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Some say protest march is futile

Entrepreneur Dhawal Oza made headlines a few weeks ago, when he decided to send home minister RR Patil a few postcards urging authorities to change the laws that, according to him, aren’t letting the city’s nightlife flourish.

mumbai Updated: Jun 21, 2012 01:06 IST
Serena Menon

Entrepreneur Dhawal Oza made headlines a few weeks ago, when he decided to send home minister RR Patil a few postcards urging authorities to change the laws that, according to him, aren’t letting the city’s nightlife flourish.

By the end of this week, the format for the letters will be uploaded on his Facebook page, ‘Let’s Get Mumbai's Nightlife Back’.

“We’re getting signatures and will ask people to send these letters to the authorities. Dhoble (ACP Vasant Dhoble, Social Service Branch) might come and go tomorrow, but the laws will remain the same,” says Oza, who says he is “principally against morchas and protests on the streets.”

On Monday night, an anonymous mass SMS was sent out announcing a protest, which will be held at Carter Road, Bandra on Sunday evening. The news of the march has received a mixed response from some nightlife campaigners.

“Technically, there is no face to this group that has called for this march. Half the people don’t know what they are supporting,” says Oza.

Meldan D’Cunha, owner of Soul Fry, who has been voicing his opinion actively on social networking sites, will also skip the event.

“It’s very difficult to bring everything under one umbrella. I don’t stand for hookah bars, so I will not go,” he says.

Jvalant Sampat, author of The Tenth Unknown, adds, “I personally don’t think a march is going to solve anything. If some of the people are lawyers - perhaps they can persuade the Bombay high court to take some action and ask the Mumbai police to explain their selective application of laws.”

However, thousands are still looking forward to the on-ground action after over a month of the nightlife-crackdown having begun.

Says event manager and model coordinator Nisha Harale, who initiated the Facebook group Mumbai Unite, “The youth of this country needs to be heard. They are upset and won’t stop till they are heard.”

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