We need to become assertive of our rightsSome four years and odd years ago, the entire Tamil race of Chennai, irrespective of caste, or community or religion gathered at Marina Beach to protest against the Central Government's move to ban Jallikattu, a popular but somewhat dangerous sport that involves taming of wild bulls during the Pongal festival.
This simply flamed similar protests throughout Tamil Nadu. The then Chief Minister, Mr. OPS, had to stay put at New Delhi and get an urgent law enacted to facilitate the sport. In popular perception, this was the last known mass uprising of people. Unfortunately, the democratic protests of the farmers in New Delhi is not fetching the same response from the Modi Government. However, what we now learn from these mass protests is that the Govt of the day at least needs to come out of its shell and get to do something.
Mass protests against injustice for whatever reason are possibly the only way in which the common man can protest to get his or her grievances addressed on a massive scale.