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What is Freedom Walk? - In Brief

Freedom walk is a project aimed at spreading the message of 'Freedom in Society', 'Freedom from Environmental Issues', and 'Freedom in Software' and to promote activism around these freedoms. As part of this mobilization campaign a team of volunteers are going to walk from Kasargode to Trivandrum and organize seminars and talks on these freedoms at educational institutions and non profit organizations.

Additionally we hope to connect with people and organisations who share our vision and to work together for our common cause. We are also planning to launch a collaboration platform for such individuals and organizations to help them to work together and also to harness the power of the web to improve their efficiency.

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Freedomwalk : Places covered

Freedom Walkers have so far covered a number of places across the length and breadth of the state. Here is the list of places we have covered so far.
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Distance Covered

The Freedom Walk started on October 2nd, 2008 and completed on November 14, 2008. It took 44 days to complete the journey from Kasargod to Trivandrum, covering all the 14 districts and a total distance of more than 1200kms. See the distances covered during each day.

Freedom Walk: Our Walkers

Since October 2nd, a lot of people including people from various FSUGs, GNU/Linux enthusiasts, NGOs, and various organizations had joined the Freedom Walk.
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Official Programs

During the course of the 44-day walk, the freedom-walkers talked to thousands of people through their organized programs at educational institutions as well as road-side meetings with general public. We have compiled here a list of such documented interactions here.

Latest Updates

Freedom Walk: Day 24 - Pattikkaadu to Thrissur

day24-200x200.JPGWe set off a bit earlier, for we had arranged to meet with the Thrissur users' group, a very important group, given the amount of technical expertise and experience this group commands. We hurried through about 14km, and made it to the venue, fashionably late, once again. The issue of reaching destinations on time is becoming increasingly common, and really needs to have some effort put into it.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 23 - Alathur to Pattikkaadu

day23-200x200.JPGWe left Alathur early, for we had a long way today, we were thinking of attempting to reach Thrissur at one go today. The estimated distance was about 48km, about 16km more than the best we had done to date. However, Prasad was not feeling very well at the beginning, and we couldn't make up our minds about what to do until well towards breakfast. At this point, at a lovely little local "Kaapi kada" ( Cafe ), Prasad was considering going on by bus towards Thrissur and having a rest at Sooraj's Parents' place.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 22 - Palakkad to Alathur

day22-200x200.JPGToday was a busy day of programmes. We had three programmes organised for us today.We were met at Hiran's home by Mr. Babu Antony and Mr. Shamsuddin (of KSEB Alathur division office).

The first programme was at the PMG higher secondary school. A reception at the computer training course by Mr Jeyaraj, (who is IT @ school, Palakkad - Master training co-ordinator), was the first event. We gave an overview of our objectives and ideas, and managed to network with the educated group. This was a good start to the day.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk in the News

Manorama News channel had covered Freedom Walk mission last day. Here is the link to watch Freedom Walk in Manorama News uploaded in YouTube.

Freedom Walk: Day 21 - Thachambara to Palakkad

day21-200x200.jpgWe set off from Thachambara as early as possible, given the atmosphere at our stopover. The walk was quite scenic, with the classic Palakkad scenery of whisps of cloud hugging the silhouettes of the fringes of the Ghats, providing a mesmerizing backdrop.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 20 - Thazhekkode - Thachampara

large_dscn3159_0.jpgToday being Sunday, we decided to make as much towards Palakkad as possible. Early in the morning, we left for Thachambara, where stay had been arranged, again by Lohi saar. We would now be approaching Palakkad district, and made good progress in the morning. The sky was overcast and a slight drizzle kept the heat down, which added to our energy.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 19 - Malappuram to Thazhekkode

large_dscn3036.jpgToday we set off from Malappuram town, early enough for Anoop to be interviewed by a news channel. The interview went quite smoothly, and we were to find that the publicity would be quite handy on our onward journey. The rest of the walk was rather event less, except for the beautiful sights and sounds of Malappuram district, our destination being Perunthalmanna. A program had been scheduled at MEA college of Engineering, in Perunthalmanna, and stay had been arranged at Thazhekodi, about 8km from Perunthalmanna. Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 18 - Thalappara to Malappuram

day18-200x200.jpgToday we decided to think big. The estimated distance of our walk would be about 50km. Setting off at a good pace from Thalappara, we headed off aiming to reach Perunthalmanna by midnight. Following the highway as far as Vengara turned out to be pleasant to the eyes, and obnoxious to the nose. Every bit of of the way sides of the highway had been littered with restaurant waste. Mostly chicken waste and other organic matter. The plastic or Jute sacks in which these had been collected had ruptured and we had to wrinkle our noses more than once at the stench of chicken innards and rotting flesh.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk: Day 17 - Baypore to Thalappara

day17-150x150.jpgThe day began late. The night before had been long and boisterous. At half past eleven, we were still at Beypore, struggling to get out of the area. Finally, we bid goodbye to the FSUG-Calicut team, who had so graciously hosted us and hand-held the trip all the way upto here. Final greetings were exchanged, and we bid adieu to Unais, Jemshid, Junais, Jason, Sanjeev and Manoj. Special thanks to the team, who arranged a fantastic stay at Beypore Thampi resorts - a resort still under development, apparently.Click Here to Read the rest of this article

Freedom Walk Day 16 - Kozhikode Town to Baypore

day-16-200x200.jpgThe celebrity feel to the freedom walk kicks in the moment one steps into a formal function. The Khadi board had organised a reception at their Kozhikode office, and we struggled to meet the deadline to reach the venue on time. Prasad stopped for breakfast along the way, and the rest of us plodded on wearily towards the office. The reception was very formal, with "ponnada"s garlanded and the whole office waiting at the entrance to the office. It was a bit embarrassing, as we hadn't expected this level of attention. Mr. Shibin, who had organised this event took us around the office, and a local reporter had come to take pictures of the event. Click Here to Read the rest of this article

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