This is a follow up post on Dandi March 2 and Fast Unto Death.
When we went to Freedom park yesterday to support the 5 Indians on an indefinite fast with Anna Hazare (in Jantar Mantar, Delhi), we were shocked to see that there were only about 50 people there – 1 kid, 5 women, and rest of them men. There was only a handful of “youth” to be seen. Seeing how big and crowded Bangalore is, I had expected at least 100 or more people to be there at any given time. The only familiar faces I saw were those few who had been part of the Dandi March 2. As of today, the fast has reached its 3rd day.
We were there for about 4 hours, meeting and talking with the people who had come there. We exchanged our thoughts on corruption and it was heartening to know that everyone over there shared our anger and frustration over corruption in India. We all sang “Vande Matharam” and “Hum Honge Kaamyaab” together. The people who were fasting gave a small speech emphasizing yet again the importance of the Jan Lokpal Bill. There was live media coverage from Suvarna News, Janashree News and Times Now.
We were there from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The last one hour was spent talking to people on the road, distributing pamphlets and explaining them about the Jan Lokpal Bill. Not many people were eager to listen to us. Very few people, mostly auto rickshaw drivers, showed any interest and were willing to listen.