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Planning Commission Does Its Bit

ANNUAL NUMBER FEBRUARY 1967 Maharashtra did not mark the end of the political evolution of Goa but that it was the first step to the ultimate goal of a Konkani State comprising, besides Goa, the Konkani speaking areas of Mysore and Maharashtra. The prospect of a separate State of their own, in which the Goans would be top dogs, has definitely its attraction, the extent of loyalty which the Konkani language commands among the Goans is by no means clear. It is true that in the census carried out by the Portuguese authorities in 1960 almost 90 per cent of the people gave Konkani as their mother-tongue. However, according to statistics released by the education department of the Goa Government in 1963-64 in Government- run primary schools 45,000 students chose Marathi as the me dium of instruction, While 5,000 chose English, 3,000 Portuguese and a mere 800 Konkani. In the private primary schools 2,500 took instruction in Marathi, 2,200 in English, and 1,300 in Konkani, While an element of pro-Marathi bias cannot be altogether' ruled out in these statistics, they are a significant pointer to the future course of language poll* tics in Goa.

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