From candlelight marches and rallies, to protests that often take over the streets of the city — Delhi has earned a reputation for outspoken solidarity.
Jantar Mantar in the Capital has become a hot-spot for such activities, and these days, the scenario there is no different. Bollywood music, people sporting Nehru caps and T-shirts with slogans against corruption, have become a part of the ongoing protest against corruption at the venue. The song, Sabse Aage Honge Hindustani, lends a filmy support to Team Anna, and has now become a patriotic anthem. Youngsters can be seen breaking into a dance on songs such as Sun Mitwa from the movie Lagaan and the patriotic favourite, Ye Desh Hai Veer Jawano Ka.
Jantar Mantar has also turned into a viable business zone for hawkers who are making money by selling some accessories outside the venue while the protest is on. “I am unemployed, but because of the protest, I have been selling Anna caps and scarves,” says Shanti, a lady hawker who sits outside Jantar Mantar. These include T-shirts that shout ‘India Against Corruption,’ which seem to define the style statement of the protesters. While some can be seen pairing these tees with denims, others top their look with Nehru caps, some of which are even made of tissue paper. There are also tri-colour scarves and wristbands available for Rs 10 to Rs 20. “There is a lot of bargaining that happens at the stalls around the protest ground,” says Jyoti Gupta, a research scholar, who also chose to purchase and sport these accessories. There are also stalls for donating water, food and magazines inside the premises.
Friends with Anna
I can’t go to Jantar Mantar in the week, but I have cancelled my plans with friends to support Anna this weekend
Sharmilla Sinha, 21
I will bring colourful friendship bands for Team Anna and the volunteers present at the venue
Sarita Singh, 24
I will be celebrating the day with friends at Jantar mantar. These are our real friends as they are fighting for the country
Rahul Singh, 23
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