And we have just finished with the Peace Day celebrations remembering the devastations of Hiroshima by the ‘Little Boy’ on 6 August and the by the ‘Fat Man’ of Nagasaki on 9 August, 1945. And while we were remembering these far away occurrences which took place some 61 years ago, we Goans in Goa have been totally unaware that the Congress Party in
Goa, which has been nurtured by Goans for the past 26 years since 1980 has been quietly putting together a deadly bomb named ‘Mad Man’ to be exploded over Goa with a special capacity to cut away the mother tongue of
Goans. And threatened by the invasion by the Goan Tiatrists, demanding concessions for their secondary tongue, the Congress Party’s war room decided to explode the ‘Mad Man’ right over the heads of Goans so that they could lose their tongue altogether and go mad in the bargain.
And I could understand all this coming from the war room of the Congress party in Goa which has been heavily infiltrated by people like
Rane, Khalap, Ravi, Shirodkar, Narvekar and others whose first love is Marathi, the language of
Maharashtra, rather than Konkani, their mother tongue which has given them their strengths and positions in life. Once a traitor, always a traitor is all I have to say. But I will never understand our very own prominent tiatrist Goan in the person of Wilmix Mazarello who has the cheek to give the following statement in the Goan Observer in the aftermath of this devastating CLP’s decision: “Romi script protagonists are not objecting to giving equal status to Marathi. We want all Goans to live happily as first class citizens of Goa – no Goan should be treated as a second-class citizen of Goa” The question here is “Who is Wilmix Mazarello to make a statement like this??”
Having been just back from
Chorao, where I had attended the Peace Day function organized by ‘NEST’, when I went through the Sunday papers and came to read the above on the Goan Observer, with Wilmix’s cheesy smiling mug pasted on it, it was like a bolt of lightning that struck me. This was the man I had called just a few days ago, as soon as I came to know the CLP’s decision on giving the official status to Marathi along with Romi
Konkani, to ask him if he had wetted his pants enough being happy with hocking Goa’s mother tongue for petty concessions at the feet of people who do not recognize mother Goa itself, let alone its tongue. All they are interest in is the next election. And this is the man who had allayed my fears and had said “Let us sit down and talk this out” he being aware of my stand that tiatrists had no business falling at the feet of the likes of Babush Monserrate for Konkani which belongs to Goans as a whole. I had warned the Romi brigade that the politicians will use them for their own ends. As a reflex action, I picked up the phone and put a call through to
Wilmix. And the conversation that followed at after 3 p.m. Sunday, is something like this:-
Flo: Hello Wilmix, Boro mhure? Floriano here.
Wil: Hello Floriano, tell me.
Flo: I have the Goan Observer with me. A lot of photographs and views about the
Konkani issue on page 6. But yours takes the cake. Have you seen the GO?? Here, I
shall read it for you……..
Wil: I have not seen the GO but someone called me to tell me that.
Flo: Well, Wilmix, I just called to tell you that you are a b*****d and a prostitute for
saying something like that, and also to tell you that I want to punch your b****y
face when we meet next.
Wil: Good you called me. That is not the statement I have given to some woman who
called me for my views. I never said something like that. I have been totally
misquoted. I promise you that.
Flo: If that is so, which I doubt, you better tell Rajan Narayan to put a disclaimer. The
sooner the better. Otherwise with a statement like that you are finished.
Wil: Are you attending tomorrow’s meet at Grace Church
Flo: Yes, very much. See U there.
At the Grace Church meet Monday evening, if I am given the opportunity to say a few words, I shall vehemently denounce Wilmix’s statement in the Goan Observer to start with. Secondly, I shall state that tiatrists are not the only stake holders of Goa and
Konkani. That Goa’s mother tongue belongs to all Goans, wherever they may be. That Marathi is not Goa’s mother tongue. That it is the tongue of Maratha settlers in Goa and that it is the language of their religion. That Marathi had no business being even mentioned in the Official Language Act, 1987 in the first place. That the mention of the Marathi language cannot figure and shall not figure in the Goa’s Language Act. That all and any mention of Marathi must be removed from the Official Language Act, 1987 and the section 2(c) therein must be amended to remove ‘KONKANI MEANS KONKANI IN DEVANAGIRI’ so that only KONKANI remains the Official Language of
Goa. Let Romi and Devanagiri and for that matter any other script or scripts find their own levels in promoting Goa’s Mother tongue
Let this be the demand of all bonafide Goans who love
Konkani. Goans have and should not have any problem with Marathi as a language in the same manner that Goans have no problem with any language as such. Let languages find their own levels. But, never in the future, Goa and Goans must have this problem about the status of Konkani as its sole Official Language. And let this task be laid at the feet of Goa’s ruling politicians and their parties. If this demand is not forth coming, unseat them in the likeness of the explosion of the ‘Little Boy’ and the ‘Fat Man’ over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Viva Konkani ! Viva Goa! Viva Goemkars !