Goa: HJS organises symposium to create pride regarding regional languages

Ashadh Krushna Pratipada, Kaliyug Varsha 5113

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Inauguration of the symposium by lighting a Samai (an oil lamp)

Inauguration of the symposium by lighting a Samai (an oil lamp)
From Left : Prof. Anil Samant; Mr. Nagesh Karmali, Freedom Fighter; Mr. Ramesh Shinde, HJS; Mr. Paresh Prabhu, Editor of ‘Navaprabha’; Dr. Pramod Pathak, Writer; Mr. Jayesh Thali, GMDSM

Panaji (Goa): Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) had organised a special symposium recently at Sri Mahalaxmi Temple Hall at Panaji, Goa recently in order to convey the importance of regional languages to all and sundry in the state of Goa. Senior Freedom fighter Mr. Nagesh Karmali, Editor of daily newspaper ‘Navaprabha’ Mr. Paresh Prabhu, Educationist Prof. Anil Samant, writer and research scholar Dr. Parmod Pathak, Gomantak Mandir and Dharmik Sanstha Mahasangh state coordinator Mr. Jayesh Thali, and HJS’s Spokesperson for Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat Mr. Ramesh Shinde were present as speakers at the symposium.

The symposium commenced with the recitation of Sri Ganesha’s shlok and lighting the auspicious lamp by Mr. Nagesh Karmali. Mr. Rajesh Korgoaker informed the audience the aim of the said symposium. The speakers present expressed their views on the following subjects. ‘What are the advantages of taking Primary education in the regional language (Mother tongue)?’, ‘Who has conspired to support English language?’, ‘What should be the stand of parents regarding the support to English Language?’, ‘Does personality development of students occur due to studying in foreign languages?’ and ‘Government’s support to English and the stand of the church’. Ms. Sayali Gadgil and Ms. Rutuja Yelegoaker presented the ‘Pasayadan’ before concluding the symposium.

Ms. Anastasia Vaale of France speaks in Marathi!

Ms. Anastasia from France giving answers in the interview in fluent Marathi

Ms. Anastasia from France giving answers in the interview in fluent Marathi

A special feature of the symposium was the presence of French nationals Mr. Cyriac Vaale and his 6 year old daughter Anastasia. Mr. Cyriac has admitted his daughter into a Marathi medium primary school in Goa after studying and realizing the importance of Marathi language. At this time, Mr. Cyriac told the audience that he learnt about the divine features of Marathi and Sanskrit language after visiting India. He also said, ‘I may not be a Hindu by birth, but my soul is Hindu.’ Thereafter, he recited Shree Krushna’s and the Guru’s Shlokas. Mr. Ramesh Shinde, HJS spokesperson for Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat translated in Marathi the points narrated by Mr. Cyriac in English. Miss Anastasia answered all the questions asked by the compere, in fluent  Marathi. She also recited the poem ‘Yere yere paavsaa….’      

At the end of the symposium, the following demands were passed by consensus for submitting to the government amidst slogans of ‘Har Har Mahadev’

1. Government aid being given to English medium primary schools be immediately withdrawn.

2. The medium of instruction for overall education in Goa should be the regional language.

3. The Legislative assembly should function in the regional language.

4.   It should be mandatory for government offices and other organizations to display their name plates in the regional language.

Source: From Our Correspondent

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