december memories / 19



19th December, 1961 : Indian troops overrun the Portuguese enclave of Goa today, forcing its Governor, General Silva, to surrender the territory. The tiny region, on the south-west coast of India, has been claimed by the Portuguese for the last 400 years. The Portuguese stood no chance of resisting the Indian onslaught, in which air and sea power was used to support the invasion by heavily armed Indian paratroopers. Yet in one episode of spectacular bravery, the Portuguese frigate Alfonso de Albuqerque went into battle against three Indian warships. Torn apart by shellfire, she was beached by her wounded Captain.

[Four hundred years, a thousand years – who cares? Only white-skinned people are imperialists]

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