Goa: Freedom fighters to boycott function
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Last Updated: Monday, June 13, 2011, 20:27
Panaji: Veteran freedom fighters have decided to boycott the Goa Revolution Day function to register their protest against the state government's decision to recognise English as the medium of instruction (MOI) in primary schools.

Like many others in the state, the freedom fighters, too, feel that the move would prove detrimental to the existence of Konkani and Marathi languages.

All Goa Freedom Fighters Association (AGFFA) president Naguesh Karmali on Monday said that freedom fighters would stay away from the government-held Goa Revolution Day functions on June 18 in Panaji, Margao and Ponda.

Goa Revolution Day is celebrated to commemorate the day when the state's liberation struggle against the Portuguese rule received a boost after freedom fighters had given a call to fight against the colonial power.

Karmali claimed that government's decision on MOI will enslave the people to the colonial heritage. However, the freedom fighters will pay homage to their fallen colleagues after the government function.

The Goa government on May 25 had recognised English as the MOI in primary schools, a decision that has sparked protests across the state.


First Published: Monday, June 13, 2011, 20:27

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