I landed at a meeting more by an accident (I overheard someone mentioning about it) that was organized to discuss the significance of the LokPal Bill. Having learnt the venue was just a stone’s throw from where I reside and that one of the speakers was known for his excellent articulation and knowledge, I had decided to spend the evening more productively.
When I entered the premises of the building, to my consternation the board placed before a half open elevator greeted me. I felt like a damp squib but soon gathered my spirits and braced myself to scale the two flight of steep stairs in order to reach the large auditorium. Once there, I found it was already jam packed with people who appeared totally strange, the banners displayed near the stage looked stranger as I couldn’t make head or tail of what was written!
The meeting began a little past the scheduled time with a prayer in Tamil, followed by the welcome address and introduction of the subject and the speakers .The mandatory announcement was made, that is ‘please do not use mobile phones or keep them in P.M’s mode’ which was met with a burst of loud laughter from the audience, reverberating the auditorium. One of the speakers briefly traced the background, the significance and the need for passing the Jan Lokpal Bill, the other speaker elaborated as to why Anna Hazare said it was only fifty percent victory for the supporters of the Bill, and that we should wait and watch for the future developments.
Then commenced the questions from the audience and the meeting turned into a very lively affair like a session in Parliament, each trying to out shout the other with queries ranging from ones totally unrelated to the subject to short speeches. In the midst of the mini commotion, one of the mobiles sprang to life and its owner appeared all set to receive the call. Just then someone sitting at the back shouted with all his might venting his anger. Innu buddhi varliya? He said. The speaker who was answering a query suddenly stopped and looked offended for a split second, thinking the remark was directed to him!
N.Meera Raghavendra Rao