The highest state civilian 'Gomant Vibhushan' award was today conferred to the renowned Goan personality from the field of journalism and literature, Lambert Mascarenhas.
This is the highest state civilian award given by the government to honour the son of the state. The award consists of Rs 5 lakh cash and a memento.
Mr Mascarenhas was born in Goa in the year 1914 and began his Journalism career as a Junior Report and then worked as Sub-editor at the Bombay Sentinel under the great journalist and editor B G Horniman, who was a passionate advocate for the independence of India.
Later, he joined the Onlooker as Assistant Editor, before becoming the Editor of the Goa Tribune, (Bombay 1956-61) espousing the cause of Goan liberation from Protuguese Rule.
He was arrested and sentenced to prison by the Portuguese government in Goa for his dispatches on oppressive conditions and for his articles calling for Goa's Freedom. working in exile in Bombay for the next couple of years. He returned to a free Goa in December, 1961 and became the Editor of the Navhind Times, Goa's first English newspaper. Later, he founded his own monthly magazine Goa Today, now in its 48th year of publication.
Mr Mascarenhas is the author of books like 'Sorrowing Lies My Land', 'In the Womb of Saudade' (a collection of short stories), 'The Greater Tragedy' (a Play) and 'Heartbreak Passage' (a novel). UNI SRN SS NP2140 NNNN
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