GOA was not liberated in any sense of the word in 1961. Goa was actually invaded by the Indian armed forces, then militarily occupied, and finally annexed by India. There never was any plebiscite where Goans could decide the future of their country. The Indian government of the day simply took over and occupied Goa by force. Portugal granted independence to all its colonies after 1961, and the fact remains that if the Indian invasion had not taken place Goa would have today been a free and independent country. And the Indian government has not even honoured the promise made by its then prime minister that Goa would be given a special status. So should Goans be tolerating, much less celebrating anything like a ‘Liberation’ day, or should they be bemoaning Goa’s Occupation Day?