Panaji: Goa government has postponed two of
its main awards following reports that artists and writers in
the state had decided to disrupt the functions in protest
against English being made the Medium of Instruction (MOI).
"Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has postponed the
functions for awarding the `Yuva Srujan Puraskar` and `Kala
Gaurav Puraskar` that were scheduled to be held here today and
tomorrow respectively," a state government spokesman said.
Both are important literary awards given by the state`s
art and culture department.
The Goa government`s move to defer the award functions
stems from the warning given by Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch
(BBSM) to disrupt all the government functions.
The BBSM, in a meeting held yesterday which was attended
by over 120 representatives from different cultural
organisations, had appealed artists and writers to return all
the awards given to them by the state government.
Two noted writers from the state - Vishnu Surya Wagh and
Devidas Amonkar - had reportedly decided to return their awards
during the ceremony today.
On May 25, Goa government had announced that English
would be a medium of instruction along with Konkani and
Marathi in the state.
Various academicians and parents, who have come together
under the banner of BBSM, fear that government`s move will
spell doom for the Indian languages.