Jayram Shetty, former MLA of Ullal, said that to make the name of Rani Abbakka still more popular, Mangalore airport must be named after Ullala Rani Abbakka and an Abbakka Bhavan has to be built in the Ullal region.
Dinkar Ullal then made a presentation on Rani Abbakka. He said that Rani Abbakka was a true fighter and can be considered one of the first freedom fighters who fought against the Portuguese. “She was also a very secular queen. She was able to unite all people against the Portuguese” he said.
Fr Victor D’ Mello, parish priest of Panir church, said that Panir church has its name ‘Ullal Panir’ and there is a connection to Rani Abbakka as she had supported the church during her times.
Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director, spoke on unity in our area for which the credit must also go to Abbakka who has been an inspiration to all and all must imbibe the principles she stood for.
Dr Alwyn D’Sa, Registrar of SAC and president of the programme spoke on the courage, pride and self-respect shown by Rani Abbakka to the Tuluvas. He called upon students and researchers to do research on such freedom fighters.
Devaki (Vice President of Rani Abbakka Utsava Samithi), Sadhananda Bangera (Former President, Mogaveera Sangha Ullala), Anand Asaigoli (Treasurer of Rani Abbakka Utsava Samithi), N. G. Mohan (Ex- President Old Student Association St Aloysius College), Alwyn D’Souza (President Catholic Sabha Mangalore Pradesh) and Clara Coelho (Member Abbakka Utsava Samithi) were present.