Community News Weekly EXAMINER, Deletes Uncomfortable Matter from a Letter;

The Examiner of Jan 31 – Feb 6 carries my letter to editor… But it has been edited to their convenience… reproducing herewith both, the original one as well as  the published one… You decide on their intentions and if it is right for them to do so…See the matter that has been deleted….how important it was.
GREG

 

EXAMINER JAN 31 - FEB 6

ORIGINAL LETTER SENT TO EDITOR

GREG R PEREIRA
A7 Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Marve Rd.
Malad (W), Mumbai – 400095;
Contact: Cell: 9870719628; E Mail: pereiragreg@ymail.com

To,
The Editor,
The Examiner,

SAVE OUR CROSSES

Sir – BMC has begun pasting notices on HOLY CROSSES in the City, inviting documents, to prove their legality. This is the repeat of the same process, which was undertaken in 2011 and before, by BMC. It is well known that HOLY CROSSES, Symbol of our Faith, are more than Century old and they don’t need any evidence to prove that they are LEGAL.

However, due to changed circumstances, if necessary, we must come forward to SAVE OUR CROSSES. Community members are agitated because, in spite of providing necessary evidence, in some cases more than once, BMC is repeatedly pasting notices and inviting evidence. This is happening, just because people have acted individually, case by case and forgotten about it. To tackle this menace, collective action is needed. We therefore, suggest the following.

We agree that these HOLY CROSSES being more than a century old, it is difficult to find documents. However, try to obtain a Property TIKA Sheet which shows plot nos. of around one square KM area, along with structures standing on it, if they are prior to 1960; from concern City Survey Office. This is good enough evidence to prove existence of the Cross. In case of HOLY CROSS, it will marked as + or something similar. Take a Xerox of the area on TIKA sheet and submit to BMC office and get the acknowledgement.

We suggest, after completing this exercise, share the information with persons willing to store it at central location and can make it available as and when required. I have taken upon myself, the responsibility of Crosses coming under jurisdiction of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani. Once all the CROSSES are secured, further steps can be taken collectively to inform the Court/BMC authority about it to amend their records in order to resolve this issue once and for all.

DELETED PARAS

It is sad that Archdiocesan authorities have abdicated their responsibility vis a vis Crosses lining the streets of Mumbai. Cardinal Oswald Gracias expressed his inability to do so, over phone, citing certain reasons, in response to my letter. We the Lay Catholics, have to take onus on us to save these HOLY CROSSES and in turn, Save Christian Character of the CITY of Mumbai.

However, we expect Archdiocesan authorities, at least, to instruct Parishes, to make an announcement, repeatedly, to educate masses in order to galvanize them into action.

GREG R. PEREIRA

EDITED LETTER PUBLISHED IN THE EXAMINER….

SAVE OUR CROSSES

Sir – BMC has begun pasting notices on HOLY CROSSES in the City, inviting documents, to prove their legality. This is the repeat of the same process, which was undertaken in 2011 and before, by BMC. It is well known that HOLY CROSSES, Symbol of our Faith, are more than Century old and they don’t need any evidence to prove that they are LEGAL.

However, due to changed circumstances, if necessary, we must come forward to SAVE OUR CROSSES. Community members are agitated because, in spite of providing necessary evidence, in some cases more than once, BMC is repeatedly pasting notices and inviting evidence. This is happening, just because people have acted individually, case by case and forgotten about it. To tackle this menace, collective action is needed. We therefore, suggest the following.

We agree that these HOLY CROSSES being more than a century old, it is difficult to find documents. However, try to obtain a Property TIKA Sheet which shows plot nos. of around one square KM area, along with structures standing on it, if they are prior to 1960; from concern City Survey Office. This is good enough evidence to prove existence of the Cross. In case of HOLY CROSS, it will marked as + or something similar. Take a Xerox of the area on TIKA sheet and submit to BMC office and get the acknowledgement.

We suggest, after completing this exercise, share the information with persons willing to store it at central location and can make it available as and when required. I have taken upon myself, the responsibility of Crosses coming under jurisdiction of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani. Once all the CROSSES are secured, further steps can be taken collectively to inform the Court/BMC authority about it to amend their records in order to resolve this issue once and for all.

GREG R. PEREIRA

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3 Comments

  1. February 1, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Editing letters is the privilege of the editor of the publication — without assigning any reason — usually it is done to prevent some uncomfortable situation which has arisen, or may arise — some years ago I used to write to the Examiner on various topics of interest to the Catholic community in Bombay / India NOT A SINGLE LETTER HAS EVER BEEN PUBLISHED — so I have accepted that Editor priest/fellow is a sort of ” spokesman ” of the Archdiocese and is duty -bound to prevent any dissent or criticism — moral of the story — stop subscribing to this RAG — and look elsewhere for any sensible journalism
    By the way how many more decades is this Editor / priest going to continue as editor ????

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  2. February 1, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Bloody shameful. Anthony Charangath needs to respond publicly.

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    • February 2, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Will they have a report on the DNA reported contorversy the renovation of the 500 years old heritage St John Baptist Church Thana by Fr. Allwyn. Please investigate in the absence of permission not being provided. As usual Propertyand Finance are the Archdiocesans weakneses. After Fr.Rumaou @ Fr. Allwyn.

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