- May 2016
With or without reason it was a case of an attack from a country to another without a formal declaration of war, in the 20th century.I don't see anything wrong in annexation of Goa into India its an Indian land what business some colonial power had in India,...
Anyway, even if Portugal was right-wing dictatorship at the time, it would be interesting to know the feelings of the local population in Goa, Damão and Diu. Where they willing to join India? Or to remain with Portugal? Probably we will never know:
“In 1961, following the Indian "liberation" of Goa and celebrations throughout India, journalists noted an unusual lack of enthusiasm among Goans.2 This indifference or apathy had been source of embarrassment for everyone involved. The failure of nationalist rhetoric to persuade the local population of Goa to embrace either position is useful case study to examine the relationship between history, nationalism and rhetoric.”
Source: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/pi/index.php/pi/article/download/1400/945, pp. 125-126.