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General Information About Goa
In his foreword to "Winds of Change" -- a Commemorative
Volume on the Silver Jubilee of the Liberation of Goa, Daman and Diu -
Rajiv Gandhi, when he was Prime Minister of India, noted in 1984, that :
"The land and the people are a symbol of cultural and religious
synthesis. The statues of two figures on the rock at Dona Paula, one
facing the East and the other West, can be said to depict this
synthesis. While absorbing the essence of various races and
civilisations, the Goan has basically remained Goan. Perhaps this is
because of the gift of tolerance which Goans have practised for
centuries and which comes naturally to them. An inherent
non-acquisitiveness and contentment with what one has, described by that
uniquely Goan word 'so-cegado', has been an enduring strength of Goan
character." And perhaps it is this word 'so-cegado' — a somewhat
incomplete translation of which would suggest a peculiar composition of
lethargy and a sense of timelessness — that has made Goa one of India's
wellknown beautiful beach-cum-liesure centres, with tourists coming from
several parts of the world. In fact, in the 1970s, the unspoilt
tranquillity of Goa's beaches made it a favourite haunt of the 'flower
children', the fugitives from Western civilisation.
GOA: ORIGIN OF THE NAME
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