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It is never too late to react ! Part 2 : The Silent Protest

December 25, 2008

Continued from Part 1

It was Friday and each one of us involved was excited about the event next day. By afternoon, we got a call from the Commissioners office that shook us !!! All of us panicked and were in a state of confusion.

When we had sought permission from the Commissioner to conduct this event, we had mentioned that it would be a silent protest. And our letter also carried the same. Now, according to some new rule or act, due to security reasons, the word protest would anyone to conduct such activity only for an hour. Had we mentioned silent movement, silent prayer in our letter, we could’ve conducted the event as per the planned 4 hrs. A full day would have been allotted if it were even a fasting session. And to change the activity is next to impossible as the invites were already circulating among our contacts.

The event was supposed to be from 9am to 1pm and now we are supposed to wind up by 10.15am when most of the invitees had agreed to drop in only by 10-10.15. Damn !

The event kick started at exactly 9am with a welcome note by one of the volunteers. Initially, there were nearly 35 members excluding the 18 volunteers. By 9:10, we were 73, all together under the tent remaining silent. To our surprise, there were two elderly men sitting along with us. We were surrounded by police officials, the lady officials came in a little late, probably they did not expect the female crowd. We had a lot of onlookers whose questions were answered by the police. Though our banners explained our purpose, the passerby’s would have been surprised to see a couple of young people sitting silently in the heart of the city under a tent with police protection. During the event, RAW officials approached us to take snaps and for a brief write up. After an hour, we went up to the two elderly gentlemen to check their whereabouts, one person was an Ex- Airforce official and the other a retired Professor from Anna University. Both of them never knew each other but the reason for their presence along with us were the same. That’s were I guess, we succeeded; we had managed to bring in people from different age groups, from different cultures, from different states, but everyone had one thing in common- love for the nation. We asked if the two men could address the crowd and they agreed without hesitating. The Airforce official spoke about how the youngsters could contribute to the nations security while the retired Professor gave us a lot of insights on how to take this small group of ours to a bigger platform. After their inspiring speech, we had one of our volunteers recite our national anthem. This was the best part, all 73 of us and the entire police officials stood with our heads held high in unison. Never did I get such goose bumps thinking about our country and never before had I felt proud of myself. By 10.30 made a note of the registrations, wrapped up and retired.

We felt a little discouraged when the head count was less, but then, inspite of being a Saturday and also with the last minute changes, we shouldn’t expect more. One thing was sure, the next time we conduct a similar event, we already have 73 people confirmed. I must admit, it was such a riveting experience to be present with those like minded janta, to be just one among the crowd which believed in one common cause. It was our first event; we need to improve a lot more on the co-ordination and assigning work amongst ourselves. From mistakes we learn, and from what we learn, we act !

We are gathering soon to decide on whats next. This series would continue !

Jai Hind !

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. allirekha permalink
    December 25, 2008 3:53 am

    Jai Hind!
    hats off to you guys for such wonderful initiative! all the best for future !
    wish if something like this would ever happen in our Kerala….I have never heard of such initiatives by youth here… 😦

  2. Sakhi permalink
    December 25, 2008 5:34 am

    Merry christmas!

  3. harshasrisri permalink
    December 25, 2008 6:12 am

    Kudos! and wish you all the best to improve upon this! I’m proud of you my friend 🙂

  4. Bedazzled permalink
    December 25, 2008 9:21 am

    wow !!! 73 people is no mean task.. make that 74.. i’ll be there the next time and that’s a promise.

  5. amit permalink
    December 25, 2008 4:11 pm

    73 is by no means a small number. Great initiative and do carry it forward. Its people like you who give hope to others.
    Merry Christmas!!

  6. Reema permalink
    December 25, 2008 6:06 pm

    Congrats!! Its ok…now u will know what all can go wrong and organise it better the next time.

  7. arvind1187 permalink
    December 25, 2008 8:22 pm

    Dude … no number is less 🙂 ..
    IT was a great initiative indeed ..
    CArry on the good work ..
    Jai Hind !!!
    PS: I had office that day so could not co me:(

  8. Rakesh Vanamali permalink
    December 26, 2008 4:34 am

    Awesome! Hats off to you guys on making such a remarkable effort!

    Thanks to the R&AW, even the PM will get wind of what you guys did!

    Salute!

    Rakesh

  9. Indian Home Maker permalink
    December 26, 2008 10:49 am

    Brilliant initiative! Congratulations.
    Merry Christmas.

  10. vishesh permalink
    December 26, 2008 12:36 pm

    whats next? 🙂

  11. Smita permalink
    December 26, 2008 2:31 pm

    I think 73 is a good number to start with….so don't think kitne kam log aaye….you should be more happy because you were a part of an initiative which 'you' took…

    And yes the series should continue and so shud the spirit & efforts 🙂

    Am proud of you….

  12. July 30, 2009 12:31 pm

    awesome… 🙂

    a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step …
    so one step at a time and that done well…
    lovely beginning at that! 🙂

  13. August 8, 2009 4:57 pm

    I would completely agree with Ash and echo her words.
    Proud to know that you did this.

    Great initiative.

    I am going to read the next few posts regarding the same.

    This was the best part, all 73 of us and the entire police officials stood with our heads held high in unison. Never did I get such goose bumps thinking about our country and never before had I felt proud of myself.
    I can imagine what it must have felt like then at that moment.

    There was this rage and this urge to do soemthing.
    And like I said on Smita’s I think maybe just maybe we have kind of woken up a little as a nation.

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