The Department of History organised a talk on ‘The Civil Liberties Movement’, to commemorate the 69th anniversary of Goa Revolution Day in 1946.
Ms. Leila Ribeiro – Head of Department of History welcomed the gathering and introduced the speaker, veteran freedom fighter Mr. Gurunath Kelekar, who was accompanied by Mr. Martins.
Being a part of the movement, Mr. Kelekar vividly described the scene during this period and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia’s defiance to the ban on civil liberties. Emphasis was also laid on the crucial decision taken by Nehru, of sending the Indian army to liberate Goa. He urged of the students to read more about Goa’s liberation movement.
Mr. Kelekar who is also the Managing Trustee of MARG, made the students aware that as citizens, we ought to build in us a sense of civic consciousness and responsibility towards our duties.
At the end of the talk, Mr. Kelekar presented the college with books on the freedom struggle, folders and booklets on ‘Our Friend the Road’. Mr. Martins presented the college a book authored by him on the presence of the Catholics in Goa’s Freedom Struggle. A special memento i.e. a brass statue of Gandhi was offered to the college at the hands of Mr. Kelekar.
The gathering was enriched by the session, which ended with the Vote of Thanks by Ms. Sybil Fernandes of the SYBA.