Daily Archives: 9 March 2009

Fr. Joe H. Pereira Awarded Padma Shri

Rev. Fr. Joe H. Pereira received Padma Shri Award for his Yeoman Social Service in rehabilitating the Alcoholics in Pune and other parts of the country. In the site below is given his name. No. 81 in the list.

 Rev. Fr. Joe H.Pereira Founder Managing Trustee Rev. Fr. Joseph H Pereira is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kripa Foundation, which is devoted to the care, support and rehabilitation of those affected by Chemical Dependency and HIV & AIDS. Since its inception in 1981 in Bombay, the Kripa Foundation has grown exponentially and forms a vital links to providing social stability in thirteen Indian states through various multifunction facilities and also has association in other international locations in Europe, Canada and the USA. Known to all as Fr Joe, and many others as “the Singing Priest”, he prefers not to highlight his academic qualifications of Masters in Psychology & Philosophy from University of Bombay, Licenciate in Divinity (Theology) from Bombay & Poona, Certifications in Counselling Theory & Practice (Carkuff Model) & expertise from the Hazelden Institute of Minnesota, USA. Most cherished of all such gnostic processes is his decades of involvement with Yoga, first as a patient, pupil and practitioner, then in later years as a Certified Trainer and in recent decades as a friend, associate and an International Mentor of the Guruji B K S Iyengar School of Yoga, Poona. This involvement is so extensive that the holistic component of Kripa care has been strengthened by the gift of self knowledge through sets of Yoga practices developed by Guruji Iyengar. Fr Joe carries this message with him and delivers it to all who ask for it, during his national and international travels. These modules and his personal instructions and observations are delivered in a unique style that provides demonstration, learning and solace through the audio cassette titled “The Silence of the Spirit” and a video cassette titled “Living with AIDS”. Academically, Fr Joe is an Adjunct Professor in Yoga Philosophy & Psychology at various Indian Universities, Catholic Institutions and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Fr Joe is the Consultant to the Archdiocese of Bombay for “Rehabilitation of the Chemically Dependent” and a Consultant-Member of various High Level Committees constituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. He is a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences. Between 1987 and 2002, various international workshops have been conducted by Fr Joe at Portland, Oregon and Hot Springs, California in USA and at Calgary and Toronto, Canada on Yoga. “Innovative Methods of Healing the Addict” and “Effectiveness of Yoga in Substance Abusers within the Kripa Model” were research activities presented at the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research at the Faculty of Divinity in University of Cambridge, UK. Besides his seminars and workshops in Canada and the USA, Fr Joe conducts annual Seminars at The Black Forest Institute, Germany and at Zurich, Switzerland and at the Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Ireland. Such a hectic schedule can only be supported by his extreme consciousness in personal practices and empathy and love for the socially marginalized. He constantly says that such commitment can only be through the blessings of great ones like Mother Teresa and Guruji Iyengar and his spiritual guide Rev Anthony D’Mello. These perceptions and applications have resulted in various awards in the field of Drug Abuse Care, Health Sciences and Social Services like Priyadarshini National Award (1989), Perestroika Sanjeevani Award (1990), Anti Narcotic Council of India Award for best Establishment in the field (1994), Sahayogi Foundation Award (1995), Ati Vashisht Sewa Medal of the College of Chest Physicians (1997), International Yoga Journal Karamyogi of the Year Award (2003), Expert to the National Institute of Social Defence (Government of India) (2005) and Christian Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in the field of Social Work (2007). Despite all this, Fr Joe is ever ready to listen to all who approach him. This includes the huge numbers of the general community, patients, clients of the Foundation in India and abroad and not least of all, his large organizational staff numbers, not less than 85% of whom are “wounded healers” in their own paths of recovery and spiritual growth. Fr. Joe’s Itinerary Email : jpst_1995@yahoo.co.uk From To Location Description Febraury 2009 3rd Febraury Mumbai Concluding Camp for Injecting drug users at Dharavi,Asia’a largest slum 3rd Febraury Mumbai Chief Guest at St. Joseph Primary school ,Bandra. 4th Febraury Mumbai Meeting with the Donors for the New Mangalore centre,at Kripa Bandra 5th Febraury . Mumbai Meeting with Chairperson Mr Verma of Rolta India,MIDC ,Andheri (east) 6th Ferbraury Vasai Signing of documents- New property for the Extension of Kripa Vasai 7th Febrauary Kolkata Visit to Kolkata centre 8th Febrauary Kolkata Celebrating 20th anniversary of Kripa Kolkata Felicitation on being awarded the Padma Shree 9th Febrauary kolkata Meeting of Centre heads of kripa eastern zone Felicitation on being awarded the Padma Shree,at University Institute hall 10th Febrauary 11th Febrauary Kolkata Meeting of centre heads of kripa eastern Zone Felicitation on being awarded the Padma Shree at Saturdy Club 12th Febraury Mumbai Mass for Julius Gonsalves at 7.30 pm in Mount Carmel Chruch Bandra, Friend and Benifactor, Husband of Mrs Ruby Gonsalves ( yoga disciple) 12th Febraury Virar Felicitation by V.V College , Virar ,3.00pm. 14th Febraury Vasai Celebrating wedding mass of Clive Baptista with Tunis Pereira,at 5.30 pm 15th Febraury Goa Kripa expatients get together and Felictation on beng awarded the padma Shree Anjuna , Goa 16th Febraury 18th Febraury Goa Yoga for British group of Lords and Ladies at lakhanpal House, Candolium, Goa 21st Febraury Thane Celebrating Wedding Nuptuals of nephew Dr. Edsel Pereira with Clarissa Soares, At St John the Baptist church Thane, 5.30 pm 22nd Febraury Vasai Attending wedding reception of Nephew Dr Edsel Pereira with Clarissa. 27th Febraury 2nd March Jaipur Attending a Piramal wedding of Nadini with Peter at Jaipur, Rajasthan. March-2009 8th March Vasai Felicitation on receiving the Padma Shree award by YMCA – at 9.15 am 8th March Vasai Felicitation on receiving the Padma Shree award by Cardinal Gracious Memorial Hospital ,11am 11th March Mumbai Felicitation by Mount Carmel Churh ,Bandra, Mumbai at 7.00pm on being awarded the Padma Shree 15th March 17th March Singapore Yoga for Christian Meditation- Singapore 20th March 22nd March Singapore Weekend Retreat of Christian Meditation in Singapore — Prof. Anil Chakranarayan



Tension in Bantwal

10 Mar. On this auspicious day of Eid-Milad, there is some tension in Bantwal. It is unfortunate that some elements refuse peace a chance and take innocent and poor to ransom. 

It happened on 8th March – someone’s car was stoned. And that became a community issue. Suddenly, people owing allegiance went berserk – stoning and forcibly downing shutters. 

In the meantime, someone was arrested on suspicion. And that person’s friends went on demanding that he be released, though he was not released. 

Now Bantwal and surrounding areas are under tension I appeal for peace and understanding. During these times of elections, people of all castes, religions and groups should stand together to defeat corrupt and inefficient persons.

Hindutva & Cultural Aggression

Cultural Aggression in The Name of Hindutva


Posted on 2009-02-12

ONE can only marvel – if that’s the word – at the breathtaking speed with which the sangh parivar has vitiated the social climate in state after state. Within months of taking power in Karnataka, it has unleashed savage repression and turned Mangalore into a Hindu Taliban bulwark, where women are attacked if they go to a bar, where Hindus must not mix with Muslims, and where there is no media freedom and free interaction among young men and women.

The Sri Rama Sene led by Mr Pramod Mutalik has emerged as a menace. Karnataka has become the Gujarat of the South.

In Maharashtra, Abhinav Bharat and Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit have declared war on the Indian state and targeted mosques and innocent civilians with bombs. The state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad has issued a lengthy chargesheet against this Hindutva terrorist outfit. New connections between ‘Sadhvi’ Pragya Thakur, Bajrang Dal, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti are coming to light.

In Gujarat, the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team has declared the Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare, Ms Maya Kodnani and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Mr Jaydeep Patel absconders in a case of instigating violence at Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam during the 2002 pogrom. Their role was established by eyewitnesses and corroborated by mobile telephone records from February 25 to March 4, 2002, collected by the police.

Jansangharsh Manch, a group representing the victims, analysed the records and produced location graphs to prove that Ms Kodnani and Mr Patel were physically present at the sites of crime. These were presented to the Nanavati Commission and the SIT. The SIT dragged its feet on this issue for two months and allowed the two to abscond. The JSM says this ‘raises doubts’ about the SIT’s seriousness in booking them. ‘In the Naroda Gam case, some other accused arrested by the SIT were let off by court on regular bail within 48 hours .” Also missing in the SIT approach is focus on conspiracy to carry out the pogrom. Ms Kodnani and Mr Patel have since been granted bail. This speaks volumes about the kind of justice that the victims can expect in Narendra Milosevic Modi’s Gujarat.

It is in Karnataka that the Hindutva forces’ danse macabre has taken on an especially grotesque form since 1998, when the Surathkal communal riots occurred in coastal Kannada. According to human rights activists, a communal incident was reported every six months between 1998 and 2000, became a monthly occurrence between 2000 and 2004, and now happens virtually every week. Since May 2008, there have been ’14 recorded incidents of violence’ against Hindu girls for being seen with Muslim or Christian boys.

The most obnoxious recent incidents include coordinated attacks on churches last September, and the Sri Rama Sene’s raid on the Amnesia Lounge Bar in Mangalore on January 25, during which young women were dragged out and molested. Instead of apologising for these and booking the culprits, the Chief Minister, Mr B S Yeddyurappa brazenly said there has been no ‘major law and order problem’ and the Home Minister, Mr V S Acharya criticised the public outrage as ‘hype’ and ‘fuss when no deaths have occurred.’ Sene goons are now hounding human rights defenders such as Mr Pattabhirama Somayaji who spoke out against the Amnesia attack.

There isn’t the least doubt that the Karnataka government has been shielding the Sene, and in particular Mutalik, who is being investigated by the Maharashtra ATS for his links with Purohit in a plot to mobilise Hindutva groups to create a Hindu Rashtra by violent means. In August 2007, when Mr Yeddyurappa was the deputy Chief Minister in the JD(S)-led government, he dropped as many as 51 cases against sangh parivar activists, including Mutalik.

Amidst this explosion of intolerance, communal prejudice and hate acts, stand out the two features that the sangh parivar’s fanatical followers share with the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal agency areas. The two common agendas are: imposition of an extremist, male supremacist, puritanical code of conduct with which to regiment society in the name of ‘authentic culture’ and ‘indigenous tradition’; and second, to use violent means to capture state structures and establish an obscurantist, xenophobic, closed and intolerant social order. This order bears different names in the two contexts. The parivar’s Hindu Rashtra is meant to recreate the ‘glory’ and ‘honour’ of ancient (read, Hindu) India and secure Hindu primacy or domination. The Taliban’s goal is the establishment of Nizam-e-Mustafa, where medieval barbarism is promoted in the name of Islamic ‘purity’ and ‘authenticity’.

Both agendas reject and are deeply suspicious of modernity, the enlightenment traditions of reason and scepticism, and the idea of an open society which values freedom. For both, people are not citizens first – free beings with equal rights who have the liberty to do what they like so long as their actions don’t harm others. Rather, people are fixed by just one identity, that of religion, interpreted in an illiberal, sexist and bigoted manner.

There are intimate, multiple and structural connections between the members of the sangh parivar, from the extreme-right Bajrang Dal all the way to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the parliamentary face of Hindutva or ‘Cultural Nationalism’. Their mutual relationship has a ‘revolving door’ character. The BJP uses the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal/Sene whenever convenient. In turn, these organisations gain from their association with the BJP – politically, financially, and by getting a fig leaf of legitimacy.

Thus, it is no aberration that Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee defended Mr Modi’s pogrom or Mr Advani sided with ‘Sadhvi’ Thakur and recommended Ms Kodnani’s induction into Mr Modi’s cabinet. Ultimately, they are all mutually linked via the RSS, and share the same project, that of Hindutva. This project has always been deeply suspicious of democracy and at best regards it as a means to power or an expedient tool. It bears recalling that the RSS, which was deeply influenced by European fascism, opposed universal adult franchise until the 1950s. It termed the first general election a ‘precipitate dose of democracy’ and ‘a leap in the dark.’

So it is amusing to see the BJP parade itself as a great defender of, indeed a warrior for, democracy, as it is trying to do on the Election Commission issue. It is the only party to support the Chief Election Commissioner Mr N Gopalaswami’s decision to recommend the removal of Commissioner Mr Navin Chawla barely three months before the CEC retires. But its devious, opportunist, and substantively wrong-headed campaign is now coming a cropper.

There are two aspects to this: legal, and more vitally, moral-political. Legal opinion is divided over whether the CEC can recommend an Election Commissioner’s removal suo motu (on his own). The majority view says the CEC lacks such powers. But experts are unanimous that the President should not accept the CEC’s recommendation without examining its merits.
The CEC doubtlessly enjoys administrative primacy in a multi-member Commission. But in all material decisions, its members have an equal vote. The CEC can be overruled by the other two members. In any case, the CEC must not act on ‘his whim and caprice.’ The overarching purpose of Article 324 is to insulate the EC from executive interference by protecting the Election Commissioners against arbitrary removal, and by fixing their terms. This objective cannot be achieved by limiting special protection only to the CEC, while leaving the Election Commissioners defenceless against his judgements. This is not to ignore Mr Chawla’s past. After the Shah Commission’s indictment, he should not have been in public service. But the BJP did not object to his postings until 2005, including important ones under its own rule. It’s now raking up the issue to despicably self-serving ends. The party is ploughing a viciously sectarian line.