God bless one and all on this auspicious eventful day. May Allah shower his blessing on this event.
Societies like organizations go through phases of storming, norming, forming, reforming, and re-norming in continually. Those who are incapable to manage these processes of evolution fall by the way side and die.
Burqa, Head Scarf: The non-muslim contention that Muslim women are forced to wear is not necessarily true. Majority of Muslim women are wearing it out of conviction. The majority may turn into minority as the community reforms. Our own clergy were once bound by cannon law to wear cassocks but not now hen they non-liturgical roles. Our women were once bound by cannon law to wear veil in church, now it is left to the sense of modesty of each individual. many of our women pull the sari pallu over their heads inside church. That swamis are wearing their own ang-vastras during non-religious events but call upon muslim women to uncover is in itself bigotry. The same allies to mullas if they cal upon Hindu women not to wear mangaasutra, bindi, or any such ornament suggestive of their religious identity.
Minorities are not safe because a particular brand of Islam is its state religion and thus state power is stacked against minorities. When the constitution of India is overturned to set up a Theocracy on whole or part territory of India, your fears will come true. As it happened to Kashmir Pandits in the valley. What holds true for Mulsim Kashmiir Valley can be true for Christian Northeast, Sikh Punjab, and Hindu Gujarat or Hindu Rashtra.
On Changing Village: it changes on its own momentum, leading it and internalizing the changes within us is not cakewalk, but not impossible.
Powerful people: They are powerful by the power of their arguments, doctrines and explanation of people s interests and appeal of the solutions they hold out. No one is powerful by divine right.
Rules of Institutions: Yes, the managements are exclusively frame the rules and have the right. But, they also change rules according to a changing social mores. For example St. Aloysius switched from only boys in my time to co-ed. It allowed dhoti, mundu, and jubba for teachers in my time, and mundu for boys as long as they do not lift it up and tie up..
Dear Alphonse, call it multiple talents, sports and hobbies etc!!! Life is very short, one has to enjoy as best as one can! It is very simple. We all live for today! Tomorrow who knows…? I always feel that try to be good with others, be positive, spend quality time with your family and also make best use of your time for some good things that will give you happiness but not at the cost of others…and to talk about cricket…whether Olympics or not, am for cricket 24/7 my friend! Watch out for T20 world cup in Sri Lanka soon. In one of my article earlier I have mentioned as ‘my winter garden….!!! So it is summer…
May the almighty god shower his devine blessings in hundred folds upon Mr. Hidayatulla Abbas Saheb and all the donors.
With the support from baseless, politically oriented "Groups" will play havoc to get attention and to get some footage on T.V.to spoil all this. So my answer is "YES" we can! Change!!! BTW a bit late in conveying my opinion on this particular and very informative article Dear Sir, just because it’s Olympics Cricket time as well...
As always the article from our Mudartha Sir is one the best in its own imitable style and the real happenings (good or bad) now and then in our society are very interesting to read, digest and protest to find a permanent solution to it with a strong Law. So that never ever in our civilized society no one should be a victim of this. Yes! I tried to read and get to re-rewind some of the facts which he have been highlighted, are the real issues which cannot be changed overnight especially a vast and diverse country where everyone as a citizen has to do a bit in their own which will benefit and help to develop more and more to keep the this anti-social elements to be rooted out. It will not happen overnight especially whatever development has took place in our costal area is there for all of us to feel and enjoy. But as opined by the writer of this article, everything comes with a price, that price may not be in monies but in other forms. So we have to change with the times. Whatever the earlier generation has gone through from our humble beginning is an experience in itself. So I strongly believe education will bring this change but communal forces and anti social elements...
Well said Mr. Shettar, the C.M. your statement is millions dollars worth. If you take self decisions according to the matters, facts and situations without any promptings other than those who are supposed to give their opinions, you will make a better C.M. and the party may recover from defame.Be your self.Good luck.
At last wisdom has dawn on ANNA. His own folly has lead to this fate. One cannot hate for long. Fight is different hating and blaming is another thing. Anticorruption movement is not ended. But Anna Team is ended. There are thousands of anti corruption workers, and the fight will continue.
Very good programme. Youth must be trained. This training of "how to conduct effective meetings" will go a long way in making meetings effective. Many do not know (even elected memebrs)how to participate effectively in meetings.I remember a chinese proverb: Instead of giving fish daily tach him how to fish and he will eat fish daily . The director of ICYM- Fr. Peres has done a great job with laudable thoughts. Thus we can build our future generation.
Very good article.Whatever written is true. But, i have some comments. As long as so many cast, creed, religion dominating India, we minorities are safe. Look at Pakistan. Minorities are not at all safe there. Regarding, changing world,very difficult, you, me and Mr. Benedict, with different opinions (we have) cannot even change our village. Powerful persons in India or elsewhere, still dictate their terms.Regarding, dress code of a college, Muslim lady teacher, being an employee, she should adhere the rules of employer. If not quit.Employer will get lot more employees. Working Priests are representatives of school authority(They are the Bosses) and Religious leaders like Muslim Mullas and Hindu Swamijis.
Well initiative by KCO Abu Dhabi. Wishing all the best. I am sure Valli will take a lead in organizing these games as he he very much experienced. Good luck
A strict CBI justice will put an end to such miscreants. People will then stop saying...."BELEG JANA SIKKUJI"
I thank all my readers who took their valuable time to express themselves in this forum. My essay is not a fatalistic moan. It is a statement of facts as they are. It does not imply we have no hope of a change coming. Every change comes through pain, just as a mother gives birth to her child in pain including bleeding.
In a viewers comments to another story, I promised a sequel on this theme. During the interlude, you are free to read my political perspective at www.udupitoday.com, whereas this was cultural perspective. The sequel will be economical perspective, hopefully delivered over the coming weekend to your favorite home portal.
But can you change the world, asks Advocate Benedict Noronha. Yes, Sir. I can, you can and we can.
In fact the world is changing every moment. It has never been still and static. It is dynamic like the waters in the river on whose bank your and my roots are. It is because we refuse to accept this natural truth and resist the changing world, the conflicts are inevitable. Every conflict produces victims at the hands of those who were victims of a previous conflict.
When and if you will take time from your busy schedules and reflect on the central theme of this essay, you will realize that the change has to come from within: me, you and us. This is completely achievable, because none can stop you from changing except yourself.
The essay was constructed to make the point that the communal mindset lives on and literacy has only accentuated the keen awareness of each community as separate, much more than in the past, as a defense against the fear of a changing social, cultural, political and economic environment in and around Mangalore. My penultimate sentence says it all: We are in for a long haul of legal and extra-legal battles, street gang wars and storms. That is not bad..
When the whole world is glued to the Olympics especially we after going through your articles, amazed to learn that you had time too to watch Cricket Matches. I was just checking the final scores on TV and never bothered to watch. Anyways, now you have given all the details of ups-downs,high-low scores, we know the complete story. Thanks for the detailed report. BTW how is the gardening going on..?? Appreciate your multiple talents, sports, gardening, etc...
Made my day, with this easy on mind story, though scary in parts. In this context, let me record how my sister cured me of my own playfulness with Tommy, Mickey, Blackie. She resented that they stole my attention during my stay with her, she having unquestioned right my affection. Vengefully, she acquired a bitch and named her Julie..:D
Good come back for Team India. Excellent performance by Virat Kohli.He will be the future wall of India.
Surprise to see Rohith Sharma s failure. In spite of getting so many chances he failed miserably.
Religion is to discipline the people to live with harmony in the society. When you love too much your religion then people of other religion looks like enemy.
Same thing happening in our district. People using religion as excuse to do anti social things. And our politicians are provoking these anti social elements for their personal gains.
Law protection people should take tougher steps and punish these such a way that others will not dare to do this type of things in future.
Very informative article. There always good and bad in everything. Kuch paane keliye kuch kona padtha hai.
Love to read your interesting thought provoking articles.
First they "bought" gods by offering expensive offerings like crowns, elephants etc. Then they "bought" the judges. What next? Karnataka is facing the curse of all the gods for challenging them through bribes and false oaths.
The group looks like a bunch of Chambal Valley dakoos. What better things can you expect from them other than what they did?
Your write up reminded me of my life in the village where "aaye - umbe", "aal - mol" and "aar - mer" were the key words to differentiate the castes, irrespective of the age of the person or the position he or she held! Of course, now the things have changed; but not the mind set.
Nice read JB; story-like, entertaining, informative and simple. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks a lot. Your contribution to BV is very much appreciated.
Dear Keviv, please give the statistics of past 10 years showing how many conversions have taken place in undivided Dakshin Kannada from one religion to other to prove
Great debate and emotional outburst. The Police have come to a near conclusion of clamping goonda Act on the criminals. it must be thoroughly enforced with political milieu. The pressure must be to see that this kind of self policing must end. Else what ever the great personalities like Mr N.Vinaya Hegde and othere speakers, have discussed,expressed will be another drop of milk in the sands of Mangalore-Ullal beach. Thats all. Let no politics enter in taking action please.
Very informative. No time to read in detail. But can you change the present world?
Root cause for all these is conversion.Some convert for silly reasons.People should be given religious freedom.Some say you should visit some religious place on Friday.Some say you should visit some religious place on Sunday.Some say you should visit some religious place on Thursday.People should develop individual thinking.People should reform rather than convert.
WC Manjula is more of a joke than diginity to the post she holds!! High time eligibilty criteria and scope for holding State women Commission(?) post be made public!! She will be out of job within seconds!!!
The worthies are free to send a toothless memorandum to equally spineless Governor and his council of ministers. At penniless college students leaders we too such stuff decades ago.
But our speakers here are resourceful and have the power to lead change if they are sincere. Some suggestions are:
1. Mr. Hegde may begin with allocating a reasonable number of seats in vocational institutions owned and controlled by the trust that he represents. Selling seats to the highest bidders is part of the problem.
2. Advocate Nayak may explore eays to initiate civil action free of legal charges in civil courts, besides PIL, submitting that the victims are afraid to come out in the state. Our courts these days are known to deliver socially reactive judgments, on thee lines of Hindi movies. Ask Katju.
3. And so on, each in their own sphere can find ways how to heal this rift and communal divide.
4. We all know goons were made, not born. They are political tools and we know every party, business and contractor in town and outside town hires them for protection or intimidation of rival interests. When less and less goons are available to hire, such situation is controlled. (more in a sequel)
Why they are not shouting against HJV!!? Are they part of HJV!? If they do not oppose barbarism of HJV...I believe they have no right to represent any student in DK!! My advise to every student is to focus on studies and family rather than wasting time on unjust organisations!!!!
Well researched article sir Phillip. Good memories of your village/college days and esp. room in Udupi unbelievable but very much true. Secondly your thoughts on how the system worked, the class, religions took advantages.. etc. sometimes it is very funny, but you have a point to make. Great writing. An apt for the current situation...
I ask a simple question to Mr.Roger! Dear Mr.Roger, would u allow these gundas to your own relative s wedding party for moral policing,where young boys and girls dance and drink??? And one more thing Mr. Roger, u remember these gundas are as same as your friends who visit your home during festivals to eat "dukramas",beef and to fill whisky! Then who is the real culprit? It is not fair Mr.Roger.
yes, without the patronage of the political back up these goons will not have guts to attack even the dogs, forget about humans. These need to be booked under GOONDA ACT. ARISE has risen to the occasion and we expect quick action to submit Memorandum to Governor and CM to take stern action against these goons and to get justice to the victims. Mangalore is a educational hub built over the years by our ancestors, intellectuals, various Religious Institutions and earned a good name and now it is spoiled by these un-educated, un-ethical goons. Let that not happen in future, let us fight to finish and throw them out. ARISE PLEASE KEEP FOLLOW UPS UNTIL JUSTICE IS DONE AND PEACE IS RESTORED.
Mr. Nelson, my previous comment on Mr.Jenna is about his perticular remarks on photographer. I never said he is non-secular. No point in discussing his political carrier and his denoted attitudes towards the society. He may have implemented some policies to the upliftment of the poor. It doesn t mean that pour some more salt on the burning wounds.
Fantastic write-up. Keep it up Philip Mudartha.
Top class article. Analysis and deep thoughts of half a century's evolution! Keep it up Philip.
We feel so sad when hear the sad story of her.But she is so sad at this that even her dreams cant come true. We all should pray for her.
It is indeed a very tragic story. I hope the St. Aloysius Management help the girl to stand up on her own feet by providing all support she needs. Our heart goes out this teenager/student but God has His own ways. One is assuring that St. Aloysius college taken care of her mother and her so far when all other colleges declined and I am sure they will take care of this girl until she finishes her studies. May Almighty protect her and help her in her daily struggle.
our so called leaders are misleading youths and using youth power for their personal gains. The government is under the control of these communal leaders.
So it is the time to unite all people and defeat these anti social elements for peaceful living.
yes, this is the only way to teach them a good lesson. If this is not done, it will encourge them and their associate organizations to attack more places and it is will give them more power.
Finally, I hope this case is considered as Goonda Act for releif of victims especially and all of us directly or indirectly victims of these goons./ RSS Branches.
Well done Saina Nehwal! Congratulation, sometimes victory can be God s gift, take it, accept it, own it, it is all yours Saina! With lots of pride you made us all happy keep up your commitment and continue to hone your talent. It is your hard-work which paid off.
In this time, in the disturbed autosphere, we can see mother s heart in Shashi
The incident shows how well the law of the nation is respected.The media, the moral police, political parties and the police, religious outfits and every tom dick and harry is keen on commenting and proving their points right. But guys what about law? We have constitution which gives us a right to privacy and ensures liberty. Looks like other than laws, everything works. We haven t noticed any discussion about the applicability of any provision of any law here. Even if the said act was obscene, no law allows you to take action by your own. A husband can t touch his own wife without her consent. So who are these goons to touch an unknown girl without even verifying the facts?
The activists did a favor to the state. Intoxicated by the backing of remote control of the state government power and cheap alcohol, the attack by cadre turned out to be a friendly fire because none of the victims are not from religious minorities at all. They are all from respectable upper caste and who are at the forefront of defending the saffron vision for Mangalore and the country. For them, the saying came true a little too soon: "when they came for Jews, I did not protest...and they came for me". God bless the activists.
Roger, I reiterate I do not like and therefore do not approve of Manjula-akka s hairstyle. (Now, go on ask who am I to like or disapprove and add that she is adult and can decide it for herself. Case rests)
On reality in Mangalore: yes, I am ignorant about them. Some people have an omniscient third eye equipped with ancient technology to survey everything and know everything really. I don t. The senior police officers don t, state ministers and CM don t, HJV boss doesn t, and even the eye-witness Navin Soorinje doesn t. Take your special knowledge to the courts, under oath, Sir.
3. To demonstrate my ignorance of reality let me publish a tit bit of a news: Bro. Andrew s Mangalore prayer hall was also forcefully evicted of its occupants by the culture activists. Who is this man? Those without third eye, sit anywhere and google Grace Ministries.