School kids, housewives, elderly join the campaign
School children, housewives and senior citizens -- they have all poured into Jantar Mantar monument here in an expression of solidarity with Gandhian Anna Hazare.
New Delhi: School children, housewives and
senior citizens -- they have all poured into Jantar Mantar
monument here in an expression of solidarity with Gandhian
Many have fainted, some have been hospitalised but
they remain committed to the cause of removing corruption in
which they find the Gandhian as the icon.
Take 70-year-old Omkar Nath Razdan, a retired Director
General, Air Force (Works), who has spent decades with the
armed forces serving across the country. He has devoted his
post-retirement life to the eradication of corruption for
which he has undertaken fasts at Rajghat and elsewhere before.
But he has seen nothing like the support galvanised by
Hazare`s fast-unto-death. He and his wife joined Hazare from
day one but he fainted in the middle of the night and had to
be hospitalised. He received five stitches on his head and is
undergoing medical tests at Escorts Hospital.
From his bed in Escorts Hospital, Razdan describes the
recent scams as "tsunami of corruption" which has engulfed
"Japan has witnessed a natural tsunami but we are
witnessing a tsunami of corruption here," Razdan, who is
presently associated with Transparency International India and
Asked what motivated him to join the protest, he said
he was pained to see rampant corruption in the country.
"Corruption is the root cause of Kashmir problem. It was
political corruption that gave rise to Kashmir problem. Since
then I am fighting political corruption. This is happening
because of non-existence of Lokpal Bill," he said.
The other senior citizens who were taken to hospital
included Mahant Gopal Das and O S Chauhan.