Konkani stalwarts conspirating to exterminate Romi: Wagh

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 24 September 2013 19:22 IST

Kala Academy chairman Vishnu Wagh today accused Goa Konkani Academy president Pundalik Naik and his associates of a conspiracy to exterminate Romi script by opposing Kala Academy’s decision to give two literary awards, both in Devnagari and Romi scripts.

“Writers in Romi Konkani did not get a single award in last 15 years, that’s why Kala Academy has decided to institute separate award in Romi Konkani”, he told a crowded press conference today.

He also said it is not a political decision but a decision taken by the whole executive council of Kala Academy, which was later also approved by the general council.

Wagh hails from St Andre constituency.

“I have already made my position in this regard clear to chief minister Manohar Parrikar in reply to a letter written by Akhil Bharatiya Konkani Sahitya Parishad chairman Aravind Bhatikar”, Wagh said.

He however did not comment on whether he has taken CM’s approval for such a decision, stating that Kala Academy is an autonomous body.

While stating that he was pained with the opposition from Konkani stalwarts, Wagh said they should have been in fact happy that Konkani literature now  gets two awards while other languages get only one.

According to Wagh, Devnagari and Romi are not mere scripts but two different cultures reflect through it, due to which Kala Academy also organizes separate competitions of Drama and Tiatr and even we differentiate between normal Konkani song and Kantar written in Romi script.

He felt that the ‘blind provision’ in the Official Language Act (Devnagari is the sole script) should not be applied to the literary and cultural fields.

He however declined to elaborate on what he meant by ‘blind provision’ and also whether he wants Romi script to be included in the Act.

Kala  Academy, for the last 15 years, had a system of accepting Konkani books in both the scripts and two separate committees, conversant with each script, were choosing the best books, to be recommended to the third apex committee, members of which were supposed to know both the scripts.


When journalist asked why the Kala Academy did not prefer to constitute a balanced apex committee rather than instituting separate awards, Wagh said “that is a different issue.”

“The Kala Academy has opened doors for Romi Konkani literature with this decision”, he said.

According to him, the doors to Romi Konkani literature were closed all these years.

He denied that the system of constituting the apex committee was faulty though doors for Romi Konkani literature were open.

He also flayed the charge of Konkani stalwarts that it would also open doors to Kannada script in Konkani tomorrow.

“Nobody writes in Konkani in Kannada script in Goa, but Romi scripts exist here hsitorically even before Devnagari script was used for Konkani”, he claimed. 

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Konkani and only Konkani must be Goa’s Official Language with both Scripts (Roman & Devnagri).

- John Ferns, Goa | 24 th September 2013 21:51


This is the first time I have come across this news so I cannot comment much. Perhaps I might comment in the feuture.


- Miguel Menezes, Kumbarjua | 24 th September 2013 20:35


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