Mangaluru: Planters' Guild honour NRI entrepreneur Ronald Colaco, journalist Fay Dsouza


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Jan 28: "We Christians are an integral part of this country. There is no question of minority or majority. We are not interested in these types of arguments. We want to live as per the Constitution of this country and ensure the rights which are given to us by the law of this land. Now we can see there are two types of nationalisms in India - one is Mahatma Gandhi's nationalism and another is Nathuram Godse's. We are following Mahatma Gandhi's nationalism," said auxiliary bishop of Ranchi Theodore Mascarenhas, who is also the secretary general of CBCI, New Delhi.

He was addressing a seminar on 'Christianity in India: Opportunity and Challenges' held at St Agnes College auditorium here on Saturday, January 27. The seminar was jointly hosted by Christian Planters' Guild and Catholic Association of South Kanara.

NRI entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronald Colaco and executive editor of Mirror Now Faye D'Souza were felicitated for their achievements and service to society.

Acknowledging the honour, Ronald Colaco said, "At the time of our marriage, my wife and I pledged to give something from our earnings to society. So based on that pledge, I am doing some social service. When we help the poor and helpless, we can see God who controls every moment of our lives. There is no caste, religion or region when it comes to social service. It is based upon requirement. When donating to someone, I never felt I was losing something. My parents taught me how to alleviate someone's sorrow. I always have their blessings in my work. I am thankful to the organizers for this honour. It is special to me because an organisation from my native is honouring me."

Faye D'Souza said, "I am grateful to the organizers for this honour. My parents, teachers and relatives helped me to reach this level, which paved the way for this felicitation. In my personal life and career I have never betrayed my conscience. My inner voice has always led me towards the right and true things. I will never compromise on truth until someone put a full stop to me. If you believe in the truth and facts, there is no need to fear anyone."

 

"Christians are running more than 25,000 educational institutions in this country. Christians are the second largest education providers in India after the government. As much as 60% of the leaders and public servants who are leading the nation have obtained education from our institutions. Majority of our former Prime Ministers and Presidents completed their studies from Christian management schools," the bishop said.

"In the health sector also, our contribution is remarkable. Over one million people visit our hospitals, clinics and dispensaries. More than 500 NGOs run by Christians are working in rural areas, especially in North India. Still, some people say we have done nothing for this country. Some say they do not need our votes, and some allege we are doing conversion. It is condemnable. If we are doing conversation despite all the charity works and social service, how could our population remain at 2% from so many decades?" he pointed out.

"India has always been a secular country. Here there is no question of 'we' and 'they'. At the time of its formation Pakistan chose a country based on religious nationalism. But in India, a majority of Indians belonging to the Hindu community opted for secular nationalism. It is the greatness of our country and our leaders. Here there is no place for hate speeches, violent mobs and communal dealings," he said.

In his presidential speech, Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza, bishop of Mangaluru diocese said, "We should not think that we are insecure in this country. Instead, we should involve ourselves actively in the administration system. We should teach our children to be part of the service sector. By doing this, we can achieve a lot and come forward to the mainstream of the society."

Philomena Peris, president, Christian Planters Guild welcomed the gathering. R C Rodrigues, president, CASK, introduced the guests to the gathering. Dr Derik Lobo rendered the vote of thanks.

  

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 29 2018

    Indian Christians need to debate Hindu extremist opponents on the basis of citizenship. It is a disgrace that none of the Indian christian universities has a world class political science department. How does one define Mahatma's nationalism? Vague statements are not a substitute for solid analysis and cogent arguments. Indian Christian leaders taking part in public life must be able to define Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar and other Congress leaders vision for India.

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  • John Macias, Nagpur

    Mon, Jan 29 2018

    There can be no doubt about the love, loyalty and gratitude of Catholics to their country. We Christians are creatures of place. The soil under our feet matters. Home matters. Communities matter. The sound and smell and taste of the world we know, and the beauty of it all, matter. G. K. Chesterton, one of our best, would say, "there’s something cheap and unworthy - and inhuman - in a heart that has no roots, that feels no love of country."

    Patriotism is a form of love, and real love sees the world as it truly is. Lately, however, patriotism is being increasingly manipulated by demagogues. It is being made a cheap substitute for religious faith.

    As far as Christians are concerned, patriotism, rightly understood, is part of their genuinely Christian life. There is much to love, and much that’s worth fighting for, in this beautiful country we call our home, mother India. As Christians, we’re here to make it a better place. We are also aware at the same time that our nation is not our final home, not really.

    "For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come, the splendour of which no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him." (Hebrews 13,13; 1 Cor 2,9)

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  • Lily Grace D Silva, Mangalore/Mumbai/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    I want to make it very clear here that we Catholics do not convert but express our faith in God and how merciful and loving He is. If someone has problem, stop sending their children to Christian schools. We try to accommodate the children and teach them the true way of living besides other usual subjects. Please note, many of our leaders have learnt in our schools. We have the right to live because our ancestors were born here. India is our country and no one can deny it. All these differences are made from last 3 plus years. Until then none of the people were talking about any religion instead living in peace and harmony. Now why this difference is made and due to this there are fights, murder, and interference in following one's religion. Christians never ever interfered instead living in harmony with everyone. Now is the time to think seriously, avoid differences and live in peace and harmony. No one is permanent in this world. We will take what good we do when we are alive at the time of death. That's it. Peace be with everyone.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Christians are law abiding citizens and adhere to our constitution without any deviations

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Mahatmas "Nationalism" is a big subject to be understood by every one...

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  • Sampath, India

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Only communals feel that India is unsafe for minorities....why no such confusion arise in muslim or Christian dominated countries..eventhough Hindus are minorities in numbers?..because they know how to respect the rule of the land... conflicts arise when you start going against it..that's what happened in India...
    stop conversation...
    Stop glorify god by deeming other religion god....
    Respect the rule of the land...

    Things will change automatically.... other wise conflicts will remain forever...

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  • Wilma, Dubai/udupi

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Mr Sampath,please visit some of the old care homes,deadiction centers,non profitable care homes run by Catholics.And see how many Hindus are there taken care.Please take one of them to your home and take care for just 2 days and vomit your Mann ki baat.

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Sampath,
    How many of your neighbours, friends & relatives got converted lately?

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  • H A DSouza, Damoh

    Mon, Jan 29 2018

    Dear Sampat
    To buy a computer there is no need to introduce it same way for better life & blessings people of the world come to Christ!. Lord Jesus didnot come to make a religion he came to this World make us good human beings.
    Those people who hate Christians should also stop imitating they should stop using Bus,Train, electricity, calander,computer etc.

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  • Sabrina Machado, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    There is no doubt that Christians have made an immeasurable contribution to india in the education and health care sectors. At times like these where the secular fiber of society is under threat, it is of utmost importance that we continue to be true to gandhian ideals and conduct ourselves with a calm, quiet dignity.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Christians are lovable & peace loving but please do not tell them what to eat & wear ...

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    You can wear whatever you want & eat whatever you want except Beef

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Can you tell us the meaning of the word BEEF ...

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore
    You stop drinking cow milk and I will stop eating cow meat. Product of vegetable is always veg and product from cow meat is also non veg including cow milk.

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    It is not about veg or non veg, no one is banning non veg , only beef is being banned. Hindu sentiments needs to be respected. Else things will turn violent and there will be no peace between the communities. A good will gesture needs to be made by the minorites towards their Hindu brothers in the matter of Beef and certainly Hindus will reciprocate.

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Cow's milk is good for it's calf... Human beings also raise cattle for milk and meat..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore.
    Cow Milk is equivalent to Cow's Blood ...

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Karthik Karkera, you keep telling not to eat and keep exporting as a major exporter, some of your gow Rakshaks go on with extortion....those who want they will keep eating! You hypocrites.....Goa BJP is allowing beef, in Kerala it is regular delicacy for majority Hindu's....!! For few fanatics like you... for few BJP/ BD types only in Mangalore cow is sacred!!

    Pettu pude in the name of cow! You guys go to gulf and you have no problem others eating beef on the same table or in Goa or Kerala!! Your philosphy is complete tussssss!!! After this election peoples verdict will be slap on those few using religion for amassing wealth through politics!

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  • gm, manglore

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    When i was in Gulf noticed that all Indian non veg hotels having beef in their Menu. Why? When it comes to profit and business there is no maatha? I am not against them it is their business and they are working hard.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    We before eating beef you respect cows on the streets who feed on with the garbage.

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  • Raj, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 29 2018

    Mr.Karthik No one need your permission to wear and eat.If possible implement your rule first with your community.Then poke your nose in others matter.

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  • Gabriel, sagar

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Whatever is said, is well said. But what happens in present India is quite contrary to whatever that is said. The present governance want to make the minorities non-functional in the policy-making and decision-making mechanism of the Country.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Sun, Jan 28 2018

    Gabriel, sagar
    You are absolutely wrong in saying ' the present governance want to make the minorities non-functional in the policy-making and decision-making mechanism of the Country.". Either you accept defeat before the game started or you do not face the challenge".

    No doubt, to a certain extent, the present govt. trying to suppress the minorities. That should not deter oneself to move forward. If that is the case, the great soul, late Dirubai Ambani would not have built the great empire. Be a asset to yourself and to your country not to dependent on others.

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