It was early March of 1962. There were three dailies published from Panjim, all in Portuguese: Heraldo, O Heraldo and the eveninger, Diario de Noite . Just unbridled from the Portuguese censor, during the weeks following the Indian Liberation, these newspapers made tentative efforts to test the much flaunted freedom of expression offered under the new democracy that had been offered us.
Boldly spearheaded by Antonio Maria da Cunha's Heraldo, the supposedly emancipated press in Goa began to write graphic accounts of the vagaries perpetrated upon Goans by the conquering Indian military heroes, such as a blatant daylight gang- rape by the Indian jawans of a young female teacher in a stationary goods wagon in the Margao railway yard.
The shocking abduction of the ex-Portuguese administration Goan magistrate, Judge Jose Militao Quadros, was another defining moment. Practically picked up from his bed, magistrate Quadros, still in his pyjamas, was paraded on the streets of Panjim with a cardboard placard hanging from his neck inscribed with expletives and an improvised dunce- cap on his head.