Indian-Americans continue pro-Anna rallies in US



Washington: In cities across the US, a large number of Indian Americans turned up for rallies and protest march being held in support of anti-corruption agitation launched by social activist Anna Hazare, whose fast entered the sixth day on Sunday.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the "lackluster response" from the Indian government, participants of the rallies in the US yesterday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to act expeditiously to consider Hazare's demand.

"There have been no positive developments in the past few days. We along with Anna are quite clear what we want, but the government is still confused," said Ashutosh Gupta, spokesman of the Indian American community who participated in a peaceful demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy here.

The group has been holding the demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy for the last five days.

"We are here to support Anna and tell the Indian government to immediately meet his demands. After all he is fighting for all of us, for the entire nation," said.

Visalakshi Rajan, 83, who especially came with her son to attend the protest on Saturday evening.

"It always was a dream to see India a corruption free country. We strongly believe that the time has come for this dream to come true. Let this spirit not go down till the goal is achieved," said Pradeep K, a software engineer in Reston, Virgina, a suburb of Washington.

Ashwini Gonde Dole, who helped organising a similar rally in Michigan, said they wanted to express in this small way to Hazare that Indian Americans supports him in his struggle for a corruption free India, which is extremely essential.

Reports of protests came in from various American cities including Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Jersey City. The protests are expected to continue today.

PTI