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DIP: Eduardo Faleiro releases book ‘Aquino de Braganca: Battles Waged, Lasting Dreams’


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COMMISSIONER FOR NRI AFFAIRS, MR. EDUARDO FALEIRO IS SEEN RELEASING A BOOK  “AQUINO DE BRAGANCA: BATTLES WAGED, LASTING DREAMS” OF AQUINO DE BRAGANCA AN EMINENT GOAN AT A FUNCTION HELD AT PANAJI ON APRIL 2, 2011. ALSO SEEN ARE PADMASHREE, MRS. MARIA AURORA COUTO, CONSUL GENERAL OF PORTUGAL IN GOA, MR. ANTONIO JOSE SABIDO DA COSTA, AUTHOR, MRS. SILVIA BRAGANCA, PROF. PRAJAL SAKHARDANDE AND MR. MINGUEL BRAGANCA.

 


Panaji, April 2 , 2011:  Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Shri Eduardo Faleiro today released a book “ Aquino de Braganca: Battles waged, lasting  reams” of Aquino de Braganca, an eminent Goan, an Advisor to the first President of Mozambique Samora Machel at a function held in the city today. The book has been written by his widow Silvia Braganca.

Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Shri Eduardo Faleiro said that his office will hold a Conference in the course of this year to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Liberation and to highlight the role  of the Goan Diaspora in our Freedom Movement  as well as in the anti-colonial struggles across the world.

The leaders of Goa’s  Freedom Movement  were mostly based in Mumbai and elsewhere in  India since no political activity whatsoever was permitted in Goa during the Salazar regime.  Many Goans participated in the freedom struggles of colonies in Africa such as Pio de Gama Pinto and Fitz de
Souza in Kenya and Aquino de Bragança, Oscar Monteiro  and several others in Mozambique.

Aquino de Bragança and George Vaz represented the Party of the People of Goa at the Conference of Nationalist Organisations of Portuguese Colonies (CONCP)  in Casablanca in April 1961.

After the independence of Mozambique, Aquino De Bragança became advisor to the first President of Mozambique, Samora Machel and  died with him and several Mozambiqan Ministers in a plane crash 25 years ago in 1986.

Shri Faleiro said that he had met President Samora Machel as a Special Envoy of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi  a few days earlier and had discussed with him assistance from India to enable Mozambique to withstand the military and economic aggression from apartheid  South Africa.  On this  occasion, President Machel  had introduced to him Aquino De Bragança.  Shri  Faleiro noticed that the President and his Ministers held Aquino De Bragança in high esteem as a comrade, a scholar and a diplomat.

Shri Faleiro said though Goa is small it has produced galaxy of personalities who contributed in various fields to the world. He said there are about 20 thousand people of Indian origin including about 2000  Goans in Mozambique.

Padmashri and writer Smt. Maria Aurora Couto, Consul General of Portugal in Goa Shri Antonio Jose Sabido da Costa, Author Smt. Silvia Braganca, Prof. Prajal Sakhardande, and Shri Minguel Braganca also spoke on the occasion. Kum. Munira Ursula de Souza compered the function.

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