Patriotism in Action: Goans in India’s Defence Services (HB)


Author: Valmiki Faleiro

9789380739069 | HB | pp. 253 | 2010 | Goa 1556

Patriotism in Action by Valmiki Faleiro catalogues Goa’s significant contribution to the commissioned officer ranks in the three wings of India’s Defence Services.

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Patriotism in Action by Valmiki Faleiro catalogues Goa’s significant contribution to the commissioned officer ranks in the three wings of India’s Defence Services. A contribution perhaps the highest — per capita or proportionate to population — among the regions of India, even though a complete listing is still an unfinished task.

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About the Author

One of Goa’s own, homegrown prolific writers, Valmiki Faleiro was active between the mid-Seventies and mid-Eighties. As a working journalist, he was Staff Reporter with the WEST COAST TIMES. He also covered Goa for national publications like THE CURRENT WEEKLY, the FREE PRESS JOURNAL group of publications (FPJ, ONLOOKER fortnightly newsmagazine, etc.) and, finally, the INDIAN EXPRESS. As a freelancer before that, he contributed articles and features to various journals like THE NAVHIND TIMES, GOA TODAY, THE SUN WEEKLY, NEWSTREK, DETECTIVE DIGEST, MIRROR and NEWSMAG.


Faleiro was among the one dozen-odd Indians selected for the ‘Workshop for Asian Writers’ held in March-1977 at the prestigious India International Centre, New Delhi (in collaboration with the Authors’ Guild of India and Ministry of Education, Government of India, in association with the Federation of Indian Publishers, New Delhi) and received the certificate of completion from the then acting President of India, BD Jatti.


Faleiro worked his way through other professions too. He was also, briefly (1985-87), the Municipal President of Margao. On taking to the pen once again, after a gap of two decades, he wrote a couple of chapters for a book on Goa’s print media (In Black and White: Insiders’ stories about the press in Goa, Ed. Frederick Noronha, Goa 1556, first print version 2008, Pgs 216, ISBN:978-81-905682-0-3) and, over four years (2005 to 2009), penned an eminently readable regular Sunday column dubbed “ALL ‘n’ SUNDRY” in a local daily newspaper, revealing a style that remained as readable, well-informed and convincingly-argued as ever.

PATRIOTISM IN ACTION: Goans in India’s Defence Services (Goa 1556, first print edition 2010, Pgs 343, ISBN:978-93-80739-06-9) is his first book.


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