The Indefatigable Crusader
takes you through an inspiring journey of struggles and battles that Eric
Ozario fought, for the lesser privileged and the downtrodden. It begins with
the arrival of European Missionaries in Mangalore, and the socio-cultural and
economic impact of their religious conversion of the locals. Eric’s life is an
interesting mix of the appalling poverty and social isolation that he had to
endure in his childhood, and the colourful larger than life persona that he
displayed as he grew. His bitter experiences helped him analyse the true
colours of this society and its unjust model, which he chose to oppose all his
as a young man campaigning for the people of his ghetto, is electrifying,
hair-raising, stimulating and motivating. His fight, leading the Christian
workers against their employer – the church, is definitely emotive to many and
may even be scandalous to a few. All his struggles particularly in Christian
establishments blatantly expose the duplicity of organised religion.
But what may surprise
many readers is the fact that Eric, despite leading the agitations, is also, a
celebrated composer and singer par excellence. He is not only a distinguished
artiste, but also is a creative innovator, an excellent organiser, an eminent
educator, an admired leader and an illustrious, untiring Konkani activist who
through his organisation Mandd Sobhann, has rejuvenated Konkani language and
Eric’s life is a perfect blend of the brave
tiger that fought for the people and the flamboyant peacock that performed
before the world – a rare combination that only a few celebrated and
accomplished personalities in the history of this world possess. His
stimulating and saluted life will, without doubt, inspire and awaken the
revolutionary in you.
Royston Fernandes, the young author, has authored 2 books
previously, both on ecology. The first one, ‘Shall we save the Earth?’
he wrote when just 17. ‘Wake
up Mangalore…or be damned!’ was published last year.
is a mechanical engineer by qualification, a pianist by training and an
environmentalist by calling. As an environmental campaigner he has organised
and participated in numerous programmes aimed at preserving the once pristine
environment of his home town Mangalore.
is currently working on a new idea called ‘Tree Credits’, which he strongly
believes will help solve climate change and at the same time fight poverty.
writer by conviction, he only writes on subjects and causes that are close to
his heart. He has written this book to present his friend and mentor, to the
world, because he truly believes that Eric is bigger than Konkani and
Mangalore, and that his life and achievements could inspire people similarly
struggling around the world.