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Friday, 19 August 2011

Mumbai collegians’ weekend hangout: Azad Maidan

Collegians are looking forward to this extended weekend with Janmashtami falling on Monday. But most are not longing to catch up on the latest movies or party hard, but they want to rush to Azad Maidan to participate in Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption crusade.

On Friday morning, Saurabh Naik, a student of Vivekanand College of Engineering, was flooded with text messages from his friends asking him to reach Azad Maidan on time.

“We have been reading a lot about the campaign in newspapers and watching it on television too. We just had to join the movement. Being engineering students, we have a hectic schedule, but this weekend gave us the perfect opportunity to support Hazare,” said Naik.

“We also plan to support the cause in some way at our college, but only if we get permission,” he added.

Janhavi Mahajan, a student of VJTI, who has been discussing the issue with her friends over the last week, finally made it to Azad Maidan on Friday.

“We have also been talking about the campaign on the virtual world, but the experience at Azad Maidan made us realise the intensity of the issue. Now, I feel more strongly about the cause and feel more connected,” said Mahajan, who plans to visit the south Mumbai ground again on Sunday.

Not to be left behind, principals of around 1,400 schools and junior colleges have decided to wear black ribbons at work from Tuesday to show their support for Hazare.

Prashant Redij, a member of the Brihanmumbai schools and junior college principals’ association, said: “Since principals are custodians of the system, like the police, we are not allowed to go on strike or cease work. So, we will show our support for the cause by wearing black ribbons.”


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