A day after social activist Anna Hazare broke his 97-hour fast in Delhi, jubilant Mumbaiites celebrated victory of people power with rally that began from Shivaji Park in Dadar and ended at Kaifi Azmi Park in Juhu. Around 100 cars and 50 bikes were also part of this victory rally.
Dancing to the tunes of Nashik dhols, around 300 people participated in this rally to celebrate government’s acceptance of formation of a panel to help in the formation of an anti-corruption law, first step in the long battle to end corruption.
“It was an event to celebrate unity of the citizens and also for government’s approval to the joint committee. But the fight against corruption has just begun. It was not a victory rally as victory it is only the first step towards the success,” said Akshay Asthana, committee member, India Against Corruption (IAC).
The war against corruption hit the right chords and people from across the country came forward to support Anna Hazare. “It was a celebration to see people’s impact. This proved that if people come together, they can force change against any stubborn government. It was an amazing patriotic feeling in the rally. Probably, it was how August 15, 1947, would have looked like,” said Ruben Mascarenhas, volunteer, IAC.
Volunteers will continue with various activities to keep the movement to alive. “We want to keep the pressure on the government. It should not be that people get back to their normal lives forgetting the issues. So we are doing indulging in other activities such as safed patti campaign and distribution of badges to keep the anti-corruption feeling alive,” added Mascarenhas.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi and famous ghazal singer Talat Aziz were also present at the Kaifi Azmi Park. They encouraged and supported the movement against corruption.