Mangaluru: “There are enough blind beliefs and irrational thinking among Konkani speaking people. At the same time, one should not forget that famous rationalist and thinkers like D D Kosambi was a from Konkani speaking community. Similarly, Kudmul Ranga Rao, an associate of Gandhiji, who fought against social odds was also from the same community. Soon after Gauri Lankesh was killed the investigating team released a list of rationalists and thinkers who were on the hit list. Among the top four two were again Konkani speaking thinkers”, said Rationalist and Thinker, Prof. Narendra Nayak, here on Sunday, December 16.
He spoke on the occasion after releasing a special edition of ARSO Konkani Monthly here at Sahodaya located in Balmatta.
Narendra Nayak said, “Indian Constitution has given every citizen the right to practice the religion of his/her choice. Similarly it is the constitutional right of an individual abstaining from practicing any religion. No one has to live in this country at the mercy of any other religion.”
“Constitution does not differentiate with any religion and it does not say that ‘We the Hindu people, We the Muslim people or We the Christian people.’ The constitution clearly says ‘We the people of India.’ So believer or atheist everyone has equal right in this country. But it is sad that systematic efforts are being made to silence the dissenting voices, which is not a healthy development”, he added.
Basti Vaman Shenoy honored the judges of Vishwa Konkani Kendra – Poetics Konkani poetry competition Smt. Shakuntala R Kini and Fr. Jo. Cy Siddakatte and distributed prizes to the winners.
In his presidential address, Basti Waman Shenoy said “ Konkani speaking people are spread across the globe. But there very few are tirelessly working for Konkani. At Vishwa Konkani Kendra we don’t keep photo or image of any God or Swamiji. Language has no religion. It is a binding factor”.
Melwyn Kolalgiri spoke about the Vishwa Konkani Kendra Poetics Konkani poetry competition and announced the results.
“Grass” by Rohan Adkabare bagged first place with a cash prize of Rs. 5000, “Jiyemk Ashetham Aplepon” by Tara Laveena Fernandes, Kinnikambla won second place with a cash prize of Rs.3000 and “Kavichya Patkachim Patti” by Jaison J Sequeira, Gurpur won third place with a cash prize of Rs.2000.
The prize also included a certificate and a memento.
H M Pernal introduced Team ARSO to the gathering.
Roshu, Bajpe Associate Editor of ARSO welcomed the guests.
Stany Bela, Editorial Board member proposed the vote of thanks.
Vishwa Konkani Sardar Basti Vaman Shenoy, Wilson Kateel Editor, Roshu, Bajpe Associate Editor and Editorial Board Members Stany Bela, Melwin Kolalgiri, Eddie Sequeira and Printer, Publisher of Arso H M Pernal were present on the occasion.