Mangaluru: The district Youth Congress along with senior leaders and party workers of Congres party on September 29 took out a huge padayatra for peace in the district and in protest against immoral goondaism.
The peaceful protest rally ‘Shantiyuta Nadige’ from Lalbagh to Kankanady was held in order to spread awareness among people in the district.
District incharge minister Ramanath Rai flagged off the padayatra at Lalbagh. The rally passed through PVS junction, Bunts Hostel, Balmatta and concluded at Kankanady grounds.
Addressing the peace march, Fr Richard Coelho, director of Father Muller Charitable Institutions, said, “Peace and harmony is very essential for the development and progress of the society. Violence is like a disease, and we should condemn it. We should work towards achieving peace. Violence is a threat to the development of state and nation. Only peace and harmony can bring development. Peace leads to salvation. Today, helping nature is declining among mankind. Unity comes only when there is peace and harmony. We should render service to humanity and unite. Our lives should be dedicated to doing good deeds.”
“People belonging to different communities should come together to defeat the communal elements Strive hard to maintain peace, help others and learn to forgive. We should be united by hearts and love” he added.
Vikhyatananda Swamiji of Hosmar Math gave examples of Hindu-Muslim unity and said, “Peace & harmony should come from the heart. Indian culture promotes peace and everyone wants peace. It is our dharma. We are born in this land; anyone did not come from Pakistan or Arab or the US. Constitution is very important to us. Peace should be our mantra. There are good and bad people in all religions. We should make efforts to live with brotherhood and humanity.”
MLA Mohiuddin Bava lauded Youth Congress for taking the initiative to protest against immoral goondaism and said, “This is a great step against fundamentalist forces. All people wish for peace, and the Youth Congress has fulfilled their wish. We will always raise voice against immoral goondaism.”
MLC Ivan D’Souza in his presidential address said, “Earlier the padayatras would be organized for raising funds and some social causes, but unfortunately today we are forced to hold padayatra to protest against communal violence and immoral goodaism. Earlier we used to live as brothers without any discrimination, but today we think communally even when it comes to educational institutions. Is it the culture of our land? We should be ashamed of ourselves. This is happening because of communal ideologies. The future generations will suffer – communal violence and immoral goondaism will be a challenge to them.
“We are going against the culture of the land and the Constitution. Awareness is very important on these issues. In future if anyone involves in such activities, we should boycott them. Let us live a peaceful life and let law take its own course. Communal tension also hinders development of the district. People will not forgive those who indulge in immoral goondaism and communal violence. Communal forces could be defeated if all citizens joined hands to get rid of the forces from disrupting the society.” he asserted.
District Youth Congress President Mithun Rai said, “Our aim is to make this district free of communal disharmony. Congress party has always wished for Hindu-Muslim unity. This padayatra has been organized to create awareness against immoral goondaism and condemn the communal forces. If any incident of immoral goondaism occurs in the district, Youth Congress will condemn it. Due to this immoral goondaism, development and employment opportunities in the district have badly affected.”
“Youth should strive towards bring laurels to the district. Our youths are being threatened. Do not test our patience. We will raise voice against immoral goondaism whenever it takes place in the district,” he stressed.
MCC Mayor Jacintha Alfred, deputy mayor Purushotham Chitrapur, former mayor Shashidhar Hegde, Praveen Chandra Alva, Luqman, vice-president of Youth Congress, M S Mohammed, and others were present.