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Will the Miramar monument get its flag this Independence Day?


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Have you ever looked at the Miramar ‘Unity Statue’ and wondered about the significance of the two muscular men who seem to be reaching up to something in the air? Few people know the history of the statue, and fewer still have seen what the Jawan and the Kisan were supposed to be holding high-it was the national flag.

The flag, made of brass alloy like the rest of the statue, has been missing since 1979-80, say residents of Miramar. A part of the flag’s handle is still lodged in the statues’ fists.

The Miramar monument was once considered a strong symbol of Goa’s liberation as it was erected to replace the formidable statue of Alfonso Albuquerque, the first Portuguese general to conquer Goa.”Miramar circle used to have a statue of Alfonso Albuquerque, and sometime after Goa was liberated, a group of freedom fighters tore down the colonial statue. In the 1960’s, the ‘twin statue’ illustrating late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shasthri’s slogan, ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ was erected, depicting two men holding up the Indian national flag,” explains history lecturer Prajal Sakhardande.

Full report here Times of India

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