Fast ends with celebrations

Posted: 28th August 2011 by freedom in India
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BHUBANESWAR: As Anna Hazare broke his fast by taking a sip of coconut water mixed with honey offered by two girls, hundreds of his supporters took part in grand celebrations on Mahatma Gandhi Marg here.

Anna supporters distributed sweets, played colours and embraced each others to mark the “historic” moment. “The movement has strengthened democracy and people’s faith on democracy. It is a victory of people’s power,” said Nishikant Mahaptra, a member of India Against Corruption.

Two activists, Raj Naryana Jena and Bhabani Parija, also broke their fast soon after Anna ended his. Students and youth associated with the movement took out a motorcycle rally, to mark the ‘victory,’ from Vani Vihar Square to Janata Maidan. Students of SAI International School took out a candle light march at Master Canteen Square.

The 74-year-old-businessman from Cuttack, Jagdish Gupta, who was fasting in solidarity with Anna Hazare, also broke his fast around 10 am by drinking fruit juice. Hordes of people felicitated Gupta as he broke his fast amid thundering claps he broke his fast.

In Sambalpur, people including students from several schools and colleges, organized “victory ceremony” on Sunday. Hundreds of people from various walks of life took part in celebrations at Sambaleswari temple mandap. The participants congratulated each others. Schoolchildren took out a separate a victory rally to celebrate the moment. Chanting Bharat mata ke jai and Bande Mataram, Similar programmes were also organized in Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Berhampur, Puri and Bargarh.

Meanwhile, a remote village in Bargarh district on Sunday decided to offer the first harvest to Anna Hazare, along with presiding village deities, on the occasion of Nuakhai, western Orissa’s largest agrarian festival, to be celebrated on September 2.

As per tradition, farmers offer the first harvest to gods on the occasion of Nuakhai, after which the family elder distributes new grains to all members. “This time we have decided to offer the harvest to Anna, along with other deities,” said Safet Sahu, a resident of Dhusarbahal village, 30 km from the district headquarter of Bargarh.

Villagers have decided to place a portrait of the anti-corruption crusader at a central spot in the village so that everybody can offer him the first fruit of their labour. “We have decided to do so because we are convinced he can change our destiny. We don’t have to give bribes for job cards or while seeking agricultural loans any more,” said Kabiraj Juria, another villager.

Largely inhibited by tribals, the village, with a population of around 2,000 people, mainly comprises farmers. Social scientists see the unique pledge as a steadfast belief of the people that the Anna Hazare-led movement could indeed make their lives better.

“It shows how fed up people are with corruption at the grassroots level. They are ready to elevate a man to the status of a demigod, provided he is ready to give them respite from corruption,” said Nand Kishor Mahakud, head of the department of sociology in Sambalpur University. Round-the-clock coverage by electronic media has helped Team Anna reach out to the last man in the row, he felt.

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  1. Ally says:

    A million thanks for potsnig this information.

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