Willy was Goa's Chanakya, politicians pay rich tributes

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 04 September 2015 22:00 IST

All the political parties of Goa and leading politicians as well as Governor of Goa paid rich tribute to former chief minister Dr Wilfred de Souza, who passed away today morning.

Made indelible mark on Goan history: Governor

Besides being an expert and eminent Surgeon, Dr. Wilfred de Souza, was a towering political leader who occupied the position of Chief Minister of Goa.

He has undoubtedly made an indelible mark on the political and socio-economic cultural history of Goa. I am sure that the people of Goa will remember him forever for the splendid contribution which he made for the development of the State.

My husband Dr. Ram Kripal Sinha, joins me in conveying our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to yourself and the other members of the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace. "

Great loss to society: CM

The demise of Dr. Wilfed de Souza is a great loss to society. He was a prominent politician of Goa. 

My heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and I pray for eternal peace of the departed soul. 


Played crucial role for Konkani & Statehood: Parrikar

“The former Chief Minister of Goa was also an eminent and highly respected surgeon. At the peak of his political career, he played a crucial role in attaining statehood for Goa. His contribution in making Konkani the official language of Goa is well known.

Dr. Wilfred de Souza was an outstanding political figure, who served the society with distinction.”

Lost sharp mind & foresight: Khalap

Goa has lost a Statesman of acute intellect, sharp mind and great social and political foresight. I have lost a friend and guide.

Dr Willie was one of the few post-liberation leaders of Goa who shaped Goa's destiny in many a way.

He steered United Goans Party into Indian National Congress which led Goa from regional to national mainstream politics and decimated his arch rivals, the MGP.

He played a stellar role in the struggle for Statehood and official language status for Konkani.

An eminent surgeon Dr Willie wielded his surgical as well as political scalpels with superb dexterity.


Changed Goa’s politics: NCP

Dr. Wilfred De Souza was a founder and associated with the Party for more than 10 years to bring the NCP Party in front on the Goan political scenario.  He has played a key role in expanding the roots of NCP Party in all over Goa.

Dr. Wilfred De Souza was a highly charismatic leader and known as “Goa’s Chanakya” due to his strong hold on Goan Politics.

His life was full of struggles. The trouble Dr. Wilfred De Souza took to get himself educated should serve as an inspiration for youngsters in Goa.

Dr. Willy De Souza not only changed the field of medicine in Goa but also changed the politics of Goa due to his shrewd political strategies and political acumen. He changed the entire perception of politics of Goa and played a key role in Goan politics for more than 40 years.

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