The Encounter with the Ballot in Colonial Goa: A Historical and Analytical Study (1821-1961)


Author: Sharmila Pais e Martins

9788194963288 | PB | pp. 360 | 2021 | Goa 1556

The Encounter with the Ballot in Colonial Goa provides a comprehensive account of the system of elections in Portuguese Goa.

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In The Encounter with the Ballot in Colonial Goa: A Historical and Analytical Study (1821-1961), the author, Sharmila Pais e Martins presents a comprehensive and critical narrative on the system of elections under the Portuguese rule. The system of representation was introduced in Portugal and her overseas colonies from 1821 based on the Iberian model. The author has investigated the subject of elections in Portuguese Goa at various levels: parliamentary, legislative assembly, municipal and parochial. This book will acquaint readers on party politics, caste rivalry, the involvement of the Church in elections and the underpinnings among the elite groups of the territory during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The book further explains the criteria for voting and contesting elections. These included citizenship, domicile, taxation, literacy, gender and the prerogative of being the head of the family. Likewise, the reader will understand the beginnings of constituency-based electoral politics and the theatrics that surrounded electoral politicking of the period under investigation. The author explains the different methods involved in conducting elections, the interplay of various ideological forces operating in Portugal, and its impact on Goa during the period under review.

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About the Author

Sharmila Pais e Martins is Associate Professor, Department of History, St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa.


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