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[liberationtech] Jantar Mantar Vs Tahrir Square

Douglas Finley dafinley at
Tue Apr 12 06:40:38 PDT 2011

You might wanna try and get some of those responses in private. And remove
that signature.

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 4:50 AM, prashant singh <pacificleo at>wrote:

> 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 .
> thanks
> --
> 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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