Panaji, December 19: Goa Liberation Day is being celebrated today. Goa was liberated from around 450 years of Portuguese rule on 19th December 1961. Various functions have been organized across the state to mark the occasion.
CM Manohar Parrikar wished everyone saying that “On this memorable day, let us recall the valiant efforts of our freedom fighters who fought against oppression, & the remarkable role played by the Indian Army in liberating Goa from Portuguese rule. On this day, let us resolve, rededicate ourselves & unite to keep our state clean and tidy, & to achieve progress & development in all spheres.”
"At the state-level Goa Liberation Day programme to be held in Panaji in North Goa, speaker of Goa legislative assembly Pramod Sawant will unfurl the tricolour, address the gathering and review the parade.
School students will present patriotic songs and other cultural performances at the programme, which will be also attended by freedom fighters. In South Goa, the main function will be held at Margao, where state town and country planning minister Vijay Sardesai will hoist the national flag.
Programmes to mark Liberation Day have been organized across Goa’s 12 talukas and major towns including Mapusa, Ponda and Vasco. Goa governor Mridula Sinha and chief minister Manohar Parrikar have wished citizens on liberation day.
Back in History:
Goa on India's western coast was freed from Portuguese rule on 19 December 1961, more than four centuries after it was colonized. The fight for freedom began in the 1940s as India inched closer to independence from British rule. But Goa remained a Portuguese colony until 1961, straining relations between India and Portugal as the former's support for the anti-colonial movement in Goa grew. In 1955, India even imposed an economic blockade on Goa. In 1961, the Indian army invaded the state after the Portuguese fired at Indian fishing boats, killing one fisherman. After 36 hours of air, sea and land strikes by the army, General Manuel Antonio Vassalo e Silva, governor-general of Goa, signed the "instrument of surrender", handing over Goan territory to India.