Mangalore, Jan 15: Eric Ozario, secretary general of JKS said that the All India Konkani Writers’ Organization promoted by Jagotik Konknni Songhotton (JKS) will be launched at Kalaangann, Mangalore on January 19, Sunday.
Addressing the press meet held at Press Club on Jan 15, Wednesday, he said that around 100 Konkani writers from Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala will assemble to pass the Constitution, elect the committee and the office-bearers, and chalk out the plan of action.
He also said that the organization will also felicitate Guinness World Record holder and ace swimmer Gopal Kharvi on behalf of the Konkanis of the world.
He also said that although Konkani is written in 5 scripts (Kannada, Roman, Devanagari, Malayalam and Perso Arabic), and though the literature in Kannada, Roman and Devanagari are prolific, a small coterie of Devanagariwadis have exercised a deadly stranglehold on the Konkani movement for the past 75 years, due to which, literature in scripts other than Devanagari have been starved of all benefits and facilities available to Konkani.
He also said that JKS is unhappyfor not appointing the president and members to the Konkani Academy and urges to appoint it without any further delay.
Litterateur Dr Edward Nazareth, writer, publisher and activist Vitori Karkal, senior litterateur Flt Lt Edwin Netto, IAF (retd) and Mandd Sobhann secretary and writer Irine Rebello were present at the press meet.