“It is indeed sad that in the Golden Jubilee year of Goa’s liberation from the Portuguese rule, the present government is trying to do what the Portuguese failed to do,” quipped Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) while reacting to the government’s decision over the medium of instruction.
Recalling that the last Portuguese Governor General in Goa Vassalo de Silva had tried to prohibit use of Devnagiri script and local languages in 1958, Subhash Velingkar, Executive Committee member of BBSM said the government’s decision will spell death knell for the local languages in Goa.
He accused the Congress led government of denationalizing the educational system in the State and said this will not augur well for the culture and identity of Goa and Goans in future.
BBSM Convenor Shashikala Kakodkar, a former chief minister of Goa, said the Congress Party will pay a heavy price for this decision at the next elections.
Former IAS officer Arvind Bhatikar who has received a lot of flak for opposing English as a medium of instruction despite managing a school that has English primary school, said the majority of Goans will rise at the opportune moment to teach the government a befitting lesson.
The Bharatiya Janata Party termed the government’s decision as a “black day” for the regional languages.