Mangalore: To mark the 40 anniversary of KACES Hostel, The Karnataka
Christian Educational Society in association with Interfaith Coalition
for Peace, New Delhi organized 'Saamarasya 2012 on Balmatta grounds here
on February 5.
programme began with an invocation by the students of KTC. Treasurer
KACES, Rev Dr D R Sadananda welcomed the gathering.
festival "Saamarasya" was inaugurated by the president of Interfaith
Coalition for Peace, New Delhi Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood and Ivan D'Souza by
freeing the doves.
the gathering Dr Syed said, "God is the creator of the whole universe
and the entire mankind. He gifted us with free will and gave us the
opportunity to live our life as we like. Being his children we have to
walk in his way and to please him but he did not impose any restrictions
said, "Muslim and Christian communities are not getting chance to serve
in the administrative level for which our own communities are
responsible. Our community people are not attempting to appear in
competitive exams and we are losing the chance to serve in the
administration." He urged the parents to encourage their children to
appear for such exams and to get a chance in serving in the
and treasurer of Coalition for Peace Dr Packiam Samuel released the
KACES souvenir on the occasion. Addressing the gathering Packiam said
that Mangalore had witnessed a number of communal clashes. By organizing
the peace festival Saamarasya, KACES has played an important role in
bringing the communities together. This showed the unity in diversity
and it would bring about a lot of difference in the community, he
D'Souza and M B Puranik also spoke on the occasion. The KACES employees
who served the institution were felicitated with shawl, garland and
fruits. Prizes were distributed to the winners on the occasion.
Fatima Retreat House Fr Ronny Prabhu explaining the meaning of
Saamarasya said, "When a person looks into the eyes of another and says
he or she is my brother or sister that is called Saamarasya. When we get
our religious identity, others will go away from us and our identity
will become exclusive and we will become a separate family. When we want
to bring Saamarasya, we want to forget our own identity and include
others in our day to day life and live with unity."
if any politician would praise the good work of opposite party or if
anyone be honest enough to praise and acknowledge the good work of the
opposition. "We have to broaden our horizon and try to praise the good
work and bring saamarasya in the society. We love our religion more than
God. We have given priority to religion more than God. We must love God
instead of loving our religion and we will be able to stop all the
communal clashes," he opined.
all the religions must forgive each other. When we are unable to forgive
each other communal disharmony will start in the society. Human beings
are weak and make mistakes. We have to be broadminded to forgive
others," he added. While concluding he invoked a universal prayer and
said, "Lokah samastah, sukhino bhavantu" ( May all the beings in the
world become happy).
Secretary KACES Dr Honey Cabral in his presidential address said, " All
who live together on earth will live together in Heaven. We belong to
various groups but when we come together as brothers and sisters we see
the presence of God."
pastor Sandeep Theophil delivered the vote of thanks. The programme
ended with a cultural programme presented by the students of various