Youth lay black carpet, Church shows black flags at IFFI

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 24 November 2011 19:50 IST

It’s red carpet versus black carpet at IFFI this year, both attracted and inspired by the youth.

The youth protesting against the government policy on Medium of Instruction in primary education have laid a black carpet in front of the old GMC building, adjacent to river Mandovi.

The front side of the old GMC complex however has been converted into red carpet to welcome the celebrities of IFFI.

The youngsters stand in the evening on their black carpet and explain the delegates – Indian and foreign – about the government policy to promote English as a medium of instruction at primary level instead of native language.

They have been pulling good crowd while mobilising public opinion against the government decision on MoI.

The English medium issue is being upheld by the Church while the Congress government has fully supported the Church.

On the other hand, the Church is strongly opposing the government for closing IFFI on 3 December, the day lakhs of devotees throng to Old Goa for the famous annual feast.

The Novenas of the feast have already begun since yesterday.

After pro-Church people staging protest at the IFFI inaugural venue in Margao yesterday by showing black flags, the Church today warned the government today not to repeat the mistake from next year.

The matter was clarified by union minister for information and broadcasting Ambika Soni at the inaugural function yesterday while assuring to make necessary changes in the dates from next year.

The Catholics bodies allege that police were neglecting the security at the feast due to ongoing IFFI.

The relics of St Francis Xavier, a 15th century patron saint of Goa, are preserved in the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the world heritage monument.

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