"There was a period of silence in the relations between India and Portugal between 1961 and 1974, and it took a long time to recover whatever relations we had through confidence building measures," said Dr Pedro Adão, Consul General of Portugal in India, at the History Series of Xavier Centre of Historical Research at Porvorim, on February 16 evening. Dr Adão said, "When I arrived in Goa I thought that the Portuguese language was dying here, but I am now very proud to say that it is not so." He added, "Language should be a communication tool and not a barrier. I do not believe that because of tradition alone the new generation is going to learn Portuguese language." He wants Goans and Indians to connect with the new Portugal, and the latter to know about the changes that Goa has undergone.
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