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Anna campaign yet to stir students

You may blame it on the chilly weather, the pressure of the examination season that's around the corner, the decision to shift the venue or a combination of all these, but the hunger strike that Anna Hazare is scheduled to launch in Mumbai on December 27 is yet to strike a chord among school students in the Capital. Hema Rawat reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2011 00:34 IST
Hema Rawat

You may blame it on the chilly weather, the pressure of the examination season that's around the corner, the decision to shift the venue or a combination of all these, but the hunger strike that Anna Hazare is scheduled to launch in Mumbai on December 27 is yet to strike a chord among school students in the Capital.

When compared to the huge response from students to his fast at Ramlila Ground in August, Hazare's forthcoming three-day hunger strike at Mumbai's Azad Maidan has failed to enthuse young ones here so far.

A few schools, however, are continuing to engage students on various aspects of the lokpal bill by organising declamations as well as other contests on this theme in order to keep them informed about developments in the political sphere.

Four months ago, students from several city schools had visited Ramlila Ground and many of them were given assignments on Hazare and on various aspects of the lokpal bill.

"The issue inspired us so much that friends in my circle did intense research on the subject. We also held detailed discussions on the lokpal bill in the classroom. Somehow, that intensity is missing this time," said Arihant Jain, a Class 10 student from Somerville School, Vasundhara Enclave. Several others echoed similar sentiments. One of them attributed the dip in their enthusiasm to the issue getting dragged in Parliament without any breakthrough.

"The situation is not the same anymore. Our teacher has told us to write an essay on Anna in Sanskrit and the lokpal issue was a topic in a debate contest. However, this issue is no longer in vogue," said Niranjan Rao, a student from Mother's International, Aurobindo Marg, who had visited Ramlila Ground in August.

Some schools, such as Laxman Public School, Hauz Khas, have assigned projects on themes related to the lokpal bill.

"Students been asked to submit their projects on this theme after the winter break," said LPS principal Usha Ram.