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[liberationtech] Jantar Mantar Vs Tahrir Square

prashant singh pacificleo at
Tue Apr 12 02:50:54 PDT 2011

Hi Friends

*First Off My apologies in advance if this email is off topic for the group
. *

 I am Prashant . A software guy  from India.  I am a silent member of this
group but i do read most of  the discussions over here . As most of you
already know that sometime back we had a series of protest against rampant
corruption in India . these protest and hunger strike were lead by  Mr.Anna
Hazzare .He was fasting at  Jantar Mantar ( a building near parliament ). I
do respect him for his courage , intent and conviction . but in spite of all
that i must say that we didn't really managed to have our "Tahrir Square"
moment. whole thing eventually fizzled out and many amongst us believe that
this won't bring any substantial change in the way things are done
. Establishment has succeed in gaming the whole dynamics and  trick us in to
believing that we have won. but I know thats not the case . Though I was not
involved in protest first hand  ( call me slacktivist ) but still  I am sad

I want to understand from you guys what were the structural variable which
were missing because of which Jantar Mantar coubn't turn in to a Tahrir
Square . how can someone ensure that unrest once started reaches a critical
mass and attain some tangible outcome . what I as a technology guy and my
friends in Independent Media ( bloggers . Twitter )   can contribute to
ensure that this doesen't happen again .

Prashant Singh
Product Manager, Spice Labs.
Blog :
"If someone's using a PC to demo the Next Big Thing... then it's not the
next big thing."~Russell Beattie
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