By collecting signatures and distributing pamphlets to commuters at Churchgate station, several students of Xavier’s Institute of Engineering at Mahim expressed their solidarity on Tuesday in support of Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption. Few of them donning Gandhi caps even boarded the trains to persuade commuters to join them in the protest at Azad Maidan, by convincing them that corrupt practices are the root causes of all the problems, including scams and terror attacks on the country.
About more than seven students, who bunked their day’s lecture, stood near the ticket window for nearly six hours starting 8:30 a.m. and managed to collect more than 500 signatures. These students were holding posters conveying the message: If we can come together for the cricket World Cup, why can’t we come together for our rights? or Please join us in our second freedom struggle or Please arrest me.
“People expressed their frustration after the news of Anna’s arrest. Interestingly, some of those who gave their signatures were government employees who wanted to participate in the Jail Bharo Andolan,” said 21-year-olds Varun Ghorpade and Neville Menezes, who were heading the team.
With support and encouragement from the college authorities, the students are holding protests and signature campaigns against corruption at their college today. They’ve been aiming to collect as many signatures as they can and submit it to the representatives of the movement - India Against Corruption (IAC) - who would be forwarding it to the centre.
“By submitting these signatures, we want to show the government how angry we are. We students will continue with this agitation as long as Anna’s demands are not met with,” added Varun.