Don Aguiar – Is an Ex CEO & Owners Rep. of multinational shipping company(s) and presently involved in promoting social, civic & political activities
GIRGAON CHOWPATY (MUMBAI)
Wilderness……..!!!!! Don Aguiar
Many in our community have never done anything terribly wrong, but they never accomplish anything significant. And it is said, “That’s the way many in our community live their lives.” We lack this fundamental knowledge of living and keeping up with democratic competition, and have become victims of stress and strain, gossip and jealously. Thus our community goes through a mechanical way of living merely following a routine of our predecessors and as a result, is not present in the political discourse of mainstream parties and hence we have not been included in the mainstream political discourse despite substantial contribution to society and the country with the finest schools, colleges and hospitals. Our efforts towards nation building have been overlooked. The elections are still a few months away. The communalists are, thus far, only campaigning. Yes, it’s looking bad, but they are not in power. Not yet. And what are we doing?
Can we, the Christian community of Mumbai just sit back and allow people of other faith persuasions to do injustice to our community? After they being educated in our schools / collages / institutions run by us as well as make use of our numerous facilities? Does the privilege of participating in civic & political activities belong to the people of other faiths? The answer is a big NO. Any civic & political activity or any other activity that brings peace, happiness, up liftmen and advantage to our community belongs to all of us individually and collectively.
Therefore all of us, who believe in Christ, are duty bound to lend a helping hand towards changing, building and improving our community’s condition rather than mearly uttering and singing “We are the body of Christ” or “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord” If we, as a community fail in doing this just duty, how we can call ourselves as one community and followers of Christ? Your home and community should be the center not the boundary of your affection
In this respect it may be argued that the Church does not guide us or tells us to eat or what to eat or tell us when/where/how to sleep…. Etc so then why do we need to wait for the Church to guide you or tell you who to vote for?. You vote as per your conscience for those who understand our needs and indeed the needs and anxieties of the people in general rather than their own selfish wants. It is in this context that we need to understand the CBCI;s assertion, viz. “At the outset the Catholic Church wish to make it clear to all, that the Catholic Church does not identify herself with any political party. But the Catholic Church has a responsibility as bishops to urge every eligible citizen to exercise his/her right and duty to vote and do so prudently, carefully and judiciously. We must be convinced that every vote does count. We owe it to ourselves, our children and our country not to let go of this opportunity to get involved in bettering the history, culture and destiny of our nation.”
Very frankly the Church in India and certainly the Archdiocese of Bombay have all the resources anybody could possibly need to consolidate and guide her community. If our Church / the Archdiocese of Bombay stands her ground, our Archdiocese would have the weight of our enlightened community opinion behind her, and the support of most—if not all—of her community.
Although our community does have the Bombay Catholic Sabha that is an NGO as well as the Church in the City Civic & Political Cell of the Archdiocese of Bombay but both have covered little ground from where they have started. Nor are they able to take under their fold the local parish groups operating under different names but having the same civic and political agenda and are very active and visible.
Frankly none of us believe that this has happened and is still happening in spite of the tremendous talent our community has and our contribution to the nation. Isn’t it’ time we consolidate ourselves into a value vote bank and determine how do we go about doing what we so rightly should, with the politicians and political parties of every hue masquerading out there in the open with their own selfish, self-centered and self oriented agenda.!