Anger and hate burns thick in the black of their eyes, it rings through in their deep shouts and it reverberates through your consciousness. Flags are waved like staffs swung from side to side and effigies lie on the street smouldering. More slogans ring through the air as the large mass of people pull forward. The energy is exhilarating and is hard to ignore. Clenched fists rise up in the air in unison, gentle blows to the sky. One hundred and fifty thousand people can not be wrong It is obvious that Mr. Bush is not all that welcome in India. The match has been lit now let us see the hatred burn.
[Burning flame marks the mood of the assembled.]
[Never mind the spelling, they might have a point]
The protest started like so many others before it- through resentment shaped in the form of a small article in the morning newspaper stating a time and location. A round of forty-two religious, social and political organisations including the CPI, CPM, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Mahasangh had called for this demonstration. If you have noticed the irony here most of these parties are not exactly in the opposition. Central Line trains filled to the brim rolled into CST every two minutes feeding this every growing protest. I too had gone on one of these trains a few hours earlier. It is strange how society works itself up when it wants to get worked up. In the end all this is - is an exercise in anger.
[ Shouting "Jeoorge Bussh Murdabad," breaking into "Gulli Gulli meh shoor hai Jeoorge Bussh Oil Chor hai"]
[On the train to Azad Maidan]
If you looking for more picture - here is where to go.
If you are looking for a news article on the same go here - Anti-Bush protests held nationwide