Goa Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro released a book, Aquino de Braganca: Battles Waged, Lasting Dreams, on Aquino de Braganca, an eminent Goan, a diplomat and Advisor to the first President of Mozambique Samora Machel, at a function held here on Saturday.
The book has been written by Aquino de Braganca's widow Silvia Braganca.
Mr. Faleiro, who was the chief guest, said that his office would hold a conference in the course of this year to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Liberation and to highlight the role of the Goan Diaspora in Goa's freedom movement as well as in the anti-colonial struggles across the world.
The leaders of Goa's freedom movement were mostly based in Mumbai and elsewhere in India since no political activity whatsoever was permitted in Goa during the Salazar regime.
Many Goans participated in the freedom struggles of colonies in Africa such as Pio de Gama Pinto and Fitz de Souza in Kenya and Aquino de Bragança, Oscar Monteiro and several others in Mozambique. Aquino de Bragança and George Vaz represented the Party of the People of Goa at the Conference of Nationalist Organisations of Portuguese Colonies (CONCP) in Casablanca in April 1961.
After the independence of Mozambique, Aquino De Bragança became advisor to the first President of Mozambique, Samora Machel, and died with him and several Mozambiqan Ministers in a plane crash 25 years ago in 1986.
Mr. Faleiro, former External Affairs Minister, said that he had met the President Samora Machel, as a Special Envoy of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a few days prior to his death and had discussed with him assistance from India to enable Mozambique to withstand the military and economic aggression from apartheid South Africa.
Scholar and diplomat
On that occasion, President Machel had introduced him to Aquino De Bragança.
Mr. Faleiro said the President and his Ministers held Bragança in high esteem as a comrade, a scholar and a diplomat. Mr. Faleiro said although Goa was small it had produced a galaxy of personalities who contributed in various fields across the world. He said there were about 20,000 people of Indian origin, including about2,000 Goans in Mozambique.