The partitioning of India in 1947 is widely noted as a defining moment in the history of the sub-continent. It is possibly still playing itself out over the last seven decades and more, as people of the sub-continent come to terms with who they are and what they stand for. In a wider sense, therefore, a better understanding of the events leading up to the Partition should lead to a better understanding why we are where we are today, or will be in the foreseeable future.
This work attempts to weave together the strands of history from the Vedic times, and those of Gautama Buddha and Bhagwan Mahavira to the Mauryan Empire and later, and even early history of Islam in general, and of Islam in India, and facets of British rule, to provide a context to the core issue of the Partition. It goes on to examine the many circumstances and factors –some known, some poorly known, or plain unknown, which led to that traumatic event. It is tempting to say that the Partition, after all,was a plain sum-total of the effects of these many factors. That would be denying the "balance of evidence", and the relatively higher weightage that ought to be given to some aspects, for the disproportionate role they played in the key period of the 1930s and40s. This, then, is an attempt at all that, on the premise that abetter understanding should lead to a more reasoned and rational acceptance of reality of life on the sub-continent.
What has engendered that subtle streak linking Goa to Bombay and Baçaim? Could that partial slant westward hark back to a somewhat shared past? Did it bring about that unique blend of East and West into the lifestyle of a miniscule section of Goa, Bombay and Baçaim?
Just a peep into these pages and you will see that trend again, and again... in simple folk with an equal zest for work and play, so diversely creative, yet revelling in song, dance and food, well aware of concern for a better tomorrow.More info →
This is the tale of a 16th century county [mahal], consisting of 66 villages, each palying its own part in the history of the region and feeding Goa. In the process it developed a good harbour, an emporium-port, early in its times, and helped Goa establish trade contacts with East and West, which brought glazed ceramics and silks from distant Cathay, exotic Port wine from Europe to quench the lips of an Indian sadhu, printed a Marathi-Konkani classic book Crista Purana, for literature-thirsty people, helped miscegenation of Westerners with Indians, provided neighbouring kingdoms with secretaries and finally brought a new art and architecture to commingle with the artistry of the region.
The Result: an intercontinental cross-culture.More info →
A Conflict in Thin Air – A consideration of some aspects of the histories of India, China and Tibet that led to the Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962.
In “A Conflict in Thin Air” the author has attempted to unravel the tangled threads of history of China and Tibet from ancient times, in the 8th century to the 18th and the 20th centuries when there were frequent attempts at domination of Tibet by China and the equal persistence of Tibet in its independence.More info →
As the twentieth century opened and the promise of East Africa beckoned, the Goan stood on the cusp of a new modernity. Never before had he encountered a frontier land which would so severely test his courage and perseverance.More info →
The Fama is a poetic deity that broadcasts good news. This allegoric figure has been used by the Catholic Church to announce the beginning of a period of special prayers to the patron-saint or patroness of the parish, which culminates in the Feast. The Fama is an event of minor relevance in the liturgical calendar, except in Colvá, Goa.More info →
Drawing on family papers written in Urdu and English, this work explores the culture that led to the eager response to reform and change on the part of an influential group of Muslims of Bombay in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.More info →
On the 21st of September 1890, as people protested after being denied the right to vote, Portuguese soldiers fired indiscriminately upon an unsuspecting crowd. About 23 people were killed in the firing and many others injured. This book documents the events of that day.More info →
The book invites the reader for a leisurely walk in the footsteps of Loyola over the Goan scenario. It gives the reader an insight into the complex Goan psyche of those days and the internal political situation in Portuguese India. It is a walk with Goa's Scarlet Pimpernel who appeared and disappeared from the Goan political scene to surface in Bombay or Portugal to carry on the struggle against injustice.More info →
The Arte do Lingoa Canarim was perhaps based on an earlier work already being undertaken at Rachol and documented as having been in use at the College of St. Paul, Old Goa. His manuscript of the Arte remained unpublished and is believed to be in the possession of the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, London. It was enlarged by Fr. Diogo Ribeiro who, according to Manoharrai Sardessai in his book "A History of Konkani Literature: From 1500 to 1992", is said to have added to it "the fruits of his fifty years' study of Indian languages". But neither Fr. Stephens nor Fr. Ribeiro lived to see it in print, for it was only in 1640 that it was issued from the Press of what was then called the St. Ignatius College of Rachol.This book is a facsimile reprint of this edition, along with an introduction by Fr Ivo Coelho S.J.More info →