Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Flash mob new rage
Is flash mob new rage in India? Is it getting more followers in a society where more youngsters prefer to remain apolitical, but looking for ways to express themselves against injustices prevailing in the society?
The ongoing protests against the Delhi gang rape incident underlines a fact-people though are fed-up with shutdowns and strikes announced by political parties, they are not against genuine protests for genuine reason. Delhi rape case is not just one happened in the country,but the reaction to it was tremendous that even the police lost its sense of direction. In fact, they failed to realise it as flash mob. That's why they met young protesters with batons and tear gas, instead of quelling their anger through immediate action.
Now,Finance Minister P.Chidambaram has come with a statement that India is not fully prepared to meet flash mobs.
But I don't know why Chidambaram addressed the media, instead of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Whatever, the youth successfully made use of social networking sites to take the anti-rape protest to the level of flash mob. It was during protests by former Team Anna movement we saw flash mobs at its full strength. But unlike the anti-rape protest those were organised protests, which was announced in advance.
If people across the country take Delhi protests as a model, definitely we are going to witness more flash mobs. Spontaneous reaction to issues in the society are rare in India unless it is backed by some political parties. But, now a protest requested by a handful of youngsters-two girls and six boys- who claimed to be working,but refused to divulge their names to the media, went viral and the mob responded to it spontaneously. At a time when the protests showed a sign of abating, These youngsters, probably close friends of the victim and her boyfriend, announced they are not going to end the protest as long as justice is not done.
But as the government has flown out the victim out of the country and arrested all the accused, there is little reason for protesters to go on with the agitation. But that also give way for fresh flash mobs,if the case is not going to be settled in fast track courts and the judicial investigation will come up with quick findings.
(Picture credit : CNN)