So far, my articles about Anna Hazare have all been based on what I have seen on TV, in newspapers and on Internet. Not so anymore. Yesterday, just after having arrived home from office, I could hear some noise from downstairs. It was not the usual dogs or cars honking, it was people shouting and screaming. I ran to the window to see what it was, and quite right, it was a protest march in support for Ana Hazare. Just outside my building.
The police were all around there, and as far as I could understand, the march was quite peaceful. I have checked the news today, and cannot find any information about arrests, unrest or other bad things from Powai. The people marching even called for it to be a peace march. You can read more about the march on Powai.Info. There is a bigger march planned for today, where people should go all the way from Powai to Bandra Kurla Complex. There is also a story about all of this in Mumbai Mirror today.
The latest from Delhi is now that the negotiations between the government and Team Anna on the Lokpal Bill broke down on Wednesday night with the latter describing the third round of talks as “retrograde.” They said social activist Anna Hazare’s fast on the Ramlila grounds here — now in its ninth day — would continue until the government agreed to enact a law creating a strong and effective Lokpal during the current session of Parliament.
I think that this is a quite serious and dramatic twist. We will probably see a lot more of protests coming up all over India over the next few days if this is really the case. Will keep you all updated on this.
Talk to you soon!