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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Panaji: Photo 29

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A riverside park holds this monument to Francisco Luis Gomes, who managed to walk the fine line of serving as Goa's long-time member of the Portuguese parliament while also advocating the departure of India's colonial masters, British as well as Portuguese. He must have been very adroit, because his statue was erected in 1929, while the Portuguese still ruled Goa. He was able, it seems, to tell them to go away so skillfully that they did not object to honoring the centenary of his birth.

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