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Portraits of five freedom struggle veterans to be displayed at secretariat

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Panaji: Five of Goa’s decorated freedom fighters will be due recognition by State government who will be installing their portraits at state secretariat, Chief minister Pramod Sawant said.

Sawant was addressing state level function to commemorate Goa Revolution Day. Every year, the former Portuguese colony celebrates June 18 as Goa Revolution Day to mark the incident in 1946 when freedom fighter late Ram Manohar Lohiya had given clarion call to liberate the state from oppressive colonial regime.

“We want that the future generations should know about our liberation movement and those who participated in it,” Sawant said.

The chief minister announced that  state government will display portraits of freedom fighters Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya, Purushottam Kakodkar, Vishwanath Lawande, T B Cunha and Babani Naik Desai at the secretariat.

He also said that State government is working on ambitious project to curate a gallery specially to highlight Goa’s liberation struggle. “The gallery would be set up within state government’s premises and it will give display our liberation struggle. The film based on liberation of Goa will also be projected in the gallery for the visitors,” he said.

Goa was liberated from Portuguese clutches in the year 1961 ending 450-year-long oppressive colonial regime.

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