Goa, 1961: The Complete Story of Nationalism and Integration (Hardcover)

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The subject of the liberation of Goa in 1961 and its integration into the Indian Union in 1962 is sparsely understood at best and misunderstood at worst. What were the events that led to the thirty-six-hour military operation-possibly the first since Independence that occurred entirely at India's initiative? What was the political climate within Goa? What role did Goans themselves play?

In this gripping account, former journalist Valmiki Faleiro covers a wide canvas in detail, including the entire story of Operation Vijay, the events that preceded it and those that followed. The diplomatic efforts, the arguments, the run-up, the build-up, the actual ops and their aftermath in Goa, within India and internationally-all of it is vividly related in this nuanced telling. Faleiro lucidly outlines the prevailing political atmosphere and its changing character, the part played by indigenous independence movements and freedom fighters leading to the liberation of Goa, and the impact of its consequent assimilation into India.

Extensively researched and extremely well-written, Goa, 1961 is a seminal book on an important subject and a must-read for anyone interested in Indian history.

About the Author

VALMIKI FALEIRO, one of Goa's home-grown prolific writers, was a staff reporter with the West Coast Times. He also covered Goa for national publications like the Current Weekly, the Free Press Journal group of publications and the Indian Express. As a freelancer before that, he contributed articles and features to various journals, including the Navhind Times, Goa Today, Sun Weekly, Newstrek, Detective Digest, Mirror and Newsmag. Faleiro was among the dozen-odd Indians selected for the 'Workshop for Asian Writers' held in March 1977 at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

Faleiro was briefly (1985-87), the municipal president of Margao. On picking up the pen once again, after a gap of two decades, he wrote a couple of chapters for a book on Goa's print media (In Black and White: Insiders' Stories about the Press in Goa) and, for four years (2005-09), wrote a regular Sunday column, All 'n' Sundry, in a local daily newspaper. Patriotism in Action: Goans in India's Defence Services was his first book, followed by Soaring Spirit: 450 Years of Margao's Espí rito Santo Church 1565-2015.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670097920
ISBN-10: 0670097926
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2023
Pages: 408
Language: English