The historic Ramlila Maidan, where anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare took centrestage on Friday , seems to be emerging as a new tourist destination in the capital.
Anna’s movement against corruption has not only gripped the entire country but also caught the fancy of foreign nationals. A few enthusiastic foreigners decided to make a halt at the protest venue to witness history in the making.
James Lock, 23, and Laura Chassam, 21, have been in the country since July 6. Donning Tricolour caps, the duo stood out in the crowd at the historic Ramlila Maidan- a place which has been home to various dharnas and demonstrations.
They say they became aware of the issue through TV channels and newspapers . “It is exciting to witness a sea of people converged here protesting against corruption. Till now we had only heard about non-violence movements but to actually be a part of it is astounding,” said Laura. Laura and James, who are from Australia, have been putting up in Paharganj and came to the ground only to see “Mr Hazare.”
Both feel that an effective Lokpal Bill is mandatory in fighting corruption.
Diana Christov, a student from Germany, has been on a visit to the country since August 15. She too has been catching all the action over the television and was inspired to watch it for real.
“I do not know much about the Lokpal Bill but I understand that the people of the country feel very strongly about it,” said Christov. Anna’s fast reminded Christov of the movement in her native country when Germany was divided into two parts.
A citizen of the US, Dan, too has been on a visit to the capital. But unlike Christov , Dan’s curiosity led him to the grounds.
“I wandered off with my friends on the streets of Delhi but the sloganeering and protesting made me curious . We decided to find out what was going on,” said Dan. After interacting with a couple of people Dan found out what was going on and ended up saying that he supported Anna’s cause.