KBM warns against change in Official Language Act

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 25 October 2013 22:12 IST

Konkani Bhasha Mandal (KBM) has warned against any change in the Official language act passed in 1987 by the Goa government.

“We will not entertain any change in the act”, says a press note issued by KBM President Chetan Acharya.

The unholy unison of the Romi and Marathi proponents will only add to a faster demise of both these groups, says the press note.

These groups have further exposed their idiocy by terming Konkani as only a dialect even after it has been accorded the status of an independent language by the Sahitya Academy and has been included in the eighth schedule of Indian constitution, Acharya observed.

Not even one percent people in Goa speak Marathi and hence KBM has suggested that, those demanding the official language status for Marathi should as soon as possible pack their bags and leave for Maharashtra.

Before doing so, proponents of Marathi like Pradip Ghadi Amonkar and others, who cannot speak any other language properly than Konkani, should learn Marathi properly so that they are not thrown out of Maharashtra, he comments.   

KBM has strongly condemned Father Pratap Naik, who after coming to Goa from outside has been trying to divide the Goans on the basis of religion and caste.

Does Pratap Naik want the Portuguese rule back in Goa by narrating stories of Portuguese times, Acharya asks in the press note.

Who has given the authority to Pratap Naik to declare that the catholic community in Goa has no problem if Marathi as well as Konkani in Roman script is made joint official languages of Goa, he adds further.

As of today, the number of Konkani learning students in Goa University, colleges and higher secondary schools is much more than the Marathi learning students. KBM has thus advised the unethical unison to check the numbers before making its statements.   

Both the proponents have filed their petitions in the High court and the unethical unison is a result out of the fear of defeat in the court.

These groups emerge every time when the elections are round the corner with their long burrowed demands. However the Goans are very much aware of this and the wise Goan will not fall prey to their unrealistic demands, says the press note. 

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MRA is shooting the bird by keeping the Gun on the shoulder of RKA. MRA don’t mind anything as far as Marathi is made Goa’s Official Language. Marathi is the imported language of Maharashtra. Goans should file case on MRA for promoting Maharashtra state language in Goa. Who gave MRA the right to import Maharashtra state language in Goa? Konkani is the state language of Goa. How it is possible for 2 languages to be the state language of Goa? Language identify the States like Konkani means Goa, Marathi means Maharashtra, Malayalam means Kerala, Tamil means Tamil Nadu, Telugu means Andhra Pradesh.

- John Ferns, Goa | 27 th October 2013 19:59


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 | 26 th October 2013 23:38


Mr. Chetan Acharay comment about language. I fully

agreed for his marvelous comment. Yes Goa not even one

percent speak Marathi. From where Marathi lover bring this

demand we are in Goa and not in Maharashtra to demand

Marathi language, Those who want Marathi pack up their

bag and leave for Maharashtra yes Mr. Chetan said. Goa

official language is Konkani and not Marathi. Those who

demand go Maharashtra and ask add Konkani in their

official language. Marathi lover do even talk about a word

about language in Goa.

- Domnick Rodrigues, Verna | 26 th October 2013 13:14


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