'Gulab' editor appeals to youth to break divisive walls of Konkani

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 01 October 2014 22:55 IST

Fausto da Costa, editor of Konkani monthly “Gulab”, has appealed to the youth to demolish the compounds built by the selfish elements in Konkani movement and bring together all the islands created today in the movement.

Da Costa, a recipient of Konkani Journalism Award of Konkani Bhasha Mandal, also expressed grief that Konkani stalwarts are today fighting over the scripts and even the government grants.

“The selfless work in Konkani movement is slowly becoming a history. Days of working committedly by spending their own money are over. Money has taken over all other interests of Konkani. This is not for good health of Konkani”, cautioned da Costa, while replying to the felicitation amidst thundering applause.

Demoralised over this divisive activities, da Costa said he had almost decided to retire from Konkani movement from December, but his zeal has been revived after Konkani Bhasha Mandal recognizing his work through “Gulab”.

“The only hope to build bridges over these islands is the youth. I have decided to support them in building the bridges of unity and togetherness”, said the editor of “Gulab”, a Romi Konkani monthly founded by Fr Freddy da Costa.

It was the 52nd anniversary of Konkani Bhasha Mandal, on the occasion of which the premier institute of Konkani honoured several writers, leaders and students, with awards and honour.

South Goa MP Narendra Savoikar and Official Language Director Prakash Vazarikar honoured the awardees.

75-year old Datta S Naik was honoured with Bhasha Seva Puraskar for his life-long service to Konkani movement. Similarly, Rajendra Naik was awarded the Konkani Activist Puraskar.

Usha Rane was honoured with Best Konkani Teacher award while Shrikant Shambhu Nagvekar was the recipient of Columnist Award.

The prestigious literary award winners of this year were Fr Usebio Gomes (Sotachim Kirnnam), Adv Bernard D’Souza (Kaideachea Dorieantlim Lharam), Sandesh Prabhudesai (Taalgadi), late Ramnath Manerkar for spiritual literature (Sree Satya Saibaba) and Baban Bhagat for children’s literature (Bhirmuteo).

Savoikar in his speech stressed upon the need to sync Konkani with new technology like Internet, Mobile and Social networking.

Official language director Vazarikar, also a writer and researcher, said Konkani history needs to be rewritten by projecting the sacrifices made by the veterans from Shenoi Goembab till date.

He ended his speech with a new slogan: Honour of Official Language is the Honour of the Nation.

Adv D’Souza also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, KBM president made introductory remarks, vice president Jose Lawrenco welcomed while Secretary Adv Surel Tilve proposed a vote of thanks.

The whole function was compered by Anwesha Singbal and Malcolm D’Costa. Students of Vidya Bhuvan School of KBM presented a welcome dance.

The Gomant Vidya Niketan hall in Madgao was full of audience including veterans like Uday Bhembre, Yeshwant Palekar, Damodar Mauzo, Pundalik Naik, R V Joglekar, Datta D Naik and several others. 

Full Text of Fausto D'Costa speech

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Konkani would have been progressed if both Scripts would have been declare as the official script of Konkani. This one side community script has divided the other side of the community. Devnagri script has made half of the Goans happy and other half Goans sad. Discrimination has been made for other half. To bring that half and make it full, let us make Roman & Devnagri Scripts as the official scripts of Konkani.

- Mathew Dias, Goa | 02 nd October 2014 15:46


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