Oa's red hot embers. Starting with Ooth Marathe Ooth (Wake up Marathas,
wake up), Athavle, who supports Rane, has carried on a relentless battle
to show that Konkani is a 'boli' (dialect) and not a 'bhasha'
(language). Athavle has published some 25 eminently forgettable novels,
and has had a lackluster career in Lok Satta, the Marathi daily of the
Express group. Athavle gets quite alarmed when someone mentions 'Vishal
Gomantak' (Greater Goa), which to him means 'expansionism'. But he has
no qualms at all when he says that Goa should finally merge with
Maharashtra because "their cultures are the same". In his zeal to
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