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Portuguese India (Goa)

Goa, Damão and Diu

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Portuguese India flag proposal 1967

[Portuguese India flag proposal] by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 April 2005

Heraldist F. P. de Almeida Langhans published in p. 67 of his Armorial do Ultramar Português (Lisbon, 1965) a general model for the overseas "provinces"' flags: The national flag defaced with the shield of the lesser arms of each province centered in the lower fly quarter of the red field. This proposal was approved in 1967, but never come to effect.

The colonial coats of arms, decreed on 8 May 1935, all had a shield of the same pattern, tierced in mantel, the dexter silver, five escutcheons, saltire, each charged with five bezants, gold, in cross; and the point silver, five waves green. The remaining sinister mantel had some local emblem, which in case of the State of Portuguese India (Goa, Damão and Diu) was Gold, a watermill wheel red and a tower of the same, per pale.

The 1961 annexation of Goa by Indian troops wasn't recognized by Portugal until 1975.
António Martins-Tuválkin
, 8 July 1997

India invaded what was still a Portuguese colony at the time and there was no question of an independence interregnum or of Portugal withdrawing before the Indian annexation.
A.P. Burgers, 1 December 2005

There was no independence period, however brief (the period) or token (the independence). That doesn't mean there were no independentist forces, with their flags, just that I never heard of those, and that even if existing, they would not have been official in any capacity.
António Martins-Tuválkin
, 18 February 2006