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Retelling the story of tourism in Goa: could this be the opportunity Goans have been waiting for?

By Aishwarya Shah

Tourism in Goa has always been a double edged sword. On the one hand, it has offered the coastal state an easy route to job and wealth creation beyond mining and industry, by catering to the whims and fancies of their international clientele, be it resort dwelling sunbathers or dreadlocked drum circle enthusiasts. On the other hand, Goa has paid the price in hapless modernization, grave ecological damage and a lamentable derailment of age old livelihoods and lifestyles.

With COVID-19 placing tourists out of the equation for the foreseeable future, how will Goa survive the absence of its biggest revenue drivers? Will this be an opportunity to start afresh, or will Goa return straight to over-exploitation of its sandy shores?

Photowalks by @rohanyuri & Sunburn by @__nhm__