Eric Ozario, founder of Mandd Sobhann, a Konkani cultural organisation, said here on Saturday that multi-script and not mono-script was best for Konkani.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Scripts and languages of modern India, with special reference to Konkani.” The seminar was organised by Jagotik Konkani Songhotton (JKS, Global Konkani Organisation) and chaired by Valerian Rodrigues, professor, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Mr. Ozario, who is general secretary of JKS, said that following the seminar, the JKS would establish a database of information regarding books published, journals, periodicals, and writers and readers in each script. It would organise a global assembly to deliberate on the script issue and come to a decision by the end of the year, he said.

Mr. Ozario proposed to request the Sahitya Akademi to consider all scripts equally for awards, grants, projects, and assignments.

The objective of the seminar was to seek expert advice and outside intervention on the script controversy. The other objective was to create an intellectual base to democratically resolve the issue, which had so far been tackled emotionally, he said.

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