Mesquita for preserving Western Ghats
Commissioner of NRI Affairs Dr Wilfred Mesquita called for preserving the natural heritage of the Western Ghats especially in view of the vast resource of medicinal plants that the region harbours.
Mesquita was speaking at the inaugural function of national seminar on the contribution of three Konkanis — Ranga Bhat, Vinayaka Pandit and Appa Bhat who contributed for a thesis of medicinal plants termed Hortus Indicus Malabaricus.
Hortus Indicus Malabaricus (meaning Garden of Malabar) is a comprehensive treatise that deals with the medicinal properties of the flora of Kerala. Originally written in Latin, it was compiled over a period of nearly 30 years and published from Amsterdam during 1678-1693.
The work was edited by a team of nearly a hundred, including physicians such as Ranga Bhat, Vinayaka Pandit, Appu Bhat among others.
“This region, the Deccan Plateau and the rivers that flow from it, contribute nearly 40% of India’s water. Goa shares this bounty of nature. We must be careful with the wealth of this natural bounty,” Dr Mesquita said.
He praised the organisers, the Goa Konkani Akademi for bringing together the seminar.
The two day seminar will explore among other issues the history of Konkanis in Kerala, a linguistic analysis of Konkani in the Hortus Malabaricus and other medicinal as well as linguistic aspects of the book. [H]