It was at the Adarsh Hall, in Margao, some years ago, when I spoke at
Churchill Alemao's meet ( Mopa Airport - when he left the Congress to
subsequently for SGF) that I had openly said that Goa was not liberated but
conquered by India and that none other than the Supreme Court of India has
handed out the judgment.
Most dignitaries on the dais did not like what I said and that includes
perhaps even Churchill Alemao.
I have always held that our esteemed Goa's freedom fighters (who were
actually alive and involved in seemingly liberating Goa ) were not at all
Goa sensitive but Barot sensitive, eating out of the Boroti hands, including
Lambert Mascarenhas. Otherwise, they would have told Barot that after
freeing Goa of the Portuguese, Goa's management and affairs should be handed
over to the Goans - in an exclusive autonomy. If at all our Goa's so called
freedom fighters and their association is only left to beg for pensions and
government jobs for their kin, it is because they have lost their
self-respect and are being tolerated as the baroti vote bank. Goa Su-Raj
Party has gone on record to say that when it comes to power, it will either
want to dissolve the Goa Freedom Fighter's Association for good or it has
to cull the fakes from its list if they want their self-respect restored
Ideally, the Portuguese should have given autonomy to Goa and left. In that
case the clamor of Goa's Borot inclined freedom fighters for it assimilation
into the Indian Union would be met with stiff resistance. At least I would
resist even if I was just 14 years old at that time. :-)) Incidentally, I
am 62 years of age today. Therefore any freedom fighter living today must be
70 years of age and above to be considered as a freedom fighter and must
have exclusive documentation to prove that he/she was in the freedom fight
movement and not just one freedom fighter signing for another one to get in
In solidarity with Ashburn Pereira and others
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ashburn Pereira" <ashburnpere...@gmail.com>
To: "Goanet" <goa...@goanet.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 04, 2009 4:55 AM
Subject: [Goanet] Goa's Liberation?
This was the original letter in it's entirety that was sent by us to O
Heraldo, which was edited, shortened and published according to their
Ashburn & Leron Pereira
As Sr. Arwin Mesquita has written on 22/9/09 that "we need to have an
urgent Post Liberation". Post Liberation? Was Goa Liberated or Conquered?
During 1500's "INDIA NEVER EXISTED", the Indian subcontinent under the
British Raj basically consisted of British India and the Princely states.
India came into existence only after the British left in '47 and India
formed it's Republic on 26/1/50. The present country INDIA was a later
establishment of the British Raj. No one is in doubt that the Portuguese
conquered Goa in the 1500's, but then, Goa during that period was in a
state of constant transitioning sieges by Sultans and Rajahs. The
Portuguese gave Goa stability after they took over and put up a valiant
front against the overpowering enemy forces, till the invasion and
expulsion by India's troops in Dec '61.
According to the landmark judgments delivered by the Supreme Court of
India - Delhi, Goa was "CONQUERED" by India and was not liberated on
19/12/61 from the Portuguese" also according to the U.N. resolution 1514
(XV) Goa is stated as "INVADED". We've now undergone 47 yrs of corrupt
"Bharoti" colonial rule over our Goa.
On the other hand one could take the instance that Bangladesh was
liberated by "Bharot" and given to their people who now have the honour of
being the proud citizens of Bangladesh, whereas Goa wasn't, instead it was
conquered and forcefully annexed to the Indian Union, just as how Saddam
had invaded Kuwait on 2/8/90. In other words, Goa was "ROBBED" from Goans
by Nehru's "Bharot".
We Goans were treated far better than how the British treated Indians, we
don't intend to create a misunderstanding between the inhabitants living
in Goa today, but nearly everyone remembers that during the British Raj,
racial notices were prevalently put up at restaurants, starred hotels,
clubs, &.c stating that "Indians and dogs are not allowed". But such
notices were never seen nor heard of in our 'Peaceful Goa'.