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    Utt Parsekar, utt

    Reacting angrily to a comment in the Herald under the title ‘Utt Goenkara Utt’, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar insisted that he did not want the advice of outsiders to run his government. I am compelled to become involved in the debate, if only by virtue of the fact that it was I, during my tenure as editor of Herald for two decades who had first used the expression ‘Utt Goenkara’. In fact, I recall that for months together, during the agitation to secure recognition for Konkani as the exclusive official language of the state, I used to write an editorial on the front page everyday under the title ‘Utt Goenkara’ to mobilise Goans to join the battle for giving Konkani mai her rightful place in Goa, which had been usurped by Marathi maushi.

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