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At Rajghat protest, a crusader for every cause

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2011 23:31 IST
Avishek G Dastidar
Avishek G Dastidar
Hindustan Times
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One National Cyclist Union wants Bus Rapid Transit corridors in the entire city because, its members say, cyclists are the safest there.

What better platform to canvass this demand than the daylong-fast site of Anna Hazare, with the media lapping up every detail? Myriad groups under varied banners calling themselves "civil society activists" arrived at Rajghat distributing pamphlets of their "causes".

Never heard of them? Well, now you have.

"We want BRT everywhere,” said Arjun Singh, secretary of the cyclist union as Sunita from National Household Maids Welfare Group said corruption was everywhere. "Maids face a lot of negativity in society. We want to fight that through Annaji's fight."

Jan Sangharsh Vahini members said they fought injustice at unauthorised colonies while National Alliance of People's Movement said theirs' was about supporting all causes.

"In the entire country we have 200 causes being fought by our partner NGO members. We are here to support Annaji," said Bhupendra Singh Rawat, coordinator.

Ideologies of varied degrees made hay under the summer sun. There were communist groups with their newsletters protesting against labour laws in the country. "What about corruption that affects the poorest of the poor?" asked an official of the Revolutionary People's Right's Union, even as Revolutionary Labour Centre demanded revolution. People of other states were there as well.

The NGO 2+5 Issues People's Movement from Haryana brought support for Hazare and distributed pamphlets demanding reduction of fees in private schools. Villagers from Bhilwara brought representations from villagers against supposed maladministration in the district.

Some groups demanded people change the entire way of life. "We need a complete revival. And all Parliamentarians should apologise to Baba Ramdev," said a member of the Conventional Culture Revival Front's, Delhi.

Individual crusaders with pamphlets were there too. One Dr Rajeev Bhagwan, a former professor, distributed pamphlets claiming to usher in a "New India".

Acknowledging that "Brand Anna" was the magnet, volunteers of India Against Corruption, however, stopped them from brandishing their publicity materials near the stage.