Mangaluru: 'Christian community not restricted to single political party'


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Nov 23: Speaking at a press meet organized in the city on Saturday November 23, prominent Christian leaders expressed themselves strongly against general analysis being made and aspersions being passed on the Christian community, blaming it for not voting for a particular political party or individual, or defeat of certain candidates caused by the members of this community fighting as independents etc.

President of Karavali Konkans Leslie Rego said, "This is an educated and disciplined society that has served the health and education sectors in a big way. This community always wants good of others and wants harmonious coexistence apart from peace. Leaders of Catholic community like J M Lobo Prabhu, George Fernandes, Oscar Fernandes, Eva Vaz, J H Rodrigues, Margaret Alva, Octavia Albuquerque, Winnifred Fernandes, P M Castelino, Blasius D'Souza and others have served political field well and are looked upon with admiration. Our community has also been serving the society through other sectors. 

Recalling an some allegations against J R Lobo and other Christian candidates, he said, “Some people are spreading false information in social media that some Christian leaders are responsible for defeat of Congress candidates in the recently concluded MCC elections. They alleged that independent candidates were fielded against Congress candidates and Christian vote bank was divided. We are condemn these statements. That is not true. We do not represent any political party. Christians are present in many political parties and we cannot tell them to cast vote for any particular party. If Independent candidates have contested in elections, it is their right because we live in a republic country." 

"In political decisions, like all other communities have acted wise whereas the Christian community acted otherwise. When all other communities have been equally divided among all the political parties and thus enjoying the recognition, political position and the patronage, the Christian community is the only community that has remained the slave of one political party who has taken this community for granted without extending due and adequate representation by denying political positions, deserved seats in all elections and appointments, denied Christian Development Board on one hand and on the other cost the opportunity of enjoying the recognition and political patronage for our community from the other political parties. Therefore, now the mindset of our community has changed since few years so as to be equally divided among all political parties," he added. 

Further the leaders, addressing the gathering said that they wanted to put before the people certain points by way of clarification about their stand relating to political analysis being made by political leaders and others that have been published in publications and news channels about Christians not voting for the candidates of a particular political party, defeat caused by certain candidates because Christian candidates were fielded against them, etc. Expressing surprise and resentment at such things, the leaders said they wanted to place their own opinions in this regard before the people.

They said they are hurt by the comments of political leaders relating to election held to Mangaluru city corporation, that all Christian votes should have been cast for a particular party, candidates of certain political parties faced reverses because of the presence of Christians who fought as independent candidates etc. "We are hurt at the way some political leaders spoke, which were reported by the media, as if Christian candidates fighting elections as independent candidates are committing a crime. We condemn such attitude and want to know how they can expect the entire Christian community to say committed to a particular party," they questioned. They noted that each individual has the right to exercise the constitutional right of choosing the candidates of their choice and therefore urged the leaders not to blame
Christian community for anybody's defeat.

"Christian community is not limited to the twin districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada. It has its presence in Karnataka and all over the country and we have been organizing systematic programmes to create political awareness. Therefore, they said they want to impress upon political leaders not to pass the blame to Christian community for any development.

They pointed out that any person who is eligible to contest an election, has the right to do so through political parties or independently. "How far are leaders justified in blaming our community and leaders for their defeat? Are they justified in cultivating a mindset that this community should vote in a particular way as per their expectations?" they wanted to know.

The leaders noted that when independent candidates from other religions or communities fought the election or supported a particular party of their choice, no one had questioned and the same leaders had not succeeded in convincing them to withdraw their candidatures. They said that about 90 percent of Christians participate in voting process on account of awareness programmes about the need to vote organized by them, and agreed that their votes are decisive in deciding the result. "In the current scenario, people in the same family are split into different political parties. How then can one expect our community to support the same party? Why you do not believe that just like others, we too enjoy the right to fight elections as independents. These people should realize that under the changed environment,
no one can expect votes of particular communities to be reserved for a particular party. They also added that when a good candidate is fielded, Christians support them, notwithstanding heir political affinity.

"In the current day world, husbands, wives, and their children can have divergent political views. Therefore, Christians cannot tolerate comments like a leader from their community had supported an independent candidate, independent candidate did not withdraw from the fray, etc.

Catholic Sabha Mangaluru Pradesh president, Paul Rolphi D'Souza, Mangaluru diocese secretary M P Noronha, president of Rachana (Catholic Chamber of Commerce and Industries) Elias Sanctis, president of All India Christian Union Lancy D'Cunha, were present at the press meet.

  

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 24 2019

    BJP would have got 55 / 60, a clean sweep if few of the Old Corporators too were replaced with New Faces. People in Bejai know very well who is involved in Corruption, your bullshit fake news has been given a tight slap by the people in Bejai ward by once again Electing the Corporator 7th time for his Hardwork. I guess its very Hard for you DeshBakth to Digest that he has won again. Take Some Hot Water.
    Corporator is a person who always responds to his people and develops his area, doesn't matter of any caste, religion or any age(old or young). Its not a Running Race Competition to put Youth everywhere.
    Mr. DeskBakth (Your Fake name Shows your Fake Comments )

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Sun, Nov 24 2019

    Join political parties not to make money but beat the corruption, creating jobs, better governance and society and inclusion of every citizen of the nation without bias of religion or gender or caste systems. That is what is required in a diverse nation. Christian's are good with such area but not many are joined politics and higher in government jobs and military services. Christian's schools makes other sleaders but not thier own communities. It is not enough motivation from parents and community leaders for the youth to make them join in politics or government services. I know there is a bias towards christianity but only we can stand up and break those barriers with love and kindness and hard work. Please try to join every party without leaning towards Congress. Christian can make a big difference

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  • MV, Mangalore, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 24 2019

    Too little too late.

    Let us be honest. We have been a vote Bank of Congress party. The way in which anti bjp sentiments are encouraged in our community is mainly to support Congress party. Our religious leaders have gone over board. Now this change of approach is bound to happen as Congress is on its way of decimation. Need of the hour is being friendly with the peace loving majority community and winning their hearts as in the olden times.

    Someone has rightly said that we are taken for granted. Who can forget celebration of tippy jayanthi after 215 years of this cruel brigand's death only to appease one community giving scant respect to the sentiments of Christian's.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Well explained Mr. Leslie...this may not last long . One particular community of Magalore who supported BJP have started to bang their head to the table....instead of clapping with both hands....!!!!

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  • Rudy, udupi

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    All youngsters with leadership skill try to make a career in politics. Try to join small companies(parties) if you don't get big one. Once you gain experience you can switch over. Same applies for Christians. Best wishes.

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  • Shan, Udupi

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Upbringing of Christian children is different. They were thought taking corruption in sin. Cheating government or any human is sin . So majority will not accept corruption, cheating in their life. But other people were brought up telling in love, business,or in politics everything is acceptable. So most of the Christians will join politics.

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    The Christian community is, on the whole, well educated and politically aware. They cannot be brainwashed or influenced to vote for any particular party.

    It is high time that political parties give priority to selection of worthy candidates (who are willing to place people's interest above personal interest and sincerely work for the upliftment of the society), rather than selecting candidates who can win elections solely on money & political power.

    In any case, the Christian voters should vote for only the most deserving and worthy candidates, whether they belong to any political party or are independents. Christian voters should not be influenced by any other considerations. None of the political parties should consider Christian electorate as their vote bank.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Education & Intelligence are different aspects ..though they are closely knit to each other ..often Educated people fool others ..
    The thing i like about Christians are the following
    1.Discipline
    2.Hard work
    3. Cleanliness
    Things I don't like about Christians is below
    1. Demeaning their ancestral Hindu faith and belief system .
    2.That Only they are entitled for salvation.

    having said this ..it a general perception amongst most hindu majority ..its time they correct these flaws ..not that hindus do not have flaws..
    All religions are there for political control and societal needs ..it has nothing to do with salvation ...Real salvation seekers do not belong to any religion ..according to me.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Sun, Nov 24 2019

    If you believe in no religion then why call yourself one. Only hypocrates do that

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    true...many haivaalas are more intelligent than Economics Ph.D.s

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Christians go with the Honest ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Christian community votes only for the Honest ...

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, communities, were ardent supporters of the grand old Congress party.... They were never provided access to growth and prosperity, rather merely used as blind vote banks to sustain a dynasty !!!! They realized that they were short changed, the elders n influential, decided to float political parties to secure their communities interest in the nation.... BSP, Shiroman Akali dal, AIMIM and many other players, were elected to parliament n state legislatures.... Christians are numerically insignificant, deeply fractured into various denominations, sects, regions, languages.... They are constantly at loggerheads....infighting, is the hallmark, of the community..... With no cohesion, unity, they have failed to galvanise forth, national leaders, to guide the community.... they are a lost sheep without a shepherd !!!! The clergy has always, tried to influence the faithful to vote for the Congress party or its its allies !!! The only national leader was the late union minister, Shri George Fernandes.... Future of the community is uncertain... Sad commentary of a Christian !!!!!!!!

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  • Kiran Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    On one side Christian representatives will say , "This is an educated and disciplined society that has served the health and education sectors in a big way", but when it comes to voting, the whole community votes as a blcok to a particular political party which is totally wrong. This is what has been done till now by our community. We need to have equal representation in each & every political party to hear our views. Don't become a slave of any political party. Best example is the recent MCC elections where Christian candidates are defeated by Christian voters only, even if they were eligible to win.

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  • Roshan Sequeira, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 24 2019

    Kiran D Souza , Mangalore.

    Don't you think onous is on other political parties to attract Christian communitiy join them ? Don't you think some political parties harbour persons/ organisations with prejudice opinion about the Christian's to spit venom in their speeches ? How do you expect Christians to embrace them

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  • Valerian D'Souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Well said and explained. Community should never be restricted to one party.
    Leadership Capabilities of any party will keep on changing.
    In such scenario, how can any person or community restrict their loyalty to a single party?
    it can be sheer foolishness, no community can afford to do that!
    If we blindly support to any party by antagonizing other parties, it is a tool to damage our future and fortunes!

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  • Antony Cony D Souza, Karkala/Mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    A rare glimpse of reading under the title ' 'Christian community not restricted to single political party',
    factual findings from the recent corporation election. A clean analysis of the case which one may call it as “out of the box thinking”.

    Their resounding message is 'Christians need not be inherently pro-Congress on all occasions like-wise Christians also need not be inherently anti-other parties on every occasions'. Well done Lesli bab leading all the way and all other distinguished speakers namely Manest M.P. Noronha

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  • Praan, Mlore

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    The Christians are not the slaves of ONE PARTY is the headline this community wants to make. I appreciate the Christians and this Union for the public revelation of this bitter truth. I WISH that this TRUTH is upheld even by all the RELIGIONS N POLITICAL PARTIES. What matters is not the Religion but the POLITICAL OUTLOOK N IDEOLOGIES... This should be the position of all the WISE CITIZENS OF INDIA.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    When youth don't get opportunity to contest from Congress because old corporators are contesting 7 or 8 times, anger shows by contesting independently.

    Previous corporator (in Bijai area) despite involving in corruption is allowed to contest again. Learn Congress Party, learn from your own mistakes. Blind following is not going to last long, people will revolt and will contest independently even though for not winning but to wean you of votes.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 24 2019

    BJP would have got 55 / 60, a clean sweep if few of the Old Corporators too were replaced with New Faces. People in Bejai know very well who is involved in Corruption, your bullshit fake news has been given a tight slap by the people in Bejai ward by once again Electing the Corporator 7th time for his Hardwork. I guess its very Hard for you DeshBakth to Digest that he has won again. Take Some Hot Water.
    Corporator is a person who always responds to his people and develops his area, doesn't matter of any caste, religion or any age(old or young). Its not a Running Race Competition to put Youth everywhere.
    Mr. DeskBakth (Your Fake name Shows your Fake Comments )

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  • Sunil, Udupi

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Christion community enough educated to decide whom to vote and not to vote , no need any one suggestion to which political party to vote .

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  • Antony, Padil

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Moral: It's time to form our own political party. Congress party hardly gave ticket to 4 Christian candidates in mcc elections. Taking the Christian community for granted and denying party tickets to Christians is fault of dk congress. So they stood as independents whats wrong? We want apology from congress.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    The country will lose its secular credentials if political parties are formed on the basis of religion. There are already sufficient parties formed with the sole intention of representing religions putting the secular fabric of the nation at stake. Christians as a community are known for flexibility, adaptability and broadmindedness. Unfortunately the community is being branded as followers of one particular party. Now we don’t want to be bonded or controlled by another party. So each as an individual should have the liberty to join and vote for the party of his/her choice.

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  • Sunil Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 23 2019

    Congress it appears is not interested in Christian votes they are busy drafting policy and serving for only one community and u all know which one very well... considering the vote bank advantage.....congress didnt even bother avert yettinahole when it came to vote bank.

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