Will endeavor to bring back historical documents about Goa from Portugal: CM Sawant

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that his government will take the initiative to bring back documents related to Goa’s history from Portugal. Speaking at an event commemorating the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Betul Fortress in South Goa, Quepem, Sawant said he had already asked the Minister of Archives and Archeology, Subhash Phal Desai , to take the initiative to recover historical documents related to the state. rulers of Goa.

At the event organized by the State Directorate of Archives and Archeology (DAA), Sawant said: “Many documents are still in Portugal. I have already told the minister and the department that they should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and bring back all documents relating to Goa from Portugal. They should take the lead in this area. The minister should take this initiative and travel to Portugal if necessary and bring the Goa related documents back to the custody of the Goa government. These documents can be used by historians and for historical research.

He commended the DAA for translating Portuguese documents related to the history of Betul Fortress, built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and presenting them in English. Sawant said the coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj would be a notified program of the Department of Archives and Archeology and the event which took place on June 6, 1674 would be commemorated annually.

“Goa was also ruled by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and many tried to erase those pages of history. The Portuguese ruled Goa for 450 years but that was only in a few talukas, in eight talukas it was only for a few years. When you go through the history books, you realize that it was not everywhere in Goa. It is thanks to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj that Hindu culture has been preserved,” said Pramod Sawant.

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He said that his government will take the necessary measures for the beautification of the Betul fortress and the beautification of the village of Betul, which will be important from the point of view of tourism.

“Last year we started Chhatrapati Shivaji University. If young students want to do historical research or want to learn public administration… they had law school, Navy. What we now call administration Public administration also existed during the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Scholars should take advantage of this university to study these aspects. It is important to know more about such public administration,” Sawant said.

The Goan government also released an animated film about the battles between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Portuguese and how the Maratha King’s legacy was passed down through his son Sambhaji Maharaj and later Rajaram Raje and Shahu Maharaj. The film depicts the role of Shivaji Maharaj in protecting the Saptakoteshwar temple, once the deity of the Kadamba dynasty who ruled Goa and the forts built by him – Colvale, Betul – which were vital to the battles he fought and won .