Renaming shame and defeat of reason


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By William Pais

Sep 27: The days go by, the cliché, that the people of Dakshina Kannada are intellectuals, acquires different dimensions for the worst, as many right thinking people raise their eyebrows in silence. That the people of Tulu speaking region made names for themselves in varied fields such as industry, banking, education, cuisine and took leading roles in the world of corporate and enterprise, is slowly taking the form of jingoism of every hue. South Kanara’s sobriquet of being intellectual capital of Karnataka although befitting has been tarnished much to the dismay of right thinking people.History of west coast alludes to the fact that the Arabian Sea lined on the western frontier, opened South Kanara to trade since ages and through it to the world. But the trade had its limit of nothing more than exchanging value for value and everything almost stopped once it was done. Thereforefor far too long area around Dakshina Kannada has been development stagnant and this status quo was maintained far too long.

Come to the second half of nineteenth century. Two historic events have turned the tide of development in economic and educational landscape of South Kanara- arrival of Basel Mission in 1841 and the arrival of Jesuits in 1879. The former brought industry and technology to the shores of South Kanara and the latter brought education. The arrival of Jesuits was an answer to ardent prayers by the locals to the Vatican, then in-charge of sending missionaries to the distant lands, changed the educational scenario in South Kanara. It is common belief that education changes everything around and the history of education in South Kanara progressed too past when its national average was lagging anywhere behind fifty to seventy five years. The primary education in every nook and corner of the district introduced the power of the alphabet to the illiterate. The education being led by Jesuits soon spread to the native church, which took upon itself to establish and run schools from the support of laity and school buildings on its property were a common sight. This was done rising above the cast and creed and in sheer love for humanity. Today, district boasts of robust educational infrastructure, and is the cradle of specialistand super specialist courses in medicine, engineering and hundred other branches of learning. Many have forgotten the precursor to this was ubiquitous presence of primary schools, which taught and bought up everyone who came to the precincts of the school. All those octogenarians and nonagenarians will vouch for this fact. Dr TMA Pai the brain behind global education conglomerate ‘Manipal’ had come to St Aloysius College to pursue his education post his matriculation. Jesuit’s commitment to the betterment of humanity stunned and impressed the young Pai, who was then to proceed to his medical education in Madras. Later when he came to his Alma Mater he remarked ‘if Jesuits fathers who do not belong to this country can serve India in a most committed manner, how much do we as Indians should do it to our own people.’ Not only Dr Pai, scores of persons have decorated the post of high offices, have passed out of this college. They have vouched for its role in educating the young minds for fourteen decades and that the earning the title of intellectual capital lies in the fact that it is the St Aloysius College which became the torch bearer in the path of educating South Kanara.

The reason why I am alluding to this historical opinion is the recent naming of St Aloysius College Road or the Lighthouse hill road as Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty Road, apparently at the behest of Vijaya Bank Workers Association. The reason for this was the location of founders branch of erstwhile Vijaya Bank at the end of the road. Now that Vijaya Bank, of which Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty was one the founder the founder, ceased to exist on its own name owing to recent merger with Bank of Baroda, naming of this road behind him lacks several logical arguments. The campus, being home to institutions from primary to the postgraduate level, frequented by thousands of students, teachers, parents and other academia, and standing strong for 140 years and yet does not show any signs of decay does not take precedence over to an individual whose banking institution history does not cross behind eighty nine years, is the sorry state affairs we are subjected ourselves to. Argument here is not about contribution of one individual but more about, as a civilized society how we respond to history and thereby to our own making. Mangaluru City Corporation, which passed the resolution to the effect, did not think it to be the body of the people, which in turn had to represent the will of the people. The corporation had to show magnanimity to an institution which educated thousands including themselves, their own in past and present, was conveniently overlooked, is fact we as a civilized society need to be worried about. The part of the blame may be to the present management of the college but why the management has to be reason for such attempt at self-glorification? Or they could have decided to follow Christ by showing another cheek. In any case their silence could be justified because the decision was taken in hurried manner without consulting the concerned parties. Or shall I compare it to the way Devendra Fadnavis to oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra in the early hours of the morning only to be resigning soon in most embarrassing manner?

It would have been a saving grace for the civic body had it honored the institution by naming the road after it or in the least retained the same name as Light house Hill road to be neutral. The deliberate attempt to follow due process of consulting the concerned does not augur well for democracy. Even Mulki Sundar Ram Shetty would have disapproved such a publicity stunt. That the person is greater than the institution makes for a bad spectacle and leaves a terrible after taste. The need to rise above petty politics, to be kind to each other, to be sensitive and to be human being is above all else is the need of the hour. Any attempt to change the basic community fabric is not only detrimental but also suicidal for our civility. Dividing on the basis is of religion and caste although has been there since ages but its present form is more pronouncing and blatant is a warning sign to all those who believe in core human values. That 140 years of history is weighed against the narrow political mindset is the misfortune of our times. What has the Mangaluru City Corporation has in justification? Or has it just disgraced itself. Being elected in majority is not to change the basic fabric of the society and no elected body should even attempt to do it. This basic fabric is the collective and cumulative work of our civilization. Let it not be torn apart but bound together in a more harmonious oneness.


William Pais is the author of ‘The Land Called South Kanara’ and also director of Gallerie Orchid, Mangaluru.

 

 


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  • Uttam, Bangalore

    Sat, Oct 10 2020

    Vijaya Bank was founded on Vijaya dashami day . Founders branch was at one end of Light house hill road . Its merger into Gujarath based bank resulted in loss of identity crisis and created ire against the ruling party.

    It's a tactical move that can be understood by anyone with common sense. There is already a 111 acre layout named after MSR Shetty adjacent to IIM Bangalore in a plush locality. A beautiful bust of legendary banker too adorns a circle there. This surely isnt a bunts vs Christian issue as they both get along very well . This is something else

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  • FLORA DSOUZA, Kalmady/Jerimeri-Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Nice Article by Mr. William Pais… नाम में क्या रखा है. जिसे हम गुलाब कहते है … वह किसी दूसरे नाम से भी वैसी ही सुगंध देगा। Don’t worry frineds….

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  • Vasanth Rai, Canada

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Thank you Mr. Pais for taking me back to my student days in the 1950s with your article as well as for the nostalgic photos that I do plan to print out and frame.

    Regarding the name change I have the highest respect for Mulki Sundaram Shetty. One can give any name to the road, but to me, it shall always be "Light House Hill Road"; a symbol of my years at St. Aloysius College.

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  • Jayashree, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    I agree with Dr rai

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  • Jayashree, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    I agree with Dr rai

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  • Ina Carmelita D'Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    The devil cannot tolerate seeing the light shining in darkness. For it loves darkness in the people's mind!!!

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  • Dr. Sudhama Ananda, Mangalore/United States of America

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Thanks to Mr. Pais for the article. A slight correction about the year of the arrival of the Basel Mission. Basel Missionaries arrived on the shores of Mangalore on October 30, 1834. In 1841 they established Basel Mission Press. And later on they established churches and other institutions. The Basel Mission in the then undivided South Kanara changed the socio-economic fabric of the society.
    South Kanara/Dakshina Kannada has a glorious history. We need to remember our history and thank God for the glorious works rendered by all the learned people belonging to different religions. Names of our streets remind us that and we need to pass on that knowledge to our young generation. LET US RETAIN THE OLD NAMES WHICH REMIND US OUR HISTORY.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Let me summarize the controversial name changing programs currently undertaken, not only in Mangaluru city, but across every state in our nation !!! We do get agitated when prominent landmarks, are changed deliberately, to suit the interest of influential individuals or organizations... We can register our disapproval and protest but finally the will of the majority woll have to prevail... Let us always remember that life is all about change !!! Nothing is permanent !!! We are here for a brief period of time.... till then enjoy and cherish whatever is good and leave aside, all negativity !!!!

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  • Ina Carmelita D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    The 'Light House Hill Road'' was found suitable then when SAC was founded back in more than century old. Now just because a bank that is not in name at all for they could not save modi's policies why bring this issue. This is mere works of the enemy, tne who cannot live in peace. Enjoys stirring in hatred and disturbance.

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  • SJ, Mangalore, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    The name of the road is 'Light House Hill Road’ in all the records. You try to get the location of St. Aloysius College through internet, it shows- 'Light House Hill Road'. Look for the location of other premier Christian institution-'MCC Bank' it reads 'Light House Hill Road'.
    The Corporation might have changed the name as 'St. Aloysius College Road' decades ago, then why 'Light House Hill Road' still persists? Why the concerned people did not try to implement the changed name? At least proper sign board that it was 'St. Aloysius College Road' could have been done.
    When Vijaya Bank itself is not there and its head office is changed to some other name, what is the big deal in naming it Mulki Sundaram Shetty Road? Who will call this by such a long name? Even Mahatma Gandhi Road is known as MG Road. There is one college in Sundaram Shetty's name in Udupi district and it is known as 'MSRMS College'.
    By changing the names of the circles or the roads, nothing is going to change. The name and fame of St. Aloysius College or Lady Hill Highschool does not depend on the road or the circle. There are so many premier institutes built by philanthropists whose names are not given to adjoining roads or circles.
    Let this road remain as ‘Light House Hill Road’ No one is going to lose or gain.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Nobody is talking about 'St. Aloysius Road' nor asking it to be named to so. Nobody had a problem with it being called 'Light House Hill Road'

    The talk is about changing 'Light House Hill Road' to 'Mulki Sundar Ram Shetty Road'

    What was the necessity to change the name ? Because there was Vijaya Bank at the Jyothi Talkies end of the road. Granted, the bank was there, we can understand the connection. Now that the Bank is not there, the entire lot of people associated with the bank could not retain the bank's existence, why they went ahead with the name change ? This is the topic.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Who said Nobody is talking ? That is the talk of the town for your kind information . St Aloysious College Vs MS Shetty Rd. Of course there are vested interests from both the sides fueling it. One side is trying hard to claim it is St Al... rd and its a insult to the institute to change it to a person, that's their main complaint. Other party is claiming the former to show Evidence if any as per official records. That is the main issue. Dint you hear the Viral press conference of a Father form the college 2 days back ?

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  • SJ, Mangalore, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    If the name of the road was changed, the college management should have erected a big road sign with the name. All the near by institutions, offices should have changed the location from 'Light House Hill Road' to 'St Aloysius College Road'. The management should have beautified the sides of the road by planting some trees etc. This is one part.
    Now the Vijaya Bank is not there. The founder branch was not on this road. There is no justification to change the name to Mulki Sundaram Shetty Road.
    Amicable settlement-let the previous name "Light House Hill Road" remain. Let us not fight on this trivial issue.

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    What next? Well the brain-dead imbeciles will want to rename the Arabian Sea!!!

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Pen is really mightier than sword .....Result MSR Shetty's name was glorified by naming the LHH road after him.....through legal pticess ,govt's permission and duly honouring law of the land....

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    KRPrabhu, Bangalore — kasale varshik thugalé!

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Jokers are proving again & again....!!!!
    Once a Joker always a Joker....!!!!!

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  • Melric Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    The Vijaya Bank was founded by Late A.B.Shetty at a house where present Hotel Abhiman stands near Bunts Hostel.It would be appropriete and befitting
    to name the road leading to Bunts Hostel from the present founders branch as MSShetty Road

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Thank you for this beautiful explanation Mr. Wlliam Pais, please keep writing to enlighten us DW readers, more.

    I have this to say :
    Those who ensured the renaming, had no value for SAC because none may have got any imparting from the landmark institution. Only those who head a myna singing, know the differentiation when a crow crows. We can't expect it from those who never heard a myna singing.

    Yes, there shouldn't be much pain since the road WAS not named after the institution but what hurts more is that now the Bank too is not existing when the name is changed to it. Therefore, the process of renaming it is all the more futile. SAC maintains its dignity by not asking the street to be named after it now, or earlier. I salute you SAC for this. You will continue to domain many hearts.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    coming to end of Vibaya Bank the Road is not to be called Vijaya Bank Road but as MSSHETTY Road. Further the SAC was always reffering the road as LHH Road in their own letter head /calender etc etc. Even if we beleive that once it wS named as SAC Road how come nobody used the name? SAC itself was not using that name.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Rathan, where did I mention 'St. Aloysius Road' ?

    Can you tell me ?

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Desbhakt
    Where I said you mentioned "St Al Road?
    Read SB reply to ur earlier comment

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Shivaram karanth road is still called as balmatta road by most in their official mailing . So?

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    In Mumbai there so many historical (British era) names of places, Railway stations, Hospitals, public parks and the government is less bothered change such names into Marathi names.

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    In future, someone may ask 'who mr. Shetty?', answer would be 'he founded a bank that closed'. Answer to the employee association

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  • Wilfred Lobo, Karnataka

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Road was named by ancestors based on historical contribution but erasing the name by unwisely is a blind decision, name will fade away or taken away by natural calamities but the Wisdom add Education will remains stronger , Humble and Silence is Strength but Pride will lead to Weakness.

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  • Abdul Shereef, Maikala

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    When is Morgans gate changing to 'mogaveera katte'?

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  • Abdul Shereef, Maikala

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Change is inevitable in life.
    Old names should be changed.
    Once Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister, slowly we will change all MG roads and IG roads to Rahul Gandhi Roads.

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  • NAVEEN, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    When congress was in power MSR name was passed. Now Blaming BJP no use.

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  • GANESH M, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Oppertunity of being heard was given as a due process. It seems the management missed the oppertunity to put their case in the right time. St Aloysius is a great institution with a long history. heard that Mulki Sundaram shetty hemself was an aloysion. However, belittling Mulki Sundaram Shettys contribution by comparing is also not right. It was the members of the emploee associaton who earned their bread and butter through this Bank sent a request as the founder branch was located at one end of the Road. The management could have sent a request for naming the Road as SAC road long ago as it was an old institution.

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  • Shalet, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Ganesh
    The staff of Vijaya Bank got their bread & butter from public money (depositors money ) not from the pocket of Sunder Ram Shetty.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Who ever involved renaming the roads etc. don't know the reality of the history.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    They know the reality but hate or jealousy towards christianity is a point to be noted. As I was growing all these guys will come in eat In our houses for santhmari annual feast of our parishes and then they go and do such bullshit. It is hard to think backstabbers. They all study in catholic educations and become leaders and finally you see such stupid act from them
    According to Jesus his followers has to feel humiliated the way jesus was on the cross so that many unbelievers will be touched that pain of christ and start loving christ than hating eventually. COvid came to this world with a purpose to teach a lesson to the world to be humble than arrogant, feel the pain of the suffering and learn to help others, respect the mother nature than destroy with various human forms. So donot get pained on changing the road names. These politicians involved with this act will soon regret of thier negligence and wrongdoing. Just pray for them and their families. And supporters. God is good and takes care of everything in his own time.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    One thing I fail to understand...Why these kept quiet when the permission to renam the LHH Road as MSR Road by getting the dye permission from local admn and giving sufficient publicity in local press and calling for object if any from any quarters...
    When the process is completed with complying all rules of the land..Why these murmuring now..?

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Mon, Sep 28 2020

    Prabhu silent supporters like to stop asking such stupid questions on name change. People like you are creating all these and then pretend like nothing has happened.

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  • Eddison Dsouza, mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Very Well Written Article. Hope this opens many blocked minds in our society. You have shown the reality through your writing. Please keep the good work going.. All The Best

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  • Edward, DAKSHINA KANNADA

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    it was corporation when congress was in power that the naming of light house road was passed.
    Reading facts is better in these case.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    it was under da mayorship of mahabala marla who belong 2 bunt community had acted cowerdly. i condemn marla's foolish act.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Get facts about the process...It is not a secret one...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Cowrdish act from da fundoos

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Edward, then Vijaya Bank was still standing there when the decision was taken. Don't the guys who insisted on renaming the road had just as much sense to retain the bank's name than letting it flow towards Gujarat ?

    This is if at all you are still justifying the name changing, I mean, after reading what the author has beautifully described here.

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  • GANESH M, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Vijaya bank is a nationalised Bank so is Bank of Baroda. in the olden days employments were direct and at the descrition of the managment. So name change wont affect anyone. it is only to appeal a section emotionally.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Ganesh, we the people of Karnataka too have a nationalized bank in our own state. BANK OF MYSORE. If at all the matter of merging one nationalized bank with the other, why not with Bank of Mysore ? Why Baroda ? A totally outside bank ?

    Is your love for Mangalore/Karnataka just that much ? You are ready to let go our glory to anywhere ? In that way, I am sure you feel pride in shedding one road's name in our city to (a man from) Mulki. I should have understood that earlier.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Valid argument without any prejudice ! DK intellectuals tag is already washed away as they lost their senses and credibility when it comes to GRATEFULNESS ! We the DK only good at dirty politics in the name of RELIGION ( Thanks to NALINI and SHOBHA ) where as CHRISTIAN institutes never differentiate or discriminate any of the community and welcomed with the open arms and embraced them with beautiful open heart. Whoever got quality education from these institutions no one deny the fact that they reached the peak of the respective careers.

    Those who feel some respect should think twice the significance of the name and its history before they wants to change it because of mere personal gains.

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  • Shuba, Mangaluru

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    The article on renaming shame has given the maximum knowledge to the readers who can raise their voices for false publicity of short lived truth where the street is renamed without consulting the actual educational institutions who have really worked for the development and educating and producing the talented prominent people in the industry as also in other fields. A big shame on egoistic people who renamed the street .

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  • Gail crasta, MANGALORE

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    Let the corporation know that we are not happy with this decision and we will not be silent and let democracy die infront of our own eyes. This might seem trivial to some but the naming of the road with was done in a manner only suitable to those of autocrats seems unnecessary and is unjust to the minorities. As a minority is feel unimportant and iam deeply saddened to know that a founder of a bank hold more importance than an institution whose foundations have laid the lives of many jnto prosperity.
    To me this act seems cowardly and feels like an era of "modern" and "secular" nazi rule.
    NOTE: MODERN AND SECULAR ARE IN QUOTES.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    The change of name itself defame mr Shetty and it's against his conscience and will. Most of road land may be independent popular MP and ICS. Mr Lobo prabhu who lived and died in that area. The people failed to save vijya bank grab some other name and install mr Shetty.But in the history this black dot remain.BJP should come out from cut and paste agenda

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    The people who renamed the road of St. Aloysius College road have not got good education and some of them wanted their children to get good education in the Jesuit institution. The renaming of the above road will leave a scar in many minds.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    People with education call it LHH road. Not St Al.. rd. It reads LHH rd in maps, and in the college name board. If some one wanted to name it St...whatever Road, they should have done it all these while with due legal process . No body would have bothered it, & even if they they have had to bother, would have stayed it in Court. Not doing press meets and doing caste politics over it.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    SB, there was a stay invoked by the previous MLA. However, a stay has it's time limit. Once it expired, if the current MCC ruling party went ahead with renaming the street, why they didn't have it in their mind that Vijaya Bank is not standing there anymore ? They should have either attempted to stop the merger (which erased the bank's name forever) or, dropped the idea about renaming it at all !

    Don't Vijaya Bank staff, who celebrated the event with all those drums and dancers, feel any humiliation when their founder's dreams were shattered for ever ?

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  • SB, Mlore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    I agree with almost all your points that there was no need of all these celebration especially in the time of Pandemic, or this renaming now since the Brand "Vijaya bank" itself is not there ( however I checked with the branch manager on my bank who said the the trust and depositors are still the same people who trusted the bank and they have not left it. Significant people from all communities, especially minorities also , especially middle class. lower middle class and poor have their account in Vijaya bank ( now (BOB). Am sure this was done intentionally to avenge the 2017 stay by Lobo.

    My point was about the process that was followed to rename this. It does not make any difference for me what that Rd is named whether some St something or Haji something or some Swami. But politicizing this issue , especially passing casteist statements is uncalled for. Vijaya Bank union may have had different caste people not only Bunts, if not Christians and Muslims. They had their own right to demand something for their founder then( 2015-16-17). They have followed all the due process including following procedure as per MCC guidelines, in a MCC run by Congress , and State Govt, announced in News paper , and followed all procedures. No one challenged them in court. Suddenly at the last moment vested Interests brought Aloysious college into this , got students to March , thus made this a caste political issue. It is very obvious that Lobo did what he would do , that is bring a cabinet stay ( LOBO did it, not MCC). When the same majority elected LOBO they dint bother his caste then, but now they do ( cant help it). Current MLA used the same power of his to vacate this stay ( why MCC now?). Even now, if the other party feels so much for that Rd, let them go to court if they have any evidence for their claim. Not do press conference and divide people . Its sad that it has come to Bunts and Christian issue now, not about the Status Quo.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 27 2020

    SB,

    The so called nationalized bank with all community people holding account in it, with so many years of history, got no road in Mulki to name after the gentleman who did so much for the good of people of India ? If at all in Mangalore city, why especially this bank location was chosen ? There no other places in Mangalore city where a Vijaya Bank is existing ? Or, they could not reserve a new road to name after the gentleman ?

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