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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Freedom-fighter Janardhana Prabhu to be Prez Kalam's Pre-Independence Day Guest of Honour

Well-known and highly-respected freedom-fighter from this town, Janardhana Prabhu, has been chosen and invited by president A P J Kalam for a dinner of honour in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 9, prior to the celebration of the Independence Day.

It is a fitting recognition of Prabhu's role in the freedom fight. Inspired by the freedom movement, he jumped headlong into it at an early age of 19. Later on he took an active role in the 'Quit India' movement in and around this town. In 1942, he was jailed for a year with rigorous punishment. Prabhu, currently aged 82, had also received the Tamra Patra (Copper Plaque) award from the hands of the late Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister of the country, on August 15, 1972.

Prabhu is one among the five freedom-fighters chosen from the state of Karnataka this year for felicitation. He considers it a great honour for him as a freedom-fighter and he is happy to receive the same.

At the time of his departure for Delhi on August 6, he was seen off and congratulated by state government chief whip and local MLA K Abhayachandra, former minister Amaranath Shetty K, town municipal chairperson Devaki, vice chairperson Suresh Kotian and other dignitaries.

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