Team Anna was expanding. More & more people were joining the league. Had never seen such a huge section of youth, coming out in open to support any cause but
Even in a cyber city like Gurgaon, which is notorious for being deaf, heartless & robotic, I saw young boys & girls flaring National Flag & Anna’s posters in their luxury cars, which are usually used to hang out in pubs & bars.
On the eve of 15th August, 2011, an entire nation pledged to have a light out session for an hour. The response was far much greater than it was on World Earth Day.
Even the most apolitical person like me, was getting drawn towards this magnetic field which was getting created. I was standing with the people of my society, where some news channel reporters were recording news bites. A very unusual gathering. I had seen people in my society fighting in the most uncivilized way over electricity, water & issues related to sanitation but had never seen all of them standing & supporting each other in the most civilized manner.
Reading history text books in schools, I always regretted not being born at the time of freedom struggle, not being a part of that movement which changed the fate of one entire nation. But now my sense of regret has lessened. Was watching a movement taking shape right in front of my eyes. And once again, it is surely going to change the fate of the entire nation. Yes, it is bigger than what we all can see with our normal vision. I did not realize it until I met that young boy in the crowd.
In the same group of protesters, I saw a group of small kids with slogans louder than any one else’s. I got pulled towards the enthusiasm. “Poor things, would not even know what they are protesting against. Mom & Dad must have made them rehearse all this to perform in front of the new channel cameras” I thought. Cynical as I am, I went ahead to interview the most enthusiastic lad in the group. A 10-11 year old boy with t-shirt off his chest & on his head. “ Do you know who Anna Hazaare is?” I asked. “ yes, he is an old chap who appears like one of those leaders drawn on our history books” the boy replied. “and what is he going to do?” “ he is not going to eat food till our nation is free from corruption.” He replied like a young leader. “and what exactly is corruption?” I probed further. “ Hmmmm. Corruption is when that telephone guy asks for more money from my dad for fixing the telephone line. It happens when my dad had to give up some bundles of money packed in news paper to the chairman of my school for my admission. it happens when the electricity guy asks for money to resume electricity supply in our house” he replied.
Thanx to Team Anna, now a 10 yr old in my nation is aware of what corruption id & how does it affect our lives. Now even a 10-yr old realizes his rights & refuses to be cheated by thugs disguised as Indian Govt. Thank you for the revolution. Now the children of our nation are emotionally & socially aware about the injustice its government has bestowed.