On 15th of March, 2014; this city of Mumbai witnessed a BIG BANG, similar to the one occurred billions years ago and gave birth to our Universe, with the Sun at its Core.
BIG BANG at AZAD MAIDAN also gave birth to the Universe of our own….Christian associations from various parishes from within Mumbai and around, came together to support the just cause and issues faced by community…At the core of this Universe is SOUL – SAVE OUR LAND, which has succeeded in achieving the impossible….
SOUL will always be at the forefront in fighting the injustice to community anywhere in Mumbai… at the hands of Government authorities…
Many speakers expressed their anguish at the BMC’s attitude. Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias also sent a Message, which was read by his secretary, Fr. K. T. Emmanuel……While we as a SOULmates are happy about it and his praise of Fr. Austin Norris, Parish Priest of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani; who was at the helm and the guiding force of this Rally; mention to SOUL – SAVE OUR LAND was absent in Archbishop’s message…..Is it because SOUL is not an organisation recognized by Church?
We are compelled to state this because our feedback indicates; Parishioners of various parishes were enthusiastic about attending the Rally… However, response from the Parish Authorities was very LUKWARM…..Baring handful of Parishes… Even announcement of the Rally on Sunday Masses was missing…In one of the Major Parish, an interested Parishioner questioned the Parish Priest about it and his answer was, SOUL is a PRIVATE ASSOCIATION…this is the attitude of our Clergy towards a problem faced by one of our own Church… PRIVATE ASSOCIATION? SO BE IT…..SOUL is fighting to save our Church Land. SOUL is not an Association but a Movement… started by concerned Catholics under the able leadership of Fr. Austin Norris..to Save our Church Lands, because the Church recognized association, Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) has failed in it duty to take this issue up…On the contrary they tried to stall the Rally citing silly excuses. This is applicable only to Central Office of BCS. Many local units of BCS overruled diktat of Central office and joined the Rally…..
Due to attitude of Certain Parish Authorities, Many Parishioners missed the opportunity to hear the views of Prominent speakers and understand the issues…..SILENT VOICE is bringing speakers to your living room…In this part, readers will have the opportunity to listen to few of the Speakers…The balance, we shall try to bring in as soon as possible…
Prior to the beginning of the Rally, delegaion of SOUL committee, comprising of Fr. Austin Norris, Dolphy D’souza, Stanley Fernandes and Greg Pereira met Municipal Commissioner, Shri Sitaram Kunte. SOUL delegation presented him Memorandum listing Charter of our demands. He was also explained the manipulation of ROAD LINE (RL), by BMC authorities, with the help of Road Plan and other Graphics……
FR. AUSTIN NORRIS, PARISH PRIEST, ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH; MALWANI;
MS. DOMINICA DABRE, HAREET VASAI SAMITI; VASAI
NICHOLAS ALMEIDA, SAHAR CITIZEN FORUM;
FR. CEDRIC PRAKASH, SJ;
SHRI SHAILESH GANDHI; FORMER CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSIONER;
GREG PEREIRA, SILENT VOICE;