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A Sight Not Unusual In The City


 dyfi march


STATUE: What you see above is a march around the Secretariat, organized by the DYFI (Democratic Youth Federation of India) demanding to fill the vacancies created by the mass resignation of state employees as part of unifying the pension age. The protestors want action taken against those officers who fail to report about the vacancies.

Anyone who has lived long enough in Trivandrum will not flinch or stop for a second at this sight - it has become a part of their life now. The ladies at the SBT Bank, Secretariat View would tell you the instances of having to pull down the shutter some days because of the protest marches that happen every so often in and around the Statue junction.


But most protest marches are peaceful - they only shout slogans. No throwing stones, no violence. They just want to get their point across. Trouble comes, however, when these marches disrupt the traffic. If you look at the picture above, you will see some bikes finding just enough space to ride past. Statue junction is one of the busiest roads in the city with a good many bus stops and traffic signals. As it is, people find it hard to move about in this part of the city. The protest marches just make it harder sometimes - especially when the traffic is at its peak.


Protest marches are sometimes shunned, other times ignored. But the question is how much have these protestors really achieved by their demonstrations?




Posted By : Cris, On Apr 12, 2010 05:44:47 PM
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Not much except for the disturbance they create. Can we give the protestors the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium - which is vacant during the mornings- for such protests? They have enough space. A lot of onlookers too. A church and a mosque to look up to and lots of space to move around. If the Police use water guns, it would help the almost dead grass to shake up and breathe again. Water would cool down the general atmosphere as well. And we can have multiple protests at the same time. Enough space. They can spread themselves there and take some rest too. The stadium belongs to the Police and that saves them the trouble to fetch themselves to the venue each time. Commuters who otherwise cannot see these protests can now have a balcony view. The Banks can function normally. TV crew and photographers can cover them peacefully as well. A win win for all. Why not?
Samuel John, on Apr 13, 2010 05:29:44 PM
wow Mr.Samuel! aapne toh hamare (hamari!) dil ke bat boli... (correct me if I'm not correct in my Hindi) Ningaloru prasthanam thanne! good one Cris!
Keerthi, on Apr 14, 2010 10:41:03 PM
That is a very good suggestion @Samuel, city authorities, are you listening?
Planeto, on May 01, 2010 12:49:23 AM
If we had protested as Mr Samul said he wont be able to write that comment for the this new..... all the protests are to get the attention of the authorities... for getting that attention we hace to sacrifice something...
Syamkumar, on May 05, 2010 10:20:53 PM
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