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NGOs resort to 'Gandhigiri' against official

Peaceful protests popularised by Lage Raho Munnabhai continue to inspire people, most recently in Goa.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 17:27 IST

The peaceful method of protest popularised by Hindi film

Lage Raho Munnabhai

continues to inspire people, and the latest example of it came from Goa.

Activists of voluntary organisations resorted to 'Gandhigiri' at Goa State Aids Control Society (GSACS) office here today to protest alleged indecent behaviour by the society's director Prakash Kanekar.

The organisations, gathered under the banner of Goa People's Forum, marched to the office of Kanekar and offered him flowers, the novel method of protest popularised by the Sanjay Dutt-starrer.

GSACS is a semi-government body which implements AIDS control programmes. Several other social activists also joined the NGOs in the protest that culminated in a street play.

"We have protested in a very peaceful manner... We gave him flowers and wished him 'speedy recovery'," Satish Sonak, Convenor, Goa People's Forum, told reporters.

Sonak alleged the director was abusive towards NGOs working in the field of AIDS awareness and funds sanctioned for AIDS control programmes were not being utilised in proper manner.

Kanekar, however, refuted the allegations. "If at all there was any grievance against me, they should have lodged complaint with higher authorities," he told the media after the protest.

The GSACS director said he had not committed any mistake and such a protest was unwarranted.

First Published: Oct 27, 2006 17:27 IST