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Goa Day was observed on 30 May 2014

May 30, 2014 14:14 IST

Goa on 30 May 2014 observed Goa Day and this was the 27th Statehood Day. Goa became 25th State of the Indian Union on 30 May 1987.

About Goa

Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Goa is a state that has been a major trade centre in Asia and has undergone continuous transformation, which has left a mark on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development.
Governor of Goa - Bharat Ver Wanchoo
Chief Minister of Goa - Manohar Parrikar

How Goa became an integral part of India?

From 1510, it was a Portuguese territory of the Empire and remained under their control even after independence of India in 1947. After Independence, India insisted that Portuguese should handover Goa and few other holdings to India, which was refused by Portugal.

In reference to Indian demand of Goa and other holdings of Portugal, they lodged a complaint against India in the International Court of Justice at The Hague. The judgement was given in 1960 by the court that Portugal has right to the enclaves but that India equally had a right to deny Portugal access to the enclaves over Indian Territory.

Further in December 1961, Indian troops launched Operation Vijay and crossed into border of Goa as a result of which the Portuguese forces surrendered. United Nations resolution condemning the action of India was proposed in the UNSC, which was vetoed by USSR. Then, under Indian control, Goa voted in a referendum to become an autonomous, federally administered territory. Goa was admitted to Indian statehood in 1987.

Goa celebrates its "Liberation Day" on 19 December every year.

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