#OnThisDay: #GoaLiberationDay is observed on December 19 every year in India and it marks the day Indian armed forces freed #Goa in 1961 following 450 years of #Portuguese rule. On August 15, 1947, when #India gained its #independence, Goa was still under Portuguese rule.

Following a myriad of unsuccessful negotiations and diplomatic efforts with the Portuguese, a 36-hour military operation called ‘#OperationVictory’ or #OperationVijay’ was conducted from December 18, 1961.
Indian troops reclaimed the Goan territory on December 19 with little resistance. The deposed governor-general Manuel António Vassalo e Silva signed the certificate of surrender. This brought the Portuguese rule in the region to an end and made India completely free from foreign rule.

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