Goa observes Revolution Day today, a day to mark the Socialist Leader Dr Ram Manohar Lohia’s appeal to Goans to fight the oppressive rule of the Portuguese colony. On the occasion, CM Manohar Parrikar and Governor Mridula Sinha paid homage to the freedom fighters who contributed immensely in Goa’s liberation struggle.
Addressing the public on the 71st Anniversary of Revolution Day in Panaji, CM Manohar Parrikar declared to make Goa Plastic free by 18 June next year. He assured to keep dustbins on all the busses in the state.
In his speech, Parrikar promised freedom fighters to resolve the Mayem issue at the earliest. Goa Government is also likely to announce the much awaited Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the coalition government on the Revolution Day. The CMP document will consist of 11 point agenda that will be addressed in the 5 year tenure.
Mridula Sinha greeted Goans on the Revolution Day and called for Communal Harmony. In her message, she said, “It’s an honour to me to join the people of Goa today in commemorating the great freedom struggle of the Goans. Communal harmony has been the faith of Goans. Their spectacular progress since liberation is the outcome of their hard working spirit.”
It was on this day in 1946 when Freedom Fighter Dr Ram Manohar Lohia had addressed Goans at a City Square (now Lohia Maidan) and called for Goans to unite and fight against the Portuguese oppressive policies. The event was a turning point in Goa’s history and inspired many into freedom struggle of the state. It was the first civil disobedience moment against the Portuguese.