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From 50 Years Ago (3 June 2006)

Since the de facto transfer, as the Prime have to quit India. French withdrawal from FROM 50 YEARS AGO Minister informed Lok Sabha, negotiations her former establishments in this country is for legal cession of these areas to India have now complete, though some of the incidental been smooth and friendly. issues remains to be settled. Portugal alone When ratified by both Powers, the treaty remains adamant in her policy of holding on for the cession of French establishments, to her

Since the de facto transfer, as the Prime have to quit India. French withdrawal from

FROM 50 YEARS AGO

Minister informed Lok Sabha, negotiations her former establishments in this country is

for legal cession of these areas to India have now complete, though some of the incidental

been smooth and friendly. issues remains to be settled. Portugal alone

When ratified by both Powers, the treaty remains adamant in her policy of holding on

for the cession of French establishments, to her “possessions”. To Portugal, India has

signed on Monday last, will take effect. But repeatedly appealed for a negotiated settle-Vol VIII, No 22, June 2, 1956 even after ratification, some of the constitu-ment of the issues arising out of the former’s

tional issues relating to these areas will re-“possessions” in India. In refusing theseFrance Quits India main. Under the treaty of cession, French requests, Portugal insists that Goa and other (Weekly Notes) establishments will continue their sepa-Portuguese areas in India are parts ofPortugal.

rate existence. Any change in their status It becomes increasingly obvious that such

With the de jure transfer of former French needs prior consent of the inhabitants of claims have no legal or political basis. Genpossessions to India, a chapter of history ends these territories. Problems like the future eral Franco’s gesture to Spanish Morocco happily. Until the de facto transfer of these form of government in these areas, their should be a reminder to Lisbon that even a areas nineteen months ago, negotiations be-merger with India in the context of fascist regime cannot resist the national aspitween Paris and New Delhi were protracted. reorganisation ofStates, and citizenship rights rations of the colonial peoples for long or for Paris connived at fostering agitation in these and duties of the inhabitants and similar other ever. There will be hope that, sooner rather areas against their merger with India. As France issuesare to be settled through subsequent than later, Lisbon will have the wisdom to quit discovered that the agitation sponsored by the negotiations. Portuguese “possessions” in India so that French administrative authorities in these Since the British withdrawal, it has been India’s political cohesion and unity become territories had no popular support, she yielded. evident that the other colonial powers will complete.

Economic and Political Weekly June 3, 2006

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