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The East Indian community now have their own patron saint - Saint Gonsalo Garcia

Posted by VALENTINE PEREIRA on February 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM


The East Indian community now have their own patron saint - Saint Gonsalo Garcia.

The Mobai Gaothan Panchayat (MGP), a welfare organization of the community took the decision to have a patron saint of their own during their managing committee meeting.      – courtesy Midday dated 07feb2013


About saint Gonsalo Garcia –

Revered as a holyman, saint Gonsalo Garcia was born in Ghas village in Vasai 400 years ago. Being a holy person, he had gone to enlighten people in Nagasaki (in Japan) and was martyred there while spreading the teachings of Christ. Saint Garcia was born in Vasai to an Indian mother and a Portuguese father and is the first Indian saint. To keep his teachings alive, every year we have a feast on his birth anniversary which is February 6.  The MGP plan to request the Archdiocese of Bombay to dedicate a church or chapel in Mumbai to saint Gonsalo Garcia between Colaba and Borivli, although there is a church dedicated to him in Vasai. A museum is also slated to open at Manori in May along with a statue of the saint depicting a brief history of his life.

 



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Reply gavkaris
3:43 AM on April 13, 2013 
No East-Indian No West-Indian. We are the Gavkaris of Bombay. We are the Bhoomiputras of Bombay. We are the original sons-of-soil of bombay. We are the asli bombaikars. But we became poor because we lost all our ancestral lands agricultural lands ponds wells lakes vegetable fields etc in Bombay. Lord Jesus Christ help us. for More info on gavkaris of bombay log on to http://www.bombayland.blogspot.com/

Gavkaris.
Reply Gavkaris
12:05 AM on November 5, 2014 
The Protestant British owned East India company beginning from 18th century allowed people from Gujarat, Maharashtra, etc to settle in the Bombay/Salsette ( http://www.bombayland.blogspot.com/ ) region and the Catholic Villagers of Bombay/Salsette proudly adopted the designation EastIndians in honour of the East India Company.....................The East India Company was dissolved on 1st January, 1874 as a result of the East India Stock Dividend Redemption Act, 1873 passed by the Parliament of United Kingdom, as the Government of India Act had by then rendered the East India Company vestigial, powerless and obsolete. The East India companys functions had been fully absorbed into the official government machinery of British India and east india companys private presidency armies had been nationalized by the British Crown but the Catholic Villagers of Bombay/Salsette even today proudly identify themselves as EastIndians..............The Britishers were absolutely right when they noted down in their Gazetteers that the catholic villagers of Bombay/Salsette are ignorant & drunken people............No ambition to work towards becoming ias ips irs ifs officers doctors engineers architects traders shopkeepers goldsmiths pilots scientists surgeons chartered accountants dentists journalists ministers commissioners collectors reporters entrepreneurs etc................No ambition to apply for government jobs, bank jobs, police jobs, aviation jobs, railway jobs, shipping jobs, etc...............No ambition to take part in political social civic activism................no ambition to agitate for 5 percent quota in govt jobs, govt housing, govt educational institutes................no ambition to demand compensation for rice fields ponds wells lakes rivers forestlands saltpanlands that were forcibly acquired in the past by state authorities, municipality, collector, etc...............no ambition to oppose the inclusion of goathans in the 500 sq ft capital value property tax system by BMC............no ambition to oppose the marking of gaothans as slums in the bmc 20 year development map...............the only Ambition of the Catholic Villagers of Bombay/Salsette is of alcoholism infighting jealousy gossiping.

Gavkaris.
Reply Smarta
2:00 PM on March 5, 2015 
gavkaris says...
No East-Indian No West-Indian. We are the Gavkaris of Bombay. We are the Bhoomiputras of Bombay. We are the original sons-of-soil of bombay. We are the asli bombaikars. But we became poor because we lost all our ancestral lands agricultural lands ponds wells lakes vegetable fields etc in Bombay. Lord Jesus Christ help us. for More info on gavkaris of bombay log on to http://www.bombayland.blogspot.com/

Gavkaris.
Reply shahnawaz
5:57 AM on April 1, 2015 
Dear Sir/Madam,

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Please help us.

Regards
Shahnawaz

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