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Mangaluru: Aloysians stand united in peaceful protest against renaming of road, call for support


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (PMD)

Mangaluru, Jun 29: The students and staff of St Aloysius College (Autonomous) staged a big protest against the renaming of St Aloysius College Road, in the Eric Mathias Hall on campus on Thursday, June 29.

Hundreds of students were present with placards, voicing their dissent.

The protest also took to social media, where pictures and feeds converged on instagram with the hashtag #SACroad.

"Mulky Sundararama Shetty, who was the managing director of Vijaya Bank has indeed contributed a lot toward the development of the bank. During his tenure, many people got jobs in the bank. He is instrumental in obtaining jobs for scores of people from this district as well. His work has been commendable, without downplaying his achievements, the change called for, in this case, is unjustifiable. The stretch of road from Ambedkar Circle to Bunts Hostel can be named after him. Around 1970, Light House Hill Road was renamed St Aloysius College Road. Recently, we went with a compromise proposal, but the union vouching for change rejected it. Many local MLAs and MLCs also supported the government and corporation without enquiring with us, and gave the change in road name a go signal. We will have to take stronger measures to restore the prestige of the college," said Richard Gonsalves, vice principal of the LLR block in the college, expressing deep hurt by the staff members, students, and management.

"I was impressed by two placards by students, about this being 'not just about the road, but the respect you give to St Aloysius'. We are not making society and the government responsible for naming the road after institute. But asking them whether the change from its current name is justifiable. Former students must join hands to fight this," urged N G Mohan, former president of SACAA.

Democracy and technicalities

"This move is elusive to democracy. This sort of democracy does not give you opportunities. The police say that we cannot protest. But we are holding peaceful protest within the campus, so why not? They speak of technicalities. They ask where is the record. This institute was started in 1880, and the corporation asks for records. Speaking of technicalities, where was the MCC 40 years ago? It was just a municipal office. And yet they ask us for records. There was a press conference by Vijaya Bank too, recently, asking if there were any records. The Jesuits came to the Light House Hill Road 137 years back. It was a barren land then, on which they created a sea of humanity. Jesuits' innumerable sacrifices for the institution are being sidelined by the politicians who only profess their own list of works. This is a good farewell message too for students that 'one should have a value based life for everyone else sake'. The change of road name has been strategically placed on a Sunday, but we will show our strength in numbers through former students, staff, families of students against this. Let us not depend on a minister or MLA, but strive together for the cause. The stretch was, is and will always be SAC road," said Dr A M Narahari, registrar of the college.

Student president Aman gave an electric speech on what the institute meant to him as a student, one among the generations of students, who has been enriched by the institute. He demanded respect where it was due. Students together chanted the three magical letters 'SAC' in a powerful chorus, ringing loud and clear, the sound of protest.

Fr Dr Praveen Martis, principal of the college concluded, urging students past and present to join in the protest without fear, to keep the honour of the institute, and to uphold natural justice. This momentous struggle will be etched in the history of the institute as of one the great victories.

He clarified that showing regard for section 144, and thereby honouring the law of the land, the protest was held within the campus.
 
The official renaming of the stretch to Mulky Sundararama Shetty road has been postponed from Jun 29, but would take place on Sunday, July 2, it was informed at the protest.

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  • Kaif, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I am for St.Aloysius college 🏫 road.

    I denounce Mangalore corporation's decision for renaming.

    Name it as ST. ALOYSIUS COLLEGE ROAD
    LETS US RISE UP

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  • vinita dsouza, mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Why should SAC road be named by some other person! The College is a landmark and whatever be the change in the name we will always call it SAC Road itself. Why can't officials name some other road by Mulky Sirs name. This is just an excuse to cause chaos and unrest.

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  • Clifford DSouza, Aloysian & Rtd. Banker, Kadri/Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    St. Aloysius College has immense goodwill among Mangaloreans. I strongly object to the renaming of the road. With due respect to Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty, we would all appreciate if any road leading to MSR Shetty College, Shirva be named after him.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Never mind shifting vijaya bank from that road, but we do not want any new name.

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  • Francis d cunha, Bondel

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Honestly speaking it was known as Light house hill road all these Years.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Fine. If that is the case name / re-name it as St. Aloysius College Road. Not by any other name as this is the only name it deserves.

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  • Jude Rego, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Very surprising that our elected representatives are the chief guests for the ceremony as advertised by the organisers. Shame on them for attending this and support a move to rename a road named after an Iconic institution like St. Aloysius. Renaming the road which is presently named as St. Aloysius Road after a person who is not from Mangalore is not only foolish but hurts the sentiments of tens of thousands of students, many of whom are legendary.
    I request the people who are behind this move to try to get M.G.Road in Bangalore renamed to Mulky Sundaram Shetty Road as the Head Office of Vijaya bank is situated there.
    God give strength to our corporators and other elected representatives who have sanctioned this move.

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Those who wants to name any roads as per their wish, should create new road and then name it as per law. Don't just meddle in others dignity undermining their contribution to our society.
    Even our Government have the same attitude of renaming, relaunching by changing names of previous schemes and yojanas.

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  • Jude Rego, MANGALORE

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Very surprising that our elected representatives are the chief guests for the ceremony as advertised by the organisers. Shame on them for attending this and support a move to rename a road named after an Iconic institution like St. Aloysius. Renaming the road which is presently named as St. Aloysius Road after a person who is not from Mangalore is not only foolish but hurts the sentiments of tens of thousands of students, many of whom are legendary.
    I request the people who are behind this move to try to get M.G.Road in Bangalore renamed to Mulky Sundaram Shetty Road as the Head Office of Vijaya bank is situated there.
    God give strength to our corporators and other elected representatives who have sanctioned this move.

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  • stn, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    It's seems those who suggested for change of road name are not educated enough..

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    This unfortunate situation of renaming the (iconic and highly appropriate) St. Aloysius College Road, was certainly uncalled for.

    It is not only a great disrespect to the great institution, which has tutored and mentored lakhs of students since the past 130 years, but also to late Shri Mulky Sundaram Shetty (who certainly was a great personality, but would have been very unhappy to see such a controversy happening due to this renaming issue).

    At this juncture, it would still be prudent to seek an amicable solution and avoid unpleasantness, which would be in the interests of all concerned.

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  • David Pinto, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Our City Mangalore is synonymous with this great institute St. Aloysius College and vice versa. The journey on the road that leads to the college is a educational pilgrimage for many. This institute has served the society irrespective of an individual's caste, creed, religion or economic status. I strongly condemn this move of renaming a road dedicated to St. Aloysius College.

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  • Joseph F.Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I am for St.Aloysius college 🏫 road.

    I denounce Mangalore corporation's decision for renaming.

    Name it as ST. ALOYSIUS COLLEGE ROAD

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    The beginning of wisdom is to call things by the right names ...

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  • Naveen Fernandes, Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    St Aloysius is an Institution that honors the city of Mangalore. REPLACING the name of the road with a deceased individual's is insulting education and the service St Aloysius has provided to generations.
    Mr Sundaram Shetty was a visionary who must be honored without damaging relationships in our Community

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  • Ivan Saldanha-Shet, Mangalore Rosario.

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    There is absolutely no place for controversy , which seems the order of the day. Govt and officials with vested interests create these things, while they have no time for vital matters. This road is always 'St.Aloysius Road', and will ever be so...no matter what sticker is pasted over it. Thanks & Regards.-ijss

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  • Jd, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I am sure SAC administration trusted the good judgement of the association people and government. One doesn't disown the parents, unless the parents guided the wrong way. If aloysius education, made them worthy enough to sit in a chair for press conference, then it is them who are traitors. Aloysius, never gave bad education.

    Now it will be a matter of egos, and shettys never let it down, even if they drown. What a guru dakshine to the college

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    St. Aloysius College has greatly contributed to the success of thousand of students in various fields. SAC is a relic for all to remember and venerate. The road leading to the institution was rightly named as St. Aloysius Road. A change is certainly not indicated.

    Thousands of students when they retrace their steps to Their Alma Mater, it is indeed a privilege for them to tread through a road named after their Alma Mater.

    Hope all concerned realise their responsibility and rightly allow the name to continue.

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  • DYLAN, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    The name Mulky Sundararama Shetty road would be better suited at Mulki than Mangaluru/Mangalore. Surprising the MCC asking records from SAC.

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  • Valentine Rego, USA/Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    It is a historic struggle. Yet so much apathy by the vast alumni.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, texas

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    From a distance, it is difficult to understand which road you are anxious to rename. In any case, you are aware of your needs and therefore let the authorities lend you their ears and listen to your young grievances. The name of a road is very important so that the road of your choice will bear the name of your desire and will remain for many generations to remember.

    We also remember that one time there was a keen desire to name a particular road in the name of late Wilfy Rebimbos. We wonder what has happened to this road? We are sure people such as Mr. J. r. Lobo and Mr. Ivan D'Souza will be able to exercise their influence and quench your desires.

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  • Priya veigas, Konaje

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Which was ours shld be ours 🙏 simple reqst

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  • devaraj, mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Let all Ex Alosians join the protest. Unity is strength.

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  • Santosh R, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    It's sad that Lobo and Ivan are among the names mentioned by the vijaya bank workers' organisation to be present for the inaugural of the renaming of the road

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  • valerian rodrigues, ujire

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    IN MANY TIMES POLITICAL PARTIES GIVE UNNECESSARY ISSUES TO THE PUBLIC.VERY FAMOUS COLLEGE IS ST.ALOYSIAS COLLEGE IN THE NATION.EVEN DR.TMA PAI STUDIED IN THIS COLLEGE.SUCH COLLEGE'S NAME IS TO BE KEPT IN OTHER PLACE ALSO.INSTEAD OF THAT ITS NAME IS PLANED TO REMOVE .HOW WE MAY CALL SO DSIDED PERSONS?MADNESS OR GOOD?WAKE UP ALL PEOPLE AND PROTEST AGAINST THIS STAND.

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  • shailu, kolkatta

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    wrong to use students for personal dramas, its failure of law and order .

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Shailu, Kolkota, This protest is peaceful, filled with grace and dignity, far far better than your ABVP unruly protest in the street blocking the street every alternative month! If there is no cause, they will create a cause when they want to bunk classes. These SAC students are dignified, matured and ambitious students!!

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  • Thyampanna, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    As protest, Aloysius students/staff/alumni should close their Vijaya bank accounts if they have one.
    Anyway it hardly matters, it's not like suddenly people will start calling it with the new name.

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  • Anand Kumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    St Aloysius College has served at 3 generations in my family both on the maternal and paternal side. Whoever this Mulky fellow is, name a road in Mulky for him. Yeh izzat ka sawal hai.

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  • Shashi Shetty, Santhoor

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Though I condemn changing the name of the great institution I also condemn the language used here. Dr. Sundaram Shetty is not an ordinary fellow. He was a selfless man who have strived to uplift our society .

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    For almost all our problems in Tulu Nadu we put the blame on Karnataka Government.

    Now in this shameful attempt to put a totally irrelevant name to a road known by Aloyisus College...

    who is responsible for this attempt...karnataka Government or our own Tulu Nadu brethern?

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  • Sunil D'Souza, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Good point.

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  • Ivan donatus Frank, No

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    As per the college authorities they were aware of the circular inviting any objection to renaming the St. Aloysius road as 'Mulki Sundararama Shetty Road'which was published in a tiny column in 2015. But they say they did not expect it to happen. If only they had taken this issue seriously and raised the objections then this matter would have been closed two years back. There are plenty of Aloysians in Vijaya bank. many of who have retired after reaching the top positions . Perhaps if they intervene in favor of their Alma mater this matter can be settled amicably.

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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Oscar Fernandes will come only for ribbon cutting. MLA J.R. Lobo vanished due to rain. Where is Ivan Dsouza? When our own leaders are not bothered then forget about our MP Nalin Kateel. He is busy in supporting Gau Rakshaks. If this road name is changed, it's shame to all Managaloreans. Hope our deaf politicians and government authorities hear the demand of Mangaloreans.

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  • Raksha, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Aloysius has been there for years and it covers most of the area. Hence it must be known as Aloysius road.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    J R LOBO ,IWAN D'SOUZA AND OSCARS FERNANDES all other who are connected to Alloysits college must boycott the function.

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  • Stephen P. D'Souza, Kadri/Melbourne

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    It's time to change the name 'Mangalore City Corporation (MCC)' to 'Mulki Civic Corporation (MCC).' It fits perfectly well!

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  • Raghavendra m k, mumbai maharastra..

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    it is good that students so fast realized the mistakes has been done by the authority to change the name of the road.. but is it not the duty of our citizens irrespective of religion cast and creed to protest against unjustified move by certain vested interest people?. why our ex - students of st. Allloysisi can come out to street and protest..

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  • Shashi Shetty, Santhoor

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    I bet even Mr. Sundaram Shetty wouldn't have appreciated naming an institution name to his. Mr. Shetty after few more generations will forgotten and not an institution where greats like Mr. Shetty is created. Hope some sense will prevail . After all what's in the name ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Many people still use the name Bombay ...

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  • William Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    We have such people who cannot make difference between an institution rendered education for the last 130 years and a banker who started bank with others. Education is far better than bank that hovers around money and profits. Sanity should prevail over things and it is the duty of the elected to see that is done. We, today, say South Kanara is a district of intelligent people and at the helm is St Aloysisus college who for the past 130 years have educated lakhs of students and made them intellectuals. This is the least that can be done by the powers that be for an institution that has rendered yeomen service to the district. Look St Aloysius college and its institution at a time when we had no institutions at all. We would still be tapping toddy, and ploughing the fields. The all around development of the district is not the result of last forty years but those 130 years. People should realise this, else we live in society where reason and sanity are not respected and we become a society of fools and stupids. St Aloysius College will be any way great whether naming a road or not, but the society which becomes a witness to this thing gets degraded to much lower level. Let us all get together and keep the same name to the Road as St Aloysius College Road, and Mulki Sundaram Shetty will surely get one more road to be named after him for the service he has rendered.

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  • bryan braggs bijei, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    This is our fight for the alma mater we don't need leaders to lead us

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    where is Yogesh bhat, naveen kumar kateel , jan anna ?? what is their opinion ??

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Political game - Elections coming up all this non sense will start . I am sure many of these people must have studied in Aloysius and there are so many new roads so name any one of them .
    maybe even shetty and his many relatives may have studied there and still studying !!!

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    ..with respect, i want to ask the college why all these years no efforts made by them to stop renaming Road!!..Vijaya bank employees union says, they since 2010 making efforts to rename Road..after several years of struggle they got approval from all concerned Authorities & the state Govt..then how come MLA LOBO or IVAN didnt know about this..its almost 4 years for the present Govt..i dont think its wise to protest now since the Vijaya bank union struggled for this nearly 7 years..

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  • Naveen Shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    Where is JR Lobo?
    Where is Praveen Alva?
    Where is Oscar Fernandes?
    Where are all the other tall leaders who studied in this institute?

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  • Krishna, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    1)milagress church road 2)st theressa road 3)Valencia road 4)Fr Mullers hospital road 5)blasius dsouza road 6)Rosario church road

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  • Godwin, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Wow! That's Amazing!!

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  • Mario, Lalbagh

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    @Naveen Shetty. Good point brother. I made mention earlier, this is politically motivated. You know in our country where I settled, they are called as Traitors. Sorry but this is all I can and must say. Never studied there but all I say is give respect and honor.

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  • Godwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 29 2017

    This is why we should praise St. Aloysius College,its staff and students for maintaining its dignity and pride, by protesting without any Political influence and interference.

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