Friday, 28 August 2009
The one and only, Benji... no more!!
The one and only Benji, passed away last night ... Fr Benjamin Puthota, the 7th Provincial of the Salesian Province of Chennai (then Madras, 1976-1982)and the first Provincial of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad (1992-1998) passed away around 22.00 hrs (IST) all of a sudden while in his community at Istanbul, Turkey. He was one of the first Salesians to set foot on Andhra soil, way back in 1964, along with Fr Panampara Abraham and the late Br Gabriel Fernandez.Fondly known to all as Benji, he was an epitome of Salesian spirit and a true son of Don Bosco. Known for his passionate love for Don Bosco and the Salesian charism his death comes as a shock to all especially those of us in India. Besides the several other qualities that made him someone outstanding was his far-sightedness. He was a visionary and he knew no obstacles to make that vision a reality. In this process he also knew how to get all those around him become passionately involved in what he dreamt for others. That is what made him a great leader and animator. He would set us ABLAZE with his mere presence!!