Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Norman Dantas

Norman Dantas Remembered
Norman Dantas, the former Associate Editor of Goa Today and former Deputy Editor of O Heraldo, passed way on April 14, 1998, at 44. A wellknown and respected journalist in Goa, he was very active in social causes in rural Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, before joining Goa Today in 1984.

Norman figures among the writers who know Goa best from every angle. His profound knowledge reflected in his studied reports. Norman campaigned for the cause of Konkani during his stint with O Heraldo. He edited books on environment and Goan architecture, and was involved with Third World Network Features.

Norman was an environmentalist. He was also committed to the protection of human rights, the cause of organized labour, rural emancipation and women's rights.

The Goa Foundation, the environmental organisation whose founding trustee he was, has proposed an Annual Memorial Prize to be awarded in the name of Norman Dantas at an appropriate occasion and ceremony during the year. It will be a cash prize to be awarded to individuals or organisations who excel in work involving the protection of the environment, human rights, the cause of organized labour, rural emancipation and women's rights.

For this purpose, a corpus amount of a minimum of Rs.1 lakh will be collected by the administration of the Trust Fund Prize, through a joint body comprising nominees of the Goa Foundation and nominees of the family of Norman Dantas. The Goa Foundation, therefore, makes a public appeal inviting people, particularly who knew Norman, to contribute generously towards the prize fund. Contributions may be sent to
Norman Dantas Memorial Prize
A/c No. 12314,
Union Bank of India, Savings Bank,
Panjim-Goa, India
Goa Foundation
Mapusa-Goa, India.

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