Goa Liberation Day
This day of December 19 is celebrated as Goa Liberation day every year.
This day is the commemoration of the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese rule above 450 years of ruling, by the Indian Armed Forces.
The Portuguese colonized several parts of India in 1510 such as Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra, Nagar Haveli, and Anjediva Island. After the Indian Independence on August 15, 1947, still, Goa remains under the rule of the Portuguese. The peaceful diplomatic negotiation between the Indian Government and the Portuguese was not successful yet to liberate the Union Territory. So, Our Prime Minister Sri. Jawaharlal Nehru finally decided as a Military attack was the only option to liberate Goa and other territories.
The Military operation name “Operation Vijay “meaning “Operation Victory” and participate in the integrated attacks by the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, and Indian Army. As per sources to the Indian Navy website, the Indian Armed Forces reclaimed the encroached places of Anjadip Island and Territories of Goa, Daman, and Diu” on December 19. The Governor-General Manuel Antonio Vassalo e Silva signed the Surrender certificate to India. In this memorial and celebration of this victory the Indian Naval Ship Gomantak was constructed, to portray the life sacrifice of the brave Indian sailors.