Quoting the UNESCO, Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar made a strong pitch for continuing elementary education in mother tongue while admitting that his stand would lose him some good will.
He pointed out that the UNESCO has resolved that primary education ought to be done in the mother tongue and clarified that this was not the Bharatiya Janata Party’s recommendation, but that of an international organization respected the world over.
While urging elected representatives to desist from playing to the galleries and adopting populist measures, he warned that Konkani would be exterminated in the next few years, if English was allowed to be the medium of education at primary level.
He opined that Konkani, the mother tongue of Goans, would be reduced to being a merely spoken language and ultimately a mere dialect in the next two generation if English is permitted to be the medium of instruction.
He argued that Marathi does not face this eventuality as it enjoys protection in neighbouring Maharashtra and urged that Konkani, the language of Goa has to be not only protected, but also promoted.