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Assam Salesians pray for alumnus chief minister
By C. M. Paul
Guwahati, May. 24. The Salesians in Assam on May 23 prayed for the northeastern Indian state`s chief-minister-designate Sarbananda Sonowal, one of their former students.

Sonowal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who led a coalition that ended 15 years of Congress rule in Assam, is set to take office on May 24 evening at Guwahati, the state`s commercial capital. Read full text

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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM India Guwahati
says:
May 27, 2016

Remember bridges are made for people, both friends and foes, to cross. If you burn the bridges (read cut off interaction) you have no possibility of befriending dialogue nor promoting people to people exchange – spawning a situation which best breeds intolerance. Statesmanship and leadership demand heads of political parties and institutions to rise above ideologies and find common ground for meeting as human beings. Earlier in May this year, Don Bosco Guwahati witnessed Head Imam of Ambari and Archbishop John Moolachira sitting side by side with the High priest of famed Kamkhya temple as well as the former Governor of Meghalaya - for the cause of street children - "Make Me Smile" event organized by 4th semester students of Mass Communication, Assam Don Bosco University.

 
PARAPPULLY Jose India Bangalore
says:
May 26, 2016

It is also worthwhile to recall here what happened at the Conclusion of the National Celebrations of Don Bosco's Birth Centenary in New Delhi a few months ago. BJP stalwarts (distinguished alumnus and alumna, for sure for reaching where they have reached and who mostly probably will reach higher ranks) were given pride of place on the stage and they were the featured speakers. Sonowal was also listed to speak, but did not turn up. Piush Goyal spoke gloriously of the Don Bosco Education he had received at Matunga. But he is also one of the leading brains behind BJP ideology. Smriti Irani's comments were focused on some words from a book on education that found a national platform for release on that day. She did not have much (anything at all, if I recall) about Salesian Education. She focused more on being taken to a back gate to the venue! Leadership of Delhi State were conspicuously absent. I guess, they would not have wished to share platform with BJP ministers. No one raised an eyebrow at that time. So, what is motivating us to give such pride place of place to BJP stalwarts? Is their having received a Salesian education a worthy motivation, when the ideology they profess is so anti-Salesian?

 
PARAPPULLY Jose India Bangalore
says:
May 26, 2016

I fully endorse the views of Thomas Pallithanam. At the same time I also realized the compulsions - self-created- by the Salesian Family leadership to honour the Chief-Minister designate. I guess there are many advantages in honouring the Alumni and Alumnae that have made it. And we do turn a blind eye to the ideologies that have helped them reach where they have- ideologies directly contrary to the educational principles that the Salesians live by and seek to promote in their students. Many persons compromise on their values to gain some advantage. I guess, we Salesians are no exception! Those we honour today could very well be the ones that strangle Catholic education in the country in the future (personal values will have to be sacrificed/compromised at the altar of party ideology and practice if one is to get ahead!) Let's wait and see how the party ideology will evolve and affect Catholic Education. By the way, where there any BJP representatives present at this prayer meeting?

 
PALLITHANAM Thomas India Kakinada
says:
May 26, 2016

Two months ago when I met VM Thomas I did predict that Assam would go the BJP way. And when the elections will be over in 2017 Manipur will also go the BJP way. And I am saddened that to know that we have educated at least four to five generations of young people in the North East and as they grow up they find BJP is the best for themselves and the Nation. I am although more saddened to know that we continue to take pride in those who make it out "there' regardless of the values the party professes. What makes us so blind to the reality of India being formed into intolerant society by the Sangh Parivar? I am trying to understand what it is in the way see our "eductive mission" that does not make us sit up and take notice of the political environment that is unfolding across the nation? That we have no issues with the intolerance that is spreading, that we have no problem with the pushing of cultural nationalism that attempts to homogeneous the idea of India, we have no problem with the the effort to "other" everyone who does not believe in the ideology of the Sangh Parivar? Let us not take comfort by saying that it is being pushed by the fringe. The fringe is the centre right now. Of course our record vis a vis Mussolini and Hitler was no better. I guess the Salesians back then did conduct prayers for them too. Prayer is always good.................we have a lot to be proud of.........every school will be starting to celebrate its past pupil who will find success in a party of the Sangh Parivar..............a day will come when it will be too late. We love to quote the celebrated words of Martin Nielmuller in our students in our school assemblies don't we and every day make our students take the pledge "............all Indians are my brothers and sisters.........also those who are asked to go to Pakistan!! Thomas Pallithanam

 

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