AICU President, Vice-president Re-elected Bangalore: SAR News
Dr. Maria Emilia Menezes, an eminent industrialist of Goa, was unanimously reelected national president of the All India Catholic Union, India's apex laity organisation, at elections held at Panaji, Goa, September 15. Dr. Menezes two years ago became the first woman to head the Catholic Union. Mr. John Dayal was also reelected national vice-president for a second term. In her post-election address, Dr. Menezes said the Catholic Union would continue its emphasis on the growth of leadership in the community, with greater participation of women, Dalits and youth so that its needs, aspirations and concerns were amply reflected in the nation. The Catholic Union has reaffirmed its commitment to continue the struggle for safeguarding secular values in India and to check the growth of fascism, which is posing a threat to the democratic polity and unity of the nation. The restoration of the rights of Christians of Dalit origin, including reservations in educational institutions and other spheres, continues to be a major focus of AICU activity both at the national level and in the States, she said, adding, as a federal organisation, the AICU has pursued the Dalit issue in advocacy in Parliament, grassroots mobilisation and through legal forums. Those elected as presidents of the AICU State units are: Dr. S. Arokiaswami (Tamil Nadu), Mr. James Sylvester (Andhra Pradesh) Mr. Vinod Samuel (New Delhi), Mr. Paul Albert (Gujarat), Mr. Cletus Dias (Maharashtra), Prof. Anthony Isaac (Kerala Latin), Mr. Monte Fernandes (Karnataka), Mr. Victor Ellis (Uttar Pradesh), Ms. Liz Gracias (Goa), Ms. Peter Adams (Orissa) and Mr. Winston Samuel (Rajasthan). END =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-W-E-B---S-I-T-E-=-=-= To Subscribe/Unsubscribe from GoaNet | http://www.goacom.com/goanet =================================================================== For (un)subscribing or for help, Contact: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Dont want so many e=mails? Join GoaNet-Digest instead !