This talk was divided into two parts. The first one dealt with the perceptions about history that we acquire as we learn history and as we are taught history formally or informally throughout life. The speaker dealt with his own perception of history and the role of teachers of history on teaching history. The second part of the talk dealt with the role of the Jesuits in the use of local languages during 16th and 17th centuries in India and the principles that guided them in pursuing their mission.
Suresh Gundu Amonkar has been active in the field of education since 1954. He was educated in Goa, Bombay and Pune. He taught in Kenya (East Africa) (1956-60), was Headmaster of New Goa’s G.S. Amonkar Vidhya Mandir, Mapusa, and worked as Chairman of Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education and Director of State Literacy
Mission and Adult Education, Government of Goa. He has been associated with numerous socio-cultural-educational institutions. He was Charter President of Rotary Club of Mapusa, secretary and Chairman of Goa Junior Red Cross, State Chief Commissioner, Goa Bharat Scouts and Guides Association, Founder Secretary and President, Goa headmaster’s Association, Councilor (11 Years) and President (1 year) of Mapusa Municipal Council and is Chairman and Trustee of New Goa Educational Trust and G.S. Amonkar Vidya Mandir, Mapusa.
Since retirement he is engaged in translations and publication of Indian classics in Konkani. He has translated DHAMMAPADA from Pali, BHAGVADGITA from Sanskrit, both the above works in prose and metrical verse and TIRUKKURAL, a Tamil classic from secondary sources. He has just completed Konkani translation of JNANESHWARI, a 9033 verse 13th century commentary on the GITA from Old Marathi into Konkani. He has also written ZEN STORIES (ZENACHO DISTAVO) and JATAKA TALES ( JATAKA KATHA) in Konkani. He is currently translating the GOSPEL according to ST. JOHN in Konkani.
He was awarded State Award by Government of Goa in 1978 for his services in the field of education. He is recipient of the Central Sahitya Academy (New Delhi) Award for his translation of Dhammapada for the year 2000. He was elected to Goa Konkani Academy as member for the term 2000-03. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2009.