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‘Country comes first for us’

Kamal Ahmed, a young IT professional from Gurgaon, skipped office on Friday not to enjoy an extended weekend but to show solidarity with Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign at Jantar Mantar in the Capital. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2011 00:42 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Kamal Ahmed, a young IT professional from Gurgaon, skipped office on Friday not to enjoy an extended weekend but to show solidarity with Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign at Jantar Mantar in the Capital.

“We can help curb corruption by supporting the demand for the Jan Lokpal Bill. Even though corruption cannot be stemmed out easily, we must have a strong law to tackle such cases,” said Ahmed.

With support pouring in from all corners of the country, white collar executives don't want to be left behind in the fight against corruption.

“We are also a part of the society. We want to contribute in our own little way,” he added. Ahmed was not alone. Deepak Sharma, vice-president of a real estate firm and executive Ashwani Sharma too were present at the protest site.

“Being a weekday, we managed to bring around 80 people on board. By weekend, we expect to rope in some more people,” said Deepak.

“Country comes first, work later," shouted a protestor. "Each and every drop counts. We want to increase the headcount at Jantar Mantar,” Deepak added. India Inc that has joined the non-violent protest believes in Gandhian philosophy.

“We want to set a precedent for younger generations to win a war through non-violent means,” said Ashwani.

Besides the congregation at Jantar Mantar, People's Voice, an NGO and local resident welfare associations organised demonstrations in Gurgaon on Friday.

“Around 350 people came together for a signature campaign. The comments will be compiled and sent to Hazare. More events are lined up for Saturday,” said Abhay Jain, general secretary, People's Voice.