Portugal should apologise to Goa for exploitation: Goa minister

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Panaji, Jan 15 (IANS) Portugal should apologise to Goa for exploiting it as a colony, the Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Friday.

Dhavalikar was speaking during a discussion on a motion of congratulations for newly elected Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who is of Goan-origin.

“Goans cannot forget the past. What has happened in Goa before 1961, everybody knows the history. Now if Goans have to appreciate Portuguese, I feel they should first apologise to us,” Dhavalikar said.

Costa, who took over as Prime Minister of Portugal last November, is the son of Orlando Costa, a Goan poet and a leftist activist.

Stating it would be wrong to say that the Portuguese conquered Goa, the minister said: “Portugal was gifted parts of Goa by the then Adil Shah regime.”

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Goa, one of the earliest colonies of Portugal, remained under its yoke for 451 years, until it was liberated by the Indian armed forces in 1961.

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