The discussions in the national capital over the Medium of Instruction (MoI) has once again brought to fore the North-South divide in Goa with representatives from North Goa plugging for status quo while those from South Goa pitching for English.
Politicians from North Goa like Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlikar and former MP Ramakant Khalap demanded that status quo be maintained while those from South Goa like PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho asking for inclusion of English.
The North-South divide has always prevailed in Goa right from the time of the Opinion Poll where North was in favour of merger with Maharashtra while South wanted to remain independent. Subsequently, the North-South divide was also noticeable during the language agitation which resulted in Konkani being declared the official language of the State.
On Wednesday all the stake holders met Congress Leader Oscar Fernandes, whose mother tongue incidentally is Konkani, and are now scheduled to meet Union Minister for Human Resources Kapil Sibal on Thursday.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who dashed to Goa to inaugurate the Crafts Mela at Margao on Wednesday evening refused to divulge any details of the discussions and is scheduled to fly back to Delhi on Thursday morning.
However Forum for Rights of Children’s Education (FORCE) was hopeful of a positive outcome from the discussions.
Mauvin Godinho opined that given the complexities involved, the decision is likely to be announced only on 22nd May and not 20th May as stated earlier.