This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.

 
About the Author


Menin Rodrigues is a businessman in Pakistan, he is a former Member of the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Karachi, former Member of the Board of Governors of St. Patrick's; and Member Board of Governor of St. Joseph's College, and in his spare time researches, collates and writes about the past, present and future of Catholics/ Goans in Pakistan.

He has the unique distinction of initiating, conceiving and spearheading the historic denationalization of the above mentioned colleges in 1999 which culminated successfully with the return of the colleges to the Catholic Church in 2005, after 33 years of government occupation.

About the Project

He says, "This project, of researching, highlighting and preserving achievements of not just the Goans but the Catholic Community of Pakistan, by having all the information and materials collated and stored in one place, was a long-standing dream, inasmuch as the mystery behind the real composer of the music of the National Anthem of Pakistan."

"As a member of the Pastoral Council, I had suggested to have a permanent 'Diocesan Museum' to store and display the historical information and artifacts of the Archdiocese of Karachi so that our people, especially the children and youth who have very little information about our past, let alone present, could get encouraged and be inspired to carry the torch of our great ancestors. Although the site (behind the cathedral) and design of the proposed museum was approved and the plaque commemorating it was inaugurated in 2007, the project remains unaccomplished."

"This prompted me to start on a smaller scale and focus on a diaspora (the Goan Catholic) that was long known, not only to have laid the foundations of the early Church in Pakistan but also contributed immensely to Pakistan, before and after the country's independence. In 2008, the Dawn Newspaper asked me to contribute an article about Goans in Music, Sport and Fashion, which was to be part of a

Special Report on the occasion of its Annual Lifestyle Exhibition. The article given was of 3000 words, exceeding Dawn's requirement of 1800 words and so, it was not published."

"Therefore, on August 14, 2009 (on the occasion of the 62ND independence day of Pakistan) I sent the article to a few friends across the world, and lo and behold, it reached many people everywhere! The response was tremendous, appreciating as well as noting that I had left out so many other areas of our achievements. Thus, the task of re-grouping and collecting data intensified and I was able to (with the help of all those acknowledged) re-do the original piece and convert the same into a full-fledged Website as a One-Window History Place for all to access, see, read and comment."

"I look forward to your feedback and hope you shall continue to send information and pictures to make 'Goans of Pakistan' a permanent history place for all future use."

 

 

This site is owned and operated by Menin Rodrigues, Karachi, Pakistan. For feedback, please write to: menin100@gmail.com