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Monday, August 8, 2011

Call against Corruption

Light to lighten, is my school, St. Thomas’ School’s motto. I was reminded of what our motto stands for yesterday, when I went to attend the protest march in support of Anna Hazare’s call for a Jan Lokpal Bill. There were a lot of people who took part in the candlelight protest at Jantar Mantar.

A single light

I am fortunate to be friends with a couple who is passionate about bringing a change in the country's governance. Azad and Aswathi, were as usual taking part in the protest against government's draft of the Lokpal Bill at Jantar Mantar last evening. Azad called me to be a part of it as well. Without a moment's hesitation, I picked up my camera and went to Jantar Mantar.

Azad and Aswathi

I was expecting a gathering of 100 odd people (based on the newspaper reports that I have been reading) but was pleasantly surprised to see more than a 1,000 volunteers at the demonstration site.
Arvind Kejriwal addressing the crowd

One more orator

This gentleman came to attend the protest even after keeping his Ramazan fast

Mashaals and flags at the dharna
The media was also there in full strength. But the coverage on TV was disappointing.


There were old people, young children (even infants) and woman in significant numbers.

I was particularly pleased to see the young participating in full gusto. Cheering, slogan shouting, distributing water to the elders and thirsty in general, the young people of Delhi were doing it with a smile on their faces.

Everyone present joined the clapping to accompany the nukkad natak by the firebrands of Asmita Theatre Group.

The Police was in full attendance. Women police officers were stationed throughout the area and some of them were also seen talking to the protesters.

I heard one police officer say, he wished he could also join the protesters instead of trying to stop them.

Secret desire to join the the protests
There were several moments in today’s evening that I’ll remember for a long time to come. But the one that scared me out of my shoes was when I had a Mahabharata moment. On one side the protesters were crying out slogans, waving flags and mashaals and on the other side a three row wall of policemen and policewomen ready to thwart the march to India Gate. Suddenly, for a moment, I could see an aerial view of the road in my mind’s eyes and it seemed that a mighty clash would occur in minutes.

My respect for the movement and its organizers increased manifold when, the protestors said they would not move forward without proper permission. Permission was denied and I later learned that the protestors camped at Jantar Mantar till almost mid-night.

I wish people at least attend one of these gatherings and give the people who are championing the cause an ear before dismissing them and their argument.

This little guiding light of mine
I hope that the protests will not run their course and die an unnoticed death. I hope some sort of change comes and if nothing at all the government realizes the importance and strength of the voice of the people.


magiceye said...

the best part of this whole movement is the involvement of the youth in the political process!
this sure can mark the beginning of the cleansing process of our political system..

R. Ramesh said...

wow super post super msg...this is what india needs now desperately...anti-corruption revolution...then ordinary indians can live peacefully as much as the rich...thanks priya for highlighting this...let the msg spread..v all luv india..lets not allow the corrupt to rape the country..also, a spl pat to mr BK chowla, a famous blogger, for his contributions on this front..

Indrajit said...

stop it, pirate!!! hahaahahahah. i ws checking the megapixels n got it!

btw abt the message, i echo th above commnt. read ur blogs too, cud not commnt, for varous othr reasons. was a bit busy,

Amit Charles said...

A very encouraging post.

keep it goin;)

Azad Alam said...

I am sure we will never need to come on streets if each one us contribute like this, from where ever we are, in what ever way we can.
Carry on!
Thanks for posting our pics. :)

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kavita said...

Thanks for highlighting the cause Priyanka.Hope for a corrupt free India very soon .

fatoori said...

People hesitate in calling this a movement.But I feel this is indeed a MOVEMENT and it is already a success, in that it has sensitised lakhs of Indians to the need for taking an oath against corruption.I too am very proud of Ashu, as she is not just a participant but a key organiser in the India Against Corruption team.Congratulations priyanka for becoming a part of this movement and giving it space on your blog.


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