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Town Hall event marks 25th Death Anniversary of St Mother Teresa

Photo Credit : By Author Stanly Bantwal

Mangaluru: Santha Mother Theresa Vichara Vedike’, a stage shared by more than 25 organisations and 125 members  from the district organised a district level symposium on the theme “Humanitarian services in Pluralistic India” to commemorate the 25th Death Anniversary of St Mother Teresa on September 9, 2022 at Kudmal Rangarav Town Hall, Mangalore

The programme was presided over by Mr Roy Castelino, PRO of Mangalore Diocese and was inaugurated by Justice H.N. Nagamohan Das, retired judge of the Karnataka High Court.  

Ms Pallavi Idoor, Managing Director, Sparkle Spa Pvt.Ltd, Bangalore and a well-known writer and thinker, Rev. Dr Fr J. B Saldanha, PRO of Mangalore Diocese and Parish Priest of Bejai Church, Sri Muneer Katipalla, thinker, social activist and state president of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), and Sr M. Lawreena MC, Superior of Mother Theresa Convent, Falnir were present among the many dignitaries  on the dais.  

Mr Yashavantha Maroli, Retired Police officer T. M. Sharief, M. G Heggade, Ex-Mayor Asraf K., Narayanaguru College Administrator Dr Vasanth Kumar, Upright social activist Dr Krishnappa Konchadi, Smt Sumathi S Heggade, Mr Stany Lobo, President of Catholic Sabha, Lion Ronald Gomes, Media Committee Incharge Susheel Noronha, Br Joseph Crasta, Director of Snehalaya Charitable Trust, and Rev. Fr Sudeep Paul MSFS, Director of Sandesha Foundation and other dignitaries were on the dais. 

All the dignitaries on the dias offered flowers to the portrait of St Mother Theresa and paid due respect to her as the Ekathari singer Nada Maninalkur sang the melody  and  Mr Muralidhar Achar, well known artist from the city painted the portrait of St Mother Teresa on the stage. 

Justice H.N. Nagamohan Da said, “Not all can become one more St Mother Theresa, but we all can certainly adapt her noble values by living them in our daily life.” 

He further said, “Values like tolerance, morality and equality can be seen in our neighbourhood, village, city and then in the entire state only when it begins at home.” 

Emphasising on Secularism in India Justice H. N. Das said, “A secular state is the one which differentiates politics from religion. A state shall not have its own religion. Religious sentiments must be separate from politics. It’s unfortunate that we are part of this system. The life and mission of St Mother Theresa is an inspiration to bring change in this pluralistic State.”

The Main Speaker of the day Ms Pallavi Idoor presented her thoughts on the subject “Humanitarian services in Pluralistic India.”  Referring to research statistics, Ms Idoor said, “While almost all religions believe in charity, Christians stand out in almsgiving. It’s because Christians believe charity as the highest form of love.”  

In his response Very Rev. Fr J. B. Saldanha, PRO of Mangalore Diocese and parish priest of Bejai Church said “The holiness that radiates from the little figure of St Mother Theresa inspires me always.” 

Sri Muneer Katipalla, thinker, social activist and state president of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) said, “We need to cross boundaries to spread love everywhere. Artificial solidarity and respect to religions must cease to witness the natural love of all religions.”  

The president of the programme Mr Roy Castelino, PRO of Diocese of Mangalore, in his opening remarks said, “The purpose of organising this event is to live and relive St Mother Theresa, a place of solidarity, equality and fraternity.”

Former MLA Ivan D’Souza, Mr J R Lobo, Mr Mohiuddin Bava, Corporator Abdul Latheef, Former Corporator Prakash Saliyan, Ex Deputy Mayor Mohammed Kunjathabail, State president of Dalit Movement M. Devdas, District president of  Workers Movement U. B. Lokayya, Senior Leaders J Balakrishna Shetty, H. V. Rao, Advocate Padmanachar and  Kudroli temple committee treasurer R. Padmaraj were present.

To mark this celebration a variety of competitions at the district level were organised for school and college students. All winners were felicitated with prizes given by the dignitaries. 

Priests, religious sisters, political leaders, seminarians, college students and people of all faiths, caste, creed and colour were present. 

“Preethiya Sinchana” a short cultural programme followed the stage programme. 

Ekathari Singer Nadha Maninalkur, Artist Maime Ramdas, Singer Jasmine D’souza, Mohammed Ismail, Meghana Kundapura presented songs of solidarity and tolerance. Rev. Fr Rupesh Madtha, coordinator of the programme and designated editor of Raknno Weekly welcomed the gathering. Mr Sunil Kumar Bajal, Social activist and chief secretary of the organising committee compered the programme. 

Report by:-  Rev. Fr Anil Ivan Fernandes, CCC,

Pics by:- Stanly Bantwal and Ranson

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