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From 50 Years Ago: End This Agony

Editorial from Volume XIII, No 50, December 16, 1961

From 50 Years Ago Vol Xiii, No 50, december 16, 1961 editorials End this Agony While India has communicated to the Security Council the position in regard to Goa, there was no question of submitting any dispute to the supreme body of the United Nations. No dispute arises, for the Portuguese occupation of Goa is there and the fact is not under dispute. Goa being Indian territory, its continued occu-pation by a foreign power constitutes aggres-sion and India has made no secret of it that she is determined to vacate this aggression by any means open to her. India maintains an army and has as Pandit Nehru has said pretty emphatically, the use of force is not ruled out. The restraint which India has shown all these years has convinced the world that India prefers other means, if at all possible. If India resorts to force, it will not be in haste or with pleasure. The last resort still remains the last resort, to be taken recourse to when every other means has failed… If the Government of India should use force now to help the Goans, already in a state of rebellion, to drive out the Portuguese, the complaints or protests are likely to be, ironi-cally enough, on the ground of India’s own policy of pursuing the path of peace and peaceful settlement of disputes… Portugal has again and again declared that it will cling to Goa whatever the cost and there has even been a threat by Salazar that if the Portu-guese should ever be forced to quit, he would see that Goa was destroyed before that hap-pened. Will it not be humane to act in time to prevent such senseless destruction?

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