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Goa Liberation Day 2021: Operation Vijay 1961


Every year on the 19th of December Goa Liberation Day is observed. This year Prime Minister Modi visited Goa and attended the Goa Liberation Day celebrations. Know all about the real liberation from the vicious cycle of birth and death.

Goa Liberation Day 2021: Highlights

  • Every year on the 19th of December, Goa Liberation Day is observed.
  • Goa was liberated from Portuguese Rule on 19th of December, 1961.
  • Goa is the last state of India to liberate itself from European Colonists. 
  • Prime Minister Modi visited Goa to attend Goa Liberation Day celebrations.
  • PM Modi Visited Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium and performed multiple inauguration ceremonies. 

Goa Liberation Day 2021: History & Significance

Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years, making it an important port for trade and military operations. While there were revolts against Portuguese rulers and policies in the 18th and 19th centuries, the movement for Goa’s independence gained traction on June 18, 1946, when socialist leader Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia joined the freedom movement with many young Goans. Goa Revolution Day is now observed on this day.

Even after India gained independence on August 15, 1947, Goa remained under Portuguese rule for another 14 years. Following India’s independence from the British in 1947, calls for Goa’s independence resurfaced. Following a series of agitations by freedom fighters, India attempted to peacefully liberate Goa through diplomatic channels. The Indian government, led by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, sent its armed forces to the coastal state as a last resort, and the Portuguese surrendered on December 19, 1961, and Goa was liberated. This was also the time when the Portuguese, the last European colonists left India.

What Was ‘Operation Vijay’?

Operation Vijay, possibly India’s first tri-service operation, was tasked with liberating the Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman, and Diu. While the Indian government had been preparing for military action since December 1, 1961, it culminated in a 36-hour military operation that began on December 18, 1961 and ended on December 19, 1961.

The Indian Air Force bombed the Portuguese airbase at Dabolim as the army advanced into Goa from the north and east. The Indian Navy was tasked with defending the Anjadip island off the coast of Karwar from hostile action by Portuguese warships, as well as securing access to the Mormugao harbor.

By the evening of December 19, 1961, Indian armed forces, led by the army and backed by the air force and navy, had outnumbered and overwhelmed the Portuguese. The surrender document was signed by Portuguese Governor General Vassalo De Silva. Goa was then taken over by the Indian government.

Goa Liberation Day: Events & Celebration

Yesterday, PM Narendra Modi visited Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Taleigao to attend the Goa Liberation Day celebrations. At the function, the Prime Minister honored veterans and freedom fighters of ‘Operation Vijay’. The Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College, the Aviation Skill Development Center at Mopa Airport, the renovated Fort Aguada Jail Museum, the New South Goa District Hospital, and the Gas-insulated Substation at Dabolim-Navelim, Margao were inaugurated by the Prime Minister. 

Prime Minister’s Dedication to Improve Medical Infrastructure in Goa

The Prime Minister has worked tirelessly to improve medical infrastructure and provide world-class medical facilities throughout the country. The Super Speciality Block at Goa Medical College and Hospital was built under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana scheme at a cost of over Rs. 380 crore to support this vision. It is the only state-of-the-art super specialty hospital in the state, and it offers high-end super specialty services.  It will offer specialized services such as angioplasty, bypass surgery, liver transplantation, kidney transplantation, and dialysis, among others. In the Super Speciality Block, a 1000 LPM PSA plant will be installed as part of PM-CARES. 

The New South Goa District Hospital, which cost around Rs.220 crores to build, is outfitted with cutting-edge medical infrastructure, including outpatient clinics in 33 specialties, cutting-edge diagnostic and laboratory facilities, and services like physiotherapy and audiometry. The hospital has 500 oxygenated beds, a 5500-liter LMO tank, and two 600-liter-per-minute PSA plants (lpm). Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, the redevelopment of Aguada Fort Jail Museum as a Heritage Tourism destination cost over Rs. 28 crore. The Aguada Fort was used to imprison and torture freedom fighters prior to Goa’s independence.

How Can the World Be Liberated?

All the living beings are infected with an incurable disease called birth and death. The entire world can only be liberated from the vicious circle of birth and death by finding and taking the refuge of an enlightened spiritual leader. Because there is only one possible cure to this suffering, which can only be made available by an enlightened spiritual teacher who knows the true way of worship of the creator God. 

Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj Is the Liberator of Everyone

Right now, only Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is enlightened with complete spiritual knowledge and real way of worship. Only He is authorized to provide Moksh Mantras which is the only medicinal cure that can end birth and death of a living soul. All the human beings should take Naam Initiation (Naam Diksha) from Him without wasting any time, as human life is a precious deal.

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