What was heartening to see, turned out into the very thing, that people were worried about right at the beginning. Probably this was one protest where people willingly participated and more than being a war zone bubbling with emotion, it had also a festive mood to it. People from as far as tamabram and chrompet visited Marina beach with cartons of biscuit and food items to support the protestors and to be a part of it. The protest had rekindled that long lost fire that lay dormant on each of them and the tamil spirit was at its glorious display for all of those days when the students where at the war front.
With their clear decision on not to allow any political parties anywhere near the protest zone, which was one of the sole reason for so many people joining them and also the dignified way in which they conducted themselves, cleaning up the place, taking care of each other, protecting the kids and womenfolk, the students won the hearts of all. Yaar kann patutho. The events of the last 2 days became nasty to say the least. Anti social elements entered silently into the crowd and started creating mischief. It turned out into a full fledged war between Police and the "protestors" and the video garbs show both parties in not so great light.
Why the people refused to budge even after the news came on the ordinance?
Well..for one reason the protest was against the very people who didn't act till push came to shove and they didn't trust the politicians at the helm
Why they stayed back even after the bill was passed?
Of the lakhs of people who turned up, not everyone had a single point agenda. Many had their own reasons to join the protest and the bill against the ban wasn't their only cry for concern.
What initially was looked at in amazement turned out to be the downside as well. With no designated leader to gather the crowd, yet so many turning up every single day, people were left wondering do we really even need a leader going forward. But the aftermath proved them wrong. A rod, however long it may be, is only as strong as its spear head. With no one to push them for a single cause, they didn't know how to end the protest. And there was distrust amongst the crowd themselves that there may not be another one of this much in magnitude and hence wanted to push for every point of concern.
While watching some of the videos taken during the protest on social media was getting goosebumps looking at the josh with which girls were shouting slogans and how they were several steps ahead of guys in belting them out. Was worried on one side that they might get targeted post the protests and something of similar nature has taken shape now. The most famous of the lot, that girl has been identified as the daughter of the opposition party member, the mom of whom has even kept a huge billboard in honour of her daughter. What was an apolitical event got painted and tainted leaving a bitter taste.
Whatever said and done, its an event that made the entire nation take a look at the people down south in awe and even the entire world for the manner in which our students conducted themselves. This would and definitely should be the template for any future civilian participation in voicing out their concerns. Proud of you folks.