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Thursday, August 18, 2011

ANTI-CORRUPTION MOVEMENT: Dabbawallas to strike on Friday!

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Staff Reporter, The Hindu / MUMBAI, August 18, 2011.

Dabbawallas take part in a demonstration to support Anna Hazare in his movement against corruption in Mumbai on August 5, 2011.
Dabbawallas take part in a demonstration to support Anna Hazare in his movement against corruption in Mumbai on August 5, 2011 - PTI.

The dabbawallas of Mumbai, known for their impeccable teamwork and time management, will be striking work on Friday to support the Jan Lokpal andolan, breaking a 120-year-old tradition of delivering tiffins without ever going on a strike.

“There are 5,000 dabbawallas catering to a clientele of 1.5 to 2 lakh. We will strike for a day and not deliver tiffins. If Anna Hazare can fast for the country, for its poor, for so many days, we can strike and show our support for him at least for a day. The rich are getting richer in this country and the poor poorer. We would be happy to contribute our bit to this andolan,” Raghunath Medge, director of the Mumbai Dabbawalla Sanghatana told The Hindu over telephone.

On Friday, they would be staging a rally from Mumbai's Churchgate station to the Azad Maidan, site of the Jan Lokpal andolan in Mumbai.


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