Former student leaders come together

| 11 July 2001 23:45 IST

Former student leaders and activists of Goa have unanimously decided to once more come together to revive the student movement in the state.

In a meeting held at Azad Bhavan on Sunday, 8th July, convened as a follow-up to the condolence meeting for the late student leader Cyril Pacheco held last month, former student leaders resolved unanimously to come out of hibernation and actively extend support to struggles on social issues. They also appealed to the student community to revive the militant student movement in the state.

Recalling the late '70s and '80s, when Goa's militant student movement was a potent force against injustice and authoritarianism, they declared their full support for any move for its revival. The next meeting of the group will be held at Ponda on Sunday, 22nd July.

Among those who spoke at the meeting were Adv. Satish Sonak, Prakash Naik, Mohandas Lolayekar, Dr Mukul Mahatme, Mathany Saldhana, Keshav Prabhu, Servulo Barros, Christopher Fonseca, Dr Minaxi Martins, Avinash Bhosle, Bernabe Sapeco, Prashanti Talpankar, Ashwin Tombat, Adv Radharao Gracias, Dilip Borkar, Adv Nitin Bodke, Prashant Naik, Jyoti Dhond, Adv Cleofato Almeida Coutinho, Manoj Joshi, Meera Medhekar, Ratna Divkar, Adriano Pinto, Socorro Fernandes, Albert D'Sa, Somu Rao, Adv Samir Bandodkar, Avinash Raikar, Franco Fernandes, Umesh Mahambre and Sandesh Prabhudesai.

Various suggestions were made at the meeting about guiding the students about potential of the student movement and make them aware about the glorious history of student movement in Goa. The meeting felt that only independent student movement, without any political affiliation, can provide strong opposition to the injustice going on in the Goan society in general and educational field in particular.

The meeting was largely attended by former student leaders and activists of '70s and '80s.

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