Faces of Protest and Celebration- Anna Hazare Movement at Jantar Mantar for Lokpal

By Mridula Dwivedi April 9, 2011 11 Comments , , , ,
A kid on her father's shoulders at Anna Hazare fast at Jantar Mantar
I wonder if the kid knew what she was doing!

This small girl was not at all afraid of the crowds, she sat on her father’s shoulders and had a nice time. I later saw her with her mom as well, she was eating food. For sure she would have been hungry. Her father was there for quite sometime with she happily on the shoulder.

Kiran Bedi and Anna Hazare
Kiran Bedi and Anna Hazare

I could click this because I climbed on the rooftop of the canteen along with the India Live TV crew and many others. There was A2Z news as well but there connection didn’t work. I used my zoom to the max to get this picture.

Another protester at Anna hazare fast, Jantar Mantar
A Face of Protest

There were many faces of protest. I have never been a part of anything like this. In fact my sister and I would often say that we Indians do not have a culture of protest.

Faces of Protest, Anna Hazare's fast at Jantar Mantar
Cameras were in Abundance, be it TV Camera or Personal Cameras

There were TV cameras and there were personal cameras and every one had something or the other to click.

Style is not only for dudes, Anna Hazare Protest at Jantar Mantar
Style is not Only for Dudes!

The flag that you see in the picture was tied to the hair of the person in the picture! Who said style is only for dudes?

Father Daughter Protest Anna Hazare Jantar Mantar
Father Daughter Protest

Father daughter protesting at Jantar Mantar. Even though we all knew that Anna Hazare was going to break his fast today, there were so many of us out there.

Vocal Protest, Anna Hazare, Jantar Mantar
Another Face of Protest

Song and dance was her way of protest and she was with a big group at Jantar Mantar. I think some TV channel covered them for quite sometime too.

Many Banners, Anna Hrazare Protest
A Adivasi Banner at Anna Hazare Fast at Jantar Mantar

Looks like everyone was welcome, saw Adivasi banner, Poverty banner, Village banner and IIT Roorkee banner among many others.

Protest from all walks with Anna Haraze at Jantar Mantar
He Also Came in his Special Vehicle

I have to say again, I have never witnessed anything like this! I feel privileged to be a part of the crowd at Jantar Mantar.

IAC, India Against Corruption not IPL, Indian Premier League
IAC, India Against Corruption not IPL, Indian Premier League

People taking pot shots on cricket, I have to say I like it.

Anna Rocks, A Poster at Anna Hazare Fast at Jantar Mantar
Anna Rocks, A Poster at Anna Hazare Fast at Jantar Mantar

Anna rocks, no doubt!

National Flags at the protest by Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar
National Flags at the protest by Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar

I have so many more pictures! I can do 10 posts!

Anna Hazare Breaks his Fast at Jantar Mantar
Anna Hazare Breaks his Fast at Jantar Mantar

However flawed the movement may have been, I think it is better than doing nothing. After all this is the first time I ever went to a mass gathering.

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11 thoughts on “Faces of Protest and Celebration- Anna Hazare Movement at Jantar Mantar for Lokpal”

  1. Mriduladi,
    I see why you and your sis would say we indians don’t have a culture of protest.. it stems from our inherent middle/upper class coconned lifestyles .. When in fact we have done it time and again, over 25 yrs of fight of the Bhopalis, and numerous protests in recent yrs by adivasis, villagers in Bihar, Bengal, Maharashtra, and latest in UP against dams, mining industries and nuclear plants are a testament to it.
    I feel its time to learn from what the world has achieved (egypt, tunisia and counting, & who said these countries had any culture of even free speech, leave asides ‘protest’!) and do the same in India to get back a common/street man’s rights to basic needs of clean water, air, rivers, forests, education & health!

  2. Yourpictures are quite amazing.. can I share it with my friends? for those who are not following the indian media.. thanks.

  3. this shows how the people in India are aware of the affairs in India, giving a hint (rather a slap on the face of) “BABUs” and “NETA ji” that we are not dumb fool that u can gulp 70k crore without a burp getting noticed!!
    on a lighter side i wish i was there today then i would have requested people to pls dnt go back, lets make a protest to find poonam pandey :P:P:P (she just vanished in the air the way she came into existence :D:D)
    lol

  4. Very Nice pictures Mridula that captures the spirit that Whole of India was engulfed with. We did our part in Bangalore.

  5. Anuradha it was quite an experience going there, climbing up the canteen rooftop and taking pictures and being part of the protest.

    Thanks Manhith, it was great being there.

    Thanks Chitra.

    Thanks Akhila.

    Divya thanks for sharing your views and yes please feel free to share it with your friends.

    Ajeya I read your post. We as a country need to do this more often 😀

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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