No change in Official Language Act: Parrikar

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 24 October 2013 15:24 IST

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has ruled out any change in the existing status of the Official Language Act.

Talking to media today morning at the Raj Bhavan, Parrikar said: “there is no need to rethink on the current status of the Official Language Act.”

The issue has cropped up once again with camps of Marathi protagonists as well as those supporting Roman script for Konkani language are demanding change in the act.

The existing Official Language Act terms Konkani as the official language while Marathi would be used for all official purposes.

The notifications issued so far, since 1987, are related to the use of both Konkani and Marathi in the official administration, to respond to any correspondence as well as official boards in both the languages.

The Directorate of Official Language has also been constituting advisory boards, consisting of experts from both the languages.

The Marathi Rajbhasha Andolan, a newly formed body of Marathi protagonists, have restarted mobilizing people, demanding Marathi be also made the official language.

On the other hand, several writers and artists making use of Roman script to write Konkani, have started demanding that Roman script be also added in the official use of Konkani, in the Act as well as in education.

Till now, Devnagari script has been used officially to use Konkani in the administration while Sahitya Academy at national level has recognized Konkani as a language with Devnagari script, since 1975.

 

Recently, few protagonists of both Marathi and Roman script came together to make it a joint demand.

“The issue is over and the government policy is clear on the Official Language Act”, said Parrikar, dismissing the demands.

Meanwhile, another camp of Konkani stalwarts has warned the government to start statewide agitation if the government tries to touch the Official Language Act.

The warning is issued jointly by Goa Konkani Academy president Pundalik Naik and All India Konkani Parishad chairman Aravind Bhatikar.

The student community, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, has studied Konkani in Devnagari script, thus uniting the whole Goan community as one entity, they observed.

If the divisive elements restart their attempts to break this unity, the stalwarts said, Goan youth would take to the streets to maintain the unity of Goa and Goans. 


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It is my opinion, that the Language and script issues in Goa, are whipped up by a few die-hard & fame hungry fanatics.

Many of these linguistics experts behave, most basically ,like the self-serving Mad Mullas & Ayotallas or warlords found in the Middle-east or Afganistan.

Goa should have one unifying Language and Konkani should take pride of place giving it a thus giving it unique indentity....while and the others like Marathi should remain optional.

Goans are a progressive race. They view their future quite differently from what these hard & fanatical linguistic nutcases envisage .

As Goa moves forward at a very rapid pace, and as these linguistic die-hards are confined to history, it is my belief that English will supersede both Marathi & Konkani too.

I have noticed ,during to my visits to Goa that many Marathi & Konkani speakers, notably the young now speak English fluently and nearly everyone I have met aspires to speak in English. Many view English as the ticket to a good job. Many also view themselves as Global Citizens.

Many are influenced by the internet/TV and other mediums

I am sure a few will disagree with this .But it`s my opinion & belief.

I am sure the "progressive elements in Goa will overtake the regressive elements.

- N.Fernandes, UK | 25 th October 2013 23:59

 

when I was kid We were left with no choice rather then to study Marathi in primary school... any ways all the official communication is happening in English as it is an international standard.

There is no question of choosing an official language.. When we know Konkani is our mother tongue..

Why cant we make french or Hebrew also official language let Goa have 4-5 official languages.. Any way we are compromising on Konkani.

- Kapil, Ponda | 25 th October 2013 01:45

 

Konkani is our mother tongue. why we cant get this straight?

- Kapil , Ponda | 25 th October 2013 01:38

 

If Marathi is forced on Goa, then Goa’s existence is in risk because every state has its own language like Gujarati for Gujarat, Marathi for Maharashtra, Bengali for West Bengal, Tamil for Tamil Nadu, Malayalam for Kerala, etc. If Goa does not have Konkani then Goa’s existence is gone. Konkani and only Konkani must be Goa’s Official Language with both Scripts (Roman & Devnagri).

- John Ferns, Goa | 24 th October 2013 16:40

 

Mother Tongue of Goans is KONKANI and Mother Tongue of Maharashtrians is MARATHI. MoI must be English with one subject Konkani.

- John Ferns, Goa | 24 th October 2013 15:51

 

If Marathi is forced on Goa, then Goa’s existence is in risk because every state has its own language like Gujarati for Gujarat, Marathi for Maharashtra, Bengali for West Bengal, Tamil for Tamil Nadu, Malayalam for Kerala, etc. If Goa does not have Konkani then Goa’s existence is gone. Konkani and only Konkani must be Goa’s Official Language with both Scripts (Roman & Devnagri).

- John Ferns, Goa | 24 th October 2013 15:50

 

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