Mangalore: Intellectuals Call for Urgent Action Plan to Infuse Lost Confidence

Mangalore: Intellectuals Call for Urgent Action Plan to Infuse Lost Confidence
Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Aug 1: The deplorable act of hooligans masquerading as moral police assaulting, molesting and manhandling young boys and girls in Mangalore has once again jolted the conscience of the people of undivided Dakshina Kannada. No doubt the incident has been denounced by all the right thinking people, except a few sickening and sadistic individuals who justify the acts of these hoodlums in the name of culture.
The incident is now fresh in our minds but soon it will be elapsed until we are rankled by another and much more disgusting incident than this. As prevention is better than cure the situation is idoneous for the prominent people of these districts to come together and deliberate on an action plan so that such despicable incident doesn’t recur. While the common people can talk and lend moral support it is high time the prominent people of Mangalore who are respected and looked up to by people for guidance and advice, to take up the mantle and try to fill some sense in the minds of those who provide political, financial and moral support to these anti-social elements indulging in such contemptible acts.
More than the brand image of Mangalore taking a beating in the eyes of the world there is an urgent need to infuse confidence among the people especially women who now feel insecure even in their own cozy homes. It looks as though the Taliban is much more decent and tolerable compared to the worst-than –Taliban-kind of situation this incident brings to the minds of people in Mangalore now.
Daijiworld contacted some of the highly respected and prominent people of the coastal districts to elicit their views on the incident, what can be done to prevent it in future and whether they feel it is their responsibility to rise to the occasion and do something tangible to build confidence level among people.

Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala termed it as a stray incident which happens in a society for various reasons. “What is good and what is bad, what is our tradition or our culture cannot be dictated to by anybody to anyone. We value our culture, tradition and customs and our Indian spiritual way of life. At the same time we can infuse good senses into those people who might bring bad name by various methods like discussions, counseling or to some extent by protests. Gandhiji has given us the powerful instrument of satyagraha. Anna Hazare is using the same instrument and the whole world is responding to him positively because he is a satyagrahi. Hitting the boys and girls and putting them to shame is not the right way of doing it. If anybody felt it is against our culture they should have done it in a polite way or in the true spirit of Satyagraha which would be much more effective”, Dr Heggade stated. 

Vinaya Hegde, President of Nitte Education Trust and Chancellor of Nitte University described it as “the most disgusting I have seen in my entire life. I know something has to be done and I am ready to do whatever little I can. I also feel concerned about these ghastly incidents. But there is a ministry and there are the police to enforce law and order situation in the city. If we try to intervene it will be like undermining their powers and responsibilities. At the moment I am numbed by the incident and I cannot think any plan or action to put an end to it. But we will have to do something about it”.

Dr Mohan Alva, Chairman of Alva’s Education Foundation who is the true cultural ambassador of Dakshina Kannada, was vehement in his criticism terming it as “cowardice, shameful and irresponsible act”. He said “Personally I am very hurt I feel helpless seeing this kind of incident happening in Mangalore which is well-known for its achievements in the field of health, education and culture. The media too is a party in this irresponsible act by showing the faces of these young girls in the TV. Don’t they have any responsibility as citizens? If this incident were to happen in a country like America, Germany or England these hooligans would have been put inside the bars for lifelong”.
Dr Alva also said that he feels helpless not knowing what he can do in a situation like this. “If there is a proper forum I am ready to come and do whatever I can within my capacity. I know I can create a scene by bringing the students to the streets but that is not the solution. If I do something I know I will be the next target because I cannot battle with these people who don’t have the reasoning power. There was no need for these third rate ruffians to take law in their hands. If they found anything objectionable they should have called the management of the educational institutions, principals, parents or the police rather than trying to show their manliness hitting hapless girls”, Dr Alva stated. Dr Alva also took a dig at the law enforcing police force for their failure to ensure safety and security to the people.

Giselle Mehta, former bureaucrat and novelist attributes these kinds of incidents to the growing cultural and economic disconnect and say that a firm hand of law and order will ensure that this will be an isolated incident. “Initiatives from various stakeholders can wait while the authorities do their job of regulating law and order. If unchecked, a repetition of this unfortunate episode will undermine Mangalore’s reputation as a progressive and enlightened space”, she pointed out. Giselle expressed happiness that the student community which is most impacted by this incident has come together and shown as a strong front to combat hooligan elements and it is heartening to know many educational institutions have supported them, she stated.
Architect Dharmaraj minces no words to blame the media and the police for their laxity and irresponsibility. “Whatever justification the journalists in question may offer I believe the journalist has been irresponsible. A journalist is a citizen of Mangalore first and a journalist next. Mangalore is like his mother and the journalist cannot shirk his responsibility by saying he tried informing one police. Journalists if they want can call up Chief Ministers, Ministers, DG and any top officials and can even enter any office with the power of the press card. If one police had not responded he should have tried any other top police official”. Moreover, Dharmaraj says that one cannot simply buy the argument that he (the journalist) was not aware of the incident in advance. “I just want to ask whether the journalist would have video graphed the faces if it had involved his own family members and exposed them without blurring the images, as was done by them in this case”.
Dharmaraj opines that the police should investigate the role of anybody and everybody in the incident and give proper punishment to the culprits. The culprits will desist from doing this only if they are properly punished. The police should file a suo muto FIR if there is no complaint and should not leave the culprits scot-free, he said. He requested the media to be the responsible citizens of Mangalore before being media persons. We went on to add “it is human to err and even if someone (the youngsters) had done something wrong it should be brought to the notice of the law enforcing authorities or to their parents. If everyone takes law in their hands only jungle raj would prevail. We should not allow Mangalore to become unsafe for the people are it men or women”.
Now it has come to know that some of the people involved in the recent attack were also the main masterminds involved in the 2009 pub attack. If stern action was taken against the goondas by filing a suo motu FIR then, the latest incident of Padil would not have occurred. For the moment we are assured that law will take its own course and the guilty will be punished. We can only wait and watch and ensure that public memory remains long enough to bring the culprits to book.


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  • Sunil D'cunha, Mangalore/U.K

    Sat, Aug 04 2012


    Mangalore my beautiful station
    which lies near the Arabian Ocean
    with coconut and cashew vegetation
    known for it's civilised habitation

    Famous for educational institution(s)
    and it's intelligent population
    People live here in harmony without tension
    What's happening now is beyond my imagination

    Lately there's been a rise in human rights violation
    Untoward incidents occurring without provocation
    On the pretext of Indian culture preservation
    perverts pouncing on women for molestation

    People are politicizing the situation
    Politicians are giving silly explanation
    Police have failed in citizens protection
    Wonder if there's any District administration

    Personnel in power owe us an explanation
    Your silence has no justification
    We would love to see some strict action
    Victims must get Compensation

    Mangalore used to be a popular Location
    where's gone that feel good sensation
    which I used to get during my vacation
    Mangalore now is a dreadful destination

    Youth of M'lore here is my suggestion
    Form a strong organisation
    Catch the culprits and teach them a lesson
    Fight till you wipe out this corruption

    Didn't write these lines for any recognition
    This is my style of cooperation
    I am entitled to my opinion
    You don't have to take this in to consideration

    -Sunil D'cunha

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Thu, Aug 02 2012

    Excellent work by Daiji. All appreciation and kudos to Walty and his team. Please, please continue this till the end. I sincerely pray for your team’s wellbeing and safety.

    I fully agree with Mr. Naveen Rao, Mangalore. Nothing short of total and harsh punishment to these beasts will bring full confidence. But I am highly pessimistic about the culprits being punished. No, it is not going to happen. The sole reason is because police are sympathetic to them. Only if the police force is sincere and honest, can we hope to get security and then justice. But when police department itself is supporting this act or in hand in glove arrangement, then who do we go to? Whatever action they are taking now, it is just under public outrage and because the victims happened to be from other than intended communities. If by chance, there were students from those communities, then the story would have been drawn on communal lines like conversion, terrorism etc.

    I remember what happened after church attacks – Mr. Yeddy and all his team blamed conversion as the reason and literally supported the act. On the other hand he instructed police to penalize the emotional protesters and made so many youngsters suffer. I remember what happened after pub attack, many organizations literally supported it saying its against Indian culture. This time around also same thing going to happen. What else can you expect when there is no government, no sincere police force, no law and order? The goondas having a field day in Mangalore. And sure why not? When there is such a solid motive as to safeguard religion, culture etc. What a pitiable condition.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Right said Shekar Moily....Vultures is the right word! (Eating on the dead)! What can we say about those still support these vultures!! Your kind of thinking alone can bring back the glory of 50's, 70's & 80's to M'lore!!!

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  • Mark, Udyavara

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    I fully agree with Naveen Rao. Just like the ARK which was built & survived the great deluge while TITANIC built by intelectuals & professional which sank & all burried.

    INDIA today reels under this intelectual fallacy and experiencing the dark cloud in its governance and humanitarian doom.

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  • Manohar Veigas, UDUPI

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    We should clearly understand that this professionally band of hooligans are hired by some vested elements to serve the neighborhood interest or serving politically. Regarding their culture (which they displayed), it will be disgrace to any community or religion to own them. While Thanking Daiji Team for having taken this matter to a discussion and opinion forum of intellectuals, it would also be appreciated to have the detail profile with family background of each of this hooligans involved, so that readers would come to know how they have practiced the culture in their life and with their parents and siblings.

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  • A.prabhu, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    The first thing to stop will be the transfer of honest police doing their duty ,but not to the liking of vested interests !
    But I am sure this will be the 1 st move with pressure from higher ups.
    Will,there be justice?

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  • Pradeep Shenoy, Mangalore/USA

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    I don't think anyone - people or organization should be above the law.
    This is a blatant violation of individual freedom and the people responsible for this should be dealt with properly.

    This also shows the weakness in our police force in maintaining public harmony and maintaining law and order.

    It's a shame - a once peaceful and quiet town of Mangalore is slowly turning into a third rate city of thugs and crime.

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  • K N Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    If at all the law enforcing machinery has done what it was expected to do as per the constitution, nothing of this sort would have repeated. Let us please remember these incidents did not erupt all of a sudden. There have been examples of such sporadic events in this region since last decade. However, our attitude was mostly “not meant for us or we are not affected”. What Niem"ller wrote aptly describes the situation in Mangalore
    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Let us remember that the greatest harm to the society is done not by the actions of these antisocial elements or any such sinister elements but by the inaction of the good, nice, decent and gentle persons. Where were these gentlemen when so many innocent boys and girls were harassed, beaten, tortured for trivial reasons. If the intellectuals raised their voice a couple of years back these barbaric incident would not have taken place.

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  • Girish, Karkala / Riyadh

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    I am staying abroad and I am very proud to introduce myself “I am from Kudla (Mangalore). But now when I introduce myself, people ask u r from the place where religious places are attacked, innocent people thrashed etc.. etc... Before our place is recognised for all its good activities but now a days scenario changed. If we want to retain our fame then first thing we have to do is prohibit all religious organizations, which affect harmony and peace of our society. Govt should pass a strong bill against those people who involved in these kinds of activities. The so called “moral polices” has to kept in jail until their last breadth.
    I want to hang them publicly but in India it is not possible and may human right people may have their objection.

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  • Asha, nagori

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Happened to watch interview of the journalist who was on the spot and the things he explained are just horrifying. It seems what we have seen is just a little of what actually happened...i request daiji to interview naveen soorinje and give some horrifying details so that the whole world knows and can try and put pressure on the police and the govt to act and punish the culprits...

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  • jp Urwa, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    We need Gpoal Hosur, sp Dr Subramanya rao & Dc Like Ponnuraj they are Right Person Handle mangalore City. they were very Strong Jai mangalore

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  • Wilson Praveen, Neerude / Muscat

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Dr.D.V. Heggade & Dr. M. Alva working so hard for the culture, education and social development and by their efforts Manglore a small city of India is shining at world level. The recent incident make sad every Magalorean . Special steps required to protect
    the fame of Magalore and such incidents should not happen in future.

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  • Naveen Rao, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    If anyone wants to Infuse Lost Confidence, there is no need of any write up from Intellectuals. The guilty persons are alreday there with all proof of evidence and witnesses. Just punish the guilty persons in accordance with the rules of law. If someone and persues that it is done, then we can say that these people are using their intellect.

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  • Musthaq A Hussain, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    ಉಡುಪಿ ಮಲ್ಪೆಯ ಸೈಂಟ್ ಮೆರೀಸ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ರೇವ್ ಪಾರ್ಟಿ ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ್ದ ಇವರು ಪಡೀಲ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರ್ತ್‌ಡೇ ಪಾರ್ಟಿ ನಡೆಸಲೂ ಬಿಡುವುದಿಲ್ಲ! ಅಂಕೋಲಾದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದಿದ್ದ ರೇವ್ ಪಾರ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ನಾಯಕರೇ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾರೆ! ಆದರೆ ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಜತೆಸೇರಿ ಬರ್ತ್‌ಡೇ ಪಾರ್ಟಿ ನಡೆಸಬಾರದು! ಇದೆಂಥ ನಿಲುವು?

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  • Alwyn D Almeida, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    We have one choice GOOD or EVIL. If we choose EVIL result is there infront of us. God bless & save KARNATAKA

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Great suggestions but we have to address all these issues to the Political party which created these demons.
    We all know that by now these demons have grown out of size and are now uncontrollable.
    The least this party can do is to BAN THESE ORGANISATIONS.......

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  • John, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Dear Intellectuals,
    See that the goons arrested do not come out for lifelong. Get the students on the road once every month until justice is done

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  • Venu Bhandary, Mangalore.Oman

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Mangalore blessed with all kinds of wealth.It has a fertile land,have all natural resources and mainly very intelligent Human resource who have the ability to lead a peaceful life anywhere in this universe.This particular incident is clear result of the dirty uncultured curiosity where people show more interest what others doing?
    When public lose their individual responsibilty towards the society involve with these type of criminal acts.There is no surprise that, may be some of these members working for some notorious politicians who have a cow face in front of the public.
    The sad part is that even the media also acted like a criminals by recording and enjoying the whole episode.Height of Irresponsibility!!!!!

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Dear Maria
    Me too proud Mangalorean with some good values and in my hey days had 'weakness for beauty'.So what?M'lore rocked then and will continue to rock for ever...The spirit will live on for ever....Forget hooligans...

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  • Shekar Moily Padebettu, Udipi/India

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Thanks daiji for bringing all these thought provoking opinions of our great intellectuals,leaders of our region.Not only they,each and every person of this beautiful Mangalore/Udipi region must contribute their mite in their own way wholeheartedly regardless of their religion,caste,party or vedike to bring back the lost glory/reputation/image and to infuse Lost confidence due to recent hooligans/barbaric act by some antinational elements/fundamentalists at Padil.As Dr.Mohan Alva- an educationalist rightly said if it was in US, Germany and UK including Gulf countries these merciless,uncultured vultures might have been put under bar or even shot dead by this time even without waiting for the verdict/report to come.Earning whether it is an image,reputation,name,fame,money ang glory is very difficult but to burn , spoil,damage,waste/spend,defame is very easy within no time.So I request all likeminded people from Mangalore/udipi region please put your hands together and extend your possible co-operation/help,work for the unity/harmony amongst fellow citizens and see that incidents of Pub attack,resort attrocities on womens/girls/boys,communal violences,disharmony does not repeat in the future.May we all work together and try to bring the lost glory/image/reputaion of the region.

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  • Maria, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Peopel over the world. Mangalore is a beautiful place. just a few hooligans do not change what Mangalore has been. its an unfortunate incident. I continue to be a proud manglorean with good strong values and so are the rest.Just got to put few people back to thier places and Mangalore shall continue rocking.

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  • John D'Souza, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    They think great so they are great.Society must follow these great Personalities.

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    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Good to see the opinions of intellectuals,leaders of the society.It is fight between human values, civilization,culture and uncivilized bunch of jokers.Mangalore has long history of peace,affection and brotherhood and unity in diversity.Society needs such kind of personalities who should come forward openly and who can sooth the pain of victimized.

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  • Girish Nayak, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Good opinion from great elder people..yet parents of these young Boys & Girls should think what direction our young generation moving with dance parties with alcohol,going to unauthorised places..

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  • Koni Prakash Naik, Kundapur, Oman

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    We are used to seeing and forgetting. So many such incidents had happened in the past, and had created ripples accross the nation, but what the time passes people forget and it becomes a history.

    I would request all these intellectuals and financially and religiously powerful people to get together and spread awareness about the cause and effects and consequences of such atrocities being repeated time and again. Conscious efforts should be made by these intellectuals, who have the capacity to move the mass, to educate these youngsters to protect our culture in a godly way not in a demonized way.

    Law will take its course albeit at snail speed (and our criminal minded lawyers are always there to willingly work against their conscious to protect these thugs), but constant awarness should be channelized through various medias and TV channels. It should reach each house. Then only we can bring about some change to recreate a civilized society.


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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Punish the criminals such that moral policing by chronic criminals is thing of past in Mangalore. Outfits like HJV, SRS & BD has done more harm than good to Mangalore and brought dis repute to City Police! Everyone knows political pressure behind it!

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  • Johnson menezes, Shirva / Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Guys Its not Political Fight, its not religion fight, this fight is all about Human vs Demon, If you support this act you are a Demon.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Good work Daiji. The last sentence is very true. Public memory being very short, antisocial elements take advantage of this. It’s only when it was revealed that the main culprit of the pub attack of 2009 and Morning Mist attack of 2012 was the same, many of us remembered the Pub attack. With so many tragedies/scams/accidents happening around 24X 7, it’s easy to forget.
    Apropos Dr. Alva’s comments, I don’t think that in the US, Germany and UK they put the hooligans inside the bars (hooligans would just love that), they would rather put them behind the bars.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    The need of the hour is for citizens of Mangalore especially the Hindu community to clarify our stand and say whether we support these Goondas, Hooligans and criminals who are committing crimes in the name of Protecting culture etc. etc.

    We need to say that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and bring this criminals to justice. We should not let these people go scot free.

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  • Santhosh Bhandary, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    I am sure no sane person or right minded individual, irrespective of religion will ever support this barbaric act in these modern times that too in a civilized society like ours. I am truly saddened and ashamed by such incidents repeating in our society. We have to make sure this will never happen again as we cannot afford have anything like this in the future.

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  • Krishnaraj, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Teach a lesson to those useless creatures in such a way that no one would dare to touch our girls in the future.. We dont have to learn a Culture from those UNCULTURED Idiots of mangalore.

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Dr Alva also said that he feels helpless not knowing what he can do in a situation like this. “If there is a proper forum I am ready to come and do whatever I can within my capacity. I know I can create a scene by bringing the students to the streets but that is not the solution. If I do something I know I will be the next target because I cannot battle with these people who don’t have the reasoning power. There was no need for these third rate ruffians to take law in their hands. If they found anything objectionable they should have called the management of the educational institutions, principals, parents or the police rather than trying to show their manliness hitting hapless girls”, really inspiring..

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Dr.Mohan Alva is working day and night for the culture and education around moodbidri and mangalore,he knows how hard it is to bring students from all over india to a small city.
    incidents like this definitely a worry and set back for great pioneers like Dr.Mohan Alva and others.

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  • clara helen, Mangalore, Oman

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Hats off to all these dignitaries, they feel for d society because they have worked for d betterment of Society!

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  • Nelson, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 01 2012

    Thanks Daiji for publishig some great leader's openion,

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