Mario Miranda Chowk through BJP MLC Ashish Shelar’s efforts

April 26, 2013 by  
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Mario MirandaMumbai, April 14, 2013: BJP Member of the Legislative Council, Advocate Ashish Shelar from Mumbai, Maharashtra made yet another move to signal that Christians are not taboo or to be targeted. Ashish Shelar got the Mumbai municipal corporation (BMC) to name a junction (chowk) in Santacruz West, on the corner of Convent Avenue and Hasnabad Lane, after internationally renowned cartoonist, Mario Miranda, a native of Goa, with a great love for the city. The late Mario Miranda was decorated with a Padmashree by the Government of India, which is a notable civilian honour.

Raj ThakreGoa’s deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza, was in attendance, along with Raj Thackeray, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief, BJP leader Vinod Tawade and the BMC Opposition Leader, Alka Kerkar, besides a large number of Catholics and prominent others. Raj Thackeray said, the nation had been ignoring its artistes since too long. Instead of renaming a chowk after Mario Miranda, government should have set up an institute in his name to teach students in the art of cartooning, he added.  Raj Thackeray is himself a cartoonist like his uncle the late Bal Thackeray.

Fr. Joe D’souza, parish priest of St. Ignatius Church, Jacob Circle said in the Catholic weekly, The Examiner that ” Mr. Ashish Shelar, MLC had reached out to Sacred Heart Church, Santacruz (West), when they received the recent BMC notice. He is one MLC who helps Christians. He organised an evening of Christmas Carols in the month of December through his organisation known as ‘SPANDAN’ and recently on April 14, 2013, organised a dinner for all Goans at the Rang Sharda Hotel in Bandra, to allow Goans to discuss Goa-related issues with Adv Francis D’ Souza, the deputy Chief Minister of Goa “.

Catholics living in Bandra, Khar and Santa Cruz, will vouch for Shri Ashish Shelar as an honest and upright politician, Fr. Joe D’souza concluded.

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