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Govt mentions Chieftains Memorial as Cuncolim Martyrs Memorial

08 Jan 2021 | 05:30am IST

Govt mentions Chieftains Memorial as Cuncolim Martyrs Memorial

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CUNCOLIM: Demanding the immediate withdrawal of the “incorrect” calendar mentioning the Cuncolim Chieftains Memorial as Cuncolim Martyrs Memorial from circulation, Cuncolkars and Chieftains Memorial Trust have threatened to agitate if the government fails to rectify the mistake.

It is pertinent to note that the State government has come out with the 2021 calendar, the digital coy of which is being circulated on social media. As part of Goa’s 60th Liberation anniversary, the government calendar has pictures of various historical places and monuments. In a major blunder, the government has mentioned the Cuncolim Chieftains Memorial as Cuncolim Martyrs Memorial.

The Chieftains Memorial is a historic monument in Cuncolim, installed in respect to Cuncolim’s 1583 revolt and in memory of 16 chieftains who laid down their lives during the first revolt against the Portuguese. The Portuguese government has declared the Portuguese religious and military leaders as martyrs who lost their lives during the revolt. Neither the State government nor the Centre has recognised these Chieftains who were killed by the Portuguese as martyrs.

Chieftains Memorial Trust President Oscar Martins said, “The government calendar can create confusion in people's mind. We do not have any Martyrs Memorial in Cuncolim but a Chieftains Memorial. In the government calendar it looks like the memorial is of the Portuguese martyrs. The government has committed a blunder by calling the Chieftains Memorial as Cuncolim Martyrs Memorial. So we, the Chieftains Memorial Trust demand that the government withdraw the incorrect calendar and rectify the mistake immediately.”

Martins said, “The Trust has asked Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant, Chief Secretary, Director of Goa Printing Press and Director of Information and Publicity to rectify the mistake or else we will be forced to agitate against the government.”

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