For the past seven days, Abhishek Mishra has been following Anna Hazare and watching others hold placards with interesting information. This inspired the 24-year-old, an engineer by profession, into making his own placard.
Only his placard contains information about each and every scam that has rocked the country since 1947.
Mishra’s research says that since Independence , scams have emptied the country of a whopping R910 crore. "I found that since 1947, 40 major scams have resulted in a loss of R 910,603,234,300,000 to the state exchequer. It's been 64 years and the government still needs time to deal with corruption," Mishra said.
A native of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Mishra did his engineering from a Ghaziabad college and is presently working with a Gurgaon-based multinational company.
"I had protested at Tihar Jail too. I had taken leave from my work to join the protest. Till now, I had been staying at Ramlila Maidan but had to return on Sunday to my home in Gurgaon to change clothes. So, I decided to do some research on scams too," Mishra said.
"From Jeep purchase scam worth R80 lakh in 1948 to CWG scam last year which cost us R40,000 crore—I got the details of every major scam. What shocked me was the total amount that went out from the common man's pocket," he added.
He was seen carrying this placard at the Ramlila Ground on Monday. A line in his placard reads: You have taken so long, now it's our turn to deal with it. "From tomorrow, I will come to Ramlila Maidan after office hours," he said.
Mishra's placard got a lot of attention in Delhi Metro. His dedication inspired others to join him at the Ramlila Ground. "I was going to Shastri Park and saw Mishra along with others shouting slogans inside Metro. I changed my plan and decided to join them," said Ashok Sinha, a resident of Laxmi Nagar.