Anchi Tule Inchi Tule, St Aloysius Rd Tule! Now Muslims Want ‘St Aloysius College Road’ Renamed ‘Idgah Road?’
Mangaluru: Seems like a “Amar, Akbar, Anthony’ kind of story? a few days ago, on Saturday 1 July nearly 10,000 students of St Aloysius Institutions took a protest march chanting slogans, like “Anchi Tule Inchi Tule, St Aloysius Road Tule” (meaning See There, See Here, See St Aloysius Road ); “Nyaya Beku Nyaya Beku”; “We Want Justice”; “All Roads Lead to St Aloysius”; “It Was and Will be St Aloysius Road” etc etc in order to retain “SAC Road” from renaming it as “Mulky Sundararama Shetty Road” as planned by the Vijaya Bank Workers Organization, and they were supposed to have a road renaming inauguration on Sunday, 2 July. But due to the constant pressure of the Jesuit priests of SAC, staff and students of SAC, and because of the intervention of the MLC and MLA, the government issued a Stay Order on renaming the ‘Lighthouse Hill Road aka St Aloysius College Road’ to ‘Mulky Sundararama Road”.
St Aloysius Institution
Even though there has been backlash from Saffron groups, BJP leaders and few others about the Stay Order decision by Government, and criticizing the role of the Congress MLA and MLC, now The Dakshina Kannada Muslim Sanghatanegala Okkuta is claiming that the present Idgah (a place of worship for Muslims) on top of the hill near the Light House Hill/Tagore Park was the older than St Aloysius Institution and Vijaya Bank Regional Office. K Ashraf, the President of the Okkuta, and also the former MCC Mayor states that, “The Idgah comes under the jurisdiction of Jumma Masjid of Bunder, which was established by Tippu Sultan after he inherited Mangaluru from his Father Hyder Ali in 1784. The place where the Idgah is located now was a large wooded area- so in order to safeguard the territory, a lighthouse and a Canon battery was built on the LHH road.The present Tagore Park was originally named as ‘Tiger Park” after Tippu Sultan. Hence the road leading to this Idgah deserves to be named as ‘Idgah Road”.
Tagore Park /Light House
Now all these controversies from three communities- Christian, Hindus and Muslims on renaming LHH/St Aloysius College Road has resulted in a big headache for the MCC Mayor and other concerned authorities. A senior MCC authority speaking to media has said, “This is the last thing that the district needed. -communal color accorded to a simple process of naming a road. This was how the Hubballi Idgah Maidan issue came into being in the last decade. we do not want another such issue of that magnitude here in Mangaluru”. but in the meantime, St Aloysius administrators say that the road has been already named and a plaque was embedded at the corner of the road, opposite MCC bank and near KMC.
Vijaya Bank Founder’s Branch on LHH road
Idgah on LHH Road near Tagore Park
MCC Mayor Kavitha Sanil states that she is now in a dilemma as the final decision to execute the renaming protocol had to be seconded by the MCC. Seems like the week-long turmoil over renaming a part of LHH Road has now taken a new turn, with Muslims waking up to rename it as Idgah Road. In the meantime, the representatives of St Aloysius Institution, and reps of Vijaya Bank Workers’ Organization have to keep their fingers crossed as to what will be the outcome of this new issue.