India: Goa Migration

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Hindu, Muslim, Jews, & Christians…
Inquisition in Goa,

By Eduardo Faleiro 6 September 2019

Sometime ago, I visited several villages and towns in the neighbouring districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka to meet people of Goan origin settled there. During the 16th and 17th centuries thousands of Goans, both Hindus and Christians, left Goa to escape religious and cultural persecution. In Goa, during that period, all possible obstacles were imposed on the practice of the local religions. Moreover, converts to Christianity could not easily change their deep rooted Indian way of life. The missionaries and the colonial administration would not tolerate this. For them Christianity meant Europeanisation and Christian religion, a part of the Western culture. The new Christians had to detach themselves from their cultural, social and natural environment. If they followed their own culture in any manner whatsoever they were arrested and tried by the Inquisition. This situation led both Hindus and a large number of converts to Catholicism to migrate in search of peace and a normal life. Epidemics as well as continuous wars waged by the Sultan of Bijapur, the Marathas and the Portuguese hastened the Goan exodus. Those early Goan migrants were mostly farmers. Today, many of their descendants are teachers, lawyers, doctors, engineers, Government officials, elected Government representatives and many have joined the Defence forces. Descendants of the people who migrated to the neighbouring areas of Maharashtra are known there as Bardezkars since their ancestors migrated mostly from Bardez. Their surname in school registers and revenue records appears as “Bardezkar”. The progeny of those settled in Karnataka are called konkanes because they speak Konkani as well as Kannada. Hindus, Muslims and Christians in those areas participate in each other’s religious festivals, weddings and other gatherings and there is hardly any difference in their social life and food habits.

In 2013, the then Union Minister of Youth Affairs, Shri Jitendra Singh, agreed to my request for an annual Youth Exchange Programme so that the youth of Goan origin from the neighbouring areas might visit Goa and get acquainted with their roots and different facets of life here. The programme was aimed at youth in the age group of 18 to 30 years, future leaders who had distinguished themselves in some field of activity. It was intended for the young generation to promote understanding and goodwill between the three States involved Goa, Maharahtra and Karnataka. Eleven youths of Goan origin settled in Azra, Kholapur district, visited Goa, and participated in a one week orientation programme to create awareness of different facets of life in Goa. They interacted with Goan youth, our academic and cultural institutions as well as with our elected representatives at different levels of Government. They visited the Goa University, met with the faculty and students and participated in several cultural and social events. Subsequently, a group of seven Goan youths visited Azra for a similar one week schedule and stayed with local families. The Nehru Yuvak Kendra conducted this programme.

Emigration of Goans continues to this day. The Department of NRI Affairs, Government of Goa, in collaboration with the national Centre for Development Studies released in 2008 a comprehensive Goa Migration Study. The Study found Goan diaspora settled in 43 countries with 56 percent in the Middle East, 13 percent in Europe, 11 percent in South and South East Asia and 10 percent in North America. About 7 percent of our emigrants work on board the ships. Among the emigrants, females are better educated than males. 36 percent of the female emigrants are graduates compared to 26 percent male emigrants.  Remittances from our emigrants are estimated at Rs. 700 crore and have a significant impact on our economy.

Our State has an increasingly educated work force and limited industrial growth. In the Sixties, Tourism was identified as a key sector for Goa’s development. However, Goa being a small State its carrying capacity in terms of its size, facilities available and ecological fragility needs to be considered. Tourism ought to be managed in a manner that benefits our people not just in the short term but also in the long run. The economic benefits as well as the social costs need to be evaluated. It is indeed necessary to formulate a development strategy which provides employment to Goans whilst being less dependent on tourism. Information Technology enterprises seem to be most suited for the youth of Goa in view of the rather high literacy rate in this State. IT industries require smart work rather than hard physical work. These are the industries of the Knowledge Society and they will continue to thrive.

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Faleiro was born on 30 August 1940. He was a Union Cabinet minister at the Indian federal government in New Delhi from 1986 to 1996. Earlier, he was a member of the legislative assembly of Goa for a short while, before shifting to national-level politics. When the Indian National Congress, a party he has associated with for most of his political career, was out of power, Faleiro was a member of the Rajya Sabha too, the upper house of the Indian parliament. Below is a list of posts held by him: 1971-1976: Member, Goa Legislative Assembly 1974-1976: Deputy Leader, CLP (I), Goa Legislative Assembly 1977: Elected to the Sixth Lok Sabha 1980: Re-elected to the Seventh Lok Sabha 1982-1986: Chairman, Economic Development Corporation 1984: Elected to the Eighth Lok Sabha for the third consecutive time 1985-1986: Chairman, House Committee May 1986 to February 1988: Union Minister of State, External Affairs February 1988 to December 1989: Union Minister of State, Economic Affairs (Finance) 1989-1990: Elected to the Ninth Lok Sabha for the fourth time 1990: Member, Committee of Privileges; Member, Consultative Committee; Ministry of Planning and Program Implementation 1991: Elected to the Tenth Lok Sabha for the fifth time 1992: Leader of the Indian Delegation to the United Nations 23 June 1991 to January 1993: Union Minister of State, External Affairs 18 January 1993 to April 1996 – Union Minister of State, Chemicals & Fertilizers, Ocean Development, Electronics, Parliamentary Affairs 1995: Vice Chairperson of Independent World Commission on Oceans 26 July 1999: Elected Member of Rajya Sabha (Council of States.) In March 2006, Mr Faleiro was appointed as Commissioner for NRI Affairs by the Government of Goa, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister. 2007: Chairman of Universal Peace Federation of India(NGO in Consultative Status in the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations)


  1. Goa ? Y do people go to the land of the Konkanis ? dindooohindoo

    It was the land of Parrikar !Parrikar was a kindred soul from the Indian Institute of Toilet Cleaners !

    Will The Konkan Ghateee rats from the land of Manhar Parrikar fight the Kashmiri Mujahids ?

    The Konkan Ghatis are filth fit to be culled. They are only fit to clean camel shit in Saudia?

    These Konkan Rats could not even make a bomb to blow up a Church ! It blew up prematurely, killing 2 Konkan Rats !

    This is explained by the IQ of these rats and cowards (as below) and also explains why they were slaves for 300 years to the Portugese and before that to the Abyssinians,Marathas,Tughlaqs … These Konkan rats were slaves till 1961 ! Nehru in a speech said that that the Konkan Rats were very happy with the Portugese !

    Even the Konkan leaders say that the Konkani rats are fit to clean toilets only !

    Sample this Konkan clown – who says that fram yields can be increased by chanting vedic hymns

    Wnat to do with these scum ?

    Or is it the education system in the land of the Konkaneee Ghateee Black skinned niggers ? Sample the worth of these Konkani Ghatis – 100% failures ! It is a world record ! THIS IS NOT A ACADEMIC EXAM – IT IS A PROFESSIONAL JOB SELECTION EXAM ! accountant-posts/story-nSzn8flSU2xJrdWAxvjrVM.html 1904276

    Even the GSPC Chairman is on record to state that Goans "lack in analytical reasoning, knowledge of scientific application and general knowledge including current affairs"



    Even in the GU, the students dong post graduate courses in maths had a 75% failure rate

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    They claim they are offsrpinged from Parshooram – the inpotent rat who raped his mother and blamed the Kshatriyas ! The limpdick father and Parshooram could not sexually satisfy the whore mommy and she went helter skelter w/o shelter and condoms ! Now Nigerian gigolos are banging Konkan tramps and selling coke to Konkan nigglets !

    Goan women stuff Chilli powder and turmeric in their vaginas !

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