Eminent journalist Lambert Mascarenhas confered Goa’s highest civilian honour ‘Gomant Vibhushan’

By on October 14, 2014
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Eminent journalist Lambert Mascarenhas confered Goa’s highest civilian honour ‘Gomant Vibhushan’

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on behalf of the people of Goa, conferred the prestigious and highest civilian award, Gomant Vibhushan 2013-14 on freedom figther and eminent journalist Lambert Mascrenhas at a glittering function organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture at the Kala Academy.

The award comprises a cash amount of `5 lakhs, a citation and a memento. Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane, Speaker Rajendra Arlekar, Chief Secretary B Vijayan, Secretary of Art & Culture Faizi Hashmi among others were also present.

Parrikar said, “Lambert Mascarenhas is a great nationalist who strived to create sense of patriotism through his writings. Being a journalists of great calibre, he used his pen as a weapon for the cause during the post-Liberation period. He cherished a goal of Liberation of the motherland and soon after, endeavoured to establish the Indian identity among the Goans.” He congratulated Mascarenhas and wished him on his 100th birthday.
Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Rajendra Arlekar added, “Mascarenhas was a freedom fighter who fought for the Liberation of Goa. He was exiled from Goa for 12 years due to his involvement in freedom activities. The sacrifice yielded a dream of Liberation of this land and thereafter he worked on defining the Goan identity.” 

Pratapsing Rane congratulated Mascarenhas saying that he was a brave journalist, a renowned writer and a true nationalist whose writings had inspired the people to fight for freedom and uphold the cause Goan identity. Minister for Art and Culture Dayanand Mandrekar said that the government was happy to confer the award on a courageous writer, journalist, freedom fighter and nationalist. 

Arlekar released a brochure titled Gomant Vibhushan on this occasion .

Chief Secretary B Vijayan welcomed the gathering, while Secretary of Art and Culture Faizi Hashmi proposed the vote of thanks.

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