Monday, 1 November, 2010
Northeast leg of Muthukad’s Mission India begins
Felicitation: Governor of Meghalaya, R.S. Mushahari (left) presents a memento to magician Gopinath Muthukad in honour of the latter's ongoing Mission India endeavour in the Northeast States of the country.
Shillong: On the second anniversary of the 2008 October 30 serial bomblasts in Guwahati, the capital city of Meghalaya was kept under the spell of Gopinath Muthukad’s magic show carrying messages of peace and harmony.
The open air performance at the Police Bazar here has marked the beginning of the northeast leg of the magician’s Mission India endeavour against terrorism and violence launched nationwide with the support of the Ministry of Defence.
First IPS officer from the Bodo tribe and present Governor of Meghalaya, R.S. Mushahari inaugurated the show. The Governor said that if Senior Sorcar hoped to vanish the attackers through his magic during the Indo-China war, Mr. Muthukad had shown to the world the strength of love that a magic show can unleash to abbrogate the menace of terrorism. Army Commanding Officer, A.K. Sood; Col. Raphael and BSF Commander, A.K. Singh were among the dignitaries present. Thousands of people thronged the open venue to witness the patriotically charged show.
Indian Army offers food and accommodation for the magical entourage whereas the fuel for their vehicles are provided by the Indian Oil Corporation. Leading public sector establishments including the LIC, Cochin Shipyard Ltd., HLL Lifecare and Federal Bank are also associating with the nationwide magical endeavour.
The entourage is carrying the National Flag entrusted to them by the Chief Minister of Kerala, V.S. Achuthanandan on 2n dof October. With the support of the Kerala State Youth Welfare Board, a successful Kerala leg of the mission was held. Thereafter a farewell ceremony organised by the District Administration of Palakkad was inaugurated by the Minister of Electricity, A.K. Balan.
The Mission India feat had its curtain raiser on the terrace of the Mumbai Taj hotel on 24th of September. On the occasion, formal declaration of the mission was made by the Governor of Maharashtra, K. Sankaranarayanan.
The magical mission would conclude on 30th of November after a 60-day tour all over the country.