Corporate Inc's white-collared employees performed the mundane and non-glamorous tasks such as supervising and running errands at the Anna ki Rasoi (kitchen), which served food to non-fasting supporters at the Ramlila Grounds, and cleaned the ground of soiled disposable plates and glasses. Many of them were on official leave from their employers while others simply joined the movement feeling "it was their duty".
"We were not there for two minutes of fame. We had gone for a cause and believe in working behind the scenes so that the leaders can carry the movement seamlessly," said Devendra Kumar a software engineer with one of the top IT firms of the country. Kumar added he had taken a week's leave to be part of the movement.
Picking up the soiled disposable plates and glasses at the Ground was Kirit Anand, a senior executive in a multinational BPO firm. Anand's job gave him an opportunity to travel extensively to the developed West and see the robustness of democratic institutions over there. "Its time we Indians do our bit for our motherland."
"I wanted to take active part in this historic movement but knew that my professional commitments would restrict it," said Mrigank Tewari who works in one of India's largest two-wheeler companies. "So I have taken a 15-day privilege leave."
Similarly, executives from Mahindra and Mahindra were also seen helping out with sundry tasks like making catchy slogans and then putting them up as banners and posters along the perimeter of the venue.
These executives now feel proud with the success of Anna Hazare's movement. "Its just the beginning. We need democracy in letter and spirit in India and we will have it," said Anand.