Lambert Mascarenhas

Lambert Mascarenhas (born 17 September 1914) is a journalist, freedom activist and writer from Goa. His family hails from the Goan Catholic community, a Christian community in Goa.

Lambert Mascarenhas
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri Lambert Mascarenhas in 2015
Mascarenhas receiving the Padma Shri in 2015
Born (1914-09-17) 17 September 1914 (age 105)
Goa, India
  • Writer
  • journalist
  • freedom activist
EducationSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai[1]
Notable worksSorrowing Lies My Land[2][3]

Personal lifeEdit

Mascarenhas was born in Goa, but his early education was in Pune and later at the St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.[1] He is married to Dr. Jolly Mascarenhas.[4][1] He has four children.[5] He had taken a vow that he would marry only after Liberation of Goa from the colonial Portuguese rule.[5][1] Hence, he married on 29 December 1961, exactly ten days after Goa's liberation on 19 December 1961.[5] As of late 2015, Mascarenhas was still alive, and living in Dona Paula, Goa.[6]


He started his career as a journalist in the Morning Standard at Mumbai.[1] He worked as a sub-editor at the Bombay Sentinel, under editor B. G. Horniman.[7] Mascarenhas later joined the Onlooker as an assistant-editor. He later edited the Goan Tribune, which espoused the cause of Goa's liberation. Upon his return to liberated Goa in 1961, he joined as the editor of The Navhind Times and later established and edited Goa Today.[7]

Contribution to the independence movementEdit

Lambert Mascarenhas also contributed to India's freedom movement.[8] He authored the Goan Tribune, which was dedicated to the cause of Goa's liberation.[9] While at the Goan Tribune, he wrote numerous articles against the Portuguese colonial regime in Goa and caught the attention of both Indian leaders as well as the Portuguese regime. While on a visit to Goa, he was arrested and jailed by the Portuguese for his articles. He was later released on bail and expelled from Goa.[5]


He has authored several books, including Sorrowing Lies My Land, published in 1955. It recalls the Rammanohar Lohia-led anti-colonial movement launched in Margao in 1946. It was characterised by Ben Antao thus:

The novel covers the time span from roughly 1910 to about 1950. It is a political novel whose message is that the people of Goa under the Portuguese rule were denied basic civil rights such as freedom of speech and assembly, and those who protested were quickly punished or imprisoned. The limitations of the first person narrative, especially from the point of view of a young boy, dilute the dramatic impact of the action in the second half. Although the reader is aware that it is the author speaking in the guise of the boy, the conflict is rendered less acute nonetheless.[6]

His other works include The First City , In The Womb of Saudade, The Greater Tragedy and Heartbreak Passage.[8]


Lambert has been awarded the Laxmidas Borkar Memorial Award for journalism for 2004.[10] He has also been awarded Goa's highest civilian award, the Gomant Vibhushan.[11][7][5] He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in the year 2015.[12]


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  2. ^ "Sorrowing lies my land - revisited". Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Sorrowing Lies My Land". Goa News. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Lambert Mascarenhas: Still sorrowing for his land". Panorama / The Navhind Times. 7 October 2012. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e "A Daughter Speaks – Nayantara Lima Leitao". Vasco Watch Online. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b Ben Antao, 'Goan Literature in English', Muse India, 64 (November–December 2015), Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b c "Lambert Mascarenhas conferred 'Gomant Vibhushan' award". 29 May 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Lambert Mascarenhas to get Gomant Vibushan - Times of India". 30 May 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  9. ^ "NRI Commission of Goa". 19 December 1961. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Karnataka News : Briefly". The Hindu. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Lambert Mascarenhas to get Gomant Vibushan". The Times of India. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.

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