Mangalore: Konkani Script Controversy - JKS to Hold Seminar on Mar 10, 11


Mangalore: Konkani Script Controversy - JKS to Hold Seminar on Mar 10, 11
 
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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (PS)
 
Mangalore, Mar 6:
At a time when the controversy over script for Konkani is weighing on its literature, Jagotik Konkani Songhotton (JKS -Global Konkani Organization) is making an earnest effort to facilitate an intellectual discussion by organizing a national seminar on ‘Scripts and Languages of Modern India, with Special Reference to Konkani’ at Kalaangann on March 10 and 11.

This was informed by Eric Ozario, general secretary, JKS at a press conference held here on Tuesday March 6.

Ozario said that the need for a seminar arose as no serious or genuine efforts were made earlier to resolve the script controversy, despite the fact that the controversy had hindered the development of Konkani literature and affected the unity of the Konkani people.
 
"So far, attempts were made to tackle the issue only at an emotional level," he said, "Though we have respect for a variety of scripts that are used for writing Konkani, an additional clause included in the Goan Act prioritized Devanagari script which divided the Konkani speaking people," he pointed out and said that the discussion will enlighten the people more on this.
 
"At the seminar, intellectual discussion will include inputs from sources outside Konkani, so that a demographic solution could be found on scientific basis. Experts from Delhi, Goa, and other parts of the country who have researched on the subject will present papers which will again be discussed," he said.

Dr Valerian Rodrigues, head of the centre for political studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi will chair the seminar.
 
The national seminar will begin at 3 pm on Saturday March 10 and will conclude on Sunday March 11 at 5 pm. The seminar is open to all.
 
JKS comprises 126 Konkani organizations from 13 countries across the world.
 
M S Kamath, member, Bangalore, M A Rehman, member, Bhatkal, Stany Alvares, president, Mandd Sobhann among others were present at the press meet.

Comment on this article

  • Kesari Shenoy, Bockapatna / Moscow

    Fri, Mar 9 2012

    Mr Ferdinand has made a good point here, circumspection is called for, and IT IS the need of

    the hour. Delicate issues like language or religion being dealt at an emotional level is an old

    story, it has forever been used to gain political mileage. Given this antecedent, a seminar to

    deal with the issue in a logical and scientific manner through debate is a right move.

    However i beg to differ in one aspect of the seminar Asking people from delhi etc who have not

    been immersed in the konkani culture is like asking blind men to describe an elephant. They

    opinion will be based on technical aspects like number of people knowing a particular script,

    how widespread the language is and so on. This reflects in the comments given here before,

    people suggesting Devanagari 'just' because that script is well known. Some suggesting Roman

    script(english) because their children study in english medium schools. Someone in the future

    might suggest Mandrin (chinese) script because highest number of people in the world know that

    script. Script is a quintessential part of any culture, it is our identity and is NOT to be diluted by borrowing foreign scripts for the sake of convenience!

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  • Ferdinand Kamath, Mangalore/ Jamaica

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    The shift of the basis of discussions from being that of emotional in nature to historically verifiable facts is a positive one indeed. While it facilitates open propositions of contentious ideas, one needs to be wary of the hindrance internal preconceptions or prejudiced opinions offer, stalling a rational discussion and foiling the attempts of reaching a consensus. Circumspection is called for, especially in these types of controversies.

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  • Anil Fernandes, Ferar / Kuwait

    Thu, Mar 8 2012

    We in Mangalore over the years enjoyed Konkani learning and reading in Kannada script.Present generation studying in English medium and I think English script (romi). I believe many of the organizers children / grand children's are struggling to read Konkani in their current native script. See the SMS, Chating in Konkani, most of the young generation use romie script. Let's keep aside our regional / religion politics. I firmly believe romie script will be best option and to keep alive Konkani for the future generation.

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  • joe gonsalves pai, bijai

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    considering the present and the future and the dominance of english and other greater lanuages in india, konkani is doomed to disappear from the face of the earth in another 100 years. now we dont have script , after 100 years no language. this is the price of modernisation.we dont stand a chance.so why waste energies in trying get a script now. when r we going to a script and when r we going to learn it.let us enjoy our language for now . i shall be taking all the konkani knowldge to the grave when i die and i am not encouraging my children to learn .leave it to the people born after 100 years to say it is a dead language , just like latin!

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  • George Pinto, New Delhi

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    Please see that the script is written in English.It would make the language easy for us.
    My children being born and brought up in Delhi we are not familiar with written/spoken kannada.My children can speak / understand konkani.

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  • Aloka Nath, Bengaluru

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    The script is very important for any language. The Kannada or English or Malayalam script does not exactly match the konkani language. Only Devanagari or Hindi script will match the Konkani language. Once used to Devanagari it will promote uniformity of languge spoken by different people of different area.

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  • Patrick K , Mangalore / UAE

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    Dr Valerian Rodrigues, head of the centre for political studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi will chair the seminar. Sounds very absurd. Who is this Dr Valerian Rodrigues ? and on which basis he can chair a seminar on konkani literature and script. Does he know anything about konkani literature ?

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  • Naresh, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    It looks this is going to be waste of time. It is a known fact that all konkani speaking families irrespective of religion and cast in karnataka or any were in the world are originated from GOMANTHAK(GOA STATE). It is very simple we have to follow the same script which is followed in GOA STATE approved by the GOA state Govt.

    Otherswise people from tamilnadu,kerala etc...settled in karnataka also will have to follow kannada script. Is this possible???. Why so called intelectuals here who have given press conference r not understanding this???. Instead of Konkani script seminar conduct good programes like spreading konkani culture awarness programes,there are lot of poor people who are speaking konkani in all the communities-plan and ute welfare program of these.

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  • Aloka Nath, Bengaluru

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    Konkani should have its own script. English, kannada or Malayalam script will not exactly match with the konkani language. Hindi or Devanagari will match both in phonic and grammar. This will also will help in unifying the language globally.

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  • John Tauro, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    A single unified script is essential for the unification of the language and development of its literature. In case of Konkani, Devnagri had been the original script of the language, Romi was forcibly imposed by the Portuguese with the intention of obliterating local culture and finally Kannada & Malayalam scripts were adopted by Konkani speaking migrants who fled Portuguese persecution and settled in Karnataka and parts of Kerala. Down through the ages the Konkani populace was united as one community. Present divisions are a result of historical events. Now the question remains will we ever be (linguistically) united by adopting a single unified script? Are we ready for the status quo? I wish the forthcoming Seminar on Scripts & Languages come to a practical consensus, taking into consideration all facts and sentiments.

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  • John Tauro, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    A single unified script is essential for the unification of the language and development of its literature. In case of Konkani, Devnagri had been the original script of the language, Romi was forcibly imposed by the Portuguese with the intention of obliterating local culture and finally Kannada & Malayalam scripts were adopted by Konkani speaking migrants who fled Portuguese persecution and settled in Karnataka and parts of Kerala.

    Down through the ages the Konkani populace was united as one community. Present divisions are a result of historical events. Now the question remains will we ever be (linguistically) united by adopting a single unified script? Are we ready for the status quo? I wish the forthcoming Seminar on Scripts & Languages come to a practical consensus, taking into consideration all facts and sentiments.

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  • jerome pais, managlore

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    Prabhu , what you say is correct. It seems like christians are custodians of the konkani language!.why r christian konkanis not following or aligning with the world konkani centre led by our hindu konkani brothers. JKS is dwarfed by WKC in terms of finance, support and other issues. just a kilometer apart and yet intellectuals from WKC are not invited by JKS. there is a distinct divison on religious lines. we must unite on language.

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  • Roshan.H, Mangalore/Germany

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    Well, after having lived/working in Germany for past 2 years, I have found how Germans love their native language. I feel very sad the way konkans (from coastal belt of karnataka) treat their native language... if this continues I am sure by 2100 generation will struggle to also speak in konkani. I feel we shouldn't fight for script domain, because konkani has to go global and not restricted to coastal region or India..I will feel proud if Hindi script is used, as it will be easy to all people (majority) to learn and adapt quickly..only a minority people will fight for kannad/english... but guess what it will be great to see people speak / read konakni in assam/jammu/bengal or even here in frankfurt/hamburg ( through their hindi classes)..  ALL THE BEST TO ALL.

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  • O D'Souza, Mangalore / Canada

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    I totally agree with Rodney on this.If we need to teach Konkani to the next generation and especially to the children of migrants from Karnataka then we need to encourage the English script (romi script).

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  • Francis , Doha

    Wed, Mar 7 2012

    We mangaloreans are familiar with kannada script to read and write the konkani and we are really very happy to write konkani in kannada script.. and i think no one can say kannada script for konkani is uncomfertable or difficult.

    If script is changed then surely we will fall in trouble.Who will come to teach us specially those who are at outside of the india? or we have to come Back to school? So Dear JKS members my suggestion is Please take konkani people's opinion before proceeding.

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  • Rodney Vaz, Dubai/UAE

    Tue, Mar 6 2012

    The script ought to be in English to conform uniformity.

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  • John DSilva, Karkala/Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 6 2012

    My best wishes for the success of the the Konkani Script Seminar.

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  • MELVY PINTH, MANGLUR

    Tue, Mar 6 2012

    WISH YOU ALL THE BEST JKS.
    126 ORGANIZATIONS FROM 13 COUNTRIES. WONDERFUL. STRENGTH IN UNITY. BUT...JUST A THOUGHT. THIS STRENGTH CAN'T IT BE PUT FOR A BETTER USE. SEMINAR OVER CONTROVERSY IN KONKANI SCRIPT. KONKANI IS A LANGUAGE. LANGUAGE IS TO COMMUNICATE BETWEEN PEOPLE. AS FAR AS ONE CAN READ, WRITE AND UNDERSTAND IS IT A BIG DEAL IF KONKANI IS WRITTEN IN KANNADA, ENGLISH, HINDI OR FOR THAT MATTER ANY OTHER SCRIPT. I KNOW THERE IS KONKANI SCRIPT. WELL THATS ALL I KNOW ABOUT THE SCRIPT. BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT WE ARE AT A STAGE WHERE OUR YOUNGER GENERATION CANNOT EVEN TALK OR UNDERSTAND KONKANI. FORGET GETTING TO KNOW THE SCRIPT. IS THIS SEMINAR REALLY NECESSARY? CAN'T WE USE ALL THOSE THOUSANDS SPENT TO ORGANIZE THIS SEMINAR TO FEED THE POOR OR MEDICAL HELP TO THE SICK OR PUT A ROOF OVER SOME DESERVING FAMILY OR EDUCATE DESERVING PERSONS OR.... OR.....OR....(STARTING POINT? GO THRU HELPING HAND COLUMN OF DAIJIWORLD)
    SCHOLARS CAN ALWAYS DO THE RESEARCH AND ENLIGHTEN THE PEOPLE THINK OF THE NOBLE AND GOOD THING YOU ARE DOING.
    GOD BLESS KONKANI...

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  • Ramesh Prabhu, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 6 2012

    First of all all those who are raising the issue, what they have contributed to konkani literature ? Second, What authority Dr Valerian Rodrigues have to speak about konkani that too literature? He is not a professor of language or even literature. Do he know any konkani writer or their works ? In any script ? To remain in limelight why this particular group is creating the problems ? It is said that this group approached court. If they have approached the court why they are making the noise here. This is sheer disrespect to the court.

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  • Lexy Saldanha, Mangaluru-sydney-Australia

    Tue, Mar 6 2012

    We M'loreans are happy with Kannada script for Konkani writing, which we have been using for a long time, changing to devanagri or English script used in Goa will not be accepted, as this will cause lot of strain on people who are already are familiar with kannada script. Why change. We are for Kannada script and should stay that way, people from other region can find konkani books in their script (Devangari & English which is used in Goa).

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