By Sebastian Rodrigues
The first ten years of my life between 1973 to 1983 three movements moved my childhood. Toddy tapers movement through my father Luis Rodrigues, Fisherman’s movement, popularly known as Ramponkar’s movement through my mother Claudina Rodrigues, and Church employees movement through my grand uncle Assis Fernanades. This paper is brief recounting of my childhood memory and contextualizing the same in the wider complex canvas of Social Movements in
Toddy Taper’s Movement
The late Seventies and early Eighties saw Toddy tapers movement at its peak. Movement began soon after Goa’s liberation with Rahul Bose and Fulgence Rodrigues taking lead in organizing the Toddy Tapers community of
My mother Claudina Rodrigues comes from the family in Pernem Taluka’s coastal
Church Employees Movement
In 1983 I left my family and my
The three movements not just provide me early exposure to variety of movements but more importantly it went to shape my life and options I would make in life. This experience can be best summarized as first the movements entered my life and then I moved into movements. This of movements is not just my personal case but the phenomena that generation in
Note: This paper was presented at two days National History Seminar on Struggle for Assertion, Civil Liberties, Integration, Liberation and Rights in Goa Through the Ages” at CES College, Cuncolim, Goa on March 13-14 2007.
 Rahul Bose is from
 Luis Rodrigues has been a Toddy Taper for the past 40 years. He continues to Tap the coconut trees till date but in different land and different land lord in Siolim.
 He retired after working for 50 years in St. Cajetan’s Church, Assagao.
 Idea of Subjects and Objects is from Paulo Freire’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’.