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IN ONE VOICE: Deputy Commissioner M.K. Baladevakrishna (centre) inaugurating anti-terrorism awareness campaign in Madikeri on Friday.
IN ONE VOICE: Deputy Commissioner M.K. Baladevakrishna (centre) inaugurating anti-terrorism awareness campaign in Madikeri on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

‘Eschew parochial feelings and come together as a nation’; speakers harp on the need to foster unity

Students take out procession shouting slogans

‘Extremist acts have caused deaths of Indian leaders’

Madikeri: Speakers at an anti-terrorism campaign jatha taken out from different educational institutions here on Friday, harped on the need to foster unity and integrity, to fight and root out evils such as terrorism from the country.

They were addressing a student awareness campaign against terrorism here titled “Bhayotpadane Alisi-Desha Ulisi” (eradicate terrorism and save the nation).

Students from different educational institutions took out the procession and converged on the ranga mandira at the Gandhi Maidan, shouting slogans against terrorism.

The State committee member of the anti-terrorism campaign, Robin Devaiah, who was the main speaker, called upon the students to stay united lest anti-national elements found ways to gain ground.

Mr. Devaiah said it was time to pay rich tributes to the martyrs of the 26/11attacks in which 14 security officers and personnel had died.

He singled out the name of Tukaram, a police constable, whose presence of mind had prevented further deaths and resulted in the catching of terrorist Kasab. Extremist acts had caused deaths of Indian leaders in the past, including former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, he said.

Saying that India had remained a victim of terrorist acts ever since Independence, Mr. Devaiah added it was sad to note that many terrorists and outfits were making Bangalore a place to hide to carry out nefarious activities.

The assassins of Rajiv Gandhi were caught in Bangalore and so were the persons who plotted to kill senior BJP leader, L.K. Advani, in Coimbatore. India’s civil casualty, which is said to have stood at 78,210 in the last two decades, was high in the world next only to Iraq, Mr. Devaiah said.

He exhorted the students to nurse a feeling of oneness and be prepared for any sacrifice for the cause of the nation. Deputy Commissioner M.K. Baladevakrishna, who inaugurated the event at the ranga mandira earlier, called upon the students to become nation-builders.

The 26/11 incident had shaken the Indian psyche. Students should understand the pernicious effects of extremism.

They should stick to the mantra of “we are not cowards, we won’t buckle under pressure, but we pledge to work for fostering the unity and integrity of the country”, he said.

Superintendent of Police T.R. Suresh administered an oath to the participants. The president of the Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC), P.D. Ponnappa, noted people should sink parochial feelings and come together when the nation faced crises of sorts.

Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Chikkathimmaiah, Assistant Commissioner, Akram Pasha, District Information Officer, Vinod Chandra, and Nehru Yuva Kendra Coordinator, D’Souza, were present.

The president of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, Deerghakeshi Shivanna, who presided over the function, said terrorism was a heinous and unpardonable crime against humanity. Such acts should be condemned by all. People of Kodagu, who nursed a unique culture and etiquette, should keep a watch on anti-social elements and stay united to fight any evil that confronted the nation, she said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, A.S. Ramachandrappa, welcomed the gathering. Students rendered patriotic songs.

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