenue, environment, sports and youth affairs, power, law and judiciary and legislative affairs.

He was the leader of the Goa BJP since 2007 and served as the party’s vice president and spokesman. He was also former chairman of the state forest corporation.

  

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Some contribution to Hindutva even in death.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    So many Hindu Brorthers burry their dead instead cremation.

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    The space in cemeteries is getting dearer. One burial space is purchased by one family and member after member is buried in same place because there are no vacant graves. We are putting much burden on the earth to decay than it can take.

    Its good to turn green by cremating the remains. All will perish in minutes than taking years.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Hindustan is changing . . . . .

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    The burial or cremation to a deadbody doesnot make any difference to the dead body. The important is how the procedure affect environment is to be considered.

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  • Pravin, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Acche Din Agaye

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    National Integration.
    RIP ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Wilfred Mesquita avara atmakke moksha sigali...🙏

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    RIP.

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    That was wonderful, to have funeral rites according to his religion as well as Hindu custom of lighting the funeral pyre.
    so glad that Misquita's final wishes were fulfilled by his family. RIP.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    🕯️R I P 🕯️

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Now there is permission from pope, that, we Catholics can be cremated. I attended a funeral in Canada, after mass in the church, our relative was cremated. My cousin, after mass at Milagris church in Mangalore, was cremated. Many of my relatives in Canada, have already given in writing that they should be cremated. In Canada, it is done in electric and not by wood.

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  • Thomas, Calgary

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    The reason people go for cremation in Canada is burial is a vert expensive deal in this country. It costs around $25000 not because someone feels he is hindu, but, thats not the case in India.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Thomas
    I was only 2 times on visitor visa for about 4 months each in Canada and surely, you know much better about Canada than me. I am writing this, because, except this incidence where Hindu rituals are held, nowhere, in Catholic cremations, including my cousin's in Mangalore, Hindu rituals were followed. This, Catholic's funeral with Hindu rituals is an exception, hence, it is reported in press.

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  • ricky, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Thankfully Pope is not giving permission for Birth and death, right?

    I think Pope should not interfere in one's last wish how his/her mortal to be cremated or buried. At least he should not be interfered with Indian democracy, Indian Christians last right wishes.

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  • Shalet, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2019

    Ricky , we Catholics love & respect " POPE " as our FATHER

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  • Clifford Fernandes, Toronto

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Pope is the Supreme Pontiff and official leader of the 1.2 Billion Catholics worldwide. Papal supremacy is the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church.

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  • ricky, Udupi

    Fri, Jul 12 2019

    Whoever he is, Not greater than Indian constitution, Indian democracy and Indian law. He has no business with Indian Politics, Democracy and or law of land. That is final!

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  • Shashi Shetty, Santhoor

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Guys , what’s Hindu in cremating . Everybody washes the body , decorate it wearing Fresh cloths , kiss the body and finally dispose it . It’s not for the body all those respects but , for the person who was in the body . Irrespective of how great looking or how much we love a person once he is dead what is remain is only a Mortal remains which starts decaying. So, there is no religion before the birth and after death. Cremate the body and save the space that’s all .

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