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'We have come here to feel the pulse of the protest'

April 08, 2011 14:11 IST

Among the old and the young who have made their way to the dharna site of Anna Hazare in New Delhi is a small group of visually handicapped students who want to 'feel the pulse' of the protest and 'see' the man who is speaking for them.

When Hazare appealed to the children never to forget their responsibility towards their country, the enthusiastic students started shouting slogans hailing the Gandhian.

Addressing mediapersons, Hazare appreciated the children who had extended their support and said that no matter which profession they choose in their lives, they should not forget their responsibility towards the nation.

 "I do not have strength, the power of money. I spent my entire life serving the country and its people. You (children) have to save the country," he said.

Standing quietly in a queue with his school mates and teachers, Mohammad Amin, a class IV student, who is visually challenged said, "I have come here because I think corruption affects our lives. I have come here because I wanted to see the person who is standing for a cause that matters to all of us."

Ankit, a class II student from a blind school in Sharda said, "I have come to see Anna Hazare. My teacher told me he is fighting for us. The grants to our schools have been cancelled. Teacher said Hazare is speaking for us."

Students from Saint Mary's school in New Delhi also eloquently spoke in favour of the campaign started by Hazare.\

"It feels good to see that the Gandhian philosophy is still followed. We will do whatever it takes and extend our support to him," Simran, 15, said.

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