Week-long Celebrations kick off Mother Teresa centenary in Agartala

(L to R) Dr. Fr. Paul Pudussery CSC, Shri Manik Sarkar, Shri. Lt. Col. Kinsuk Datta, Bishop Lumen Monteiro CSC, DD and Prof. Saroj Chaudhury

AGARTALA, 21 August 2010 (J. Pulinthanath) : The Mother Teresa Birth Centenary Celebrations started off, 21 August. with a Symposium highlighting the contributions of Mother Teresa to the society. Manik Sarkar, the Chief Minister of Tripura who was also the Chief Guest of the function began his speech paying his “greatest and highest respect to the revered Mother”. Held at the sprawling premises of the Holy Cross College complex Agartala, the symposium brought together a galaxy of speakers including Prof. Bamapada Mukherjee, Prof. Saroj Chaudhuri, Dr. Gautam Kumar Bera, Rev. K. Jose, SVD, Dr. Ashis Gupta and Dr. Paul Pudussery, CSC. They spoke and presented papers on various topics: Mother Teresa and New Educational Paradigm; Mother the Roving Ambassador of Missionaries of Charity; Mother Teresa and the Social Teachings of the Church; Teresa and Tagore: Configuring a nation without boundaries.
Inaugurating the week-long Celebrations Most Rev. Lumen Monteiro, CSC, the Bishop of the Diocese of Agartala, lit the traditional lamp and invoked God’s blessings. In his reflection he highlighted Mother’s selfless work among the poorest of the poor and said that “her simple message resonated in everyday Indians; namely, poverty is neither noble nor acceptable; social justice does not automatically follow economic development.” He thanked the Agartala Municipal Council for ‘Mother Teresa Sarani’ a street in Agartala Town.
Dr. Fr. Paul Pudussery, CSC, the Coordinator of the Symposium, described Mother Teresa as “a saint, who globalized compassion and care, while the multinational corporations worked hard to globalize their profit driven operations.” He called Mother Teresa “A Conscience of the globalized world.”
The Mother Teresa Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee under the auspices of the Diocese of Agartala is organizing a week-long program in the state capital to honour the Nobel laureate, who had herself started two ‘Missionaries of Charity’ institutions here in Tripura. The celebrations include an Inter-religious Prayer Meeting, Cleanliness Drive, a Drawing Competition, and the installation of Mother’s statue in front of Agartala’s only ‘Missionaries of Charity’ house – Nirmala Sishu Bhavan. The week-long celebrations will conclude with a cultural program on 26th August at Nazrul Kala Kshetra, at which the Governor of Tripura would be the chief guest. Coordinator of the Celebrations is Mr. Paul S. Darlong.


1 Comment

Filed under Mother Teresa

One response to “Week-long Celebrations kick off Mother Teresa centenary in Agartala

  1. Daisy

    Well done Agartala. Hope many more cities will follow your example.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s