Popularizing Konkani Literature Among Children, Goa CM Pramod Sawant Tells Writers | Goa News
“It will lead to a generation that will be proud of Konkani ‘asmitai’ (identity),” he said at the inaugural session of the Akhil Bhartiya Konkani Parishad, in Malvan, Maharashtra.
Sawant further stated that Konkani, which is spoken in various dialects in four states, is an independent language and not a dialect of Marathi, and that the status Konkani enjoys as a literary language is indisputable.
“Konkani is spoken in various dialects of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala, apart from its various dialects in Goa itself,” he said. “However, it is an independent language, not a dialect of Marathi. It is the official language of Goa and enjoys the reputation of being included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. No need to question Konkani’s status.
Sawant’s claims gain prominence against the backdrop of insinuations from the recently held Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in Udgir that Konkani was a dialect of Marathi, and a renewed demand for Marathi to be made the second official language of Goa .
Sawant further stated that although the Konkani speaking population is less, Konkani’s sphere of influence has expanded not only in India but also across the globe. He said Konkani’s inclusion in Google Translate was a feather in the cap for the language.
Talking about the many initiatives taken by the Goa government for the promotion of Konkani, Sawant said that the annual state budget which he recently presented has given the common man a first insight into what the budget reserved for him.
Reminding the assembly that it was Manohar Parrikar who first presented the budget in Konkani, Sawant said that then-speaker Rajendra Arlekar conducted the assembly proceedings largely in Konkani. , and he did the same when he became president.
“And when I had the opportunity to present the state budget as chief minister, I did so in Konkani,” Sawant said. “The budget presented in the mother tongue of the Goans helped the rikshawalo, dudhwalo and nustekar (understand) what the budget had going for it. And it was just as important.
He backed up his claims with a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s call to encourage the use of regional languages in court proceedings, and reminded the gathering of the presentation he made for Konkani as a means of communication. for court proceedings in Goa at a Hindi convention days before Modi’s comments.
He further pointed out that topics such as nationalization, unity in diversity, etc., should be reflected in the writings of intelligentsia and literati. “The idea of Akhand Bharat that Indians have been dreaming of for the past few years is coming true. The idea that the whole country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari is one and belongs to us, that Hindustan is ours, should be reflected in literature. Writers and intellectuals can do that well,” he said.
Arts and Culture Minister Govind Gaude and Jnanpith Laureate Damodar Mauzo were among those who spoke at the occasion.