‘We need to be like Shivaji, not Gandhi’
It was with enthusiasm and mixed feelings that six students of classes 10 and 12 from Blue Bells International, East of Kailash, witnessed events unfolding at Jantar Mantar, the venue of fast-unto-death by social activist Anna Hazare. HT reports.delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2011 00:09 IST
It was with enthusiasm and mixed feelings that six students of classes 10 and 12 from Blue Bells International, East of Kailash, witnessed events unfolding at Jantar Mantar, the venue of fast-unto-death by social activist Anna Hazare.
"Television and newspapers did not give enough clarity. So we decided to visit the ground zero," said Suhasini Krishnan, even as her friend Dipin Kaur described the ambience as "full of positive yet mixed energies".
Recording on his camcorder the activity going, another student Toufique Shoogufan said, "We would show this to fellow students and have a discussion."
"It is a social movement and our students should get exposure to this too," said their teacher Leepika Kapur, explaining why she brought her students to the venue where Hazare (73) and others are on fast demanding a stringent anti-graft law since April 5.
These students added to the swelling crowd on Thursday at the venue on Day three of the fast-unto-death as part of the India Against Corruption campaign.
Apparently fed by the media frenzy, people joined in droves, prompting the organisers to increase the pandal size to more than double to accommodate those who wanted to sit in for a day's fast.
Addressing the media and his supporters at 4 pm, Hazare first updated the crowd about their negotiations with the government and said, "A strong Lokpal Bill is needed and the corrupt should be put to jail or better still, hanged till death."
"You might wonder how a Gandhian like me is talking about violent methods like hanging, but in today's context, need is not of Mahatma Gandhi but of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj," Hazare said to loud cheers from supporters.
"But violence does not mean a sword in hand but tough words can do the same job," he added.
Those "affected by corruption", such as a bunch of computer teachers from Delhi government schools, formed a sizable segment of supporters.
Then there were those supporting the movement like Delhi Medical Association's Dr Harish Gupta who said their 40,000 members supported Hazare.