The heroic efforts of late Shabu Dessai during the historic Opinion Poll were not only recognized but also recounted at a function held at Cuncolim recently to unveil his bust erected at the old bus stand.
Going much against the then tide, Shabu Dessai lit a torch and carried it around to create an awareness amongst the Hindus about the evils of merging Goa with Maharashtra. This was particularly significant as Hindus by and large were in favour of the merger and Shabu Dessai and his torch played a very important role in making them change their mind.
Speaker Pratapsing Rane who unveiled the bust, pointed out that Shabu Dessai who was a freedom fighter fought for Goa’s true independence in the post liberation era too through the work done by him during the Opinion Poll.
Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao who represents the Cuncolim constituency also lauded the work done by Shabu Dessai.
Rajya Sabha Member Shantaram Naik who hails from Cuncolim was proud of his village as it had produced eminent personalities particularly in the judiciary.
The three politicians – Pratapsing Rane, Joaquim Alemao and Shantaram Naik – felicitated three of Shabu Dessai’s close associates of those times namely Randolph Coutinho, late Babuso Dessai and late Narayan Naik, the latter two being honoured posthumously.