The media uses the language that people speak in their day-to-day lives, so if the Marathi media uses English words it is because youngsters today understand them better.
This was the defence presented by Bharatkumar Raut, editor of Maharashtra Times and Rajiv Khandekar, chief editor of Star Majha when questioned about the Marathi media’s role in the decline of the Marathi language on Sunday.
On the second day of the 84th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held in Thane, the two journalists and four others from the filed of politics, education and literature faced a mock trial on the decline of the Marathi language.
The six ‘accused’ included Congress leader Srinivas Patil, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Shirish Parkar, poet Ashok Naygaonkar and educationist Bhau Gavande. They were ‘interrogated’ by journalist Nitin Kelkar and compere, Vasanti Vartak.
Retired high court judge, BN Deshmukh, was the judge for the ‘trial’. The charges included: Lack of quality in Marathi schools’, usage of English words in Marathi by the media, and the use of Marathi in city courts’. At the end, Justice Deshmukh pronounced the judgment that the responsibility of saving Marathi from decline rests with the Marathi society as a whole.