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Goan writer Damodar Mauzo has received the prestigious Jnanpith Award, the country’s highest literary honour, from state Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai. Addressing a gathering after presenting the award on May 27, 2023, the governor said Mauzo is the “epitome of the Konkani literary culture. “Damodar Mauzo’s stories present us with vivid glimpses of the richly diverse, cosmopolitan reality of contemporary Goa. In these perceptive, keenly observed stories Hindus, Catholics and Muslims all find ways to co-exist, in defiance of bigotry,” says Amitav Ghosh.

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