USA: Oscar Fernandes Awarded Nelson Mandela Award


New York, Sep 7 (Zee News): Senior Congress leader, Oscar Fernandes, has been bestowed with the Nelson Mandela Award in recognition of his efforts for promoting minority rights.

The prestigious Nelson Mandela Award Minority Empowerment award was presented to Fernandes by Dr Charles Steele Jr, a prominent civil rights activist and CEO of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Atlanta based organisation co-founded by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The award, which commemorates the sacrifices of Nelson Mandela who suffered imprisonment and various forms of repression to champion for freedom, is given to individuals and organisations in recognition of outstanding achievements in promotion of minority affairs.

"In today's world we can progress as a civil society only when we have an inclusive approach and recognize each other's strengths," Fernandes said in his acceptance speech at the awards ceremony held at the United Nations Church Center.

"This creative energy of different communities, when pooled together can lead to fulfillment of purpose and life, and also shall bring about a wonderful harmony in society," he said. The ceremony was attended by many dignitaries and community leaders from the diaspora.

 "When I talk of the responsibility of the majority community I must say that there devolves upon the minority community a responsibility to not unduly feel insecure," Fernandes said.

  

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  • Glenda , Udyavar/Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 14 2009

    Congratulations dear uncle Oscar for your great achievement!

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  • A.C.Alva, Pamboor Udipi/Gujarat

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    Congratulation Oscar you deserve this we Alva brothers are prod of you May God bless you.

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  • Antony T D. Souza, Karkala / Qatar

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    YES Alice, Shahnawaz and myself are echoing GLADSON’S wise opinion. Let us watch and see how far it will motivate him being without cabinet portfolio while drew a blank or black line while he was ! In general, before awarding, International community should review the matter at the grass root level.

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  • Alice, Kirem

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    It is well said by Mr.Shahnawaz Kukkikatte. My personal experience, due to some problem, me & my sister visited Mr. Oscar Fernandes''s office twice (though he didn''t helped us), he was a Minister then and I find all his personal staff, OSD''s etc. are from Mangalore. All of them introduced themself to us & to our surprise not a single person was from Minority Community. We hope & wish this Award will motivate Mr. Fernandes to do something for his fellow brothers & sisters from Mangalore/Udupi.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    This award is a motivation for Mr Oscar to perform in the respected field. We dont see any work done by Mr Oscar for which the award is given. At least now he shall do it.

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  • Gladson, Brahmavar

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    Are awards a warning in disguise to those on whom the award is bestowed that ''you have not done enough in the given field and this award is given so that you are motivated to do''? And if it is true then Oscaranna will surely tell ''Aaytappa'' while receiiving award. Think that work is done!

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  • Pastor E. W. Frank, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    Dear Mr. Oscar: Its a great joy to see you getting awards. We from Udupi are really proud of you being a Udupian. Yes you are on the upward trail, going higher and higher. May the Lord bless you and use you all the days of your life to serve the humanity. May His blesssing be continued throughout your life and you wife and children. Very sincerly Pastor E. W. Frank

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Mangalore/Doha Qatar

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congratulations to Mr. Clean a politician of Udupi constituency. A proud of undivided districts first then from Karnataka state. Keep it up your a great service.

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  • Donald Pinto, Chickmaglure/Abu-Dhabi

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congratulations to you , God bless you & your Family,God give you more Strength to serve India.

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  • henry MISQUITH, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Oscar Fernandes saab,you really deserve this award for your great service as a MP. keep it up. All the best.

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  • Fr. Faustine L. Lobo, PRO - KRCBC, Bantwal/Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congrats, you truly deserve it and may you scale greater heights.

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  • Stanley Noronha, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congratulations to you Mr. Oscar Fernandes. You well deserve it. Best wishes to you. GOD BLESS.

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  • MANU, INDIA

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Well and congratulations Mr. Oscar Fernandes for attaining prestigious Nelson Mandela Award. Our humble request you to please look into your native place and surroundings and try to improve and develop the coastal areas.

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  • TOUSIK AHAMED, BYNDOOR/DUBAI

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congrats Oscar jii

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  • Johnny, mumbai

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    It is a great pleasure for us to congratulate our dear Oscar for his coveted award. Can Daijiworld come out with an article about the contribution of Mr. oscar Fernandes to the minority communities especially christian community. Like me, many might would like to know the same since he is with congress for over 35 years.

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  • Vijay Fernandes, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congratulation Oscar, you deserved this award long ago for all you work. But as the saying goes better late than never.

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  • mabel , nayerkere/udupi/kuwait

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congrats Oscar. You deserve this award. We mangloreans are proud of you.May God bless you for all your hard work.

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  • Saleem GH,Amchinadka, Puttur/Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congratulation!! keep it up

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