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Lone Fighter

Earnest Hemingway once said, “The world is a fine place worth fighting for,” and this gentleman Wilfred Culas is fighting in this world for a great cause. This down-to- earth SBI assistant is working day and night to make the Vizhinjam mother port a reality. I hardly spent an hour with him, but left his house with a handful of information about the Vizhinjam project; he is indeed a veritable  encyclopedia of this project.

Wilfred Culas

 

What makes him so special? “I have spent half  my life on this project. I have suffered a lot, but Iwill not put my foot back until I reach my destination,” says Culas with determination. We all speak about Vizhinjam; we criticize our administrators for taking no action; we blame the Centre for not granting consent; we sit in front of  our TV screens and watch discussions and talks on Vizhinjam; but what have we done so far to make this dream project a reality? This is what makes this ordinary man someone special, because he has not only spent his time for this cause in which he believes ardently, but also his wealth and energy.

“I have distributed  newsletters and pamphlets with a vicious sun beating down my back for hours. I don’t feel tired because I know that all these efforts will one day lead to the prosperity of my nation. But I feel tired when I realize that my fellow friends are not trying to understand the value of this project,”admits Wilfred Culas.    

 

Wilfred with the paper cuttings of Vizhinjam Project



“I’m not a politician or a bureaucrat, but I have studied this project in detail and I know that a port in Vizhinjam is a giant step that can take India towards being a major power in the world,” says Wilfred Culas with a conviction that only indepth knowledge can give. He eats, drinks, sleeps and dreams Vizhinjam, so much so that he has reservedone of his houses, solely for activities related to this project. “I could get atleast Rs. 5.000 if I rent out this house. But I don’t want to do it,” he says.

Wilfred with the poster


This man does not receive much support from his family, but he is not concerned about it. “How can you blame a wife if her husband is spending his time for social activities when he is required at his home with his family?” asks Culas. “But I don’t need to worry about all these things. I’m on a long journey and I have to overcome several hurdles in the process,” he says. 


“I often find that even the young generation knows nothing much about this project. When I distribute pamphlets to youngsters they pose questions about this project and I feel really happy to clarify their doubts. Actually the public is unaware about the immense possibilities of this project,” he says.

Vizhinjam is a gift from God, but we are not using it. We are just acting as bench sitters and this is what distinguishes Wilfred Culas from us. He refuses to be an armchair activist and is out there in the field, talking, acting and protesting for Vizhinjam. He is not a rich man, just an ordinary middle class Indian, but still he fights for the cause he believes in with dedication and it is men like him who can take India ahead.

 
Posted By : Yentha, On May 23, 2011 03:46:10 PM
 
 
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A Very Great Man With A Great Initiative....Indeed
Adv.Anu .V. Nambalikkaran, on May 29, 2011 01:07:38 PM
 
 
Can I get his email-id???
Abhijith, on May 30, 2011 01:17:57 PM
 
 
I appreciate his efforts, having been worked many years in the field of shipping it is very obvious that the arrival of vizhinjam port or any other container handling terminal at this tip of the world is gonna reduce the importance of many other ports in the Indian ocean. The pressure on the authorities 'to delay' it, is understandable for me.
Shijo Parakadan, on Jun 02, 2011 12:19:23 PM
 
 
In our state and mostly in all parts of the world It is media which decides the priorities of a govt.Smart city is one example the project got inked because of our medias extreme interest in the project.But vizhijam comes into there priority list only after some cricket stadium or a metro rail project.For them environmental clerance for a stadium is more important than a for a major port.
Robin, on Jun 05, 2011 11:16:30 AM
 
 
What he said is true and he is doing a great effort to see this project starts functioning. I differ in one point. Nowadays i could see the young generation is getting good awareness about this project. May b they are not doing anything but still they prays for the successful completion of this project. We all are looking for the dream run of this as India's one and only mother port.
Vivek Mohan, on Jun 05, 2011 11:46:43 AM
 
 
MY SALUTE FOR THIS GRAET MAN.
RIHAN, on Jun 05, 2011 03:23:18 PM
 
 
"Great inspiration to the new generation"
Prakash, on Jun 07, 2011 01:25:15 PM
 
 
Great work, Wilfred Culas. The keralites should stand firm with him to see the Vizhinjam Project through. All the best to Culas
P.Sreekumar, on Jun 09, 2011 10:53:16 AM
 
 
Thank You for all the comments. You can contact him at .
Rayson, on Jun 09, 2011 11:18:04 AM
 
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