Margao, December 22 (GCCurrentAffairs) Paying rich tributes to Goa’s one of the finest Konkani writer and linguist, Margao Municipal Council today named a Square in the city after her.
Renowned thinker and writer Dr Suresh Amonkar was present for the function to name the square after Late Madhavi Sardesai.
Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai, who is also younger brother of Late Madhavi along with writer Datta Nayak were also present on the occasion.
Espousing a cause of Konkani language, Sardesai urged Goa Youth Forward to take up for the cause of Konkani at the place like Goa Airport, where announcements should be made in Konkani language.
Recalling the day when he had gone to receive, Late Madhavi at the Airport with a wheel-chair, Sardesai said that she was upset over the increased projection of Casinos and also lack of announcement in Konkani language.
“When she was brought back from Mumbai, I had gone to receive her to get her back on a Wheel Chair. She was upset that after arrival, the Airport was full of Casino advertisement and there was no mark of Konkani on the Airport,” he said.
“I feel that Goa Youth Forward should take up this issue. If there is no announcement in Konkani when flight lands at Goa Airport, then all these Airlines should be stopped. We should project our language first,” Sardesai said getting nostalgic about his elder sister, whom he said “was a fighter for Konkani language.”
“She was not only sister but the fighter for Konkani language without any compromise. She has always put forth Konkani, Goemkarponn and Goem,” the minister said.
“When I became MLA for the first time, she called me, and questioned why I did not put the Question on the floor of the House in Konkani. She was so much firm over the thought that we should take Goa forward through Konkani,” Sardesai said.
“She was also aggressive and activist. She was on the forefront during Konkani agitation. Konkani should be everywhere in Goa,” he said.
Dr Suresh Amonkar addressing the gathering congratulated MMC and Vijai Sardesai for honouring late Madhavi.
“Late Madhavi was a global citizen, we cannot differentiate as Goan, Madgaonkar or Indian,” he said. “I have been interacting with her since her childhood, and I have seen how she has been growing under the able guidance of her maternal uncle late Ravindra Kelekar,” he added.
Writer Datta Nayak said that besides being the best writer, she was down to earth person. She is still alive in the form of magazine “Jag” which she was editing when she was alive.
Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Babita Angle remembered her as the one who lived the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. She had adopted the lifestyle of Gandhi and she always wore khadi throughout her life.
She was a linguist who gave the much deserved position for Konkani language. She also won Sahitya Academy award for her book Manthan little before her demise.
Angle recalled how Late Madhavi was never arrogant and was always soothing personality.