Parrikar confuses issue of Army 'invasion' to liberate Goa

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 17 September 2014 17:50 IST

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar appears to be confused over the issue of calling intervention of Indian Army to liberate Goa an ‘invasion’ or not.

“There are some Goans sitting abroad and say that Goa was liberated by invasion,” he said in a citicising tone.

However, in the same breath, he said: “Actually Goa should have been invaded by the Indian Army in 1947 itself.”

It all happened at a function conferring Gomant Vibhushan Award, Goa’s highest civilian award, on 100-year old freedom fighter, writer and journalist Lambert Mascarenhas.

Earlier, Goa Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar had criticized those calling Goa’s liberation an ‘invasion’ or ‘aggression’ by Indian Army.

There are debates being held on the Facebook, where some elements still term it as invasion, said Arlekar.

But in contrast, he said, Goa could be part of Indian Union because of freedom fighters like Mascarenhas who fought selflessly to become part of Indian nation.

Some Goans, who live in and outside Goa, still feel that Goa should have been a separate nation and not part of India, after the Portuguese were chased away.

Though neither Arlekar nor Parrikar said it in those many words, it was obvious that the reference was made towards these opinion makers.

“Great people like Mascarenhas fought with nationalist spirit. Unfortunately, there are some Goans today – some of them abroad – who feel that Goa was invaded by Indian Army. Actually Army should have invaded Goa in 1947 itself”, said Parrikar.

Further the BJP chief minister also did not leave this opportunity to take a dig at India’s first Congress-led government headed by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for delaying Goa’s merger into Indian Union.

“We should have attained freedom along with rest of the country. But it did not happen as our national leaders were hesitant. Due to this, many leaders like Mascarenhas or T B Cunha had to fight and several leaders like Karnal Singh and Bala Mapari had to become martyrs”, he said.

Mascarenhas, who was brought on a wheel chair but climbed up the platform with ease, received a standing ovation the minute he entered the auditorium.

The Art and Culture department also celebrated his 100th birthday by cutting a cake.

Nayantara, his eldest daughter, on his behalf narrated some inspiring incidents of her father and thanked the state government for conferring the highest civilian award on him.

Mascarenhas, a freedom fighter, was also a founder editor of The Navhind Times and later started his own news magazine – Goa Today, which he later sold to Dattaraj Salgaoncar as it was unmanageable.

He is also a prolific fiction writer, having many novels to his credit.

Born on 17 September 1914 in Colva, Mascarenhas graduated from St Xavier’s College, Bombay.

He started his journalistic career as a junior reporter at the “Morning Standard” and then worked as a sub-editor at the “Bombay Sentinel.”

While working as assistant editor at a monthly “The Onlooker,” he visited Goa and wrote against the oppressive Portuguese rule. He was arrested and sentenced to prison by the Portuguese.

On being released on bail, he fled to Bombay and remained in exile for 12 years, until Goa’s liberation.

Though in love with Dr Jolly, he had decided not to get married until Goa was liberated.

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An IIT so called guru does not know the meaning of invaded or is he speaking the truth from his heart??.If a 8th std educated churchill had said it everyone would have jumped and targeted him. How come everyone is quite especially those who want to impose taliban type system in goa or those who used to be against english as medium of instruction??.Has parrikar given you AC rooms or are you all enjoying the food/benefits which you are getting from him and 2 lazy to even say a word??.

- Ali, shiroda | 18 th September 2014 01:37


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