PUNE: The Christian community leaders from the city said that the community is forced to suffer from several social issues which have been left untouched for years together. While expressing gratitude towards Sakal Media Group, the community leaders shared that the group has always voiced concerns of the community.
“Sakal has always taken a liberal stand in the society. The efforts which have been undertaken by Sakal through different mediums to maintain social tolerance and harmony in the society are commendable. The citizens of country contribute to development of a nation. The platform given by Sakal will definitely bring the suppressed voice out,” said Bishop Thomas Dabre.
The city-based Christian community had recently highlighted some demands like employment opportunity for youngsters through skill development and entrepreneurship programmes. The leaders from the community also demanded that there should be one Christian representative on the minority commission so that the benefits announced by the Central and state government reach the community. The members said that the social activities taken up by missionary works should be known to the public. The Christian community has expressed gratitude towards Sakal Media Group for giving them a platform to voice their concerns. This was expressed during a meeting in Sakal office of community members of Christian institutes on issues which has been overlooked so far.
Bishop Thomas Dabre, Rev Rajendra Papani, Anil Inamdar, FV Lewis, Wilson Messy, Prof Joshua Ratnam, Sudhir Chandekar, William Chandshiv, Sudhir Jadhav, Peter D’Crouz, Michael Sathe, Ajay Jadhav, Jayprakash Parkhe, Rajan Nair, Ashish Shinde, Mozez Kolkotti and Nitin Gorade among others from the community were present at the meeting.
They said Pandita Ramabai should be given Bharat Ratna Award. The members said that employment opportunities for youths in rural areas are less. They said there is need to promote the social activities undertaken by the community. They added that festivals celebrated by the Christian community should be recognised in public like festivals of Eid and Diwali.