Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Goa's freedom fighters, both inside and outside the state, for their sacrifices on Sunday, saying Goa never forgot its Indian origins and India never forgot Goa.
During a daylong visit to the coastal state, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary of independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "People from all over India came together and joined hands." The Portuguese conquered Goa at a time when the Mughals ruled in another part of the country. Since then, the country has been hit by a slew of political storms. "How many times has power changed hands, but despite the passage of time and changes in power, Goa has not forgotten its Indianness, nor has India forgotten its Goa," he said.