Goa State Assembly on Friday passed the resolution according to which the Marathi will be a made an official language of the state of Goa along with the Konkani. The demand for making the Marathi an official language of Goa was in the pipeline for a long time which has finally been fulfilled claimed the sources. Read the complete report here.
The Goa Legislative Assembly has finally passed the long-pending resolution demanding the Marathi to be made an official language of state of Goa along with Konkani. It has also been assured that all the stakeholders will be taken into the confidence.
The resolution was moved by the independent MLA Naresh Sawal on the floor of the house with the private members to make the Marathi as the official language of Goa along with Konkani, which is already notified by the Goa Government. The resolution was amended by BJP MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar, who added that stakeholders and people should be taken into confidence before notifying Marathi as an official language.
The resolution was strongly opposed by another independent MLA Vijay Sardesai who opined that that making the Marathi an official language of Goa will result into the losing the identity of Konkani. “Goa’s unique identity would be diluted if Marathi will be allowed to be made official language along with Konkani,” said Mr. Sardesai adding that “Konkani has been already declared as the official language of the state, which saw widespread agitation during the 80s on the issue. Let the people decide on official language. Legislative Assembly should not decide.”
Goa Vikas Party’s Legislature Caetano Silva and Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco had also strongly opposed the move of making the Marathi as the official language of Goa. “If government notifies the Marathi as the official language of Goa then it would have to face the rift of people of the state,” said Reginaldo.
BJP MLA Vishnu Wagh supporting the resolution narrated historical anecdotes of how Marathi language and its literature have roots in Goa as much in Maharashtra. He accused some of the legislators of speaking in the House on the issue “without knowing the history of the language.”