Of the Delhi protest….
Edited to add:-
Before you start reading this,read what Poonam’s written..:) about the protest and how!
I loved it…
Power to us ,the common people..!!:)
and hey!just got to know from Aneesha’s blog that we are on AP Associated Press!
Check out Aneesha’s Blog here!!Look at how well she sums up the issue..and what the day was all about!
Look at what Aneesha writes,”I carried one placard home with me on the metro… it was for the first time that i saw not lecherousness but curiosity and to an extent appreciation in people’s stares… all through the metro ride.. and the rickshaw ride from teh station… dont know how many people read that placard in my lap.. ” girls are not cattle. stop locking us up at dusk” for the first time.. the men who stared at me were not looking at my body.. but the placard… women on the road smiled at me.. people stopped to read..my own little protest.. to add to teh big one i had been part of…”
Loved reading it Aneesha!:)
And keep a look out for what Namrata posts next.I am sure its going to be about the protest..
Namrata ,you really inspire!!!:)
This below was my original post, a lament..but these two girls have made me feel good..:)
Okay now that you have read theirs I can start:)
Got back from Jantar Mantar about an hour back.
Here are the pictures.Wasn’t able to take many coz I too was a part of the protest,standing there and all..(and plain forgot:D)
However,these were taken in the last minutes as the protest was wrapping up.
And umm..we were covered by Reuters too among others..:D
This struck right at the heart of the issue..
Namrata ,as the CNN IBN Citizen Journalist for the day…
IF you would like to see more pics go here http://flickr.com/photos/mayankaustensoofi
The above is a constantly updated photo stream ,so please type ‘Valentine’s Day, Delhi Style’
(On flickr,I am the one in black in two pics and in another in floaters somewhere:D ,clicking pics ,in case you would like to know:) )and here http://thedelhiwalla.blogspot.com/
Mayank has clicked the ones on these sites…and darn well too…mine are from a piddly lil cam..:D
So granted that the number was not huge, but it was heartening to see that people did care enough to come and voice their protest.
The protest has been covered by CNN IBN(You can catch the ‘Stop Moral Policing’Report by Citizen Journalist for the day Namrata Kotwani)Its been coming since afternoon , Sahara, NDTV India ,CNBC , India TV(*sigh*yes,they too) Focus TV(have no idea,but a woman’s channel as the journalist told me),
and by publications like Indian Express, Mail Today(tabloid) , Hindustan Times…
However,I am not very sure of the publications(it was hard to get hold of the photographers )
Also met Mayank Austen Soofi ( a blogger I think most of you know:) ) He has blogs galore.He was there and was busy clicking pictures:) And a rather pleasant surprise (and surprise is a mild word:D) in the form of Poonam whom all of you know from Visceral Observations.
The shrieking (mine and Poonam’s was as if ,at a reunion:D )She refuses to call me anything but Indyeah..:)
Meeting Poonam was as amazing as meeting Namrata and Aneesha..:)whom I had met earlier.
Like I said before it’s a small world indeed.
To be absolutely frank,I was rather disappointed with the blogger turnout .And some of my friends too who cancelled at the last minute.
But overall, even as tired as I was (and surely others must have been too),It seemed like we had done something,standing there outside Janta Mantar,on the pavement,madly waving our placards for all and sundry.
So that even those who were passing by could see what we were standing there for.So that it would make them think,if only for a moment..
Thank you, a really heartfelt one to those who came.The generation next is not the ‘chalta hai’ one…I saw that today.
However,as I entered home all jubiliant and ecstatic at having been a part of something,I saw and am still looking at news flashes from around the country….so many incidents of ‘Moral Policing’ are being reported on TV even as I write this.
I am feeling sick and upset.Is this what we are in for?
Despite having known that such incidents happen every year on Valentine’s ,despite knowing that goondas will be out in the streets,is this all the governments can do?
And just sitting here looking at all of it,incidents being reported from Ujjain,Pune and other places…I am just thinking..”was today worth it?”
How do we stop this? How?
Is this enough?
(I am sorry for the ramble…its really incoherent right now….the TV images are not letting any feeling of having ‘done something’ sink in…)
To each and everyone of you who have been here as you say ‘in spirit’:)a thank you from the bottom of my heart..:)
Edited to add:-for two lovely amazing strong girls Aneesha and Poonam,who made me smile after I wrote this lament of a post!Thanks((hugs))
The template change, coz Poonam says ”people can’t strain their eyes sweetheart!”🙂
I will be able to analyse all this more coherently when the images from TV are not flashing in my mind…
Hopefully, I will be able to see more hope in all this, than I see today.