Goa, India

Goa Liberation Day: Here’s the history of India’s smallest state; CM Manohar Parrikar and other leaders pour in wishes

Though India got its independence in the year 1947, Goa had to struggle more in comparison and in 1961, it managed to achieve its statehood.

The Portuguese began colonising Goa from the early 16th century and only after 450 years did their rule end. Brutal policies were imposed by the European rulers, forcing many Hindus to convert to Christianity.

Dr Ram Manohar Lohia made significant contributions in Goa’s independence.

It was in the 19th century British India when the movement to free the region from the Portuguese rule began started to take small steps. In the 40s of the twentieth century, the uprising began and for more than a dozen years it continued.

The day marks extreme importance to all Goans and people wish each other remembering the lost that were lives in the pursuit of achieving freedom.

Various senior leaders along with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar greeted the people of the state on the day of Liberation.

Dr Subhash Bhamre who is a Minister of State, Defence said, “Greetings to the people of Goa on the occasion of #GoaLiberationDay. My tributes to all those who laid down their lives for the liberation movement.”

Rajya Sabha MP, Vijay Goel also extended his wishes.

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