Eduardo Faleiro Extols Shri Purushottam Kakodkar’s Role In Goa’s Liberation Vouch For His Commemoration
Goajunction || October 24 th, 2011
Panaji : Goa celebrates this year the Golden Jubilee of its Liberation from colonial rule which ended on December 19, 1961. Whilst the Liberation of Goa is of enormous importance to Goans, it is also of great national significance inasmuch as with it, the Independence of India became complete.
Mr. Eduardo Faleiro – Commissioner for NRI Affairs said “I had written to the hon. Prime Minister requesting that a solemn reference be made to this memorable occasion in both House
s of Parliament and also requested him that the portrait of Dr. T. B. Cunha be displayed in Parliament House along with other stalwarts of the National Freedom Movement”. Hitherto neither portrait of any Goan leader nor any reference to Goa or to its Freedom Movement find a place in our Parliament House.
Adding Further he said “The Prime Minister has agreed to my request and he wrote, - “I concur with your suggestions and will have them followed up”.
On the occasion of Goa’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, the sterling role played by late Shri Purushottam Kakodkar should be recalled. Shri Kakodkar participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement launched by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia in Goa on June 18, 1946 and he was then banished to Portugal
Whilst the other two post Liberation leaders, Shri Dayanand Bandodkar and Dr. Jack Sequeira have been honored in every possible manner, the memory of late Shri Purshottam Kakodkar should also be remembered and preserved for posterity.
To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Goa’s Liberation, the commission for NRI affairs will hold an International Conference in Panaji in association with the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) on 23rd and 24th February 2012. Leaders of several former colonies in Asia and Africa will participate in the Conference. It will focus on the evils of colonialism and the challenges being faced by those countries on their way to national renaissance. It will identify commonalities in the colonial and post colonial experience The Conference will pay a special tribute to Goans who participated in anti-colonial struggles across the world. Among the countries represented will be Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and some other countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America.