Mangaluru: Peace and Conflict, Prevention and Resolution is one of the six main areas of focus of Rotary International. Rotary places a lot of importance to this subject which is very relevant to the present days and the happenings around the world. Due to war torn areas, millions of refugees get displaced and are moving to safer areas. Rotary International wants us to be the ambassadors of peace not only in the areas with conflict but also to start with our own neighborhood. When we have peace within us and in our country, then we can be in a position to focus our attention beyond. This issue was talked about and debated at Eric Mathias Hall, St. Aloysius College here on 15 September.
St. Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA) along with Rotary Club Mangaluru organized this event to bring awareness and address in a small way, this critical issue of peace and harmony by bringing together a cross section of citizens from students to teachers, from professionals to businessmen.
Three prominent speakers were invited to speak on the occasion. Dr. Richard Gonsalves, President of St. Aloysius College Alumni Association welcomed the guests to the dais and honored them with flower bouquets. A brief introduction of the speakers was done by Dr. R L Kamath, Archie Menezes and Professor Edmund Frank.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Joe Verghese, senior Consultant Physician and Director of Omega Hospital, said that the attempt to have peace should start from within first, then with the family and to the neighborhood. S M Jabbar, a renowned Yakshagana artist, narrated his childhood co-existance and co-dependence of the people of different religions at his birthplace, Sampaje. He said that this motherland of ours has the magic to erase all ill-feelings within a person and create an environment for all to live in peace and harmony. The third speaker Walter D Souza reiterated the same and added that it is we who can make or break a society. He advised the youngsters not to react listening to rumors but act with caution.
The speakers were given mementos to mark the occasion and for their participation. Along with the speakers, Fr. Swebert D’Silva – Principal of St. Aloysius College, Yatish Baikampady – President of Rotary Club Mangaluru and Dr. Richard Gonsalves – President of SACAA, had graced the dais.
Archie Menezes, International Service Director of Rotary Club Mangaluru, rendered the vote of thanks, saying many Rotarians and SACAA members joined hands to make this event a success and pass the message of peace and harmony in our neighborhood and country.