A political generation
Last year it was anger against corruption. This year students are angry about their safety. The Hindu reports Wednesday’s political protests in Delhi:
In a manifestation of public anger over the gang-rape of a young woman in a Delhi bus, the Capital on Wednesday saw a wave of protests by university students, civil society groups and women’s organisations.
During a march outside the residence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the protesters targeted her for her “shameful” attitude on crimes against women, demanding her resignation. The police used water canons to disperse the protesters who included students of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia and women from Delhi’s slum clusters.
Asking the governments, police and judiciary to defend and safeguard women’s “unqualified freedom and right to live without fear of violence, in the home or the street; day or night; irrespective of what they wear or do”, the protesters demanded that a comprehensive law on sexual assault be immediately enacted.
A new generation has discovered political action: equally comfortably on the street and social media. Forty years ago a more naive experiment in direct democracy died with the imposition of the emergency. The aftermath of that huge infusion of criminality into politics is what today’s generation is fighting. One hopes that our country emerges better from this.