Records show colonizers were not done with Goa

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    PANAJI: After 50 years, one tends to think that the Portuguese colonial power kept itself busy elsewhere after Goa was liberated from its rule by the Indian army. But the colonizers nursed dreams of recapturing the tiny coastal Indian region for several years, even bombing Goa twice under the Indian union.

    "Portugal used the Emissona Nacional, the Portuguese national radio station for a propaganda against India and Indians. It was run under the pretence that Goans would feel out of place after liberation as they were used to listening to the station. Portugal hoped that the world would understand 'the truth' about Goa and react against the Indian union," librarian at the Goa Central Library, Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues said, speaking at a session at Goa University's international conference 'Goa: 1961 and Beyond' on Sunday.

    She said the station was being used to transmit news of Goans refusing to co-operate with the government of India. "The idea for the need to create a committee of Goan resistance against the Indian rule was floated and Antonia Roldao de Souza was chosen to head it. His job was to put together well-known Goans to be part of the committee. Goans were told not to organize any resistance in the open but work on the sly," Rodrigues said, focusing on excerpts from books that record the post-liberation scenario. She said Goans were asked to infiltrate the most important positions in the Indian administration to seek information on the happenings within the government.

    "Goans were told to write 'GR', which stands for Goan Resistance, everywhere. They wanted to give nightmares to the Indian administration by drawing this sign of struggle everywhere. A group for the resistance was also being organized in Bombay because of the large number of Goans residing there," Rodrigues said.

    She said Goans were even encouraged to create clandestine resistance movements with the sole purpose of supporting and intensifying the separatist movements in India like those by the Sikhs, Kashmiris, Nagas, Hyderabadis, etc. so that they in turn support the Portuguese in recapturing Goa.

    "This campaign had the full support of the Portuguese government with the ministries of defense, foreign affairs, army, navy and finance involved. After 1961, India was wholly absorbed by the grave difficulties resulting from the conflict with China and the Portuguese felt it was the right time to attack and that if they delayed they would never have a better chance," Rodrigues said.

    A grand plan was chalked out called the 'Plano Gralha' covering Goa, Daman and Diu, with which the Portuguese colonizers wanted to assure Goans after liberation that they have not been abandoned by their former rulers.

    "It was decided to paralyze the port operations at Mormugao and Bombay by planting bombs in some of the ships anchored at the ports. But there were also instructions to extend attacks to other parts of India whenever possible and major projects like the Bakra Nangal dam was one of the targets. It was decided to use Kuwait as a link to bring the explosives into Goa," Rodrigues said.

    June to November was thought to be a good time to attack as there is no navigation during the period and finally an attack on Goa was launched on June 20, 1964.

    "Bombs were also planted at Vasco Municipal School in March, 1962, and at another location in October the same year. This was done to create panic among the people. Investigations later said that there was a possibility that the attackers came by plane to Murud in Bombay. The explosives are said to have been personally prepared by one of the attackers, Casmiro Monteiro," Rodrigues said. The attacks might have not done for Portugal what it had expected but it did not prevent the colonial power from trying to blame the attacks on India to portray it in bad light. "The Portuguese government, in an official statement to the United Nations, later said that the attacks were preplanned acts of revolt and dissatisfaction of people with Indian rule," she said.


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    can we get any thing from a more trusted source??
    BR is chest thumping forum.
    i rather distrust BR.
     
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    Portuguese were perhaps the most cruel of the European colonists that set foot on the Indian soil.
     
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    ^^^ TOI:toilet:
     
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    LOL...and i dont think i have any other source....!!
     
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    it's only "Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues " word!!!
    anyways so no clue what true what's false!
    googled her/him (?????) (s)he wrote few books but not much is available. she wrote few books related to goa.
    but still dunno.....
     
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    here is a pdf artical which says same thing which TOI artical says about recapturing plane of Goa by Purtagal gov.
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    http://iias.org/goa/abstracts/46.pdf
     
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    ^^^^Whoa !!!
    nice find :)
     
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    :D some people really get tangled in their own prejudices.

    what she says is quite well known, there have been many books written supported by portugese govt about Indian 'aggression' in goa. if you look around the net there are many websites giving that side of the story. at least that was the case 5 years back.
     
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    LoL! "Goans and clandestine resistance movements"! The only thing they'd be clandestinely doing is eating some delicious peixe recheado and Chicken Cafreale.


    The older generation aside, who still feel pangs of agony at the Goan Government (read 'proxy' for Indian Goverment) at letting the bhaiyas come in and run riot (a high proportion of theft, localised sex crime and muggings have been correlated with this northern immigrant population) and for letting the foreigners set up shop in such large numbers and 'loot' the state: property has been sold cheaply to the Russians, the Israelis and the Brits who now have their own 'pockets' of mafiosi, about the only thing the younger generation knows about Portugal is Balchau and Christiano Ronaldo.
     
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    Property sold cheap to Russians or Israelis or Brits benefited the Goan politicians. Goa had lax rules that allowed foreigners to buy land that could have been modified suitably if the Goans were sincere! Northern immigrant population is required because Goa needs manpower lfor construction and other activities ike many other states in India. If I am not mistaken there was also resentment against labourers from Karnataka. Goans should stop cribbing about `outsiders` if they are not prepared to dirty their hands.
     
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    How Goa became a part of India - India News - IBNLive

     
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    The capture of Goa by Nehru was one of the most remarkable things done at that time given the circumstances.

    Technically, Nehru had launched a war of aggression against Portugal. The International Court of justice and given a ruling in favor of Portugal. And the US, France and UK had brought a resolution in the UN condemning Indian invasion and "occupation" of Portuguese territories. USSR of course veto'ed it but if this was passed, then it would imply automatic sanctions and possible authorization of use of force to give Portugal "its territory" back.
     
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    Ok this thread was enlightening :)
     
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    Yes, they should. But that doesn't justify the dirty habits these 'northie immigrants' bring with them. Taking a sh*t in public, was a heretofore unheard event in Goa until the Biharis and the UP'ites brought it in. As was the colossal increase in crime, by outside-labourers who use the Konkan railway to station hop. The Goans don't detest the cheap labour these immigrants provide. In fact they hire them. They do however detest their habits.

    Try doing something like that in Mumbai. Taxi drivers don't dare shove their cab doors open on a two-lane road and sleep with their legs on them for fear of having them rammed in their faces. The last time a sev-puri vendor, tried taking a piss in the same utensil he used to mix pani puri water in, he almost had his b*lls chopped off. Come, work nobody's stopping you. The Northies work harder and longer than most others, that is a fact that most Maharashtrians will readily admit. But the least you can do, is respect the local customs and be sensitive to what people find sinister or disgusting.
     
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