|Rediff India Abroad Home | All the sections|
A night vigil against Bush
March 01, 2006 14:51 IST
Last Updated: March 01, 2006 14:57 IST
Hundreds of students of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday night kept a night vigil at the varsity campus in Delhi protesting the visit of United States President George W Bush.
Activists, including internationally acclaimed writer Arundhati Roy, joined them.
Students flocked to the open air auditorium in the campus and shouted slogans and sang songs like the famed Beatles' number Imagine, blowing in the wind and folk songs from Haryana.
Arundhuti Roy, who read out a play lampooning Bush's scheduled March 3 speech from the Purana Quila said, "India and Israel are the only two countries where the US President is welcome.
"This is the finding of a survey and it is such a shame for Indians to hear. Our relationship with the US began the day we exploded a bomb in Pokhran," she said.
The Booker prize-winning author noted that 'we live in an era of complete farce', and said, "It is ironic that the only public space where Bush could speak from is a medieval fort."