FISHERS OF MEN – Documentary on ghar vapasi program

Late BJP MP Judeo Dilip Singh of Jashpur and his ghar vapasi team.

Late BJP MP Judeo Dilip Singh of Jashpur and his ghar vapasi (home coming) team in 1995.

Ranjan Kamath and Padmavati Rao made Fishers of Men, a documentary on the adivasis of the Chota Nagpur plateau in eastern India, in 1996.
The film speaks of the tribal population of the region caught in the crosswinds of Christian missionaries on one hand, offering them the prospects of education and conversion, and of Hindu revivalist groups such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on the other, trying to reabsorb them back into their fold.

As Fishers of Men was screened recently, Kamath reflected on why it makes sense to revisit the film.

For over a century, a substantial number of Adivasis, or tribals of the Chottanagpur plateau, have been converting to Christianity in order to free themselves from bonded labour and feudal oppression still prevalent in rural India.
A combination of education and Christianity have helped the Adivasis establish an alternative identity outside the Hindu caste system, undermining feudal and Hindu authority. While the demand for a tribal homeland called Jharkand has been gaining momentum from a number of sources since independence, Hindu fundamentalist organisations such as the Rashitriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad have held the Christian missionaries singularly responsible for encouraging the Jharkhand movement.

In the absence of dialogue between Hindu revivalists and Christian tribals, this feature length documentary represents an effort to understand how the two communities will co-exist within a secular Indian fabric.

To see the movie please click the link :

FISHERS OF MEN – (Abridged Version) 1996 / DV – VHS Print

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Inspiring stories for young people

Francis FDZGuwahati, (C.M. Paul) — An inspirational book entitled “Life in all its fullness” was recently released to mark bi-centenary of the birth of St John Bosco and 10th anniversary of the foundation of Don Bosco Institute at Kharguli Guwahati.

The book compiled by Dr Francis Fernandez currently Controller of Examinations and Director of Campus Ministry at Assam Don Bosco University, runs into 90 pages and contains 46 anecdotes. Each anecdote is spread out in two pages and concludes with a brief moral lesson placed in a highlighted box at the bottom of the page.

Published by Don Bosco Publications Guwahati the book is priced at Rs.125.00.

Having been the associate director of Don Bosco Institute, Kharguli, for nearly 8 years since its inception in 2004, the author has chosen themes and examples that will play a vital role in the formation to maturity of the hundreds of young people that pass through the portals of DBI, a centre that has for its motto “building dreams and shaping lives.”

The book is designed to be a companion to young people seeking a sure foothold in life through learning skills toward a worthwhile placement.

Ready source of inspiration and reference, the anecdotes and reflections found in the book, the author says, “will enable every young person to believe in himself or herself. It will help young people to strive to attain that degree of maturity and motivation that will see him or her through the vicissitudes of life.”

The emphasis of the author in this book is to show the readers how positive thinking enables a person to learn and achieve. Importance is given to virtues, good behavior and practice, and good deeds and gestures. Author insists that the relevance and importance of these qualities has never been diminished and is true for all generations.

The author motivates young people with worthy and informative teachings like “most of the things we miss in life are due to saying ‘no’ too soon and ‘yes’ too late, “cultivate the art of smile”, “six steps to overcome shyness,” “self help is the best help,” to name a few.

Dr Fernandez holds a PhD in Christian theology and has to his credit a monograph and a number of edited works. Besides being 8 years in the editorial board of Mission Today – an international quarterly, he is currently associate editor of Journal of Northeast Indian Cultures – an international peer reviewed journal.

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Assam Don Bosco University Venue for INDIAN IDOL JUNIOR

indian idol juniorASSAM DON BOSCO UNIVERSITY – VENUE FOR INDIAN IDOL JUNIOR (season 2) AUDITION for northeast india – 17-18 OCTOBER 2015

The Indian Idol junior (Season 2) 2015 auditions at Assam Don Bosco University, Azara campus 17-18 October.

The Indian Idol television series is very popular singing reality show where talented young people grab worldwide fame. Indian Idol 8 Auditions will be held for Indian Idol Junior on Saturday and Sunday 17-18 October at Assam Don Bosco University, Azara campus.

Indian Idol started its first season in 2004 and the very 1st Indian Idol was Abhijeet Sawant, a boy from Maharastra. Amit Sana was 1st runner up also Rahul Vaidya was there on 3rd position according to audience poll.

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52 year old Mohammad Akhlaq was a farm worker.

The victim: 52 year old Mohammad Akhlaq.

Is beef not allowed for Hindus?
The recent mob lynching of an innocent Muslim gentleman (October 2015) on the rumor that he kept beef in his fridge and violent protests by some Hindu protesters demanding a ban on non-vegetarian food made one of my friends compile what Hindu scriptures say about beef…
I strongly believe that these protesters are ignorant of what their scriptures and law givers teach…

⚪ Manusmriti (Chapter5/Verse 30):”It is not sinful to eat meat of eatable animals, for God has created both the eaters and the eatables”.

⚪ Aapastanba Grishsutram (1/3/10): says, “The cow should be slaughtered on the arrival of a guest, on the occasion of ‘Shraaddha of ancestors and on the occasion of a marriage”.

⚪ Rigveda (10/85/13): declares “On the occasion of a girls marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered”.

⚪ Rigveda (6/17/1): states that, “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo”.

⚪ Vashishta Dharmasutra (11/34): says, “If a Brahmin refuses to eat the meat offered to him on the occasion of, ‘Shraaddha’ he goes to hell”😂.

⚪ Hinduisms great propagator Swami Vivekaananda said thus: “You will be surprised to know that according to ancient Hindu rite and rituals, a man cannot be a good Hindu who does not eat beef”.(The complete works of Swami Vivekananda Vol : 3/5/36)

⚪ The book “The History and Culture Of The Indian People” published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Bombay and edited by renowned historian R C Majumdar (Vol 2, page 18) says: This is said in the Mahabharata that “King Ratinder used to kill 2000 other animals in addition to 2000 cows daily in order to give their meat in charity”.

⚪ Aadi Shankaracharya’s commentary on Brahadaranyakopanishad 6/4/18 says: ‘Odaan’ rice mixed with meat is called ‘maansodan’ on being asked whose meat it should be, he answers ‘Uksha’ is used for an ox, which is capable to produce semen.”

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Guwahati to host national media education conference

Prof Nagarj addressing ADBU students.

Prof K.V. Nagaraj addressing ADBU students.

Guwahati – The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) departments of Mass Communication, and Educational Leadership are hosting a national conference in collaboration with Mizoram University department of Mass Communication.

Dr. K. V. Nagaraj, Professor at Mizoram University and Former Pro Vice Chancellor addressed ADBU students of Mass Communication and Educational Leadership today, 30 September 2015 in preparation for the upcoming “National Conference on ‘Quality Configuration for Media Education in India.’

The conference is being organized in collaboration with Mizoram University Dept of Mass Communication (estd 2011) and ADBU Departments of Educational Leadership (estd 2013), and Mass Communication (estd. 2014) from 2nd to 3rd November, 2015 at ADBU, Azara Campus, Airport Road, Guwahati.

Today, 30th September was the last day for submission of abstracts and full paper (
A Pre-conference Colloquium for students and research scholars is scheduled for 31st October on ‘Media, Culture and Society.’

Registration fee of Rs. 1000/- for Faculty – (Accommodation, local transport and hospitality for outstation participants) and Rs.200/- for Research Scholars and Students – (Hospitality and conference kit). Early bird registration starts on October 10, 2015 (With a concession of 10%).

Conference brochure can be downloaded from Brochure – National Conference on Quality Configuration for Media Education in India or from

Prof Nagaraj is an icon of media education in India. He served the Indian academics in different levels including lecturer, Reader, professor, chairman of faculties, Dean of faculties and Head of the department. He started his career as a sub-editor and sports reporter in Prajavani, a leading Kannada daily. He was an editorial trainee in Deccan Herald, Bangalore before shifting to academics and joined as a lecturer.

He is an advisor of Mass communication department in Dhaka, National Eligibility Test of University Grants Commission, Delhi, State Level Eligibility Tests of Maharashtra, Tamilnadu and Karnataka and Public Service Commissions of different states. He dedicates his time and energy for assuring quality contributions in research journals as advisor of various journals. He is visitor’s nominee, chairman and member of board of studies in different universities.

Brochure-National-Conference-on-Quality-Configuration-for-Media-Education-in-India MEDIA EDUCATION CONFERENCE BROCHURE

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ADBU T-School Bags Student Excellence Award

Ms Mumtaz Begum from DBU Global –  receives the award on behalf of ADBU.

Ms Mumtaz Begum from DBU Global receives the award on behalf of ADBU.

New Delhi — The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) School of Technology has been awarded ‘Student Excellence Among Private Institutes in the East Award’ by Dataquest at T-School Conference and Award Function held at Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, on 23 September, 2015.

Ms Mumtaz Begum from DBU Global – ADBU’s Online and Distance Learning centre received the award on behalf of the School of Technology.

ADBU Pro-Vice Chancellor Fr Joseph Nellanatt congratulated the students and alumni while handing over the awards to the Director of the School of Technology Prof. Manoranjan Kalita, 1st October.

Dataquest T-School Awards are given on the basis of Dataquest-CMR T-School Survey 2015 in which all the leading engineering institutions from all over India participated.

The awards ceremony recognizes excellence amongst technology schools on various parameters including placements, infrastructure, alumni, industry interface, HR scores, academic environment and more.

The conference covers technology, skill development and future of education specific to technology schools and brought together IT and Business decision makers of T-Schools and prominent people belonging to the Engineering Education community and the elite of the Indian IT industry under one roof to discuss how technology is aiding education and empowering IT companies around the globe.

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Indian Appointed Dean of Rome University Communication Dept

Prof. Peter Gonsalves SDB

Prof. Peter Gonsalves SDB

Kolkata, (C.M. Paul) – In the wake of the maiden visit of the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco and Chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) Rome to India (26th September) Fr Ángel Fernández Artime announced 24th September 2015 the appointment of the new Dean of the Faculty of Social Communications (FSC) Prof. Peter Andrew Gonsalves.

Professor of Communication and Education at FSC Dr Gonsalves hails from the Salesian province of Mumbai. He is the first non-European Dean of FSC which was established in 1988.

Former Dean of FSC Prof Mauro Montavani has been elevated as Vice-Chancellor of the same university, UPS Rome.

Speaking to Matters India on the significance of his appointment, Dr Gonsalves says, “[the appointment is ] perhaps, the fruit of a more inclusive mentality open to the wealth in non-European cultures; an appreciation of the work done in Media Education in India since 1984; a recognition of the contribution made to the global body on communication research through the analysis of the Mahatma’s sartorial/nonverbal communication.”

Peter Gonsalves BooksAuthor of three outstanding books on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Dr Gonaslves first book on Gandhiji (Sage 2008) – Clothing for Liberation: A Communication Analysis of Gandhi’s Swadeshi Revolution – is the first analysis of Gandhi’s dressing style in terms of communication theory and an exploration of the subliminal messages that were subtly communicated to a large audience.

Dr Gonsalves chose three famous theorists from the field of communication studies and looked at Gandhi through the lens of each one, to give a fascinating and new insight into one of the most famous men from South Asia, and India’s freedom movement.

His second book Khadi: Gandhi’s Mega Symbol of Subversion (Sage 2012) again on Gandhi investigates the power of a symbol to qualitatively transform society, studying Mahatma Gandhi’s use of clothing as a metaphor for unity, empowerment and liberation from imperial subjugation.

Dr Gonsalves’ third book Gandhi and the Popes, (Peter Lang 2015) investigates how Mahatma Gandhi – whether in his lifetime or posthumously – was respected, appreciated and – in one case – imitated by the Popes from Pius XI to Francis. In the process, he “explores and assesses the popular claim that Gandhi was influenced by Christ, and the not so popular conjecture that Pope Francis was influenced by Gandhi.”

Peter Gonsalves Collection of songs

Peter Gonsalves Collection of 70 plus songs

Dr Gonsalves began his career in media as media education trainer in 1984 and a community worker for rural development at the Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra, Ahmednagar. He founded in Pune (1992) Tej-prasarini a multimedia production centre to raise awareness of the urgency of life-based education in vernacular marathi language of Maharashtra state. Later in 1994, Tejprasarini was shifted to Matunga, Mumbai where it is a flourishing media house of Salesians in South Asia.

He promoted a series of teacher-training manuals called ‘Quality Life Education’, the first of which was his own work: Exercises in Media Education (1994). Using this, he conducted no less than 40 all-India courses on media education for schoolteachers, social workers and youth facilitators form diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Dr Gonsalves also coordinated its first five-language web portal of the Salesians at its headquarters in Rome. He was also president of INTERSIG, the international wing of SIGNIS, a world association of communicators for a culture of peace.

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