A generation awakens?
Armed with candles, banners and a newly awakened conscience, the protest march, seemed like a sequel to Rang De Basanti, writes Anuradha Kaul & Jairaj Singh.india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 03:35 IST
On Saturday evening, India Gate had a new set of visitors — the city’s bold and beautiful.
The Capital’s celebrities were voicing their frustration at the acquittal of all nine accused of the murder of model Jessica Lal who was shot at a private bar in public view at Qutub Colonnade.
Armed with candles, banners and a newly awakened conscience, the protest march, during which the crowd sang We shall overcome, seemed like a sequel to Rang De Basanti.
The presence of fashion designer and key witness Malini Ramani (her mother ran the Qutub Colonnade), added to the melodrama. “This is the beginning of a revolution,” she told HT City. The fashion fraternity had turned out in large numbers: Ravi Bajaj, Rohit Gandhi, Aparna Chandra, jewellery designer Hanut Singh and model Joey Mathew. Theatre personality Lushin Dubey, entrepreneur Sanjeev Bijli, model Feroze Gujral and sufi rocker Rabbi Shergil were also present.
People freely aired their views. One person asked for a fund collection to hire a killer to shoot main accused Manu Sharma. For others, the Jessica case was a catalyst that had led them to say, enough is enough.
“A generation awakens”? Keep your fingers crossed.