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Mangalore: PFI Displays Spectacular Freedom Parade at Mangala Stadium


Mangalore: PFI Displays Spectacular Freedom Parade at Mangala Stadium
Pics by Dayananda Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Aug 15: There were spectacular scenes at the Mangala Stadium on Aug 15, 2008 Friday afternoon as the Popular  Front of India (PFI) organized 'Freedom Parade'  commemorating  India's 62nd Independence Day.

"This parade will bring optimism for all those who are disappointed with the current situation in India. The truth  and adventure goes together with  them. You can fight  any kind of problems facing the nation. Even nature will support  you in such cases" said well known columnist from Bangalore Shivsunder , during his speech after the Freedom parade.


"Those politicians who are supposed to protect the nation are today engaged in 'Horse' trading. In this situation youngsters must come forward to protect and fight for our nation.  Today’s  huge number of youth who took  part in this parade are real soldiers. I appreciate and salute them" he said.

The  Freedom Parade was earlier inaugurated by vice chairman of the Popular Front,  K M Shareed. In his address he said  , " The Muslim community in India  even today are living under  the same conditions that prevailed during the pre-independence era. Equal  rights for each and everyone  still remains a distant dream. To win independence for every citizen, the  Popular  Front's fight will continue.." he said.

"We have marked  this independence day in a much different way  from other celebrations around the country through this spectacular  parade" he continued. The Karnataka Front for Dignity (KFD) state president Dr Mahaboob Shareef presided over the event and accepted the  oath from  the cadets. Atoor Madaras' Syed Ibrahim Alhadi Tanjal, Mangalore University's lecturer Pattabhirama Somayaji, PUCL state vice president Suresh Nath Bakrabailu, Jayan Malpe, Khateeb SB, Dharimi, A. Muzafar Ahmed, Udupi Minority Cell  district president M Kamaruddin were guests
of honor.

KFD State secretary K Abdul Latif welcomed the gathering and KFD vice  president Ilyas Mohd proposed the vote of thanks More than a thousand cadets with uniform took part in March past.

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  • anwr , falnir, Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Firstly, I would like to thank Daijiworld for being impartial in reporting this event. Secondly Mr. Dayananda Kukkaje's brilliant photographic work...also to PFI/KFD for conducting peaceful & well organized Parade...Mera Bharth Mahan.

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  • Abdul Khaliq, moolur/jubail

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Its really amazing to see such a parade in our own city. This kind of parade will defenetly create patriotism among the younger generation and at the same time its really sad to see some of the comments wherein people have a ill thoughts. Come on yaar if you have any problem with one particular community lets forget for the sake of this great nation.

    Today PFI took a initiative to march for the cause of the poor, backward, socially descriminated people and to put confidence with themselves and with their country. Why can't we forget our differences and be a part of any event that leads to national interest irrespective of the religion. my brothers try to be the part of the change or else atleast try to compliment the change. JAI HIND

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  • Christopher, Kulai

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Dear Prakash,Harold D'cunha,Krishna,Ashok Fernandes....I am sure you people are not lived in  Mangalore for many years or you all belonging to some group.  The various 'route marches' by the sangh parivar like Panjina Meravanige, samajostava none of which commemmorated independence day or involved the national flag.

    I am ashamed of some of community members for commenting against true freedom spirit of young guns from Mangalore. This is only because freedom parade is organized by Muslims.

    One of my friend is an active worker for KFD & PFI, as he suggested to me, please check their official website www.popularfront-india.com before making baseless statements. Hats off for PFI for disciplined, peaceful. Systematic freedom parade. Jai Hind.

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  • SANTHOSH SHETTY, DUBAI

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Happy independence day to whole daiji team and every Indian. I think its a good work done by PFI . All of we should support these kind of events irrespective of thinking negative about some communities or about some agenda and thinking we all indians are one.may be they are beared soldiers but they came forward to participate in such a event which makes them proud . We all can just write comments on these but is there anyone ready to do such jobs . very rare

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  • thameem ullal, Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    First of thanks to whole Daiji Team.... Beautiful coverage Nice photo's Of Freedom Parade. Mashallah wat a Great job they did, I think its not a easy thing ,Specially Cadets,they did Hard Work For that, So thanks for all Supporters..Athikal afiya...Jai hind..I love my india

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    With all that what is going on in J&K and other parts of this great indipendent nation, a parade from this single community based men in uniform is nothing but a absolute joke. The men who have invested money to get this all the logistics, uniforms to get this parade going should be having a agenda in mind.

    It would have been a better option to donate that money to charity, schools or hospitals & that would have made a great Independence Day Celebration gift to some., than showing this march in the military uniform. We have a very efficient and capable army under one single command to take care of the country's borders and do not need these communal based armies all around.

    The DC and the DSP are the authorities need to answer for granting permission to such parades. Is this army of the bearded soldiers is a recognized one. If, these guys are honest and want to show their true spirit the nation with a true spirit and heart then all these young men need to join the Army and serve at the borders and not marching once a year at the Mangala Stadium.

    Next year we can expect them to march with guns and then turn them on on other communities. What is spectacular about this parade .....??? Watch out this Popular Front of today is going to be Unpopular Front tomorrow.... it is only a matter of time.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Manglaore/India

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    In 1947 India got divided on the basis of religion and even today we divide ourselves on the basis of religion. What is right here to one community may not be right to all. The so called parade of PFI belongs to one community, that also in the Mangala Stadium which should not be allowed. What are the reason to hold this type of Independence day rally by Muslim community only? Are they showing they are separate than others? What they want to prove.

    First of all government should not have given permission to hold National Independence Day celebration by any religion or Community no matter who are they. Are we going you repeat another 1947? If today in the world there is so called misunderstanding about any one religion then the leaders of that community should sit down and think what is wrong in their community. They should have the introspection. If all people are treated equally where are the women group? Are the women have not got independence ?

    We are definitely sure the educated Muslims will not support. It is their duty to convince their community not to indulge separate National Day in the religion name. My sincere suggestion is celebrate national day by joining the entire community irrespective of religion. Vende Matharam Jai Hind.

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  • Gopal, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Can anybody see the hatred on the face of each and every soldier of these cadres. If you dont then get ready to die my brothers.

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  • Rahman sathik, kumbakonam TAMIL NADU

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    THANKS TO KARNATAKA & KERALA AUTHORITIES FOR ALLOWING THE ROAD MARCH.

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  • Bk siddiq baikampady, Baikampady

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Ashok dont mis understand.this freedom parade was not restricted only to muslims. but it is organised by muslims. That's it. Thanks daiji team for coveraging this news.

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  • Muhammed Shabeer, United Kingdom

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Mind blowing .. thanks to daiji

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  • Vinay Mascarenhas, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    I think it's unfair to accuse people who have merely tried to commemmorate independecne day - I can't help notice that the very same people who accuse those of organizing the independence day parade used to call them -'anti-national' once upon a time.

    The city is no stranger to parades from organizations belonging to the majority community, most of which are accompanied by indimidatory slogans - I remember the recent samajotsava and various 'route marches' by the sangh parivar - none of which commemmorated independence day or involved the national flag.

    Considerng the activities and hate campaign of sangh-backed organizations in the recent past in the district, it was only expeced that a few members of the minority choose to organize themselves under a different manner So if this organization does want to celebrate independence do and does it in a disciplined manner without resorting to tacticts like the sangh parivar, I don't mind it at all

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  • Anil Lasrado, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Great pics and great initiative. Now, it's time for next step - go and hand over all those anti-national elements to police!! Jai Hind!!

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  • Noel D souza, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Congratulation for spectacular parade.I ashamed of some of community members for commenting against true freedom spirit of young guns from mangalore.

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  • Krishna, Mangalore/ Miami

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    'Community based' Independence day parades!! A big NO NO! Ashok Fernandes has hit the nail on the head.

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  • Bekira, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Any Minority or Majority Indian- Do we require this group which fixes own PFI-Flag on August 15th at 7:00am on light poles of M.G.Road(Mangalore) which eventually rounded-up by police and removed?

    "This parade will bring optimism for all those who are disappointed with the current situation in India"

    Are we talking about Special Reservations irrespective of Qualification/knowledge even after 60 years?

    Are we talking about the Permission Granted for a open display of the parade of this kind in 4 major cities of india, on August 15? We require development and opportunity for every Human of INDIA, hope Jago-party comes to power with majority soon with its full manifesto. (I am not from any party, but saluted Indian Flag yesterday early morning)

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  • Siraj Kalladka, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Excellent..Hat's up PFI for organising such a spectacular program for Mangaloreans. Daliths' Minorities, and all downtrodden people of india need to be well organised and join hands to build a new india of equal rights enjoyed by all.

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  • Fazil Ahmed, udupi

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    nice images........ Excellent Photography by Dayananda Kukkaje i bet u have good future carry on, Best of Luck thanks to Popular Front of India to Organize Freedom Parade very peacefully..... very much thanks to Daiji team....

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  • Anwar Uchil, Mangalre , Kabul, Afghanistan

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    A very Nice and mind blowing pics

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  • Allen Pereira, Mangalore/Pune

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    The events that have been taking place in different parts of the country in recent years involving discrimation against citizens of different minority communities including christians and muslims in providing timely protection against violence by so called nationalists has created a sense of uncertainty about the effectiveness of constitutional safeguards under a political class which is incresingly proving to be devoid of morals and genuine patriotism.

    Several minorities have a feeling of marginalization especially among their youth. In such a situation if some of the leaders of a community have thought it appropriate to organise the youth and make them feel part of this great country through a independence day parade we should respect and appreciate it as positive beginning.

    May be next time youth of all communities who believe in Unity in diversity of this country may come together for a apolotical & splendid display of genuine patriotism. Vande Mataram Jai Bharat

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  • habeeb, kalladka

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Mr. ashok you have lots of misconception about the popular front of india and the nation.dear brother please study about that org.(social org.) and current situation of india then only you comment.

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  • RaviShankar, Bangalore

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Celebrating the Independence Day is a right of every citizens of India & all should celebrate Independence Day with true spirit. We being a responsible citizens , it is our moral duty to encourage any kind event/celebration pertaining to this National Festival with true spirit. If any organization is celebrating / organizing this kind of event, we should encourage whole heartedly ..Unfortunately, it is very petty that some people are having a negative feeling about this particular event. Let’s remember we are all from one community, i.e. INDIA. Let’s be proud to feel the freedom. Let’s say loud we are INDIANS. Let’s all of us get to-gather & celebrate our freedom

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  • Asif Ali Oman, Shirva

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Good initiative. Thanks daiji for capturing images….

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  • Jeevan zallak, sharjah

    Sun, Aug 17 2008

    Mind blowing to see the news coverage of Freedom Parade organize by Popular Front of India.I hope wel desciplined popular front of ndia wil serve the whole community in all the way.I really appreciate the daijiworld.

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  • BADRUDDIN HENTHAR, DUBAI/ATHOOR

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    We have to sacrifice everything for the sake of our country.There are no ristrictions in our constitution only political parties has to celebrate such events. everybody has to celebrate as much as they can and must be proud to say i'm an Indian and must fight for the unity and integrity of the citizens.

    Any way we appriciate popular front of India did an excellent job and we hope in future state government may allow them to march in the streets. We are really grateful to Mr. Dayananda Kukkaje for his excellent photo coverage and very thankful to Daiji net work for the courtesy.

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  • Ashok Fernandes, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    No doubt, the freedom parade organized by this so called popular front of India is nice and disciplined. But what is the agenda of this popular front group. Majority of these so called soldiers, official, guests and dignitaries are muslims which clearly shows that this group is communal. Should we expect these soldiers to parade with guns during our next independence day.

    Freedom in India is in abundance. Everybody’s rights are respected as far has we respect each others rights. First of all the DC of Mangalore should not have given permission for such an individual communal based parade. We do not need such parades. What if Christians and Hindus come out with their own soldiers tomorrow. India does not need communal based soldiers.

    We have a big Army to protect fight for our mother land where soldiers are trained to protect India and not their respective religions. In fact India needs more soldiers on the border to fight extremists and protect our nation from extremist ideas and terrorism. If the intention of this group is to show loyalty to the nation, why can’t these join the Indian Army and go through some stringent disciplined training under one command and come out with flying colors than form their own community based soldiers.

    God knows what plans they have in mind. Once they obtain the license to arm themselves in the name of this so called freedom parade, I am sure they will get separatist ideas and point these same guns at their own countrymen. In my opinion, such individual groups in uniform should be banned. All men in uniform should be under one umbrella with one authority to serve the nation.

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  • Arshad, Udupi/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Really a magnificient event successfully organised by UFI. Well done guys, Keep it up. Jai Hind

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Thanks a lot, whole Daiji Team.... Beautiful coverage Freedom Parade organize by Popular Front of India. very nice pic, thanks to PFI organization to held Freedom Parade very peaceful and wonderful. thanks again Daijii...

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  • Winston Fernandes, Mangalore / dubai

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    No wonder if Mangalore becomes another Kashmir, i think now do christians, Hindus need to have their own parades ! May be we are going for unrest in future it seems.... Govt. should ban all these groups without any hesitation. We don't need any groups when there is popular elected govt. to celebrate independence.

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  • habeeb, kalladka

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    really wonderful photos.my eyes are now also can't beleive this is it in india!!!!.... I appreciating popular front india. thaks daiji for capturing a new historical images.

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  • Thanzeel Moosa, Kallapu, Kuwait

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Mind Blowing. Thanks Daijiworld.

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  • Wilma Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Are we going ahead in dividing Mangalore too...? Do we need private ceremoney that to belongs to one particular community, do we need all this? Someone wants to show their strength not anything else. 

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  • ABDUL BASHEER, UK

    Fri, Aug 15 2008

    ALHAMDULILLAH... MASHA ALLAH THE GREAT SUCCESS OF THIS PARADE.. THIS IS THE REAL INDIPENDENCE CELEBRATION WHICH CAME FROM THE HEART. THEY ARE THE SOLDIERS OF NEW EMPOWERED INDIA.

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  • ACHU NELLYADY, DUBAI

    Fri, Aug 15 2008

    BISMILLAH MASAHALLA DUNIYA JEETHENGE HUM

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  • Ashraf Sullia Kuwait, Sullia

    Fri, Aug 15 2008

    Wonderful, systematic and well disciplined! Let’s appreciate the folks for organizing the historic parade. The State Govt. may have red eyes on our true troops. We need to aware and be careful that, we should not give them a chance to ban these youth power.

    In reality, the intention of this parade should be always in favor of lost people, socially discriminated, legally denied, and spiritually harassed by the anti social elements. PFI has shown terrific example to the other extreme anti social groups and it is a lesson for them to behave better with the all other religions. PFI should maintain and train their squads in a systematic and ideal way, which should not harm the national interest at any cost.

    Lets give big hands to the PFI for fighting for the justice and protecting the lost people from the anti -social Mobs. Congrats guys and keep it up! -

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  • Vishal D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 15 2008

    PM calls for integrity of nation, but here it seems a parade of one particular community. Do we need a seperate parade for different communities? what is this?  God save this country.

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  • Ms.Ayesha Haneen, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Wonderful, I cannot emagine Mangalorean muslim youngsters with well deceplined, like a soldier of our country displayed their excelent parade. Be unite, be strong help the countrymen, fight against terrorism, fight against communalism and say all that "we are the bridge for Hindu, Muslim, Christian Unity" Jain Hind.

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  • Hassan kinnigoli, mukkal sangha/jubail

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    Huge number of youth who took part in this parade are real soldiers. I appreciate and salute them thanks to daijiworld

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  • sadiq, manglore

    Sat, Aug 16 2008

    I appreciate the organisers & participants. This shows that Our gr8 nation is not someone's property. This nation is for every citizen. Every Citizen has a right to Celebrate Independece day and show patriotism. But BJP Govt in our state not allowed to conclude the parade in Nehur Maidan. They ordered not to enter main streets. Despite all the obstacles Orgernisers did a very gr8 job. it made me to feel that the gr8 patriotic ceders are once again struggling for the freedom.

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