Mangaluru, Aug 31, 2017: Jagotik Konknni Songhotton (JKS) held a seminar on ’Imposition of Hindi in India and its impact on other languages, especially Konkani.’ Near 100 delegates from different states of India and from Gulf countries attended the seminar.
There was also a celebration marking the 25th ‘Konkani Manyata Divas’ (25th anniversary of the inclusion of Konkani in the VIIIth schedule of the Indian Constitution). Sumell, the singing club of Mandd Sobhann, sang two new songs on Konkani, written by Rony Crasta Kelarai and composed by Gurkar Eric Ozario.
Konkani linguist Dr Pratap Nayak gave a call to all Konkanis to inculcate the love of Konkani in their hearts. Speaking on ‘Politics of imposition and Tamil reaction,’ Mani Manivannan, leader of the Tamil language movement, Chennai, explained how Hindi is being imposed from the time of the British rule in India.
He said it was like an imperial imposition rather than a democratic process because the power of the army was used to impose Hindi in Tamil Nadu in 1965. He said any sort of imposition is an insult to one’s dignity and hence should be strongly resisted.
Arun Javgal, leader of the ‘Hindi-Imposition-Resistance Movement,’ Bengaluru, explained how Hindi is being imposed in the everyday life. He said it is not right to promote one language (Hindi), when there are so many other languages in India. He spoke on how linguistic inequality was being promoted in India.
He said that it is the duty of the government to serve citizens in their own language and not in a language that they do not follow. He said,“We should demand for our language rights.”
The 20th book published by Mandd Sobhann, ‘Chalti Konkani’ (revised version), compiled by late Georgie Pinto Aikala and edited by Rony Crasta Kelarai, Eric Ozario and Preeti Lopez, was released on the occasion.
On the side lines : The 6 th Global General Assembly of Jagotik Konknni Songhotton (JKS – Global Konkani Organisation)
which met on Aug 27, 2017, at Kalaangann, Mangalore, elected Konkani activist Shri Jose Salvador Fernandes of Xrextt Prokaxon, Goa, as its new President. Shri Eric Ozario, Mangalore, was elected the Secretary General. The other Office Bearers are – Shri K. K. Utharan (Kerala) – Vice President (India), Shri Clifford Arun D’Souza (Saudi Arabia) – Vice President (Gulf countries), Dr. Austin D’souza Prabhu (USA) – Vice President (Other countries), Shri Louis J. Pinto (Mangalore) – Treasurer, Shri Kishore Fernandez (Mangalore) – Associate Secretary, Shri Joy Ciriaco Fernandes (Goa) – P.R.O.
The following were elected to the Executive Committee – Shri Shridhar Manjunath Kharvi (Bhatkal), Dr. Vasant Shantaram Bandekar (Karwar), Shri Lullus Cutinha (Bengaluru), Shri Vincente Dias (Goa), Shri Anthony Miranda (Goa), Shri Santhosh Lotlikar (Goa), Shri K. Vishwanathan (Cochin), Shri N. Prabhakaran (Cochin), Shri K. Vijayan (Cochin), Shri Gration Rodrigues (Calicut), Shri Ancy D’Souza Paladka (Vasai)