Society and Identity
In a previous text (Perez 2018), I presented a small group of women nationalists who, since the beginning of the anti-colonial movement, were engaged in the larger Indian group of satyagrahis, therefore merging into the pan-Indian freedom movement. As I also tried to show, there was a transit of ideas and of ideals from Goa to India and from India to Goa, in which Goan women played a crucial role, crafting nationalism and national belonging against the winds of colonial rule, therefore crossing the geographical borders of colonized Goa to the broader nation of India. This movement leads us to look at Goa not from Lisboa but from India and of its negotiations with Indian culture, mainly with Hinduism.
Through the analysis of the trial processes of the Goan nationalist women by the colonial Military Court I aim at identifying both the extension and the nature of a continuous and deep relationship existing between Goa and India. This movement was particularly strong after Indian independence and was crucial to uphold Goans, and mostly Goan women in their path to two levels of freedom: from endogenous patriarchy and from exogenous domination.