The Biography of Eric Ozario – Gurkar of Mandd Sobhann, titled – ‘Eric Ozario – The Indefatigable Crusader’, written by Royston Fernandes, was released on May 18, 2014, at Kalaangann, Mangalore, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.
The programme began with children wishing Eric Ozario, by singing the birthday song in Konkani and honouring him by showering rose petals.
Royston Fernandes, the author, in his remarks said, that the Konkani community fails to recognise its heroes and hence he chose to write about the life of Eric Ozario, his hero, so that people may be inspired by his life.
Rev. Dr John Fernandes, former President, Chair in Christianity, released the book by extracting it from the fire. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Eric is truly a crusader who has fought for the rights of the downtrodden.
Prof. Sunney Thararappan, Director, College for Leadership and Human Resource Development (CLHRD), in his felicitation said that though Eric may be called a leader, a revolutionary or a radical, the word radical suits him best, as not only does he have commitment, but also passion to serve society.
Dr Ravishankar Rao,Professor of English, Mangalore University and Member, International Executive Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, reviewed the book. He congratulated Royston for his work and said that the title itself is something that he would accept without hesitation, as for him the word ‘crusader’ meant ‘champion of the cause of the weak’.
Eric Ozario, then read out his Will & Testament, which has been published in the book. He also thanked his friends for their support and handed them a personally signed copy of his biography.
On the occasion, an Appeal of the fund-raising programme – ‘Podam Turo’ (flower bouquet), to be held on the occasion of the 150th Monthly Theatre, on June 1, 2014, was released by Shri Raghunath Shet, President, Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Karnataka.
Vidya Dinker, a social activist, and Arun Raj Rodrigues, Konkani activist, conducted the proceedings.
The book will be released in Goa, at the Tiatr Academy, Panjim, on 24th May, 2014, at 5 p.m.. The book is priced at Rs. 499/- and the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Jagotik Konknni Songhotton (JKS).