18th June:Goa Revolution Day

goa stampOn 18th June 1946 Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. Around 1946, at the time when India was on the verge of independence,Dr.Juiliao Menezes  , a noted academician and writer invited Ram Manohar Lohia to his house in Goa. Dr. Lohia had earlier visited Dr. Menezes for a medical examination in Bombay where Menezes had advised him to take rest and stay at his house in Asansol, Goa.On June 15, 1946, defying the ban against public meetings, Menezes and Lohia organised one as an act of civil disobedience against the 435-year-old Portuguese rule.

lohia stampsWhile the June 15 movement went on peacefully, at another meeting held on June 18, the turnout was so big that police decided to arrest both Lohia and Menezes, who had entered the area in a horse carriage. The day would prove to be a watershed day in the history of the Goan freedom struggle, where the inhumane treatment meted out by the Portuguese police to those protesting would leave a lasting impression on young Goans like Prabhakar Vitthal Sinari, Prabhakar Trivikam Viadiya and Vishwanath Lawande to form the Azad Gomantak Dal, an outfit that would fight for Goan freedom for years to come.Lohia was expelled from Goa post the meeting, but the first seeds for Goan liberation were sown. Defying ban on meeting at public places, Goans started meeting and organising themselves to fight for Goa’s liberation.

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