ABOUT GOA@60

The state of Goa is celebrating its 60th year of liberation from Portuguese rule, starting from December 19, 2020 to December19, 2021. The year-long celebrations will be highlighted through various programmes in Goa as well as across the country with a programme in each of India’s other states. The Goa Government
aims to highlight the strides Goa has made since 1961 and before. The diamond jubilee year celebrations commenced with the presence of the Hon'ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind flagging the start of the celebrations from the banks ofthe river Mandovi in Panjim. Goa's journey post 1961 is breathtaking! The character, patience and resilience shown by the Goans is commendable.

 

Goa began its journey towards glory and a better life for its citizens with high hopes and strong resolve. Today, Goa is considered to be a very mature state with a stable economy, able political leadership, an ever increasing tourism industry as well as having the best quality of life in India. The state of Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 450 years and was a stronghold for their trade and military operations. Soon, after India's independence from the British in 1947, the calls for Goan Liberation grew stronger. After multiple agitations by freedom fighters and attempts, India made peaceful attempts for Goa's liberation diplomatically. Eventually, India sent in its troops as a last resort and Goa was liberated on 19th December 1961. This was an historic moment for not only Goa, but for all of India, as Goa was liberated from the Portuguese and finally, the whole India was completely freed from European rule.

Goa's journey post 1961 is breathtaking! The character, patience and resilience shown by the Goans is commendable. Goa beganits journey towards glory and a better life for its citizens with high hopes and strong resolve. Today, Goa is considered to be a very mature state with a stable economy, able political
leadership, an ever increasing tourism industry as well as having the best quality of life in India.

Goa is turning 60 and every citizen of the country is proud to see the achievements of Goa in a very short span of time. As one of the smallest states in India, with excellent social and economic indicators and quality of life. Goa is indeed a class apart. Perhaps no other land has so much history and made as much of a contribution to religion, art, music, cosmopolitanism and nationalism as Goa has. Goa has presented a successful model of religious and cultural coexistence and has always respected every belief. Goa is best known for its tourism sector. With the Arabian Sea splashing at Goa's coasts every day and the magnificent flora and fauna in the mountains of Western Ghats, Goa is one of the best placed states and a perfect hub for tourism not only for India, but for the whole world.

The state has come a long way and has faced every hurdle with a  smile and hope. The road ahead is not simple and is full of challenges. Yet the resolve of the Goan people and polity is strong enough to tackle any challenges in this journey. Goa@60 is a milestone which has to be celebrated in the truest sense and
we all should take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the journey of Goa till now. Also, this auspicious landmark is coming at the occasion when our great nation is observing Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate the 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of its people, culture, and achievements. In an attempt to synergize the two great landmarks in the history of modern India, and their related activities, we have planned to organize three different conclaves at Goa as under:

a) National Women’s Parliament (NWP).
On 08 and 09 November 2021.

b) National Youth Parliament (NYP).
On 10 and 11 November 2021

c) National Panchayat Parliament, Goa (NPP).
On 12 November 2021.

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

 

National Women's Parliament

To establish a connect between women from diverse backgrounds like politics, social sector, education, sports, industry, media, cinema, arts & culture, judiciary and students by providing them a platform for deliberations, discussions, debates, mentoring and for evolving reciprocal and continuing engagement on all women centric issues and challenges. There are significant number of women who find themselves under-represented and far-removed from decision making levels even after seven decades of India being a democracy. Women face many political, socio-economic, ideological and psychological obstacles. There is a dire need to

remove these obstacles for their equal participation in all Spheres of Life. It is essential that young girl students realize their potential, are guided and
nurtured, so that they believe there is a bright future that awaits them.

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National Youth Parliament

To create an ethical, spirited and competent youth centric public leadership, which will shape our policies and make our democracy vibrant. The aim is to initiate the very spirit of student politics in the
youth and inculcate publically spirited and socially sensitive values during their formative years to raise their extent of sensitivity, awareness, involvement, responsiveness, access and say in political
and democratic processes so that a healthy democratic system is evolved. Such a system will then produce competent public leaders
and policy makers, from grassroots and from all walks of life.

National Panchayat Parliament

To create an ethical platform for Sarpanchs from various parts of the Goa, and India, which will result in coming together of rural leadership for identifying and delivering solutions for sustainable development of villages. The Sarpanch will get empowered for betterment of villages by supporting under developed areas.

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GOA@60 - Celebrating Democracy