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PFI organises freedom parade in Kannur, Idukki

Malappuram: The Popular Front of India (PFI) organised “freedom parade” in Kannur and Idukki on Independence Day. Nearly 1,500 PFI volunteers from various northern districts of Kerala including Malappuram and Kozhikode took part in the colorful parade held at the Jawahar Municipal Stadium in Kannur city which the PFI named after Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The parade began at 10.30 am. P Abdul Hameed, state general secretary of the PFI, received salute of the cadets who marched holding the national flag. Behind them marched the officers' cadets followed by troupes with bands. A total of 40 batches, each comprising of 33 cadets, took part in the march alongwith the band troupes. Thousands participated in the people’s march that followed the parade. People raised slogans against fascism and imperialism.
 
PFI freedom parede at Kunnur on 15 August

 E Abubacker, National President of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the newly formed political party, inaugurated the public meeting held after the parade. He said the rulers of the country had been betraying the people over the past six decades. Till recently, the benefits of various programmes had been denied to the marginalised sections and Muslims. Muslims had been treated as a votebank to keep the Sangh Parivar out of power, he added. Isolating the BJP was not in the best interests of Muslims alone,  Abubacker said.

Ambedkar Samaj Party national president Tej Singh, who was the chief guest, said that his party will work with SDPI for the empowerment of minorities. P Abdul Hameed, PFI state general secretary, read out the oath and presided over the function. OMA Salam, PFI national secretary, P Abdul Majeed Faisy, SDPI state general secretary, PN Muhammed Roshan, PFI state secretary, VT Iqramul Haq, SDPI state secretary, CA Haris, programme convener, KK Hisham, PFI Kannur district president, Dr CK Abdulla, representative of the Qatar India Fraternity Forum, attended the function.

A total of 23 batches, each comprising of 34 cadets from southern districts took part in the parade held at Ayyankali Nager in Idukki. SDPI national general secretary A Saeed inaugurated the public meeting. Naserudeen Elamaram, PFI state president, received the salute of the cadets and presided over the meeting. NCHRO Kerala chapter president Dr MS Jayaprakash delivered keynote address. Prominent personalities including Muhammed Ashraf Maulavi Al-Kousari, V M Mohammed Salih, M K Ashraf and Saleem Maulavi addressed the gathering. The PFI also organized 'freedom parade' in Kumbakoonam, in Tamil Nadu. BJP government in Karnataka denied  permission to hold parade in Mysore city which saw communal violence recently.     Fahmi Rahmani

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2009 on page no. 13

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