Luis de Menezes Bragança : Nationalism, Secularism and free-thought in Portuguese Goa

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Author: Sushila Sawant Mendes

9788192332949 | PB | pp. 496 | 2014 | Directorate of Art and Culture

Luis de Menezes Bragança : Nationalism, Secularism and free-thought in Portuguese Goa by Sushila Sawant Mendes showcases Luis Bragança’s views on nationalism, secularism and freedom. It highlights different facets of his personality, struggles, his ventures in fields like journalism, literature, politics and social work.

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Luis de Menezes Bragança : Nationalism, Secularism and free-thought in Portuguese Goa by Sushila Sawant Mendes discusses the role of Luis de Menezes Bragança in the emergence of political consciousness in Goa. His life span (1878-1938) saw three discrete and dramatic political chapters in the history of Portugal: The Constitutional Monarchy, the Republic and Salazar’s Estado Novo. This study analyses their impact on Goa and Menezes Bragança’s responses to these changes.

Much of what Menezes Bragança wrote or did kindled the flame of nationalism, mostly after his premature demise in 1938. He was deeply convinced that Goa’s struggle for political sovereignty had to be linked to India’s own fight for freedom from the British. The response to his writing reverberated in local resistance that was also fanned by the freedom movement that was gathering momentum on the national stage.

A whole generation was motivated by Menezes Bragança’s free-thinking oeuvre. He rallied against caste, the collusion of the church and the state and the regressive impact of religion on education. He made a strong case for a home-grown model of education and was outspoken against Salazar’s oppressive Acto Colonial.

As Menezes Bragança wrote only in Portuguese, his ideas are little known within and outside Goa. Indian historiography, which tends to be north-India centric, has overlooked the role and contribution of this thinker to anti-colonial resistance.

Author:

Sushila Sawant Mendes

ISBN:

9788192332949

Publisher:

Directorate of Art and Culture

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

496

Year of Publication:

2014

Language:

English

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author has a doctorate in history from Goa University. For the past 25 years, she has been the head of the Department of History at the Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Quepem in Goa. Her interest in history has been life-long, while her focus on political consciousness began during her years as a student activist. This preoccupation led her to research the impact of Luis de Menezes Bragança on Goa’s anti-colonial struggle. She presents papers regularly to state and national seminars, many of which have found a place in books on the history of Goa. Ms. Sawant Mendes is a trustee of the Manovikas Public Charitable Trust. She is also a trustee of Silver Star Appeal (India), a foundation devoted to awareness of diabetes.

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