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|January 6, 1998||
This is how NSUI delegates 'take India into the 21st century...'
They came, they saw, and they went mad. So they jeered, they leered, and they eveteased.
Under discussion is the National Students Union of India delegates. Arriving from all over the country for a one-day convention, they saw the beauty of the capital (read women) and, well, lost control.
So much so that some of them turned on 'their own' -- namely, female delegates -- forcing frantic organisers to seek police protection.
The Delhi cops, for a change, rose to the occasion and moved in bravely. They evacuated the girls from the convention-venue, helped them into police vehicles, and whizzed them off and away to safety.
There was a near-stampade when the police moved in to play Sir Galahads. And television cameramen, who tried to film the happenings, realised once again why their job is considered risky -- delegates simply refused them to shoot, discouraging a few of the brave with a whack or two.
The delegates, according to witnesses, had started their hangama even before reaching the venue. The women who were unfortunate enough to be on the roads when the 'brave new generation' passed by in vehicles were treated to many highly imaginative suggestions and shouts.
Once at the venue, slogan shouting continued all through, even while Kesri and NSUI president Alka Kapoor were addressing them.
The Congress president in his speech praised the youth for the 'enthusiasm' they had shown and called upon them to 'take the country into the 21st century'. The assembled youth became extremely unruly when he finished and went down the dais to leave.
Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, R K Dhawan and Tariq Anwar who were sitting on the dais, and who were scheduled to address the meeting, had gone missing by the time the police finished rising to the occasion.
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