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By J. S. Bablu
The successful conduct of the youth festival at Nadapuram and the sense of collectivity generated by it are expected to further strengthen the communal harmony in the communal-sensitive Nadapuram. It also demonstrated the changing face of Nadapuram.
One-and-a-half years back, Nadapuram was in the news, albeit for wrong reasons. Those days saw Nadapuram engulfing itself into worst form of communal violence. Loss of human lives, lakhs of rupees and gutting of hundreds of houses were witnessed in the communal violence then.
The transformation of the place was not easy. It took long efforts including IUML-CPI(M) bi-lateral talks to ease the situation. In fact, politicians, including the local MLA, Binoy Vishwam, too have played a major role in bringing a peaceful atmosphere there.
More than 4,000 students felt at home for the four days of the fest in Nadapuram as many people offered their homes for boarding purposes of the competitors as the hotel facilities were very limited in that town.
People thronged in large numbers to watch the cultural procession that heralded the youth fest and the various competitions. The interesting fact is that the public participation and camaderie of the people changed the perception of outsiders about Nadapuram.
Though there were rumours that the fest would witness some unsavoury moments, the fact that it went smoothly would in hindsight prove that such rumours were "unsound.''
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