Defying the perception that the youth are apathetic and disinterested in politics, more than 5,000 students of various Rizvi institutions initiated a voter awareness campaign in Bandra on Monday, marked by colour, noise and festivity.
The students led a march that began from the Rizvi campus off Carter Road in Bandra and snaked through Carter Road and Turner Road, culminating at the Bandra station. The rally involved sloganeering, dancing and singing.
“We took up this initiative to tell the public how important their vote is,” said Sunita Iyer, 21, a student of the Rizvi Law College. “We think we will be able to make a difference.”
Supporting the initiative where celebrities such as actors Arbaaz Khan and Arshad Warsi, as well as quizmaster Derek O’Brian.
Meanwhile, at KC College, Churchgate, more than 700 students from around 20 colleges attended an interactive session with chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan. Exhorting young people to vote, he said: “Whom you vote for is your decision,” said Chavan.
The interaction was conceptualised by south Mumbai MP and union minister Murli Deora and was organised by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) along with the KC College. It was aimed at sensitising students about the importance of voting.
“Students get to question the head of the state,” Deora said.
Students were bubbling with questions – from the fate of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab to Mumbai’s problems to how they could enter politics. “It was an excellent session and there was a massive response,” said Hasnail Lakhani, 21, a student of Burhani College, Mazagaon.