‘Goan identity higher than national identity’

Panaji, June 27 (IANS) Goa may be one of the smallest states in the Indian Union, but its unique identity is higher in many ways than India’s national identity, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Saturday.

Prabhu was in Goa to launch a series of projects undertaken by the railway ministry.

“Goa is the smallest state in our Union of India, but (is also) one of the most important states which has a unique identity,” Prabhu said, adding that when he went to Portugal with Goa’s Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, he was identified as a Goan rather than an Indian.

“So Goa has a unique identity even higher in many ways than the national identity,” said Prabhu, whose wife Uma hails from Ribandar village located near the state capital.

Goa was under Portuguese colonial rule for 451 years, two centuries more than the period that the British ruled India.

The prolonged Luso influence has left an indelible mark on Goa’s culture, tradition, demography and landscape; one of the reasons why the intelligentsia of the state is demanding a special status under article 371 of the Indian Constitution to protect its socio-cultural identity.



  1. “Goa has a unique identity even higher in many ways than national identity” says our railway minister who was proud to be identified as a Goan in Portugal than as Indian. This colonial mentality still persists among certain section of Indians, but not expected from our honorable minister. Good luck if you try to provide special status for Goans.

  2. When Goans expess pride in their history and cultural identity, they are vilified as sufferers of a “colonial mindset.’ When Tamils express pride in their history, language and culture they are vilified as anti-national.

  3. Who is this Suresha Prabhu? Why is he still looking at his Portuguese masters to define his identity? I’m sure that Portugal is still very bitter about how they got kicked out. While Goan identity is real, it can’t be bigger than Bharateeya identity. This is the kind of propaganda European masters used between 1947 and 1961 before being finally kicked out of Bharateeya shores.

  4. Dear readers,

    Goa is once only know for ‘Hippi’ tourist and tourism. Since BJP came to power the state is subjected to erase the good days.One minister Parulekar said Gang-rape accused “naive”, “small-time criminals”.Parulekar’s controversial comment comes after another Goa minister, Deepak Dhavalikar, this year blamed mounting instances of rape in India on women straying from Hindu culture to embrace Western wear and lifestyle.

    Now Railway minister seems to be doused in ‘Fenni’ seems praising portugual colonials since Lalit Modi seek passport to travel to Portugal in ‘Humanitarian basis’.

    After all party of difference alwys shinng one or ther other way.

    Jai hind

  5. Sharia Pandita,
    What are you talking about? Your obsession with black flags and 7th century fantasies seem to have taken a toll on you. Do you support Fenni and ‘hippi’ tourism? In your tribal belt, people will be killed for alcohol consumption or having fun at beach, right?

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