Friday, July 30, 2010

Konkani is dying …

Konkani is in very bad state , as unesco has mentioned 196 indian languages are endangered in India …hat means these languages are dying because people are not aware about their own mother tongue and even Indian government is not taking much care , for ex chattisgarhi , maithili, haryanvi , santali , bhojpuri , marwadi, garhwali , kumouni , dogri , awadhi and pahadi all are north Indian languages , thease speakers have started speaking in hindi and even they feel shy to speak their mother tongue . 

In same way in south India tulu and kodava people have started adopting kannada,. badaga , toda and kota people are adopting tamil this is because these laguages are not recognized and these languages are treated as tribal languages …

So if we take Konkani, its also in same condition bcoz konkan region is geographical distributed in different states , Konkanis in maharastra have adopted marathi and thet feel shy and low in the society if they speak their Konkani dialect like sangameshwari and malwani and they think by speaking marathi keep up their standard..

For ex the younger generation chitpavans even doesn’t know that there is a language called chitpavani which is a dialect of Konkani and they proudly say that they are marathis not only chitpavans even gsb , rsb , daivadnya and many Konkani speakers call themselves as marathis that’s the reason year by year marathi language census is increasing and Konkani is decreasing .. In ratngiri and sindudurg there are 8 lakh people but census board has mentioned that there are only 45 thousand malwani speakers , this is because Konkanis don’t know that malwani is a dialect of Konkani …

As every one knows goa is called as Konkani state but in goa there are more number of marathi schools than Konkani medium schools, there are is no Konkani national doordarshan channel in t.v, no Konkani F.Ms, even in temples hindu Konkanis do prayers in marathi and with marathi population of goa , konkanis converse with marathi and not in Konkani…. It looks like respecting someones mother in their own mother land…

If we take this issue in Karnataka , Konkani is in good state but south canara konkanis like to speak local langues in public places thats the reason Konkani is written in kannada script and they don’t have that attachment like all konkanis are one they like to call themselves as mangloreans . but in every household we here only Konkani but todays younger generation don’t converse in Konkani with other Konkani caste , they like to speak in tulu , kannada and Malayalam in public with other Konkani pals…

Actually in undivided south canra( mangalore , udupi and kasargod ) Konkanis are working hard for the upliftment of Konkani language even they are staying in tulunadu region .. but north canra is homeland of Konkanis where Konkani is common language spoken in public but then also people are not much concentrating on Konkani..

Konkani is dying because konkanis are changing their mother tongue like Catholics have started speaking English , nawayath muslims are adopting urdu , chitrapura saraswats are using kannada , ..

This should be stopped as early as possible otherwise in few years Konkani will extinguish from this world… I request all konkanis to speak in Konkani and even teach Konkani to their children and use Konkani wherever necessary , it may be any dialect try to understand , read kokani magazines , books , ask your children to take Konkani as one of their subjects in school, avoid marrying out of Konkani caste , konkani is beautifull language lets conserve it , develop it and proudly call it as our mother tongue …


  1. Nice Article Vishal..keep writing.. aani ekhada lekh konkani madhye pan lihi...I want to read pure konkani article. keep it up

  2. maka devangari tittle yena.. but aav borunk try kartha

  3. devnagrin na lihile tari chalat...Roman madhe konkani li..tuzo ek tari navin lekh yevde..


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