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Bangalore: Kannada Activists Attack Konkani Catholics over Language Issue


Bangalore: Kannada Activists Attack Konkani Catholics over Language Issue

Edwin D'Souza

Bangalore, Nov 19: Konkani Catholics from around Rajajinagar were on Sunday November 18 attacked by a group of about 25 Kannada activists at Saccidananda Chapel over the use of Konkani during church service.

The parish churches in Bangalore being too small to accommodate the large number of Catholics, and as they do not have Sunday services in English or Konkani, some of the Konkanies from around Rajajinagar and Yeshwantpur frequent Saccidananda and Sabbhavana chapels of the Capuchin and Carmelite Fathers respectively. There have been constant threats from some Kannada activists to stop all services in languages other than Kannada. Recently even a group of Kannada priests had barged into the premises threatened the friars with dire consequences. Over the last couple of weeks, protests from Kannada activists have intensified.

On Sunday when the faithful came out of the Saccidananda Chapel, they faced the wrath of about 25 Kannada activists; fully drunk, using abusive language attacked the faithful. The Konkani Catholics totally taken by surprise, put up a tough resistance. In the scuffle that lasted over an hour, two Konkani leaders and a young boy were physically assaulted. The Kannada activists were shouting slogans, “Konkanies go to Goa! There is no place for you in Karnataka.”

In a short while, the police arrived at the scene and dispersed the crowd. The wounded Konkanis after obtaining first aid at the local hospital lodged a police complaint at the Subrahmanyanagar police station. The local police inspector Somegowda after conducting preliminary inquiry gave assurance that such incidents will not be repeated. FIR has been filed against the activists.

According to a local leader, “The pontifical commission that visited Bangalore has given its opinion that while safeguarding the primacy of Kannada, they are in favour of masses in all languages, namely, Tamil, Konkani, Malayalam, Hindi, etc. That is the reason why, the Kannada activists are agitated. They want to stop Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras from implementing this order.”

Now the Konkani Associations are alerted, the Konkani Federation has reiterated its stand for Konkani language. Other language groups, such as Tamil, Malayalam and some moderate Kannadigas have promised strong support.

Konkani leader Edwin D’Souza stated, “There are over three lac Konkanis in the Archdiocese but how come we do not have even a single mass in Konkani?” as the state government has recognized Konkani as one of the state language and formed Konkani Sahithya Academy and also introduced Konkani as third langue in some of the schools. Richard said, ”Our fight will not stop until Konkani is duly recognized in the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Dolfy said, “Till now we have been silent, now on we will continue our agitation, until we reach the goal.”


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  • Caroline, Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 6 2013

    Well said, Barbara Bayer.

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  • David, Chennai

    Tue, Dec 4 2012

    I think they are taking a cue from Certain activists in Mumbai and enforcing Kannada here !!

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  • nikita, Jharkand

    Tue, Nov 27 2012

    "The question of one's faith and ability to pray peacefully to GOD" God is Omnipotent and His presence is everywhere. When we search our heart we wil find Him. Prayer is such a thing which does not need any place, it could be said anywhere anytime anyhow. Church as one thinks is not a place where people really go to pray in earnestness. Most often it is to show off their new jewellery set, new Kanchivaram or Mysore silkjari saari or their new vehicle purchased. Let's be honest and confess whether all seriously go to pray... My home is the best place where I can pray that too in the privacy of my kitchen toilet bedroom living room. All I haveto do is sit in silence invoke God's presence and pray and this has worked wonders in my life and God has favoured me in many ways. Let's not fight over a place which belongs to none...

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  • Richard L D' Souza, Kulshekar/Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 23 2012

    I Subibe to the veiws of Mr. Prabhudas.
    I am referring to langauage of worship in churches. Incident is outlet of subjagated emotions arising out of denial of self expression to the downtrodden. Because earlier Bishop of Mangalore Late Dr. Basil D'Souza introduced Konakani as language of worship of Mangalore Diocease faithfuls have been able to involve themselves in prayer. All worship, prayer, functions, hymns are in Konakani which has enabled all to channelise their talent in praise of god. It will be hegemony if believers whose mother toungue is Kannada are made orphans in their own land. Konakanis better understand this.

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  • paul d`souza, balakunje

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    Konkani people can organise mass in konkani, Kannada people can organise mass in Kannada & Thamils as well. Every one loves first their brought up as joerge fernandes beig konkani made possible success of KONKAN RAILWAY & No one has objected him you are a KONKANI.....??? Late
    MR.P.DMELLO made KARNAK BUNDER UNION BENIFITS TO WORKERS & NO ONE RAISED YOU ARE KONKANI. Actually to the fact we BLOODY Indians when we recieve favour & help to the extent any TOM DICK , HARRY IS GOOD. ONCE YOU STOP HELPING OR BE SILENT, THEY ARE BAD. THERE IS ONE SAYING IN THULU...,JATHIG JAATHI PAGE,..NAYIG NAYI PAGE..!!! WAW........!!! KEEP IT UP GUYS. thank you. Nice one.

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  • Lionel . J . Menezes, Udupi / Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    I was very much present on the spot & i heard them speaking & using abusive language. I think that was their mother tongue.

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  • Naveen DSouza, Sakleshpur / Moodalapalya

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    God only knows one language The language of love. Language is meant for communication between human. No country in the world forces to speak a particular language. you have freedom to speak in your mother tounge in any part of the world. Nobody can enforce particular language in worship place. It is unconstitutional and violation of human rights. KONKANI IS ALSO A PART OF KANNADA CULTURE AS IT IS SPOKEN AS MOTHER TOUNGUE IN MANGLORE WHICH IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF KARNATAKA.

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  • Aam Admi, India

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    Cool down guys for God there is no language problem, he can understand any languages even our silent prayers.

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  • nelson d souza, IRELAND

    Thu, Nov 22 2012

    fight for language..its sad..main motive of mass is to pray...u spend the same time for needed or poor people...whole world life has become buisness in the name of god

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  • vincent w miranda, bangalore

    Wed, Nov 21 2012

    your views are hyotheically correct.kindly note the kannadiga govt accepts konkani as subject at schools.just because 20 -25 people along with 5-6 priests think otherwise and create ruckus with ulterior motives you are questioning the intelligence of rest of KANNADIGAS and tolerance of konkani catholics who are better kannada speaking anyway.kindly donot disgrace ROME by comparing these fanatics.It is the question of your faith and ability to pray peacefully to your GOD.After all,you are probably demanding ONE MASS a month and that too NOT in regular timing

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  • Barbara Bayer, Oman

    Wed, Nov 21 2012

    When in Rome, be a Roman as the saying goes,I think one has to respect the sentiments of the localites. However, every language has to be respected. Especially in Churches services in every language hs to be welcomed but, at the same time priority should be given to the local language. Just becaue of any majority one cannot demand for the rights. I would like to know for curiosity sake, if service is held in Kannada language in Mangalore, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, etc.? Like Tamil, Malayalam and English services Konkani also could be implemented for convenience sake but not with a demand and as a right. Karnataka is a land of Kannadigas. If it is tolerating other languages, let us not make it one's birth right to disturb the sentiments of the people. Let not language be a barrier in the name of religion to bring disharmony among the people of Karnataka. Let us learn to live in peace and be united in brotherhood.

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  • f.l.fernandis@yahoo.com, Bangalore

    Wed, Nov 21 2012

    In Bangalore nearly three lakhs konkani people are staying.Just to give the statistics of kannadigas in bangalore for example in Nativity church of vidyaranyapura hardly one dozen kannadigas where as more than ten dozen approxmately 120 houses belongs to konkani people.
    No doubt bangalore is in karnataka state.Priority of kannada exists in church because of state language.kannada is surviving in church because of konkani people.Konkani man knows kannada fluently.More than ninty percent konkani people studied in primary and highschool in kannada medium.Konkani people has a right to say the prayer in konkani.Majority of the people use kannada script for writing konkani.Bible is written in kannada. People are going to church just to pray and get solace to heart.God knows all langauges.Our country has many langauges.Our constitution says unity in divrsity.If you think in that direction it is good for all of us.

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  • RAM, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Wed, Nov 21 2012

    Jyathige Jyathi PAGE...Naige...Nayi..PAGE...!!!???
    Tulu Saying

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  • J.LORETTO, Loretto

    Wed, Nov 21 2012

    The argument is that in karnataka it should be in kannada, my question is that catholics from tamil and kerala are they not in karnataka? And why these so called kannadigas are not attacking their churches and only for Konkani? there is no logic in this. at the same no bishop can go against the vatican II decree which says the mass should be said in the langauage of the faithful. Hence the bishops should take a strong stand without any fear and come what may to introduce here and now konkani massess in all the dioceses and do justice to the vatican council II. So be strong and have courage and stand for the values. May God inspire our spiritual leaders. Pass a decree on konkani Mass.We pray.

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  • anup, mangalore

    Wed, Nov 21 2012

    @DON, MANGALORE
    Reshmi just quoted what JK had said!

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  • DON, MANGALORE

    Wed, Nov 21 2012

    Reshmi Salian, Mangalore, SO DO YOU OR ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBER SPEAK MARATI, KONKANI, TAMIL,TULU,MALAYALAM,TELUGU, BOJPURI,AND SO MANY OTHER LANGUAGES??????? AND THE FUNNY THING IS YOU ARE IN DUBAI, DO YOU SPEAK ARABIC ???? IF YOU THINK THESE DRUNKERS DID RIGHT THEN YOUR ABSOLUTELY NOT A KANNADIGA. THINK IF THE ARABIC MADE THE SAME STUPID RULE LIKE YOU TALK, YOU SHOULD STAY AT HOME SPEAKING KANNADA AND COOKING. BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR NON SENCE.

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  • S K Shetty, Kunadpur

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    If tulu & konkani are the main languagees in m'lore, then why they are not used for any official dealings from panchayat office level any state govt official work. So accept the fact that these are coloqual languages & wil remain so.

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  • Akash Rai Cherkady, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Mar 27 2015

    I agree that Tulu & Konkani are regional languages but what if we do the same to kannada speakers here?
    Considering that only 8% of people in DK speak Kannada as their mother tongue.

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  • tulu mitre, DUbai/mulki

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    if real kannadigas not doing this dirty things...these are all tamil speaking settled bangaloreans...they dont have guts to stop speaking tamil in bangalore...shame on you bangaloreans...Jai tulunad...

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    JK, Udupi/Dubai,

    Whay you did not say 'If you go to Dubai speak Arabic?'. You are in Dubai so do you speak Arabic there?

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  • Arjun, India

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    It's now a wake up call for all people to realize the dangers of narrow minded-self centered ideology such as region/religion/ and all that creates boundary within humanity. Time to unitedly take a stand to respect all and coexist in harmony. What do drunk people know about religious service and prayers anyway! "Tu usse na dar jo kudha se nahi dartha hai..Tu usse dar jo kudha se dartha hai".

    Some people accusing tamils, malayalis to be behind this is not really acceptable, those behind these are savages..not fit to be included in any category of people!

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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Speak your language at home. if you go to Bangalore, speak in Kannada, If you go to Delhi, speak in Hindi, If you go to London, speak in English!!!-JK, Udupi, Dubai..

    Wow..hypocricy at it's best.

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  • Sandesh Shetty, Bangalore/Kudla

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Ramesh Poojary, manglore the people like Kukkikatte have the bad decease of blaming sangh parivar for each and every thing. He will blame sangh parivar even if he has any personal problems also.

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  • Ivan Mendonca , Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Sad to hear about this incident. Shame to those who sow the seed of hatred among Christians based on language and try to divide the community. Let language not divide us but unite us together with Christ. Lord, Forgive them.

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  • R S Monteiro, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    I am sure most of the literate and intellectual class from any language other groups will not vouch for such hooliganism by few misguided elements. It is a pity that the fundamentalist forces ruling this State are working behind the scenes in augmenting this trouble. They are just using those few to create a divide among the community and watch the fun.

    Preaching and practicing religion being fundamental right of every citizen of our beloved nation, these hooligans will not go a long way in forcing any language or their culture on others.

    The contribution of Konkani speaking people in community development is huge and recognized by all. They are more patriotic than these hooligans, which fact is proved through their patience and perseverance without giving room for provocation.

    It is time the Konkani tribe unite and ensure their fundamental rights of practice of liturgy in their own language.

    Let us not be bogged down by these threats but stand united.

    Let us also pray that the Lord may give wisdom to these fundamentalists so that they may join hands in building a just society where all can live in peace and harmony, with human dignity.

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  • jude, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Ref:JK Dubai
    Do you speak Arabic in dubai? First of all do u know arabic fluently.only muslim prayers and mass(for arab countries) r performed in arabic. catholics conduct mass/prayers in their own lang also the Hindus.... Do u speak malayalam if u go to kerala, or tamil in chennai?

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  • Arun , Belman

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Surprised! I don't think these coward people are Kannada activist. Looks like migrated Tamil,Malayam etc hypocrites/fundamentalist creating nuisance for Kannadiga Mangloreans at Church in the name of language.Let B'lore church authorities handover them to K'TAKA POLICE to teach them a KANNADA-KONKANI lesson !

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  • Naveen DSouza, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Wel done Edwin, Dolfy and Team. Keep it up. We are with you.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    If this is allowed to continue, tomorrow they will demand the Friday Juma prayer 'Kutba' to be read in Kannada. It is ridiculous.
    I request the Konkani speaking Catholics to file a mass PIL in Supreme Court and demand the central Govt to intervene.
    Slowly, they are trying to turn Karnataka into another Maharashtra and that will back-fire on state economy and the people of this state will suffer.

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  • Stany D'sa, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    In 1960's the mass was conducted only in latin language. I have some friends who are pure kannadigas, but they speak only in english. In Bangalore mass is conducted in tamil and theaters show tamil and telugu movies. Therefore the kannada activists has no right to say that konkani mass cannot be said in the church.The police must act swiftly and put an end to this non sense.If these Activists has guts let them go to Muslims and ask them to pray only in kannada. These goons have no shame at all.

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  • Jacobnelson, Bejai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    @JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Do you speek Arabic in Dubai?Specially in Malbari-capetaeria and Grosaries??
    In Dubai majority are Malyalam speakers you forgot that too.

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  • Arun, Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    JK Udupi/Dubai
    Do you speak Arabic with your family members or friends & community members in Dubai when you attend any functions or ceremonies. Do you speak in Arabic while making phone calls from dubai to your native place since as per you one have to always speak local language.

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  • Prabhudas, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Whenever there are sporadic events of this sort, be calm and know that this is only the tip of the iceberg!The underlying issues,hurts and pains, unresolved problems and attitudes of people who perpetrate violence are much deeper.Religion as Karl Marx says can be "the opium of people".

    What is needed in a country anywhere in the world,particulary in the sub continent is peaceful co-existence and pro-existence, communal harmony and a collaborative effort towards development of our people and our national development which can only spring from deep love of and respect for others which is truly love of Christ in action.

    Christ is suffering today in the hands of his own so called followers!

    We must distinguish followers of Christ as sheep from wolves!

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  • alwin lobo, mangalore / basavanagudi

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    So sad to hear the news. The so called kannada group does't have the guts to stop tamil mass or malayalam mass which are other state languages. Only they target peace loving/ well cultered konkanis who are part of the karanataka state. Shame on u???

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  • Uday Shetty, Shirva/Doha - Qatar

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Unity in Diversity is the speciality of our home state in general and Undevided Dakshina Kannada in particular. With Due respect to all languages anyone who become fanatic to a language is a nuisance. I have grown up with Konkani Catholics as well as Konkans, I am very much proud to play with them just like fellow Bunts as well, in time of difficult they were the ones avaiable for help in short notice. I support any action which tries to safe guard interest of Konkani without damaging the spirit of Tulu and Kannada.

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  • lloyd, Mumbai/Vietnam

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    God please enlighten the mind of the Illiterate KANNADA ACTIVISTS. "For they know not what they are doing". By the service or prayers being recited in Kannada does not change the faith. Does it?or does faith depend on language.LANGUAGE IS JUST A MEDIUM OF UNDERSTANDING ONE ANOTHER. NO LANGUAGE IS SUPERIOR BY ITSELF.

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  • Santhosh, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi
    Good sence of humor, why can't you try Laughter challenge?

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari G , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Feeling sad over this incident We must learn to respect all languages WHy simply fight over it. Learn to respect each other May God save karnataka state from these fights over silly things like langauge

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  • Reshma Salins, Manglore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    R.Bhandarkar., M please note Kannada Activists were from Karnataka belonging to same faith i cannot say which group might be missionary or protestant who know only one language i.e Kannada not kokani even LORD J might have got confused in this fighting whom to follow GOD BLESS for Fr. of the churches to grand wisdom & knowledge in order not to happen like this incident next & even request to MEDIA not to flame the fire for small incident.HOPE IN THIS BD , RS , RSS , VHP not included otherwise comments would be more than expected GOD BLESS

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  • Tony, Dubai/Udupi

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    What could be the next step of these activists - No entry into Karnataka if one cannot speak Kannada (that includes all tourists from various parts of India & the world)? No entry for Cricketers who wish to play in Chinnaswamy stadium (except for those who speak Kannada)?, No conferences or world events to be held in Karnataka (unless they are in Kannada), No entry for Multinational firms, universities unless they learn Kannada?????? This is getting crazy. C'mon guys be realistic.

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  • Shaan, Manglore/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    For All information please.
    Tulu,Beary Languages are only supplementary of Kannada Language -Konkani, Urdu etc are supplementary of Hindi, However we have to respect all languages because all languages created by God for communicate each other, however any one try to insult Kannada it is not acceptable because of since we are all kannadigaru.Jai Karnataka,Jai Hind.

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  • Peter Pereira, Pune

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Fighting for God, fighting for language, fighting for religion....remeber, the life is very short. Only pray to the creator in any language. He understands silent language of heart than any other languages.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    What's all this?Remember about a call given for 'Unity'some time back in Udipi- Is this for the same cause? What 'Kannada Activists' for Prayer? Does God has 'preference' for any language? Can anybody help me in this? Almost all the'proficient' and Masters in 'Languages 'are non-believers as far as I know! God I thought till now only 'understood' the 'language' of the heart! Really- Think we have reached a point of no return! God- Oh My God! Can he help??

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  • C Dsouza, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Mangalore is called as Eastern Roam...
    This is the diocese where highest number of priests are ordained every year. Even Archbishop of Bangalore is a Mangalorean one.

    We have Tamil Mass in Bangalore parishes. But we dont have konkanni masses in Bangalore..

    This is not new. Even there were fights between Tamil speaking and Kannada speaking Catholics in Bangalore

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  • Alvin, Miyar/Bengaluru

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    here the same religion but different language if it was the same language then the fight would have been for different religion ,it is truly Incredible India

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  • DR SUNIL J RAO, BAHRAIN/MANGALORE

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    It is necessary to remind people like JK that Karnataka was not formed on the linguistic basis, but by an amalgamation of kannada, tulu, konkani, coorgi, malayalam, marathi and many other language speaking people, from british india, mysore sate and nizam's territory, I am a kannadiga(resident of karnataka) who speaks konkanigot a problem with that.?
    In fact karnataka is the only south indian state which is a perfect reflection of the linguistic diversity of India as a whole.

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  • Alan, M'lore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Untill now there were issues with BD or RSS, but whatsoever thay were outsiders..
    A smoke has come out from within a same community. Now, the issue is till when will we hold strong, because.
    "United we will be strong, divided we will fall"
    Are these the moral values what christianity is upholding, fighting in name of language issues. Such Events will surely bring a very good name to the christians

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  • raj, Udupi/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    If we don't love one another and respect each other what is the use of worship.Shame for those who fight for language and religion.Be a human first.

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  • Wilson Monteiro, Bankal/Chikmagalur

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    First of all
    Roman Cathloics church Bishops should come forward and decide to give at least one mass in konkani weekly where we konkani speaking community feel that in Bangalore and Mysore there are mass in Tamil and not in konkani...! High time for Roman Catholics church to decide to give at least one sunday mass in konkani otherwise there will be seperation among catholics soon because of Bishops of these districts.....!and definetely the Bishops of each diocise will be responsible.......!

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  • Gopal Shetty M, Kundapura?Maisuru

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    In Karnataka speakers of Konkani, Tulu,Kodava and Beary languages are also considered Kannadigas and these languages are written in Kannada script. The anguish of Kannada activists is that in other States like Tamil Nadu and Kerala the state language is used by Muslims and Christians also for all purposes. But in Karnataka the majority of churches use Tamil and Malayalam and all mosques use Urdu and Arabic.

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  • Hillary D'Silva, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    In Karnataka people may speak Tulu / Konkani, but is it not their script Kannada? then where is the problem?

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  • Lingappa, Kuppepadavu

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    I think this incident is indirectly related to the home stay attack.

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  • Chetan, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    This is Kannada activists' November agenda.The so called Kannada leaders pay them to 'fight' for Kannada. For these goons this is earning their livelihood. But those behind the curtain, Priests & self proclaimed 'sahitis' are the real culprits. These should be taught an unforgettable lesson. These are no less dangerous than deadly virus.

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  • Yadunath Alva, bajpe

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    They are not kannda gowdas..they are kannada speaking catholics..please remember this.

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  • DAVID FERNANDES, kanakanagar.Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    in Bangalore archdiocese if Telugu mass introduced Kannada mass (prayer)attenders strength will be less than two digit number.

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  • Ric, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    we are from mangalore where konkani and tulu are the main languages and not kannada. Proud to be a mangalorean.

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  • Lloyd Dsouza, Dubai/Surathkal

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Naveen Shetty : Read the article properly they say “Konkanies go to Goa! There is no place for you in Karnataka.” this is impossible in karnataka specially in mangalore....bcoz Konakni almost a secong language in Mangalore,a famous and Loveable Language by all speakers in mangalore. One cannot even think of banning konkani in mangalore, in short its breath of mangalore.

    Konkani dishes are loved by all in mangalore, Konkani culture, Konkani music,and Konkani speakers are also very very famous in mangalore and also in karnataka. So think 1,00,00,000 times before pointing out anything against Konkani.

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  • rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    JK, Dubai

    Your statement is not complete. If you go to China, speak in ....., if you go to Philippines, speak in .....??????? continue my dear ..

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  • Richard L D' Souza, Kulshekar/Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    I sympathise with Capuchin and Carmalite priests who are caught in cross fire. 'Sachidananda'Chapel is run by Capuchin priests who serve belivers steadfastly. Hope better sense will prevail on agitators. I pray lord almighty to save these two congregations from harassment by Kannada activists and law enforcing authorities

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  • MELVY PINTH, MANGLUR

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    WOW JK DUBAI, WHAT AN ENLIGHTENING STATEMENT. I AM SURE YOU ARE A DESCENDANT OF SARVAJNA. BY THE WAY TELL US SOMETHING ARE SPEAKING ARABIC IN DUBAI????

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  • rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    God Almighty understands all languages. Then why these goons want to create a ruckus ???

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    We had several incidents in the past regarding religious or sect related matters. To worsen the situation, people started fighting for language to use to worship GOD. Now GOD might be thinking that these people gone to extreme point where he himself could do nothing to stop this nonsense. Are we heading on the right direction in the name of religion or faith? Do we want to control the religious fervor with language dose too? Did GOD ever instruct anyone to worship him on particular language only? This is really crazy way of following the religion but unfortunately it’s happening only in India.

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  • Christine, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    How petty minded we can turn out to be? Due to advancement in technology the whole world has become a global village and here we are restricting even the expression of faith in ones own language because we happen to live in a State which has Kannada as a language. Why don't we have the good will and understanding and promote brotherhood which is the crux of any religion? Will god be more pleased if all in Karnataka worshiped Him only in Kannada? Won't God be pleased if we all live and love as brothers and sisters children of the same Father - God and worship Him from the language of the heart which is love expressed in ones own language because one feels comfortable and understands what one expresses? God help us to be broad minded and large hearted to embrace everyone as you do.

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  • Ramesh, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    in mangalore we have konkani , kannada , eng n mayalam services .....

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  • Mangalore Man, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Lot of glorification has been done in this article with words to emphasize the attack on Konkani language. I find it silly some people without any background knowledge and any homework just sit and blame the state govt for everything. These people dont even know the same Kannada activists are equally harrassing the state Govt every now and then in the name of Kannada protection.

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  • Vivian Rodrigues, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    This is a good point over which to demand a Konkan State. Ratnagiri, Goa, North Kanara, South Kanara form the Konkan. Even the railway which passes through is named Konkan. Then why not a Konkan State? Why the hell should we put up with this Kannada brigade Gowda nonsense?

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  • Joseph, Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Hindus use Sanskrit all over India for their prayer services and Muslims use Arabic. It is high time, Christians use the Latin language to avoid these problems. This will solve all the problems. Latin was used earlier and there were absolutely no problems at that time and people were more pious and devoted.

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  • William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Dear Catholic Kannadigas, how can you call yourself Catholics or Christans. In UAE there are masses in several languages like Arabic,Spanish, Urdu,Thagalu,English,Malayalam, Sinhlise and Konkani as well. That too in a 100% population are followers of Islam. They have no problem, but why in our own country,same state difference of opinion. Is there a underhand working behind this? Please be human first before you take a step like this.God bless you all.

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  • V.Baretto, Bantwal-Rajajinagar

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Shame to the so called the kannada activists. Everyone has the right to profess in the language they like. Kannada activists has no right to question the language in which the Chaples conduct mass or the leity who attend. When we are comfortable with Konkani or english we should be allowed to profess it.
    Sacchidananda and Sadbhavana are the two chaples who cater the needs of the people in the locality.

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  • Molly Lobo, Bangalore / USA

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    It is basically politics between the different language followers . This happened years ago at St.Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Frazer Town. Even the priests get involved in these things. Then it is the service timings. Kannada first, then Tamil,then English and so on. These people can stoop to such petty issues / things.

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  • Denis Cutinha, Merlapadavu, via Adyar,Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    There is a huge Mangalore Konkani Catholic population residing in Bangalore.So the Church must adjust and have a Konkani mass for it followers.What's wrong ?

    In Mangalore,Milagres Church had a malyalam service till about 10 years ago for the Kerala population.Only after the Malyali Church came up at Kankanady did Milagres Church stopped the service because the crowd dwindled.

    Ultimately, its a matter of adjustment / compromise by both - Church and the followers, although God is everywhere.We can pray even in a dense forest sitting under a tree !

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  • Rusario, Karwar

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    KONKANI LANGUAGE MASS ATTACKED IN BANGLORE CHURCH:There is no A,B,C,D in KONKANI but languge script changes in different languages in different STATES & If they want to stop 'KONKANI' they can never stop 'ENGLISH' because its a INTERNATIONAL language.

    “Konkanies go to Goa! There is no
    place for you in Karnataka.”
    is the bad sentence they drunked & used the KONKANI CATHOLICS in BANGLORE after mass on sunday.

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  • Rocky, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Mr. JK Dubai, do u speak Arabic in Dubai????

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  • jude, mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    So hereafterwards masses will be in kannada, namaz will be in kannada and also my dear hindu friends chants will be in kannada instead sanskrit right........ God save karnataka. This is democratic country and people have full right to use their own langauage.

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  • satish, kudla/sydney

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Out of this topic ...this is my expierence ..once in rajajinagar in a bar & resturanet we had some people warning us not to speak in malayalam ...even though we were speaking in tulu ..since then i hate to hear kannada in kudla...and i use max tulu in kudla even in banks , dot or govt office.

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  • NASRULLA SULTAN, DUBAI/MANGALORE

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    IF BJP GOVT GOES EVERYTHING WILL GO FOR SURE.

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  • Henry Fernandes, Sakleshpur/Kuwait

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Why these type of incidents happens mostly in India. B'coz lack of knowledge since from educationanal curriculum patterns. Government of India Must give our future backbone of Indians the young generation the teaching through educational books to respect all the religions, languages etc.,Sad thing in this incident is that language is dominated rather than religion. Very much shamefull thing is that some of our Kannada speaking priests who are the religious teachers are also joined with such language penatics. Revolution in education, Health, judiciary, corruption, agriculture, science & technology must have come ASAP to be a developed nation. May the Almighty God bless our lawmakers first. A matured bold & honest leader need to come to to change India's fate.

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  • Ramesh Poojary, manglore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Mr. Shashahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi. why u r blaming Sanga parivar and bjp for each and every thing.

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  • Anil, Bangalore / Munich

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Mr JK in Dubai: By your logic, are you speaking Arabic while in Dubai or is this sermonising for us only??

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  • a.v.a, blore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    Few idiots should not determine the secularism of the country and the universality of GOD. Its lucky we dont ask for a separate state, if we do surely we will get all the support but its nice to live with our brothers in harmony. This state was earlier called Mysore, if required we can revert back so that Kannadigas don't associate Kannada with Karnataka.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    These Die Hard Kannada fans don't know how many letters are in kannada ? Who is Datta Treya Ramachandra Bendre ? What is the full name of KUVEMPU ? They know only Kaveri & Annavru..thats all..

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  • J.Salian, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 20 2012

    India is the biggest Democracy in the world and every Indian has a right to pray his or her mother tongue or language he or she comfortable with. Stick on guys these goons should never take away your right to communicate with God in a language you,ve been praying since your birth. You can do it through out the territory of your home land India.

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  • sudhir , mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    @shahnawaz kukkikatte, don't dream daily on sangh parivar it will not effect Sangh or any other hindu related organisation on your wrong dream,and it will not change also,they know very well that what to do,and what not to do?dont blame or dnt give suggestion to sangh for each incident on yur assume bcuse sangh has got his own thinking & command.it will not change by saying you or others grow up.......

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  • Naveen Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Lloyd Dsouza, Dubai/surathkal

    I am sorry dear. In Mangalore it is all about TULU. In Goa, eat konkani, drink konkani and learn konkani..

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  • irfan, udupi

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    in udupi district we use in most of place konkani, urdu , byari, kannada, hindi, english. So if konkani speaking need to go goa then what about byari languare? urdu speaking? what about hindi speaking???? funny ha?

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  • Brandan, Managlore /London

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    in short its called racism.

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  • peter, mlr

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    what an example to the world by followers of Christ in the year of faith. what is more important is it worship or the language in which worship is done. which language prayer reaches faster to God? what is important is the spirit of worship and not the language.

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  • Jacobnelson, Bejai

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    ಭಾಷೆ ಇಲ್ಲದವರಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಸಿಎ ಮಾನ ಮರ್ಯಾದೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟೇ ಕಳಿಸಬೇಕಿತ್ತು

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  • Vivian Rodrigues, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    When we worship we want to express ourselves in a language we understand. We want to say things from our heart to the Lord. Not mouth some words that we do not understand, in a language we do not even know and say we are praying. Imagine if you were to ask someone for something and had to consult third party as to what to say to ask for it and you can never be sure whether that third party has told you the real thing or not. Suppose you ask for bread and get a slap because you don't know the language. At least while praying we have to say the things we want to say in the language that we understand.

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  • SAHIL, DUBAI

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    KONKANI ONE OF THE WELL KNOWN LANGUAGE USED BY KARNATAKA AND GOA FROM LONG BACK.THOSE WHO ATTACKED PUT THEM IN GOA JAIL, ONCE THEY LEARN KONKANI RELEASE THEM.

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  • Vivek, Udupi

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    25 Kannada activists at Saccidananda Chapel better belong to devil's chapel if the language matters them over the use of Konkani during church service

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  • Rohan lobo capuchin, Brahmavar

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    I was the eye witness when this took place in our provincialate. Among The attackers some were christians and others were fanatical members. They were fully drunk. They were not knowing what they were speaking. They used abusive language towards women and priest. They said that we konkani people need to go back to costle area and today we are responsible to divide the catholic church in karnataka on language . Any how they claim to be the protecters of catholic church in karnataka. In bangalore the majority people are tamil christians then konkani then kannada speaking christians. Since they are minority, feel themselves inferiority. Now they want to show their exitence through these ways. Any how we ll not stop celebrating mass in konkani or english. The gowdageri of these pople are backed by some priest who work behind the curtain this is the sad thing.

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  • Edwin Nazareth., Shankerpura. Udipi

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Konkani speaking brothers and sisters, God is with you and we are with you, also our prayers, and support always with you,kannada is the language, it is for all karnataka, even in b'lore, malyalis, Thamils also there, no one can say masses should be in kannada, people who attacked on you, they are not kannadigas, they are may be some Gunda's from sangparivar. attack them back like happen in mangalore.

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    High time to make English as the National language and all other language as regional. Then Indians can truly become patriotic and also be proud of being called citizens of the world. this will ensure employment and peace which is likely to render BJP, KJP will be jobless.

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  • Lloyd Dsouza, Dubai/surathkal

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Kannada activist come to Mangalore, even you learn konkani and go..........becoz here eat konkani,Drink Konkani, Sleep Konkani, Dance Konkani, Speak Konkani

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    People are not allowed to worship in the language they like to worship! We are heading towards serious troubles without getting rid of all these street animals to the Himalayan forests.

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  • ansari, mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    if this starts happening in every state, india cannot remain united. i think english should be made compulsory in schools and english can be the connecting language

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  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    I sincerely, humbly and kindly urge all the priests and all the activists to sit in the negotiating table.
    Don’t fall in love with any particular language. God loves all of us. God knows all languages.
    Love God and fall in love with all languages. God is Almighty and not limited to any particular language.

    Conduct prayers and mass services in whichever language a person comprehends.
    He and she should understand the mass services and prayers in his/her mother tongue
    So as to offer her prayers, wish and will through the core of their hearts to the Almighty God.

    Therefore, make separate, separate timings for mass services so that all perceive, pray and worship God of the Holy Bible in one accord.

    Since God knows all languages conduct prayers and mass services in the known tongues of the masses

    Withdraw the complaint from Police Station.
    File FIR in the Church and that is our Police Station.
    Forgive and forget the incident.

    May God bless you all and keep you close under his love and care so that you may not fall in hands of evil.

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  • Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg Germany

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Every believer should have the right to attend religious services in his/her language. Most important is it to express one´s faith and what is wrong to do that in the own language.
    Konkani speaking Catholics have the right to attend Holy Mass and the mass should be held in Konkani. Especially the language one belongs is important to express faith and convictions.
    There should be dialogue and peace among religions. Religion guide the faithful and expression of religion in the own language must be protected by all means peacefully and legally.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    This attack has been planned and uted with the patronage of Sangh parivar and ruling govt...My advise to the victim community is that next time if any one comes near your institution with the intent of harming you, drag them to their death in self defense and if you kill someone in your self defense, no case shall stand in the court of law. Make that group impotent for rest of their life... This is too much and we must stand against who hijack our freedom..freedom of speech, language, eating habits, worship, faith, dress, culture etc. This attacks and hate are the gift of BJP patrons like Advani, Modi and RSS patrons like Sudarshan, Gadkari...As long as BJP is alive, these unwanted devisive acts will continue so better defeat these communual forces so that they dont take life any more, if one want a safer and free India...

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  • kannadiga, bangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    I feel ashamed to say that i am a kannadiga after this incident. WE ALL MUST FIRST REALIZE THAT WE ARE "INDIANS".. Language is just a means to express our feelings. Every citizen has the right to speak or pray in any language and this right should never be violated. Hope the government wakes up and punishes these hooligans.

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Speak your language at home. if you go to Bangalore, speak in Kannada, If you go to Delhi, speak in Hindi, If you go to London, speak in English!!!

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  • Manohar Veigas, UDUPI

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Those drunken activists should be sent by their leaders first to Belgaum where Black day is observed every year on Kannada Rajyaotsava Dina. Similarly Bandh was called in Belgaum over the death of Bal Thackray on the same day when these drunken activist were posted to trouble the faithful in Rajaji Nagar.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    I sincerely, humbly and kindly urge all the priests and all the activists to sit in the negotiating table.
    Don’t fall in love with any particular language. God loves all of us. God knows all languages.
    Fall in love with all languages. God is Almighty and not limited to any particular language.

    Conduct prayers and mass services in whichever language a person comprehends.
    He and she should understand the mass services and prayers in his/her mother tongue
    So as to offer her wish and will through the core of their hearts to the Almighty God.

    Therefore, make separate, separate timings for mass services so that all perceive, pray and worship the God of the Holy Bible in one accord.

    Since God knows all languages conduct prayers and mass services in the known tongues of the masses.
    May God bless you all and keep you close under his love and care so that you may not fall in hands of evil.

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  • TSPA, Oman

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    There is perfect symphony amongst the Tuluvas,Konkanis and Bearys in Tulunadu.
    There is very little tolerance for non-local languages in other parts of Karnataka. The politicians have poisoned the minds of the people in the name of Language,religion,caste ..you name it ..sorry state split Human Mind.

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  • Ivan Saldanha-Shet, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Namaskara! This kind of thing is Rowdism/Dadagiri pure and simple.
    All Indians are guaranteed by the constitution that they will use any of the language of their choice.Tamil,Malayalam,Telugu Kannada and so on. In prayer any sound is acceptable as the LORD
    can understand anything.It is for the Church authorities to rule on this. Why are all these Kannada speakers going in seriously for English education and so on! This meaningless bashing of the senseless and must be put an end to! Jai Karnataka!

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  • Neil Castelino, Bangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    I am scared that they may ask us to change our blood color...like blue, green, yellow etc...very funny kannada gowdas...

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  • Antony Fernandes, Mangalore / USA

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    With the whole hearted help and support from our fanatic politicians these types of groups want to keep Karnataka always a violent state which was a peaceful state couple of years back. Now a days these fanatics just want to finger at minorities.

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  • Dr Shankar Narayan, Mangalore/Abu dhabi

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Language is meant for communication between human. No country in the world forces to speak a particular language. you have freedom to speak in your mother tounge in any part of the world. Nobody can enforce particular language in worship place. It is unconstitutional and violation of human rights.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Regionalism and language by force are debatable subject.Tulu/Konkani/Beary languages are spoken widely in the districts of Karnataka State.There is no reason Kannada language activists to intervene in this religious ceremony.If the languages are from other states like Malayalam or Tamil then there could be a justifications..

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  • ADARSH RAJ CRASTA, SULLIA/BANGALORE

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    I strongly condemn the attack on konkani faithfuls during the prayer service.Prayers never reach god on the language basis.Christians attacking christians on lanuage basis is really a shame.I dnt understand how can those activists ask mangloreans(kannadigas) to go to goa just because mother toungue is konkani!!!!The way kannada christians demonstrated their anger is not at all acceptable.However,the motivation behind kannadigas asking prayers to be recited in kannada is absolutely right.This is karnataka and kannada is the major language here.Let the things go just like that, one day everything in karnataka would be in malayalam,tamil,hindi and English. This is the reason why christianity has failed to reach kannada speaking people.I do agree that its everyones democratic right to use thier convinient lanuages.But,it shoudnt be at the cost of kannada.Why this things happen only in karnataka???Would tamilians allow this in tamil nadu?Would malayalis tolarate such things in kerala?Then why kannada is attacked in karnataka?If everyone prays or sing in kannada,would God not listen to you.If yes,then why do you people hesitate to pray in kannada, and sing in kannada? Occassionally use of other language is acceptable.But in karnataka,kannada should be given the top priority.Malayalis,tamilians,telugaits,north indians woudnt be so bad in learning kannada and implementing in their lives as long as they live in karnataka.People coming here need everything of karnataka but why not kannada????????
    KONKANI IS ALSO A PART OF KANNADA CULTURE AS IT IS SPOKEN AS MOTHER TOUNGUE IN MANGLORE WHICH IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF KARNATAKA.Tamilians and malayalis supporting konkanis in Banglore is just a drama for their selfish motives.Lets kannadigas,And konkanis should understand the fact or else one day Tamilians&malayalis might ask to add thier langues as offcial languages in karnataka.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore / Kuwait

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Surprising and ridiculous! Konkani activists of all communities are striving to preserve and promote the language, and Kannadigas are preventing them from worshipping in their own language. May I know what is the harm in worshipping in one's own language? It's as good as preventing a person from speaking his/her own mother tongue. This menace has to be stopped immediately, before the situation gets out of control.

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  • Justice smith, Dubai

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Why police failed to book them for drinking and spoiling the peace of people at church?
    It is not police...It is poly force

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    ..Oh my God..how many issues we have to fight & kill each other..God,Religion,caste,festival,politics,language...Unity in Diversity?

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  • A.Noronha, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    God only knows one language The language of love.
    What would these have done, when during our schooldays all masses were in Latin ?

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  • Societal Web, Dubai

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    These things should be handled by people like Eric Ozario who is very influential in this field. Get the right people to work on these kind of issues.

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  • Sunil,

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    How does language come in Between when some one has to worship god , staying in Bangalore for over 15 years i have attended Konkani mass only on sept 8th , other days it is only Kannda, English and tamil . If our Priests cannot be united over language what do they expect the the followers to be united in Lord Jesus . This is politics of preisthood , public got beaten in the end .

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  • Praveen, Kavoor / Muscat

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    This is called " GOWDRA GADDALA"

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    These self styled activists have no right to demand anyone to speak in Kannada.India is a vast country and has several official languages In Democratic India people are free to speak in any language they want.

    These 'petty road side activists' need to be kicked on their rear for their parochial attitude.

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  • Vivian Rodrigues, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    Imagine if these Kannada fanatics get a Bal Thackeray. It will be the end of peaceful coexistence in Karnataka. These drunkards need to get a life. Can you be a Christian/Catholic and actually act in this manner? That too about these issues. How stupid can someone get?

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  • rizwan, Dubai/Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 19 2012

    I am a muslim by faith. Hope these activists will not ask us to recite our prayers in Kannada instread of Arabic !!! They may even ask people to converse only in Kannada and not to use any other language such as English, Hindi etc. Where are we heading sir ???

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