Cops, a fire brigade and lots of young people gathered around Connaught Place on Thursday afternoon. Bystanders thought something was wrong... and rumours of a bomb scare spread fast.
But nothing was wrong. It was just the first-ever flash mob organised by the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) that was taking place at Rajiv Chowk, in front of Palika Bazaar Gate number 1. While policemen manned the area in big numbers to ensure that the crowd was controlled, the flash mob kicked off with a student wearing a white T-shirt with the slogan, ‘I'm running against corruption.’ He jumped into the crowd, screaming, “Halla bol against corruption.”
Hundreds of people watched, as twenty-odd students performed with painted faces and funky tees. Explaining that the flash mob was in protest of corruption prevalent in society, Neetu Dabas, secretary DUSU, said, “This is the youth of today that will do anything to fight against corruption.”
Students of different societies were given different banners. For instance, the fashion society cat-walked with a banner saying, ‘Fashion against corruption’.
The mob then moved towards Central Park — just across the road — and performed the same routine. Then, they began running around the park, urging people to join the “marathon and run against corruption”. Incidentally, this was a pre-event marking the DU marathon 2011.
However, the mob ended on a disappointing note, when the students left the area completely littered with their posters and pamphlets. How mob-like of them...