The writing on the wall: Team Anna all the way
The venue for anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s approaching fast-unto-death may still be a mystery, but the writing on the wall is more than clear as far as generating the common man’s support for his team’s movement is concerned — literally.delhi Updated: Aug 13, 2011 00:38 IST
The venue for anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s approaching fast-unto-death may still be a mystery, but the writing on the wall is more than clear as far as generating the common man’s support for his team’s movement is concerned — literally.
Three-letter graffiti messages, reminding the capital of its tryst with the Gandhian campaigner’s efforts to make a ‘fairer’ version of the Lokpal Bill a reality on August 16, have sprouted across the capital almost overnight.
“We are aware of the graffiti that has come up across several locations in the city. It’s one of the ways that Delhi is pledging support to our movement, much like distributing pamphlets, which several volunteers have taken up of their own accord. This is one of many, many things which are happening in support of the movement around us,” said Swati Maliwal, a member of Team Hazare.
Succinctly, though effectively, articulated in a single line, ‘Aug 16 Anna’, the messages, written in a running hand with black paint are almost everywhere from foot-over bridges in southeast Delhi’s Maharani Bagh to flyovers in Mayur Vihar and even on metro pillars in central Delhi.
Team Hazare says, the Moolchand underpass, several locations across Delhi University’s north campus, the adjacent Kingsway Camp in addition to South Extension Part II and Chirag Delhi are among the other locations which bear the imprint of the average Delhiite’s support for the campaign.
However, owing to the massive support base, consisting of everyone from housewives to college students that the 73-year-old enjoys, it is as difficult to put a face to the messenger(s) as calculating the total number of volunteers who have pledged support to the movement across the country.