Dear Mr. Marcos Gomes-Catao,
Congratulations for such a great list of Great Men of Goa.

I could not agree with you more.
Excellent. Keep it up. A few of these have actually been knited by the
Portuguese Monarchy and Republic.

Estado da India had a Tribunal da Relacao (High Court) with jurisdiction
over Timor and Macau. It was immediately extinguished by India after the
invasion of 1961, with Goa High Court becoming forcebly subordinated to the
District Court of Ratnaguiri and placed under jurisdiction of Bombay High
Court. Many of pre-1961 Chief Justice of Estado da India were Goans. It is
worth noting that under the British, no Indian, however brilliant his
academic or administrative record might have been, ever held the post of
Chief Justice in any of the High Courts. Goans, however, held in their own
hands (at least in the last 50 years or so of Portuguese administration) all
the higher posts of the judiciary system as well as of Civil Administration
and shared with the other Portuguese full citizenship rights (again, the
same was not true during British Administration of India)

Only the post of Governor-General of Estado da India was as a rule not open
to Goans. This was the rule for many other countries, including India (even
today!). As you must know the constitution of many countries prevents a
province to be governed by one of its own sons. Yet, even so, this rule had
its exception when in 1835, Bernardo Peres da Silva (Native om Neura) held
for a period of time the appointment of Governor-General of Estado da India
with the designation of Prefect. Other Goans were appointed
Governor-Generals else where as you rightly pointed out in your email. 

Since 1822, when the Liberal Revolution introduced a Parliamentary
Government in Portugal, Estado da India Portuguesa had been sending her sons
to represent her interests first to the Portuguese cortes (during the
monarchy) and after to the Portuguese National Assembly in Lisbon. Many of
these Goans came to occupy positions of eminence and distinction as
Ministers, Provintional Governors, Amabasadors, High Court and Supreme Court
Judges, Scientists, Professors, Doctors, etc. 

To my short memory, I would like to add these to your list (in no particular

1. Dr. Antonio F. de Noronha (from Loutulim) who was the first Chief Justice
(Presidente do Tribunal da Relacao) of Estado da India, Macau and Timor
after the Republic.

2. Dr. Antonio de Miranda, Chief Justice (Presidente do Tribunal da Relacao)
of Estado da India, Macau and Timor in the early 1950s.

3. Dr. Balwanta Rau, High Court Judge.

4. Dr. Jose' Antonio Ismael Gracias (junior)(from Loutulim, 1903-1993) was
Director of Civil Administration of Estado da India (1954-1958) and also the
last Chief Justice (Presidente do Tribunal da Relacao) of Estado da India,
Macau and Timor (1958-1961). He was one of the sons of the historian and
writer Jose' Antonio Ismael Gracias (senior)(from Loutulim but born in
Curtorim, 1857-1919) that you mentioned in your email.

5. Dr. Roque Antonio Benjamim Gracias (Loutulim, 1915-1999), High Court
Judge (Luanda).

6. Joao Baptista Amancio Gracias (Loutulim, 1872-1950)- Historian, Writer,
Director da Fazenda.

7. Prof. Dr. Alfredo da Costa (Margao, 1859-1910). He has been acknowledged
in Portugal and has a hospital (maternidade) with his name - MATERNIDADE Dr.
ALFREDO DA COSTA - Lisbon - where more than 500.000 Lisbon people have been
born there since 1932. -;

8. Most Rev. Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio Blasco Collaco (from Raia, born
1931). He is currently posted to South Africa as Apostolic Nuncio. I think
he is retiring this year and is curretly the most senior Apostolic Nuncio of
the Vatican.

9. Fr. Andre Vaz (from Carambolim) was the first Goan Priest to be ordained
in Goa around 1558!!! (information from

10. First Goan Bishop: Most Rev. Mateus de Castro, from Divar, ordained
bishop in 1637 (vide

11. Dr. Abel R. Colaco (High Court Judge) but posted as General Secretary of
the Government of Estado da India Portuguesa (1958-1961).

12. Dr. Jose Militao Quadros (High Court Judge) but posted as
Attorney-General of the Republic in Estado da India Portuguesa (1958-1961)
(Procurador Geral da Republica).

13. Dr. Souza Franklin, High Court Judge of Estado da India (1958-1961)

14. Dr. Caetano Gonsalves, Supreme Court of Portugal Judge.

15. Dr. Abreu Lobo, Supreme Court of Portugal Judge in the 1960s.

16. Dr. Ludovico da Costa, Supreme Court of Portugal Judge in the 1960s.

17. Dr. Francisco Bruto da Costa, Supreme Court of Portugal Judge in the

It is worth noting that in the 1960s, the total number of Supreme Court
Judges of Portugal was only 15 and 3 of those were Goans, which represented
20% of the available posts for Supreme Court Judge of Portugal. 

Between 1958 to 1961, the total number of Portuguese Overseas High Court
Judges was 15 (divided in three High Courts: 1)Luanda with jurisdiction over
Angola, Sao Tome' and Principe, Cabo Verde and Guine Bissau; 2) Mozambique
with jurisdiction over Mozambique; Goa with jurisdiction over the whole
Estado da India Portuguesa, Timor and Macau). Seven of the total 15 Overseas
High Court Judges were Goans (almost 50%). Four of them were posted in Goa
as refered above (Dr. Ismael Gracias - Chief Justice, Dr. Souza Franklin,
Dr. Abel Colaco and Dr. Jose Militao de Quadros).

INDEED, a great honour for Goa considering that the population of Portugal
was in the 1960s 9 million and the population of Goa 500,000. 20% of the
total number of Supreme Court Judges of Portugal were Goans and almost 50%
of the total number of Overseas High Court Judges were Goans. 

Source: Profiles of Eminent Goans Past and Present (by J. Clemente Vaz).

18. Dr. Vasant Krishna Tamba (Panjim, 1926), Supreme Court of Portugal
Judge, retired 1993 in Portugal.

19. Prof. Dr. Narana Coisoro. Politician, leader of a Portuguese main
Political Party, Vice-President of the Portuguese National Assembly.

There are many others.

Best wishes
Paulo Colaco Dias.

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Sent: 27 November 2006 03:48
Subject: [Goanet] GREAT MEN OF GOA



The genesis of this article lies in an observation in a not too distant post
in GOANET to the effect that DIASPORA GOANS now comprise 30% of all GOANS,
many of them second and third generation ones, some of whom barely know GOA,
others who have never visited their ancestral home, and a few - fortunately
very few - even a bit abashed at their origin, ignorant of their rich
heritage. I wondered, therefore, if it would be worthwhile penning some
lines delineating our traditions, our cultural monuments and specially, the
immense contributions of eminent Goans down the corridors of Time.

I hesitated....It is not a very interesting subject to most readers. So why
encumber them?


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