Hatkatro Khamb is in the same area where Christians hold fair for Xavier whom they treat as a Saint. This pillar is standing even today as a witness of extreme oppression by Portuguese rulers, of Hindus in Goa; but it is in very bad shape today. The condition of this ‘Hatkatro Khaamb’ is very pathetic. The two chains on its sides have been pulled out and taken away by someone. There is no fence around this ‘khaamb’ for its protection. No board has been put up there explaining history of this ‘khaamb’. Several people fought against tyrant Portuguese regime with valour. Their hundreds of descendants are living in Goa even today; whereas some of them have settled in other States after losing everything in such fight. These families settled in other States still feel very close to Goa.
The patriotic citizens of Goa are very much displeased with the Congress regime which ruined Goa in the name of tourism. If tourism is to be considered as a means of financial progress, it can be in fact, given more importance even by preserving the sanctity of culture of Goa. Thousands of tourists visit Germany every year to see the concentration-camps set up by Hitler for eliminating Jews. Historical places like ‘Haat Kataro’ can also become tourists’ attraction.
Hatkatro Khamb is not at all a place to be ashamed of for people of Goa. There is no reason that people of Goa should feel such inferiority complex towards this place. It is a symbol of people of Goa who sacrificed their life for protecting own self-respect. For them, it is the pillar of memories.
Things and places, structures which keep the history of bravery and fortitude alive are very important because such things, places and structures are witness to certain incidents of history. Oppression and atrocities meted out to natives by other countries or tyrant regimes have been preserved by countries like Germany, USA, Russia etc. even today. The reason for the same is such things and places give a message to keep one’s patriotism kindled so as to avoid repetition of such history and to create awareness amongst future generations of Goa, towards sacrifices made by their ancestors. .
Demands by Hindu Janajagruti Simiti
1. ‘Haat Kataro Khaamb’ should be declared as a historical place of heritage.
2. Fence should be erected around this ‘khaamb’ for its protection.
3. A board of either brass or stone should be placed near this ‘khaamb’ where it will be clearly visible. Help of renowned historians and scholars from Goa should be sought in preparing this board.
4. The Government should make arrangements for its protection and maintenance.
5. The Government should officially include this place as a tourists’ place and make a mention of the same on its website.
Devout Hindus can appeal to government authorities to declare ‘Hatkatro Khamb’ as National monument, on following contact details
The Chief Minister, Goa
Shri. Manohar Parrikar
Office: 0832-2419841, 2411049, 2419527, 2419501 FAX-0832-2419846
Email: [email protected]
Directorate of Archives and Archaeology
Ruade ourem,Mala, Panaji
Email : [email protected]
Tel. + 91- 832 222 6692
Smt. NILA MOHANAN I.A.S.
North Goa District Collectorate,
Collectorate Building,Panaji, Goa (India) – 403001
Tel. + 91- 832 – 2223612, 2225383,2225083, 2427690
Fax: + 91- 832 – 2426492
Email: coln.goa (at) nic.in
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