19 August 2011

Anna's movement: What's your city doing? (Part I)

Are you with Anna's movement? A movement seeking for the establishment for a strong anti-corruption law in the country. Anna Hazare's name is being echoed all over India and he is being viewed as the only beacon of hope that India has today against the spreading cancer of corruption in the country. Every nuke and corner of the country cries for a change and people are coming out in large numbers to express their frustration over the increasing cases of corruption in the country. Every city witnesses mass protests and rallies - Get to know how your city feels about it.

New Delhi

As news of Anna Hazare's arrest spread, the capital city was on its toes and there were sporadic protests across the capital ever since. The protests following the veteran Gandhian's arrest led to the detention of more than 500 supporters in the national capital. The protests were led by Shanti Bhushan and Kiran Bedi. Massive protests and rallies were held in in Rajghat, and near the Delhi University campus. People from various walks of life came out in support of Team Anna with a common goal of establishing a strong anti-corruption law in the country. Organizers claimed that the rally at the India Gate monument in central Delhi had brought together more than 60,000 people.


Maharashtra is bound to witness the most upsurges from the rising Anna's movement against corruption, as the hero itself hails from one of the village from Maharashtra. His village named Ralegan Siddhi, Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district observed a bandh after he was detained by the police. The protesting farmers came out on the roads along with their cattle and blocked traffic.

In no time Anna movement has reached the hearts of Mumbai as it saw Mumbaikars skip work, dump jobs for national duty and Azad Maidan was flooded with Anna supporters. Thousands of supporters of Hazare, gathered at Azad Maidan in the metropolis, are all set for 'Jail Bharo' after his detention by Delhi police on August 16th. Social activist Medha Patkar led the protests at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai.

It is interesting to see that many people are on extended leave just to join the anti-corruption movement and participate in one of the biggest rallies without any fear of being detained.

Bollywood was seen quite active in Anna movement as we saw Vishal Dadlani, a music director, Poorav Kohli, an actor taking active participation on 16th August. Earlier on April 9th Urmila Matondkar was seen in Azad Maidan supporting Anna.


Thousands of students skipped classes as they thronged Freedom Park in Bangalore in support of Anna Hazare, with former Supreme Court judge Santosh N. Hegde, also joining the dharna.

Hegde, a member of the joint committee on drafting the Lokpal bill who till recently was Karnataka Lokyukta, threw his weight behind the protest for the second day as slogans of "Vande Mataram" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" constantly rent the air.

"Anna is fighting for us. We are here to support him," several students said. Some had even taken permission from their school authorities to be part of the protest.

Techies, NGOs and the elderly were seen lending support as the crowds swelled, with the protest appearing to gather further momentum.


Punjab was also seen fueling in the movement against corruption. Chandigarh witnessed people from different walks of life continuing their demonstrations for the Jan Lok Pal Bill. Activists of various political parties, including BJP, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have also been joining the protesters.

On April 9 young and old activists of Art of Living and Patanjalee Yog Peeth took put a candlelight vigil in Jalandhar. Similarly in Kapurthala activists took out candle light vigil too. Environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal along with Sant Daya Singh also extended their support to Anna.

About 51 citizens ranging from professionals to industrialists sat on one day fast near bus stand on National Highway 1 in Jalandhar. In Ferozepur, activists of newly formed People's Party of Punjab took out a candle march to express solidarity with Hazare's mission.


When the whole country was protesting against arrest of Anna Hazare, Assam is also not behind. For the support of Anna Hazare people of Guwahati joined on August 16, the movement which was triggered by his arrest. People from different organization came out and joined the protest programme at Dighalipukhuri, near District Library. Assam State Unit held the protest programme 'India against Corruption' at Guwahati. 20 people sat on a relay hunger strike, whereas hundreds of people joined in protest against Anna's arrest by wearing black masks. As other people joined the strike, the number of protesters swelled to more than 400.

Uttar Pradesh

The protest meet held across the city, to support Anna Hazare poured in from various sections included staff of state secretariat , members of other government departments, those staged by the Joint Action Committee of UP Power Employees Federation, members of UP Forest Corporation Officers and Staff Association, UP Secondary Education Teachers Association, and the Hind Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat .A candelight march was performed in Gomtinagar and an anti-corruption signature campaign was also launched by the Save Cultural Values Foundation at Jhulelal Park.

West Bengal

Amid rain there was a solid response in Kolkata as thousand gathered to attend the rally, at 5 pm the state BJP organized a protest march to Gandhiji's statue in Mayo Road in Central Kolkata .On 16th of August a dharna was held at the heart of the city Esplanade, where activists under the banner of 'Jago' alleged that the government's Lokpal Bill provides greater protection to the corrupt section of the society rather than bringing it to book.The activist criticised the arrest of Anna Hazare,and demanded his immediate release and the listing of a 'strong' Lokpal Bill in the Parliament.Citizen's Forum' launched its campaign 'India against Corruption' at the Salt Lake city area. 
Himachal Pradesh:

A very strong protest took place in Shimla as the activist started to fast against the arrest of Anna. The indefinite hunger strike in Mandi town was very crucial as it was uncontrollable as they considered Anna?s arrest as regrettable and condemnable. As per the scheduled programme they started to fast in support of a strong Lokpal bill and since police arrested Anna, they decided to go as per previous plan. They were also ready for court arrest. More than 100 people gathered for the protest. A large number of residents gathered in this Himachal Pradesh capital, condemning the arrest of civil society activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi. The state unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Tuesday gave a call for statewide protest Wednesday. Himachal Pradesh unit of Anti-terrorist Front and Shimla Bar Association today held protests in support of Anna Hazare here this morning.

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh unites with Anna in vogue. People in Madhya Pradesh took some fascinating form of protests like climbing atop towers to wearing black uniforms to tying locks to their legs to show their support for Anna Hazare's demand for strong Lokpal Bill. Three supporters in Gwalior climbed atop floodlight towers of Roop Singh Stadium, carrying the national flag and got down after six hours. Some Bharatiya janata Party (BJP) activists staged sit-ins in the state capital. The chamber of commerce organised demonstrations in Jabalpur.