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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 28, 2011.
Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare gather in thousands to celebrate near the India Gate memorial in New Delhi on Sunday - AP.
‘Anna has pulled off a miracle’, was the unanimous cry from Mr. Hazare supporters who thronged the India Gate in thousands following anti-corruption crusader’s call to celebrate their victory.
Cutting across the barriers of age and gender, people looked into a mode of celebration while dancing on the tunes of bands, doing Bhangra, singing patriotic songs, raising impromptu slogans, flying kites names after Anna, waving Indian flags, and some even distributing free sweets and chocolates among themselves.
“Anna has awakened the nation”, said 80-year-old Retd. Army Officer Shiv Kumar Sharma, who had come with his wife and friends to the India Gate.
“I don’t think that Lokpal alone will eradicate corruption from India. However, I do feel that Anna Hazare through his movement has woken up the nation... The whole country has stood up against corruption and I think this is the biggest achievement of this movement,” Mr. Sharma said.
Though, Lokpal is not the whole answer to the problem, it is a very good beginning, said R.S. Yadav, a Retd Colonel.