Archbishop slams saffronization of texts

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  1. Raj30

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    BANGALORE:
    Archbishop Bernard Moras of the Bangalore archdiocese feels saffronization of education is worse than an external attack on the country or bomb explosions in a city.

    At a seminar on 'Combating Saffronization of Education and Suppression of the Subaltern Voice' , organized here on Saturday by the Committee For Resisting Saffronization of Textbooks, he said: "There is tension on the border now. But, saffronization is worse than an attack on the country or explosions in a city or planting a bomb. It ruins the future of the country. This negativism is more dangerous than anything else.''


    Expressing his displeasure at lack of inaction to curb saffronization, he said: "We only speak but don't act. If you're interested in the future of your children, city and the country, you should act. The time has come to act.''

    The Archbishop asked people to initiate legal and political action and align with like-minded secular people to fight this problem. "There are ample opportunities in the next four months as elections are due. Are we really concerned about that? Is your name on the voters' list? If not, what's the use of speaking here? Enroll your name on the voters' list and vote for the right candidate."


    'Don't keep text preparation a secret'

    Archbishop Bernard Moras called upon people from the minority communities to encourage their children to join the civil service and influential jobs for longterm benefits.

    Participants at the seminar — Combating Saffronization of Education and Suppression of the Subaltern Voice — felt that education provided for Class V to Class VIII students, aged between 11 years and 14 years, is crucial as it influences their long-term perspective on life. Stressing on the importance of textbook production, they expressed their concern that it's being used as a powerful tool in Karnataka by right-wing thinkers to influence young impressionable minds.

    A book 'A Right Wing Ideology in the Textbooks of Karnataka - A critical Appraisal' by the committee and released on the occasion, cites several instances which it perceives as evidence of the saffron agenda.

    The National Commission of Minority Education Institutions has received complaints from several schools from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka about textbooks being used to propagate the ideology of the ruling party in their states. Revealing this, commission member Cyriac Thomas said it was evaluating the complaints.

    Place draft in public domain

    Prof Rajendra Chenni, head of the English department, Kuvempu University , wondered why the governments keep textbook preparation a secret . "What's so secret about it? Why can't the draft be placed in the public domain? The views can be scrutinized and considered. Why can't such simple reforms be put in place?" he said. He asked teachers not to think textbook as sacrosanct. "They must be critical while teaching. A good teacher will always try to find out what isn't included in the text,'' he said.

    Komu Sauharda Vedike secretary K L Ashok said it was all political parties , not just the BJP, which had contributed to the problem. "Even the Congress and JD(S) have contributed to saffronization of textbooks. The socalled secular parties play the soft Hindutva card and implement it without harming their secular image,'' he said The participants felt that to achieve ideological neutrality, the state government should think about systematizing the unsystematized knowledge like new historicism, subaltern studies , folk literature, arts, writings of women, dalit and non-Vedic knowledge.
     
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    The National Commission of Minority Education Institutions has received complaints from several schools from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka about textbooks being used to propagate the ideology of the ruling party in their states. Revealing this, commission member Cyriac Thomas said it was evaluating the complaints.

    Is this a political ploy.

    Komu Souharda Vedike of Karnataka is allied with Popular Front of India (PFI), Kerala that chopped off the hands of one Professor Joseph for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad. Nice friendship.
     
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    History is always the perspective of the one who narrates it.

    Earlier it was British and Church oriented and before that Mughal and before that it was Aryan oriented.

    However, it is for the good of the Nation that it is narrated in a neutral manner.
     
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    Look Archbishop Bernard Moras of the Bangalore archdiocese with all do respect can Hindus living in a UK or US or Rome not immigrants the ones who are second and 3 generation can they complain that the educational system is more christanised.............. Even Though India is Democracy But still a Hindu Majority country there are only Two countries in the world who have the Hindus as majority One is India and other is Nepal so i believe we have the Right to do Saffronize the text............ remember this is part of your culture as well...........
     
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    One thing people forget is that the eternal ethos of India is Hindu. You can take secularism to its extremity,still traces of Hinduism will remain.One can not separate body & soul.If it happens,it is death.
     
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    This is a blatant attempt by the Archbishop to motivate constituent voting in a certain direction, which the Catholic church, under its own law, is not allowed to do.

    I suggest everybody who can find the time read this excellent account of the Secularism(s) in India:

    Thinking beyond Secularism: The Catholic Church and Political Practice in Rural South India
     
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    Archbishop is the papal representative in which ever country he lives.

    My question to this Archbishop is who is his master? The country or the chuch?

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    Karnataka Region Pastoral Plan

    Karnataka Church unveils “Uniform Pastoral Plan”


    After one and half years of preparation and drafting, the Karnataka Catholic Church finally revealed its plans to implement a "uniform pastoral plan."

    The plan focuses on evangelization but orients itself to about a dozen areas including seminary formation, family, laity, justice and development, faith and social communications. It also includes areas such as youth, women, ecumenism, dialogue, education and liturgy.

    The Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops' Council organized a meeting on July 22–23 to discuss "effective implementation" of the plan, finalized after some 20 meetings of pastoral committees of the nine dioceses in the state.

    The council comprises all the bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bangalore and Belthangady Syro–Malabar diocese.

    Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore, chairperson of the planning committee, said the uniform pastoral plan for a region is a first in India. He asked each diocese to adapt the plan and implement it during the next three years. The meeting was held in Mangalore, a Catholic stronghold about 300 kilometers east of Bangalore.

    About 90 participants, mostly diocesan secretaries of various ministries and Religious and lay leaders, attended along with two bishops.

    The mission statement for the plan emphasizes a "missionary Church" in the state, where Christians form less than 2 percent of the predominantly Hindu population of 52 million. Catholics number about 1 million.

    The statement, adopted at the meeting, insists on the need for old parishes to "train and encourage more and more lay people to share the Good News in order to reach areas untouched as yet by the Gospel."

    It asks Catholics to adopt Small Christian Communities as "basic structures of ecclesial life" and emphasizes the need to give a missionary thrust to the formation of priests and Religious. It also suggests fostering "Christ–centered families" by giving them adequate faith formation to "protect and promote life in all its stages." Children and youth also must be given adequate faith and value formation, it says.

    The statement calls on all in the Church to "give a vigorous and effective thrust to witnessing" the Gospel. In also calling for the Church to "recognize and to promote the legitimate role of the laity," it suggests involving laity in Church bodies such as parish pastoral councils, parish finance committees and diocesan pastoral councils. Promotion of lay associations and empowerment of women in socio–political life are other suggestions.

    The Church must, according to the pastoral plan's preamble, "creatively respond to the existing realities" including "divisions based on language, culture and caste, socioeconomic and gender disparities, emergence of religious fundamentalism and exploitation of the weaker sections in society."

    The plan document also suggests use of media and information technology to build a "harmonious community" through ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, inculturation and care for the environment.

    Father Thomas D'Sa, director of National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Center in Bangalore, cautioned in his keynote address that effective implementation of the plan would be possible "only if we shed our craving for institutionalization and power."

    Father George Kannanthanam, a social activist who spoke on the occasion, said the pastoral plan lacks emphasis on the healing ministry of the Church and mission among the underprivileged. He suggested a separate plan for the Church's health ministry.

    The Catholic Church in Karnataka comprises Bangalore archdiocese and the dioceses of Bellary, Belgaum, Belthangady, Chikmagalur, Karwar, Mangalore, Mysore and Shimoga. The Indian Catholic Church comprises the Latin, Syro–Malabar and Syro–Malankara rites, of which the latter two are Oriental rites based in Kerala state, Karnataka's southern neighbor.
     
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    Church and mullahs are secular are secular institutions????????

    Heck yeah.....this is India ruled by con-gress for majority of ears......nowhere in the world these two notorious institutions are considered secular......only in India - they ate crowned as secular....wah!
     
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