Mangalore: Samanvaya Decennial Celebration
Posted On: 16/12/2008 21:23 GMT
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By Samanvaya Team Members 


Mangalore 16th December 2008:Samanvaya, Mangalore, held it’s Decennial Celebration on Sunday 14th December, 2008 at 10.00 a.m. at the Mangalore Diocesan Pastoral Institute, Shanthi Kiran, Bajjodi, Mangalore. Rt.  Rev. Dr. C.L. Furtado Retired Bishop, CSI, Karnataka Southern Diocese presided over the function. Dr P.N. Narasimha Murthy Eminent Epigraphist & Retired Principal, MGM College, Udupi, Rev. Dr John Fernandes Professor and Head of Chair in Christianity Mangalore University & Convener, Dharma Samanvaya, Brahma Kumari Vishweshwari Directress, Prajapita Brahmakumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Mangalore, Mr Leo Rodrigues President, Konkani Cultural Organization, Abu Dhabi, Dr Sarah Abubakar Eminent Kannada Writer, Mangalore and Mrs Barbara Roeber were the Chief Guests.  The program began with a prayer song by the Ursuline Congregation sisters. A welcome dance was performed by the Ursuline sisters of Jeppu.





Rev. Dr Pius Fidelis the Managing Trustee welcomed the guest and the gathering and said that India today stands at the cross-roads of change. An impression exists that attempts are being made to question or destroy the underlying idea of harmony in the life our nation. Modernization, westernization, industrialization, science and technology have produced colourful, attractive and, in one sense useful, comfortable products in the form of consumer goods as well as uncomfortable ones in the form of destructive weapons. Many have been forced to conclude that the production of these forces have caused damage to the finer and richer aspects of Indian culture and its predominant features. This does not mean that we should disregard modernization, westernization, industrialization, and science and technology, because culture cannot be destroyed by merely accepting certain external customs and rituals or by the acquisition of modern consumer goods, which may increase the level of comfort in the life of the people. But at the same time we cannot say that by acquiring such consumer goods culture is advanced. For example, a person may have in his house fans, phones, a computer and a car and on this basis we cannot conclude that he is, or has become, a cultured man. We are not sure how these symbols of civilization are helpful to promote culture. During the life-time of Buddha, Mahaveera, Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad, science and technology had not been developed by man as at present. But we cannot say by any account that the people of that period were not cultured. History has demonstrated that with the fast growth of civilization, there has always been a considerable fall in the implementation of cultural values. Today in India civilization is growing at a great speed but many of us sense that there is a decline of cultural values with almost the same speed. In the present historical context and in the context of our cultural variety it is necessary to identify and show those ideas to the people, which act as bridges of understanding and harmony. This task is extremely necessary at present. In addition, in the present Indian cultural, political, religious and material conditions it is inevitable on our part to spread the message of harmony among the common people of this country. Samanvaya Mangalore has been making a humble attempt to promote inter-religious dialogue and ecumenism leading to communal harmony. He said, the samanvaya working with following main objectives for the past 10 years.



1. To provide assistance to research, training and learning centers with an emphasis on Social Sciences and allied fields.
2. To promote the cause of education, to assist in the fight for the eradication of illiteracy, to provide expertise and know-how in this regard.
3. To provide assistance, guidance and facilities for the highest learning possible in Social Sciences and to offer awards and scholarships to individuals or organizations engaged in the social field for their excellent performance.
4. To empower the weaker sections of the society, especially women and marginalized farmers through rural development and political education.
5. To create awareness and plan action to preserve the ecological balance in nature.


The Decennial Report was presented by Rev. Dr. Ronald Cutinha Director of Samanvaya with illustration he said, during the first decade of its existence, Samanvaya has organized and conducted 758 training programmes and activities on various developmental themes, collaborating with other NGOs, and it has also offered its infrastructural facilities free of charge to the NGOs for their programmes. He gave numerical representation of activities and achievements of samanvaya Total Programmes-758, Total Participants - 57,400; Male- 25,860, Female - 31,540; Total Scholarships – 518, Samanvaya also has brought out 18 Publications. He illustrated theme wise representation of activities and achievements of Samanvaya:



1. Agriculture & Dairy Animal Management : 31
2. Association Revival & Office Bearers Trainings : 12
3. Culture & Language  : 110
4. Environment  : 94
5. Human Resource Development  : 96
6. Watershed Management : 137
7. Religion & Harmony : 94
8. Social Development  : 92
9. Women Empowerment : 39
10. On Miscellaneous Themes: 45
11. Availing Samanvaya Hall Facility to others’ programmes : 08
Total    : 758
He also thanked all the well-wishers, advisors, benefactors, scholars and professionals who have supported it financially or otherwise, and have been responsible for the success it has achieved through its endeavours.


Dr. P.N. Narasimha Murthy Felicitated Samanvaya Trust for its work and achievement in the past 10 years. He said the Concept of Samanvaya is the very ethos of Indian Culture. Hence harmony is the soul and the life-breath of the culture of our country. It is protective armour to preserve our distinct character and quality in all walks of life. When harmony is weakened culture also weakens. When harmony is strengthened by our efforts we may be able to strengthen our culture. In short, innumerable linguistic, cultural and sub-cultural ethnic groups have been living in India from time immemorial; and in the cultural history of India, it is necessary for us to understand those ideals of harmony that have moulded the idea of unity in diversity.



Speaking on the occasion Rev. Dr John Fernandes Professor & Head of Chair in Christianity, Mangalore University and Convener of Dharma Samanvaya, “in the context of Indian life Samanvaya or harmony does not mean accepting life of uniformity or eradicating variety but it means protecting and patronizing a variety of identities and at the same time discovering a common thread of unity”. He also asked the Non-Government organization to network, and to fight against the social injustice and to promote the Communal Harmony.  




Brahma Kumari Vishweshwari Directress, Prajapita Bharmakumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Mangalore also spoke on this occasion and appreciated the service of Samanvaya to the society by helping the downtrodden, exploited and marginalized. "We only think about today and forget to live for tomorrow. We have to think about tomorrow and act today," she said.


Speaking on this occasion Mr. Leo Rodrigues, President of Konkani Cultural Organization Abu Dhabi said that he was proud of Samanvaya celebrating successful 10 years. “When Konkani Cultural Organization was looking for a trustworthy organization for disbursal of our education funds, Samanvaya agreed to do that and the day we collaborated, Samanvaya kept the account in order".  He requested the Samanvaya to conduct a seminar for the youth who are easily being swayed away towards the fast track life with modern technologies. “Few decades ago, the youth were working hand in hand for the community. They were taking care of their own parents and their neighbours, but this has changed with the time.” He urged the need of training the youth to serve the community with spirit of Inter-religious Harmony.


The eminent Kannada writer Dr Sarah Abubakar in the present disturbed Communal Society there is need for harmony and peace and the concept of Samanvaya envisions a completely transformed society, in which a variety of cultures and religions coexist, resulting in justice, love and harmony among the diverse people, and protection and promotion of balance in nature.  



Mrs. Barbara Roeber a Researcher and Social Activist from Berlin, Germany appreciated the work of Samanvaya in Mangalore. She spoke in Kannada on this occasion and said, "I was born in Germany, but I am proud to say I am a Mangalorean, as I came to Mangalore 11 years ago to serve the needy people."




A decennial souvenir was released on this occasion by Rt. Rev. Dr. C. L. Furtado retired Bishop, CSI Karnataka Southern Diocese. He congratulating Managing Trustee Rev. Dr Pius Fidelis Pinto and Director Rev. Dr Ronald Cutinha for their commendable work through samanvaya towards the society. He prayed God’s choicest Blessings in the future endaevour of Samanvaya.

The well-wishers and benefactors were honored on the occasion. The whole program was compered by Mr. Aloysius D'Souza. 300 people participated in the programme and lunch was served to the participants.


Edited & Published By Raj Francis Pereira

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