22 Letters

posted Aug 10, 2017, 9:17 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

Mumbai potholes - undergoing a face change!

Sir, Normally, when we open the morning newspapers, we are used to reading depressing headlines. But what a pleasant surprise it was on the morning of Saturday, August 5! When I opened the newspapers, the headlines on the front page screamed: "No potholes on city roads, only 'bad patches', says BMC." Hah! All potholes had disappeared overnight! And I thought to myself, did some master magician sweep across the city with a magic wand to make all the potholes disappear?

It's time the BMC gets real. Using a new terminology for the potholes is not going to take away the reality; the potholes will remain 'potholes'. And as long that is the case, people will continue taking 'pot-shots' at the BMC.

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'Share the Journey' campaign

Sir, On July 27, 2017, Caritas Internationalis launched a campaign "Share the Journey'. This is geared to promoting an encounter with migrants, refugees and the needy.

President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, Philippines, informed Catholic charitable organisations to present the campaign that "will find the path of peace through the culture of encounter."

"I invite members of the 165 national organisations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide, to join arms and hearts to form a human chain of love and mercy! For when we open ourselves in embrace, we receive Jesus." (cf. Matthew 25:31-46)

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"Christ loves India! And India needs Christ!"

Sir, At the Archdiocesan farewell function on the eve of his departure for Rome, Cardinal Ivan Dias concluded his reply to the felicitations with these words: "CHRIST LOVES INDIA! AND INDIA NEEDS CHRIST!" I was one of those who imagined that this line would be a great slogan, and used widely by speakers and writers alike. But this did not happen.

Perhaps it is not too late to adopt it as a fitting tribute to him and use it widely, particularly in the light of what's going on in India today. With Christians being targeted and harassed, the need for such an assertion is paramount, while the need to act on its sentiments and implications cannot be over-emphasised.

Despite abductions and kidnapping, restrictions and outright destruction of our places of worship with grave danger to life and limb, missionaries soldier on, living the greatest love story ever told with equanimity, and getting so many more to share in the greatness and goodness of that love story! Christ indeed loves India.

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