We owe to our Founding Fathers

As I step into this office as the Editor of The Teenager Today at the 59th anniversary issue, I count on the blessings of the Almighty and the blessings of our esteemed readers, contributors, patrons and well-wishers of our youth magazine. We gratefully remember and salute J. Maurus and Aloysius G. Rego, the Founding Fathers of this youth magazine, and the successive editors who shouldered this responsibility with enthusiasm and dedication.

On behalf of all our dear readers, writers and well-wishers, I convey our sincere thanks and great appreciation to Fr Alfonso Elengikal who nurtured this youth magazine with passion and professionalism for the last twenty years. We wish him good health and all success in his future activities and services to the youth.

This month is special for us for many reasons. The Teenager Today was born in November 1963, and in this month we happily present you the Anniversary Issue. Secondly, we remember with gratitude the legacy left behind by the Italian born visionary, James Alberione, who left for his eternal reward on 26 November, 50 years ago. He lit the light of his vision of spreading good tidings of love, joy, peace and justice through newspapers, magazines, films, radio, television broadcast and social media. His vision is still vibrating in us, his followers. May he continue to shower his blessings upon us!

This month brings back the joyful reminiscences of Children’s Day celebrations in our schools. It is celebrated on the birthday of the great and far-sighted Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who laid foundations for a free, secular, just, progressive and democratic India. Let the vibes of his vision for India continue to be valued and pursued by all our young citizens. The Teenager Today joyously wishes all our students and children a very happy Children’s Day!

The cover story on Ambi Subramaniam, the talented young violinist from Bengaluru, is sure to inspire our teens. In our sports column we have another youngster, 18-year-old Emma Raduccanu, who with her amazing victory at the U.S. Open recently has become the heartthrob of young tennis players the world over. The descriptive article on Nepal will fascinate you. Similarly other articles will also capture your minds with interest.

We welcome two young writers into this issue of The Teenager Today. Ms Leema Dhar is a young writer from Allahabad, and Dr Sajith Cyriac has 17 motivational books to his credit and he is the Vice-Principal of St Pauls College, Bengaluru. We are immensely grateful to all our contributors who always tickle our hearts and minds with their inspiring articles. Wish you happy reading!

Vincent Carmel
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Vincent Carmel

Vincent Carmel brings with him years of experience in working with young people, and was actively involved with the Indore-based Universal Solidarity Movement (USM) for more than three years. A great lover of the North East, he was the Director of the North East Social Communications (NESCOM), organising motivational programmes for the youth of the region.