Panaji: Goa Governor Dr S S Sidhu and Chief
Minister Digamber Kamat extended warm greetings to the people
of the state on the occasion of `Goa Revolution Day` on Friday.
"I deem it an honour to join the people of Goa today in
commemorating the `Goa Revolution Day`, Sidhu said in a
It was 65 years ago on 18th June that patriotic Goans
rose in mass revolt under the leadership of the freedom
fighter Dr Ram Manohar Lohia against the atrocities being
perpetrated on them by the then colonial Portuguese regime.
The importance of the day could be judged from the fact
that the uprising not only shook the foundation of the alien
rule, but eventually it led to the liberation of Goa on
December 19, 1961, he said.
The `Goa Revolution Day`, thus, marked the last phase of
the freedom movement in which thousands of Goans and
countrymen had voluntarily participated.
At least 67 freedom fighters embraced martyrdom while
many others underwent torture, imprisonment and deportation at
the altar of Goa`s liberation during the intervening period.
Today, we pay our sincere homage to their memory because
it was they who made it possible for us to live in dignity and
be masters of our destiny, the statement said.
Kamat also extended greetings to people of Goa on the
occasion and said, "The freedom struggle of Goa entered its
last and final phase when Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia gave a clarion
call to people of the state to unite and fight against the
colonial rule on June 18, 1946 from Margao."
The historic day is celebrated as `Goa Kranti Din` to
recollect the saga of the struggle of the people of Goa for
On the occasion, the state government will honour 16
freedom fighters, 11 posthumous and five living, who
participated in Goa`s freedom struggle, Kamat said.