I knew it would be big. And yet, when I saw, it seemed so unexpected. People streaming down the stairs, bikes roaring into the service roads, hoards of press vans and cars,school children pouring from buses, people emerging like ants out of an anthill. Chennai emerged tonight.
Dazed I worked my way through the sand, a young girl tagging along, grasping this spectacle of humanity. I did not seem to know anyone. A young girl was asking people to stay seated. I did not know her. And yet, from nowhere new organizers had appeared—India Against Corruption-Chennai had become a people’s movement- a movement to reclaim the motherland, to reclaim her from the powerful and the corrupt.
Yes, I know some would say it was a middle class crowd. Perhaps yes, perhaps no. And yet what a magic—the apathetic Chennai middle class has been aroused. From the blazing hallways of large malls and the expensive counters of multiplexes, the middle class has somehow wound their way to the sandy beaches of Marina—not for a stroll, but for their community, for their people.
As ten thousand people lifted their candles up in the air, the see breeze whispered—Freedom, freedom at last!!! My dear Chennaites your city has emerged. Time for you to JOIN!