26th November is Chandrakant Keni’s birth anniversary. An icon of the
Konkani movement and the Opinion Poll who dedicated his life to draw the
country’s attention to our native language.

In his death on 3rd February 2009, Goa lost a very distinguished son. The
very articulate and versatile Chandrakant Keni never retired. Always had
that zeal and determination to keep going.  Besides being a distinguished
journalist, he was an outstanding writer who wrote in Konkani, Marathi,
Hindi and English. His writings were thought provoking and his language was
simple, clear and comprehensible. The very humble, unassuming and
outspoken, Chandrakant Keni even in his last few years despite his very
failing health was always on the move with passion and resolve.

I had the opportunity to first interact with the very knowledgeable and
resourceful Chandrakant Keni in January 1979 during our student agitation
for 50% bus concession. Our relationship later strengthened over the years.

Chandrakant Keni had firmly asserted that Goans owed it to themselves to
preserve their unique culture while lamenting the Goa government’s
uncoordinated educational and industrial policy while being very persistent
that Goans outside Goa should integrate and participate in the development
and future of their land.

In 2001 when Chandrakant Keni was appointed as Chairman of Goa’s NRI Cell,
he got then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to appoint me as Vice-Chairman,
a government post I flatly declined to accept as I was fighting against
various illegalities of the government. Chandrakant Keni was very upset but
he respected my decision.

Though we had a 25 year age difference we understood and respected each
other’s views. He was a very caring person, always very concerned about me.
I was blessed to have known the very outstanding Goan Chandrakant Bab Keni.
A very sincere and dedicated true Goan he always was.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues

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