Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday tugged at the heartstrings of the “Romi Konkani” lovers by promising government support for the development and propagation of Konkani written in Roman script, and assured to find ways and means to meet all five demands of the Dalgado Konknni Academi (DKA).
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, addressing gathering at the Dalgado Konkani Academy’s silver jubilee celebration at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, on Tuesday
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of DKA’s silver jubilee celebrations, Parrikar said he equally loved Konkani written in Devnagri and Roman scripts. “Language, ultimately, is a medium for reaching out to everybody. As I want to reach out to all the cross sections of society, I will not discriminate (against Roman script). The requirements of an independent office space for DKA and funds will be met,” Parrikar said to a loud cheer by the audience.
Stating that four of the five demands put forth by DKA will be duly considered by him “one at a time” during the next five years, Parrikar conceded that the demand for granting official language status to Romi script on par with that of Devnagri Konkani was a “tad difficult”. “But I will try to find a way out, one at a time; solutions will come,” Parrikar reassured the Konkani mogis. ”If a language has to flourish, it should touch the hearts of the common people. And that should essentially be our prime task-to make Konkani endearing to the masses,” Parrikar added.
The chief minister also gladdened the hearts of the tiatrist fraternity by assuring them of providing a convention hall or a theatre in Panaji for staging tiatrs. Suggesting that he was among the favourite punching bag of the tiatrists, Parrikar said: “I love tiatrs and have seen quite a few of them. The tiatrists love me too.” The joke was not lost on the audience which responded with loud laughter.
Parrikar expressed disapproval over the manner in which a discord is sought to be created on the lines of caste or religion with an eye solely on votes. Stating that there was trust deficit in Goan society, the chief minister underscored the need for creating an environment conducive of placing trust in each other. ”Konkani is a very rich language; the words used in Romi script are closer to Sanskrit than the words used in Devnagri Konkani… Language is meant for fostering love, not to fight with each other. Unfortunately, a vertical divide is sought to be created among the people on the basis of caste and religion, the basic crux being elections. If we are able to create an environment where people begin to trust each other, many of our problems will get solved,” Parrikar said.
The chief minister also voiced disappointment over the tendency of people to “talk big” without offering concrete ideas for execution. To drive home his point, Parrikar said, “The draft mining policy, which is yet to be finalized and is open for public suggestions, has received criticism from many quarters, but till date I have not received a single suggestion from anybody. We talk too much but there is no execution,” Parrikar said.
- Romi Konkani to be considered on par with Devnagri Konkani as state’s official language
- Romi Konkani to be introduced in primary schools
- Kala Academy to include Romi Konkani as separate category in its scheme for publishing books
- Office space for DKA
- Theatre in Panaji for staging tiatrs