Mangaluru: Jagotik Konkani Songhotton (JKS) organized the 2nd Global Conclave at Kalangann here on August 23, to discuss and pass the Konkani Language Plan for adoption, to ensure a secure future for Konkani language and culture. Delegates from Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE participated in the Conclave.
The Deputy CM of Goa, Francis D’Souza, inaugurated the Conclave, by hoisting the Konkani flag atop the globe. He said that it is the duty of every Konkani to ensure that Konkani lives eternally. Dr Anil Pinto, Registrar, Christ University, in his keynote address, gave a brief overview regarding what Language Planning is. Eric Ozario, Secretary General, JKS, explained the purpose of organizing the Conclave. Shri Tomazinho Cardozo, ex-Speaker of the Goan Assembly and former President of JKS welcomed the gathering, while the newly elected President of JKS, Shri Sidhanath Buyao, Goa, delivered the Vote of Thanks. Irine Rebello compered the Inaugural session.
In the business session, Vasant Shetty, columnist and Kannada language activist and Dr Ravishankar Rao, Mangalore University gave their opinion regarding the Konkani Language Plan – its positive factors and few loopholes. They appreciated the efforts of JKS, which is not a government body, in planning for the future of its language. They also appreciated that the process involved in the preparation of the Language Plan was entirely democratic and all-inclusive.
Eric Ozario, Secretary General of JKS, presented the Language Plan on behalf of the Steering Committee. It was discussed, necessary alterations were made and the gathering unanimously passed the Konkani Language Plan.
It was resolved that;
The Konkani Language Plan would be brought-out as a book including the English version and the Konkani version – in the 3 major scripts – Kannada, Roman and Nagari.
Meetings would be organized in various regions to make people aware of the Konkani Language Plan and to ensure that it is implemented, to the extent possible.
The Steering Committee would work on preparing the Konkani Language Policy Document.
The 3rd Global Conclave would be held on Aug. 28, 2016, to assess the implementation of the Konkani Language Plan and to discuss and pass the Konkani Language Policy Document.
Dr Anil Pinto moderated the entire proceedings of the Conclave.