Commonwealth Games (CWG) has been marked by protests and campaigns. Delhi University students protesting against evacuation of students from hostels, Delhiites putting up anti-CWG graffitis and vendors protesting against evacuation from public markets, are some of the protests and campaigns that have been undertaken on various issues related with the Commonwealth Games.
One such campaign with a distinct edge is Hum Bhi Khelenge! I want to Play!’ Campaign, started by a group of organisations, such as Jagori, Hazards Centre, Butterflies, Mobile Crèches and Youth for Justice, among many others focussed on the rights of children of the economically lower strata to play in a safe area.
Anjali Alexander, Coordinator of the Campaign says, “We are not against the Games. The aim of this movement is to question the role of sports in our city, neighbourhood. Unless every neighbourhood has a safe green park for children to play we really cannot hold such world class events.”
“There is no place for children to play, parks are not safe, roads are not safe, they play on roads and take risks. The campaign raises issues of sports where children have no place to even play. There should be no more mega events until basic necessities are provided.”
“We want to draw attention of the Government towards the people living in slums and other neglected places, which are not a part of the CWG. All the development activities are not going to affect them anyway. We want fair play for all,” says Madhu of Jagori, who is also a part of the movement.
For this movement, the group is campaigning in different areas. People can also become a part of this campaign by joining the group online and signing the petitions.