Mangaluru: George Fernandes memorial to be erected at Bejai church on Feb 23

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Feb 21: “A memorial will be erected in memory of late George Ferandes here at Bejai church premises on Sunday, February 23, initiated by Bejai church,” informed Bejai Parish pastrol council member Vincent.

Addressing media here on Friday February 21, Vincent said, “George Fernandes was one of the greatest leaders that India is blessed with. Having unshakeable faith in and tremendous respect for democracy, this great man worked tirelessly for its progress and wellbeing. He was elected nine times as the member of Lok Sabha and once for Rajya Sabha. The credit of establishing the Bombay Labour cooperative bank in Maharashtra also goes to this dedicated personality.

Late George Fernandes

“Fernandes fell a victim to Alzheimer’s syndrome and breathed his last at the age of 88 on January 29, 2019. Recognizing the great man’s service to the poor and the downtrodden, labourers, social work, journalist and as a seasoned politician the government of India has conferred the Padma Vibhushan Award on him and made this popular and well-loved leader’s name immortal. In the wake of this historical event, a tomb has been erected in the birth place of George Fernandes under the initiative of Bejai church with an attempt to commemorate the great achievements of this great leader.”

“Although George Fernandes is no longer with us physically, an attempt is being made to immortalize his memory in the minds and hearts of all, by erecting a memorial on his mortal remains, according to his religious customs.”

“On Febraury 23, bishop of Mangaluru diocese Dr Peter Paul Saldanha will inaugurate and bless the memorial of late George Fernandes. Former MLA J R Lobo, Mangaluru South MLA Vedavyasa Kamath, MLC Ivan D’Souza, Fr Vinod Lobo, corporators Shashidhar Hegde, Vinayraj, Sudhir Shetty, Shakeela Kava, Jayanand Anchan and Lancelot Pinto will grace the occasion.”

Bejai church Parish Priest Fr Wilson Vitus D’Souza, assistant parish priest Fr Pramod Crasta, Bejai parish pastoral council vice president Francis Ashok Pinto, secretary Preethi Gomes and corporator Lancelot Pinto and others were present.




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  • Sumith, Muscat

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    One of the greatest leaders of Dakshina Kannada..

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  • Merwyn, Bejai

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Very bad idea there is lot of things can be done for poor children instead of wasting money on statue let the government think about this not parish council don’t go far just see the condition of that parish school do something there parishioners will appreciate .

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  • Honnappa, Byadagi

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    George Fernandes did yeomen service to the nation. He was responsible for setting up of Konkan Railway, Naval base at Karwar, but unfortunately people of coastal districts of Karnataka have not recognized his contribution.

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  • Richard, Shirva

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Country seen one of the greatest leader!
    Great leader Shri George Fernandes gave much more to native town but Mangloreans neither identified him nor allowed for his victory from home constituency!!...
    Mumbai and Bihar people recognized and remembered him from begining of his struggle!! he decided to settle with people of his love!
    Mangloreans means Christians in particular wants only leaders from Congress to recognize, glorify!!
    Why only Tomb!..could have built much more bigger monuments in his memory with the help of Govt.,

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Agreed. Shri George's opposition to Congress was the only reason why he didn’t win support from his own community.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    A good initiative to remember one of the nation's tallest mass leaders.

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Well well done. All the accolades to the great leader / politician on national level.

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Its really a good gesture that Bejai Church has taken a decision to erect a statue or something like that. George Fernandes is really a Hero. For his dedicated work he deserves to be honored like this. Other should also follow this and do something in Memoriam of george Fernandes.

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  • juliana, udupi

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Mr. Fernandes grew from grass root level to national and his achievements are an inspiration to all working class people and a hope to those who lost all.

    He may be raised to Saint hood through the Roman Catholic Church instead of erecting memorial at Church. One shuld travel to Goa from Mangaluru to see the adventure of Railway track in between. Really a wonderful man with no doubt about it.

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  • mrs,a.f.dsouza,, kundapura/mumbai.

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    Finest politician born in karnataka and gifted to India. RIP George Fernandes. May god bless your family.

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  • dk shetty, mangalore/Oman

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    George Saheb, is a national level leader of highest repute, country/state must have memorial in his name to remind leaders/people/Children that country needs such leaders.
    Church doing is local level, however I support national level memorial

    Possible train named after him, some major monument/project named after him would do justice.

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  • Lancy Dsa, Mudarangadi/ Kalmady

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    The road to udupi railway station was named after him. But now that board missing.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    I have seen that road....Rather a lane.A man because whom coastal people were benefitted by getting prestigious project which has become a lifeline today for south India called Konjan Railway.The project would not have happened without George Saheb.We should dedicate a prime road either at Mangalore or Udupi ...So that legacy of this great patriot will be a guiding spirit to the generations to come.
    Respects to the great soul of George saheb..

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  • Eminef, Managalore

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    Instead of building statues and wasting money. Bejai New Road should be renamed George Fernandes Road since his ancestral house was on that road and Bejai New road is no more a new road.

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  • P Shetty, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    He was one of the tall leader. Statue in his memory is also a not a bad idea. But, this initiative should have come from political leaders and public of undivided Dakshina Kannada who should have contributed and built a mueseum or some research study centre on his name in Mangalore

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    We salute you sir because of you commuters enjoy the travel in Konkan railways

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  • James, Bendur

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    A road or circle could have been named for his memory and the money should have spent for the poor children's education or opened a medical fund for the poor in his memory. Faithful should think and analyze before donating money for any causes.

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  • John, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    I respect him
    But building statues is not good
    Simply wastage of funds
    This money can be utilised for some other purposes

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    John, Mangalore/Kuwait
    After 2014 only Statues ...

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  • alphonso dsouza, bendur

    Sat, Feb 22 2020

    I am not against building statues. If you look back at our history and see those old statues, no one even cares to provide maintenance to them. Rather, in his name, our Society could have started a scholarship or a fund in his name so that he will be remembered for years to come. My personal opinion. (After 70 years Mr.Patel's statue was installed at exorbitant cost; that money could have been used for building clean toilets for public use).

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    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    RIP SIR, nice move from the church authorities to remember this great man of INDIA.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 21 2020

    One of our Finest Politicians in Karnataka ...

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