“As long as the use of Konkani language in religious activities continues in our churches, there is no threat to the survival of Konkani but in order topromote and develop Konkani language,we need more writers as well as readers,” opined Fausto V Da Costa, Editor, Gulab and Goan Review magazines.
He was speaking after releasing two books in Konkani in Roman script– ‘Noitik Jivitache Rong’ and ‘Thoddem Monantlem, Thoddem Kallzantlem’ authored by Fr Eusebio Gomes sfx and Fr Jose Silveira sj respectively. Published by Dalgado Konknni Akademi, the books release function was held at the Reginaldo Conference Hall of Dalgado Konknni Akademi.
Speaking further, Da Costa said that the content of the articles in the two books does not only give information but drives the reader to ponder on the various issuesdealt in the books, be they social, political or religious. He said that Fr Eusebio Gomes belongs to Pilar Society while Fr Jose Silveira is a member of Jesuit society and that these two organisations have done yeomen service to promote and develop the Konkani language.
Tomazinho Cardozo, President of Dalgado Konknni Akademi, in his address, agreed with Da Costa that the number of readers in Konkani is on the decline and that the love towards Konkani displayed by Goans during the language agitation in 1987 is not seen among Goans in the present times. Every Goan takes trouble to learn English, not because they love it but because it helps them to get a decent job.
If Konkani language was given the same status of English while selecting for employment, Konkani language would have not suffered so badly. The policy makers of Konkani language have messed the future of Konkani language, he said in conclusion.
Vincy Quadros, the Secretary of DKA, in his welcome speech, informed the people about the activities of DKA and said that DKA has already started efforts to increase the readership of Konkani newspapers and magazines.
Fr Eusebio Gomes, the author of ‘Noitik Jivitache Rong’ and Fr Jose Silveira, the writer of ‘Thoddem Monantlem, Thoddem Kallzantlem’ also spoke on the occasion.
Fr Apolinario Cardozo, the director of Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, Porvorim, Bro Eusebio Miranda, editor of Vavraddeancho Ixtt, and Dr Raphael Fernandes were among those who attended the function. [H]