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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Concentrate on unity for development of Konkani language

The Konkani speaking population should concentrate on unity for the development of the language, said Chairman of Prasarbharathi M V Kamath.

Speaking at the Foundation Day function of All India Konkani Parishad here on Sunday, he said that parents should start teaching Konkani to their children at a very tender age and that the Konkani Sahitya Academy which has been in existence for 15 years, should promote the language by trying to implement its teaching in schools.

Mr Kamath urged to bring in uniformity in the speaking style and pronunciation among the Konkani speakers in different parts of South India.

Dr TMA Pai Foundation Chairman K K Pai stressed on the need of a central secretariat in Goa for the promotion of the language.

He also said that it would be better if Devanagari script is adopted as the common script for Konkani by the speakers in various states.

Stating that Konkani grew and developed without government help, Mr Pai said that the Konkanis have made relevant contributions in various walks of life including other languages.

Episcopal Vicar of Udupi Rev Fr Baptist Menezes was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address, he emphasised the need to instill a love for the language in the younger generation.

President of the Parishad Paul Moras, Executive President Sadanand Kanekar, General Secretary Gokuldas Prabhu, Chancellor of Manipal University Dr Ramdas Pai and Secretary of Dr TMA Pai Foundation H V Kamath along with representatives of the Konkani speaking people from Karnataka, Goa and Kerala were present on the occasion.

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