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Mangaluru: St Aloysius or Vijaya? Mangala Hill road caught in renaming controversy


By John B Monteiro

Mangaluru, Jun 30: The date, time and venue are set and we are inexorably approaching them. The renaming of St Aloysius College Road as Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty Road is scheduled for July 2 at 10 am at the Vijaya Bank regional office – according to Vijaya Bank Workers’ Organisation. The renaming ceremony would be attended by an intimidating battery of VIP invitees. The existing road name, St Aloysius College Road, would be swept under their political weight. Many of them could be alumni of the venerable college evoking the tragic scene from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar when the fatally stabbed Emperor turns round to the assassin and says: “Et tu, Brute?” (You too, Brutus?) Yet, with the support of the same set of VIPs we can find an honourable way out to the relief and happiness of both the parties involved. Who are these parties? That calls for some historical background and related introspection.

To start with one of the seven hills of Mangaluru (Mangala) is steeped in history and had, and has, an identity deficit. It was variously called Light House Hill, College Hill, Idgah Hill, Bautagudda (hill) and even Court Hill. But, by far its most prominent occupant is St Aloysius College institution. So, naturally the road leading to the hill from Hampankatta was named St Aloysius College Road as per the sign board still existing. Now that road is being renamed after Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty, who was privy to the consolidation of Vijaya Bank to a front-ranking status. As the parties slug it out, we focus on contending parties and on the hill to which the one-way road leads.

A city built on a hill cannot be hidden, says the Bible. That might have prompted Italian Jesuits to establish St Aloysius College on Idgah Hill in the centre of Mangalore 137 years ago. It is today popularly known as College Hill. But, it has an identity crisis. Whatever the name, this hill is king of seven hills of Mangaluru and is soaked in history.

The main approach to the hill is from Hampankatta, by a steeply ascending road which was earlier known as Light House Hill Road and now officially called St Aloysius College Road. It has another road approach from Jyothi Circle (now Ambedkar Circle). The flat top of the hill is dominated by the original college building with its tower block and the modern college building to the east. In between these two, and forming part of the old building, is the St Aloysius College chapel, which attracts a steady stream of tourists to view the paintings and frescos by Italian Jesuit Brother, Antonio Mocheni, on the walls and ceiling of the chapel, done between 1899 –1901.

The Italian Jesuits who founded St Aloysius College landed in Mangalore on December 31, 1878. While the instructional part of the college started in a bungalow at Kodialbail, the physical setting for the college was an imposing building, 496 feet long, which, with its tower block, has been a heritage landmark in Mangaluru.

St Aloysius College was the first degree college in the district and was affiliated to the Madras University, as the then South Kanara district was part of Madras Province. Until the reorganisation of the States, the college served the needs of higher education of students also from the Malabar region and Coorg regions. Started as a second grade college in 1882, it was upgraded to first grade in 1887. On the other hand the Government School, located between Hampankatta and Nehru Maidan, (now University College) was raised to second grade college in 1869 and upgraded to first grade college only in 1948.

The plethora of impressive buildings on the college campus were possible because of generous donors from Mangalore, elsewhere in India and abroad – specially alumni working or settled in the Gulf, UK, USA and Canada. One of the latest addition of buildings to the campus, IT Block, Centre for Information Technology, Research & Development, was declared open by Dr A P J Kalam, 11th President of India, on March 28, 2003. Opened on the same date by. George Fernandes, Union Minister for Defence, an alumni of the college, was Xavier Block for Science & Research. Dr Kalam was the second Indian President to open a building on the campus - Sanjeeva Reddy, 6th President, opened the Centenary Memorial Building on January 16, 1980. An earlier landmark, the new college building, was opened in 1946 by Governor of Madras, Lieut-G Sir Archibald Nye in “the Year of Interim National Government formed by the Hon’ble Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru”.

The other landmarks on the hill include the Light House, Idgah Mosque and the District and Sessions Court buildings. The mosque is a quadrangular structure where the Muslims offer Idgah prayers - as was done on June 25 to mark Eid. It is said to have been constructed by Tipu Sultan towards the close of the 18th century.

(The lighthouse is now disfunctional. The present lighthouse structure was constructed in 1900 and is 33 ft above high tide mark. The masonry tower crowned by tiled roof housing the light source is 18 ft high from the base. When functional, the light, meant to guide shipping traffic, was visible for about 17 km out at sea in clear weather. The lighthouse is now part of Tagore Park where a small library and reading room are located. The District and Sessions Court, a cluster of colonial red-walled tiled structures, was established in 1862 on the western-most spur of the hill).

Their peaceful co-existence is now threatened with the road re-naming controversy involving Vijaya Bank and the college whose campus hosts 14,000 students in its day and evening shifts. The bank, which has its building on eastern base of the hill, also has impressive history and is part of the Mangaluru scene as noted below.

Vijaya Bank is a public sector bank with presence across India. It was established by Attavar Balakrishna Shetty at Bunts Hostel in Mangaluru on October 23, 1931. Since it was established on Vijayadashami Day, it was named ‘Vijaya Bank. The objective was to promote banking habits, thrift and entrepreneurship among the farming community of Dakshina Kannada (then South Kanara) district. The bank became a scheduled bank in 1958. Between 1963-68 Vijaya bank grew steadily by merging nine smaller banks into it. Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty, who was the then Chief Executive of the bank, and now after whom the road is being renamed, is largely credited with these mergers. Presently Vijaya Bank establishments, like branches, display the photos of the founder, AB Shetty and Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty. The bank was nationalised on April 15, 1980.

The corporate office of the bank was shifted to Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangaluru in 1984 and what remains in Mangaluru, on the road being renamed, off Ambedkar Circle, is the bank’s Regional Office and branch operations. Current logo of the bank, showing a man slightly bending forward and welcoming and offering its services, was registered in 1965 and is now being sought to be changed - with some employees opposing the move. Presently Vijaya Bank has a network of over 2,000 branches and 4,000 customer touch points, including ATMs, spread across India.

The latest controversy involves renaming St Aloysius College Road, for which a resolution in MCC is said to have been passed two years ago and notified - which apparently the college was not aware of. Even the mayor has expressed her unawareness about the background to the subject. Mayors and corporators are floating entities and the responsibility for the present messy situation should squarely lie with the permanent employees of MCC.

But, all is not lost. There is a way out under the “Possession is nine times law” principle which is derived from legal principle where the satisfaction of 10 points legitimated ownership; hence "nine points of the law" constituted close to full ownership. Under this principle, the existing name board is evidence and should have decided the issue. But, it is too late now.

However, we can resort to the ancient Solomon’s judgment noted in the Bible. Solomon was the Biblical king most famous for his wisdom. Perhaps the best known story of his wisdom is the Judgment of Solomon wherein two women each lay claim to being the mother of the same child. Solomon easily resolved the dispute by commanding the child to be cut in half and shared between the two. One woman promptly renounced her claim, proving that she would rather give up the child than see it killed. Solomon declared the woman who showed compassion to be the true mother, entitled to the whole child.

It is too late to expect Vijaya Bank to cede its claim. But, it is not a disaster. Modifying Solomon’s judgment to apply to an inanimate entity, we can divide the road into two stretches and allot them to the two parties. The ascending road from Hampankatta to Idgah Masjid can be retained as college road and from there to Ambedkar Circle, where Vijaya Bank’s Regional Office is located, can be named after Shetty.

Another principle to be applied to solve the present impasse is to apply Bentham’s principle, later endorsed by Gandhiji, of the greatest good of the greatest number. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), English philosopher, had declared: “Greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation”.

Let us go by the wisdom of King Solomon and the dictum of philosopher Bentham and get out of the present messy situation to the happiness and relief of thousands of students and alumni of the college and ex and present customers of the bank.

“Silence is golden” is the lazy excuse for inertia. Let us, especially those battery of VIPs scheduled to attend the renaming function, work for the solution offered by Solomon and Bentham. I conclude with John Milton (1608-1674), English poet:” Awake, Arise or be forever fallen”.


Declaration of Interest

I am an interested party vis-à-vis both the college and the bank. I have done my graduation from the college and had been lecturer there for one year (1960). I have been active in the college alumni association, including as honorary secretary for some years. I have banked with Vijaya Bank for 25 years - first in its Ballard Estate branch in Mumbai and now with the Bondel branch in Mangaluru - and it has been a delight.

 

Comment on this article

  • John B. Monteiro, Bondel Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 18 2017

    As this article fades out from this “Special” niche, I thank the 63 responders for offering insightful views on a subject that touches us all in Mangaluru. Hopefully, this issue will find an amicable solution after a cooling off interval following “halt action” order from the government.
    Having said this, some of the responders seem to lose their focus and stray beyond the main issue – which is sad considering the apparent objective of Daijiworld in providing this excellent platform for sharp interchange of ideas and views.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    This bank is a potential merger candidate with a group of other banks; if it happens, will it retain it's name??

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore /Bangalore

    Sat, Jul 15 2017

    Govt has plans to merge of this all PSU bank to form 3-4 big banks.Do not know when this will be taken up seriously as this merger subject is being heard since UPS times.It is not so easy in Indian context.I would like to dispel your prejudices if any about Vijaya bank as I see in between lines of your comment,that it is one of the top performing bank and this time been awarded as many as 6 awards by the govt.Merger is a policy natter.Among those banks took birth in DK dist all are doing well except the century old MCC BANK.Reason is obvious ,it had no capable leaders like late Shetty ....or did not take risk.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 16 2017

    Wait n see, mergers will happen very fast!! FYI Corp bank is in very bad shape! Yesterday pvt Karnataka bank has reported alarming NPAs! No way out for govt than to merge, precedent set by SBI!!
    My question was whenever the merger comes will Vijaya bank retain it's name???

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Jul 16 2017

    Vijaya Bank will retain or will not is not the issue.It is a policy matter.....in such case agend is common and identity question does not arise.
    Entire banking industry is in trouble. Mounting NPAs coupled with low recovery of loans has thrown up new challenges for the ensuing year.Not a cause of worry for those who do not have any identity ...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 16 2017

    Read the recent Ramsarup Ind 185 crores fraud case n see which top bankers were involved, n then blow ur bugle!!!

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore /Bangalore

    Mon, Jul 17 2017

    Therr is no bank in the world without any frauds.Only those who do drive will not make accidents...!

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  • Jimmy Noronha, Lucknow

    Fri, Jul 7 2017

    Robert Frost wrote that famous poem "Road Not Taken." Now apparently, two roads lead to St. Aloysius, one is Aloysius Road, and the other is Vijaya Bank Road. How come, I take the road that leads to Vijaya Bank, when in reality the road leads to the College. First the College and then the bank, so let the bank wait for the present or seek another road. Don't encroach, OK?

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  • NN, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 2 2017

    Can someone explain the significant contribution of Late Sundar Ram Shetty to the Society? All I know that he was a humble and kind person, helped many youngsters, mostly from Bunt community to get employment in Vijaya Bank. I will be ignorant, if I don't know anything significantly he has done for the society as a whole to name the road after him. I have lot of respect for him because is was easily approachable for ordinary people, even though he was the Chairman of Vijaya Bank. All I knew that he was firm on his principles during the National Emergency declared by late PM Indira Gandhi. I was working for the Govt. of India then.

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  • Gangaram, Moddbidri

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    Why Vijaya bank organisation cannot adopt a village and name it after Mulky ???


    If MCC go for public mandate 99 % votes will go for St. Alosyius College road.....

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Jul 2 2017

    Name change did not occur abruptly overnight...
    Bunts community ,after complying all procedures,formalities got the accord for naming the road ...
    Where was this MLA Lobo and his people then...?
    What is the point in accusing bunts ...?

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  • Errol, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    As long it remains a concrete road, names don't matter... Why dispute? Name it as TagorebPark Road....which is already gone in Oblivion......in our country the winner and loser is the poor guys like us who keep chattering about this. The above subject will die it's own death.

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  • vibha, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    why does bank want to rename the road - let them maintain it properly .
    we can call it aloysius college road maintained by Vijaya bank !

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    This is an excellent background and the solution is par excellence. I go for Solomon's judgement but to satisfy both sides of the controversy, I might make a small suggestion. Near the top of the old LH Road (just after Tagore Park, a large sign could be erected to indicate "This way to St. Aloysius College".

    That way the road name changing may not hurt anyone. After all, was there any public notification as in the present case, when the name was changed from Light House Hill Road (by which I had known it pre-Independence when I completed SSLC at SAC and left Mangalore for Bombay, the present day Mumbai) to St. Aloysius Road? I have been away from India far too long (52 years) to become aware of the name change, and I have always referred to it as LH Road in my communications. If there was such a notification, was there any objection to it? May be this small detail would enlighten ignorant people like me, who still clings on to old memories because it was a place of my birth and where I spent all my sixteen years before leaving for Bombay.

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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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  • John B. Monteiro, Bondel Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Thank you readers for your generous response to my article on the road renaming controversy which is perhaps explained by the attachment of many to St. Aloysius College.
    Someone has questioned if the college authorities were in deep slumber when moves were afoot to delete the road name over a couple of years and public notifications are claimed to have beeen issued.
    I cannot answer this for the college. But, I can share with readers what I know how such notifications work. Take, for instance, tender notices which are statutory requirements. The tendering officials, with a hidden agenda will schedule the notices in a crowded space, set in the smallest possible types and publish in the least circulated papers. Then they will individually convey the message to contractors whom they wish to favour for whatever reason.
    he road name notification might have taken this route and the college is not expected to wade through all the papers published in the city with a fine comb and sharp magnifier.
    If the name board was to be deleted, it is fair to expect an individualised notice to the college. It is not known if this had been done.

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  • Aprabhum, Mlore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Sir ,
    No comments.

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  • Ivan Frank, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    If the name board was to be deleted, it is fair to expect an individualized notice to the college. It is not known if this had been done. I fully agree with this statement Mr. Monteiro. I f this was not done then definitely this was done with a hidden agenda. What is this hidden agenda perhaps we will come to know in the days to come.

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  • Par hum, Mlore

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    This notice can be and should be served if the road was officially named Aloysious

    The name board looks more like a sign board/ direction board in the photo.
    Who inaugurated it, when any proof of photos or documents letters gazette notification.PAPER NEWS ? even with all this a corporation can change the name after 3 years
    NO QUESTIONS ASKED .

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  • KalaBairava, Bangalore

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    Individualized notice is not required as St. Aloysius college does not own that road.
    Its a public property....Let public decide.

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  • Anonymous, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I am an alumni of St. Aloysius College. And looking at the significance of this topic, We should preserve history and rename it back to what it was before the whole whirlwind controversy of road naming started! I propose it to be called as "MANGALA HILL ROAD" as that would be its original name as per the given history. The small stretches of roads with lead up to the the disputed institutions should be named accordingly. Do the people have any say in what these politicians name the roads? Tomorrow someone might rename it to wife's or father's name with no opposition!!!

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  • Babitha Rohit, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I wonder why there were no protests when roads were named as Mother Theresa road or Blasius D'Souza road?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Keep what ever name you want as long as you guys do not change the college name ...

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  • A prabhum, Mlore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    As it is Idgah Hill to settle matters name the road

    ' MOSQUE ROAD '

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    As St Aloysius chapel existed before the mosque, why not name it as chapel road?

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  • Eulalia Dsouza, Bijai/Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    After all, " What is in a name " say wise men. But here, if MCC had notified 02 years ago about this development & ironically St. Aloysius College Management was not aware, it is strange. Also Mayor says she is unaware as well. Then who decided to change this name all of a sudden now?
    Like some has mentioned, BRING A STAY ORDER IMMEDIATELY and then work towards solving this issue.
    Looks like some self interested people of a particular party or community are playing politics. St. Aloysius is an Institution with over 160 years history. Tens of lakhs f students of all communities have studied here & gone out to society. Changing name now to an individual person does not make any sense.
    Does this send a strong message that we Minority community have no place in society, we can be over ruled by majority? Our voices are not heard. Are we targeted? we feel so MCC. Come on MCC officials, you have better jobs to do for society than to get in to these political motivated issues.

    MCC Officials, wake up do what you need to do on priority - good roads, foot paths, bus shelters, drainage facility, road signals & signage, etc etc. These are priority and not changing road names. !! Leave it as it is as St. Aloysius College Road. Let us see what happens.

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  • Vinayak, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I agree with Roshan, Mangalore here. Though the name has been Aloysious college road, but it has widely been called as Light house hill road or Bautagudda.
    Just wondering what is the need to changed the name of the road ? Just bcos somebody wants to change the name ?? When shall our people open their brains and think ?

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  • MC POKA, BAJPE

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Why renaming is required.?.. Instead of renaming the road Government should first give priority for. water, cleaniness, good roads and also day to day basic needs.. Renaming is a gimmick played by the Governement to divert the minds of common man from basic needs.... May be politicians wants to mint the money by renaming roads....

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    There is road called vidhana soudha road in bangalore can it be re named as vijay mallya road?

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  • vnayak, Mangalore/Switzerland

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    There is already a Vittal Mallya Road in Bangalore named after the better Mallya.

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Call all leaders MR KATEEL , YOGESH BHAT , JR LOBO ETC and let them decide .

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  • dk shetty, Mangalore/Oman

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Its farce that group of people want to change the name of this road which was named after a prestigious Educational entity whose aluminai are spread across the globe. I remember in one of the functions in Newyork, where the mayor of Newyork was the chief guest.
    The felicitation event organized for few employees of a MNC, some of them were educated in St.Aloysius, and it was such a pride for me when they spoke and shared their educational back ground and having had completed their graduation at St.Aloysius, mangalore, I personally met and thanked him for being grateful for his alma mater - st. Aloysius, as myself got my education from this illustrious education entity.

    I always thought we mangloreans or Dakhsina kannadigas had a gracious and big heart and these days communal ism and ignorance is ruling the roost. I hope City administration wakes up and set the right precedent- I would always call this Road- St.Aloysius Road,

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    The best thing to do for the present bring a stay order from the court for abruptly changing the name of St. Aloysius College Road as Mulky Sunder Ram Shetty Road.

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  • Ganesh Prabhu, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    keep any Name depending up on the local government but we mangaloreans call it as bauta gudde or light house hill or at least seethannas charmuri

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  • A prabhum, Mlore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    A prabhum, Mlore
    Fri, Jun 30 2017
    You are right sir,
    When a road in Falnir MARY BRITTO ROAD WHICH WAS in the name of the daughter - in - law of the donor of the St. Aloysious site , a freedom fighter & councillor for 23 years un opposed Was changed no one objected, or opposed. Why now ? Why no one wrote about this even close relatives, or neighbours ?
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  • Dilip RV, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I've always referred to this road as Light House Hill Road. Had no idea that it was "renamed" St. Aloysius College Road! Wonder why it was renamed in the first place. We should be prudent enough to know that such renaming does not change anything at all. Such renaming drama should be curbed at the earliest.
    St. Aloysius College, if it has an objection, should use the legal framework for sorting out the issue. It's not right to "use" students holding placards to express "their" viewpoint. We all know the students wouldn't really have a problem with the renaming, knowing fully well how futile and meaningless this "renaming" exercise is anyway.

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Dilip RV...You seems to be not aware how legal system works in India. Indian law is favouring those influencial who can shed away money. So better not to speak about law here.

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  • Dilip RV, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    (Surendra Poojari) Sir, does it mean that "influence" also played a part in Light House Hill Road getting renamed to St. Aloysius College Road in the first place??

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    There is no need for St. Aloysius College to use any influence. Name of the institution and it's work are world famous. It doesn't require any certificate from narrow minded intellectuals.

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  • dylan, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Dilip RV, Mangalore your ignorance is not anyone's problem. I can also tell you that even the Jyothi circle as got a official name. The students will have a problem since its their second home and they can protest the renaming of the road. Even former students,parents of the students can also join in protesting the renaming the road.

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  • Dilip RV, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Dylan, I agree that my ignorance (and of many others like me right here in the comments section) is not anyone's problem, but your arrogance is totally your problem. The students "may" protest but "need not" because the duty of a student is to acquire knowledge, and not get into such petty and irrelevant things which have no bearing on their future. Also, let's keep the second home concept aside, they are renaming the "Road" NOT the "College"!

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  • Vernon Tauro, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Current student from Aloysius here, and no one was forced to protest in the first place, we, as students protested by ourselves because we're proud of the institution that we're studying in that has shaped and moulded us in becoming what we are. It's really sad to see that you think that we were forced to protest by the college, at least that's what your comment suggest! Remember this, many great people have studied in this college and all of then would be saddened by this news. Peace out

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  • vnayak, Mangalore/Switzerland

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    In Mangalore people do not really know the names of the roads since they are not visible and especially there are no numbers for buildings. People know places by the landmarks. In this case the landmarks are St.Aloysius institutions, Light House and Eid Gah Masjid. Nobody knows Vijay Bank since it is one of the least known Banks in Mangalore. The autos, taxis and postman will always know the places by the landmarks that are known.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Mr.Vnayak,since how many decades you didnt returned to Mangalore? You may be knowing Taj mahal at least because of its unique coffee flavor.Then fish market kane,denji curries are still popular.Do you you that Vijaya Bank has more bfranches in Udupi/DK dists than any other PSU banks in the dist? Do you know that Vijaya Bank has much lesser %age of NPAs compared to the banks functioning here
    .Vijaya Bank is one of the best performing bank in the country after SBI.Vijaya Bank services best even today amongst other PSU banks.

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  • Srinivas, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    If you say Vijaya Bank is best performing Bank it is absolutely rubbish. There are many other Banks which gives more better service than your Vijaya Bank. From 7 different Banks in which me and my family has accounts including Vijaya Bank, I have closed my account from this Bank for poor service and behavior of some of the staff. Don't just support just b'cos you have close connection with this bank.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    The bank’s gross non-performing adsets for third qtr ending Dec 2017, (NPA) rose to 6.98% as against 4.32% in the same quarter last fiscal. Net NPA rose to 4.74% in the quarter under review compared to 2.98% a year ago. As a result, provision for bad loans have significantly increased to Rs424.17 crore as against Rs278.72 crore in the year-ago period!!!

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  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Why name change is so important?
    Its like after many many years there will be unnecessary fights on proving who "rightly" deserves the name!

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  • Richard, Shirva/Dubai

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Ours is a democratic country, whatever to make it should as per Law so Vijaya Bank Workers Organisation approached in 2010 for this venture so it should happen!
    For a simple reason of having a college on the road, people may not rename the road by themselves; there is a law for everything. Usually many road in the country renamed after a person whoes contribution marked by the society/country
    If otherwise our country is most popularly known as Hindustan, and most of our neighboring countries still remember and call us 'Hindustani'. Brits planned and renamed wisely to maintain blunder secula

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Now a days there is dirty disease of renaming roads, buildings, parks, airports and so on without adding any value to it! This road should never be allowed to rename unless Vijaya Bank spends crores on the road, pavements, trees, etc and a world class park kind of beautification! This kind of renaming itch should be removed permanently! Why they need the name change when everything is going well??? Name itself shows the affiliation to change it from Saint and the institution that prepared thousands and thousands of good citizens with great values of life and education ! Why an individual is glorified above institution? Can they not find any other better and bigger road??? Why not find same state highway since their own outfits are on major power. Is it a systematic poly by spotting this particular road???? These people behind the name change are creating more disharmony than good!!!
    I wish Ex-students may boycott this renaming ceremony!

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  • A prabhum, Mlore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    You are right sir,
    When a road in Falnir MARY BRITTO ROAD WHICH WAS in the name of the daughter - in - law of the donor of the St. Aloysious site , a freedom fighter & councillor for 23 years un opposed Was changed no one objected, or opposed. Why now ?

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore /Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I call the road as LHH Road only forever come what may.My post man has no problem.!

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  • Kiran, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    KR Prabhu, its irrelevant what you personally call that road. You are a non entity.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore /Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    I am a non entity but my office receives hundred on letter daily with. LHH Road address.No entity or list entity does not matter here.I still mention PMRao road as K S R cross Road , bunts circle as bunts circle only though there is no circle now,Amberkar circle as Jyothi circle only.

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  • veena, mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    St Aloysius school and college is molding young lives irrespective of caste, creed, religion or sex, and producing constructive citizens. The alumni have earned a name in whatever field they have ventured into. Naming the street after a bank makes no sense.

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  • I J S Shet., Mangalore.

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    There is no precedent that it was ever called 'Mangala Hill Road'. The only fit and proper name that will always prevail in 'St.Aloysious Road'. Thanks & Regards. -ijss.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru/UAE

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    LHH road is the suitable name.

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    What about Sheikh Zayed Road? Do you know the importance of that road? That road leads to one of the prestigious institutions of the world and name should be St. Aloysius College Road. Don't vomit your communal venom here.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru/UAE

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Ooo poojari,

    Do you know the full form of LHH road? It's not Lord Hari Hara road. It is Light House Hill road. It is a secular name. Don't comment from your communal eye. Have some general knowledge before commenting.

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    We can name that road as Kishore Kumar Mangaluru UAE Road to avoid all controversies. There is no shortage of communals. I have more general knowledge than you. Don't boast about your general knowledge. Lets take public opinion whether Light House Hill Road is suitable name or St. Aloysius College Road.

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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Joke of the century. Frog in the well sitting in UAE and commenting about Managalore.

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  • hindu, Kudla

    Sun, Jul 16 2017

    It Was and should be called LHH- Light house hill road.
    end of discussion.

    Politicians and religious Heddas are responsible for all this unwanted problem.
    I am a graduate of St Aloysius and love the institution. it will not get better stature or any less respect due to a road name change.

    it was and should be LHH road.

    I have respect for Mulky Sunderram Shetty for what he did for banking and my community. But again renaming the renaming a road does not take or add to his legacy,

    There was a process involved in this renaming and why did all the parties not voice their opinion?
    PMO is on race course road
    White House is on Pennsylvania avenue
    British PMO is on downing street
    etc etc

    Road names change nothing

    Unwanted elements arouse sentiments

    Jai Ho

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Decide what people want ...

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Everyone wants it to be St. Aloysius College Road.
    Even if the name changes, I will refer to it as St. Aloysius College Road.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 30 2017

    Looks like ppl associated with Aloysius mostly call it st aloysius college road. Atleast i have never heard it from anyone.
    For me it's just bautagudda or light hill road.

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