26 Letters

posted May 23, 2018, 8:43 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 23, 2018, 9:54 AM ]

IJC Green Initiatives

Sir, "Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Darkness is a bad thing, because we will not be able to see anything in the dark. But just by cursing the darkness, we will not get light. If we want to get light, we have to get up and light a candle.

It is true even about the problem of environment. It is not enough to talk about it, or feel concerned about it, but we need to do something. Perhaps we may not able to do great things, but we can do small things with great love. (St Mother Teresa) 

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Horse-trading - an insult to the voter

Sir, Elections over, Karnataka was headed for a long bout of horse-trading, thanks to a magnanimous 15-day floor-test window given by the Governor. Fortunately, the Supreme Court stymied the move by reducing the window to just one day.

Horse-trading is an insult to the voter, who has taken pains to choose the right candidate on the basis of his ideology. What right does the candidate have to change his ideology, next day of the elections (undoubtedly for power and pelf)?

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Karnataka fallout

Sir, The recent elections in Karnataka has turned out to be a big fiasco. It was a free for all, and one could not imagine that politics would get so dirty to ensure that the ruling party could go to any extent to regain power.

BJP-appointed Governor, Vaju Vala, conveniently invited the BJP to form the Government, on account of the party securing 104 seats and being the single largest party. Then was it ethical for the Union Government to deny the Congress from forming the Government in the States of Goa, Meghalaya, Tripura etc. where the BJP manipulated the numbers by tying up with the local political parties to keep the Congress party away?

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The importance of prayer

Sir, With reference to Mr Stephen A Clark's letter titled 'Family Prayer' in THE EXAMINER dated May 19-25, the family that prays together stays together.

Prayer is talking to God, and it helps us by guiding us on the correct path, protecting us against harm, besides giving us a chance to ask God for things we need, and thank Him for all that we have received and much more.

Excessive prayer without doing good deeds, good thoughts and charity is useless, and this holds good when we pray but do not make any effort to carry out difficult tasks, since God helps those who help themselves.

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5 approaches for Youth Synod

Sir, After a two-day meeting, May 7-8, 2018, the governing council of the Vatican office for the Synod of Bishops approved the text of a 'working document' for the upcoming October gathering dedicated to the youth! It was presided over by Pope Francis.

The document includes ideas and thoughts from five sources: 1) Answers to questionnaires sent to Bishops conferences 2) Replies to an online feedback for youth 3) Responses to an international seminar on youth that took place in Rome in September 2017 4) Suggestions from individuals and groups 5) Concluding statements from the document of the March 19-24 pre-synod meeting in Rome, which gathered 300 youth from around the world.

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