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Battle for change continues

Human chains, peace marches, candle light vigils and power packed speeches. They now want to move forward, reports Alifiya Khan.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2008 01:27 IST
Alifiya Khan

Human chains, peace marches, candle light vigils and power packed speeches. They now want to move forward.

Nearly a month after the terror attacks, over 700 people gathered at the meeting hall at Bandra’s St Joseph School. The meeting, organised by a group of young people, aimed at training citizens to work within the existing laws and government agencies to demand for rights, besides forming a group that will pursue citizen’s governance in the coming weeks.

“There have been lots of citizen protests, but we want a long-term change and to start small. That’s why our most important agenda is to revive the area locality management groups and start grass-root level work,” said Juju Basu, advertising professional.

The group has also organised workshops in the coming weeks. “People have been asked to choose a public activity they’re interested in. They will be trained by professionals. Broadly the areas of work would be ALMs, voter project, civil defence and citizens accountability,” said Ashish Gupta (23), a software professional.

The event saw participation from housewives, businessmen, students, politicians and a couple of foreign nationals.