Friday, March 10, 2006

The Banarasi Spirit Lives!

My Siddharth bhaiya pointed me to this news, and what a news item it is!

TOI [and others] are reporting about a candle light procession taken out by shopkeepers in Varanasi to protest against the bomb blasts. The article also talks about how the vigilance of a vendor saved people from the third bomb!

I must confess that my eyes welled with tears seeing people from all communities in the pictures above. I am so relieved to see the show of solidarity from all communities. This is a clear signal to all the disruptive forces that this attack is clearly a "terrorist" activity, and not a communal one.

I hope the students of ITBHU also organize a procession of this sort to show solidarity with the people of the great city of Varanasi.

This reminds me of:

"Kuch baat hai ki hasti mit-ti nahin hamaari
Sadiyon raha hai dushman, daure zamaan hamaara!"

Long live the spirit of the people.

a little overwhelmed with emotion,
Update: Arvind points me to this NDTV article about BHU students and secularism.


  1. yes, my emotions were pretty similar to yours on seeing these pics .. tears of happiness and pride .. for being an indian .. and a banarasi .. where ppl have this kind of spirit and solidarity .. no doubt it is the oldest living city in the world ! it deserves to be ...

  2. Anonymous11:01 PM

    IIRC, its "daure zamaan hamaara" towards the end of the couplet.