Several hundred thousand people marched on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday (6 March) to demand the end of corruption and reform of the electoral and education systems.
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Background: Several hundred thousand people marched on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday (6 March) to demand the end of corruption and reform of the electoral and education systems.
The crowd -- estimated at well over 100,000 -- was led by the pacifist, elder statesmen, Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan.
Mr. Narayan, 72, a follower of the non-violent creed of Mahatma Gandhi, began an anti-government campaign in Bihar state a year ago and his movement has spread to other states, presenting a growing challenge to Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
He rode with the crowd, seated high in a jeep, during its three-hour procession from the old part of the city to Parliament.
Carefully respecting restrictions on meetings in the immediate vicinity of Parliament, Mr. Narayan, had his followers gather well outside the area, where he addressed them from a ten foot (three metre) high rostrum.
He described the demonstration -- one of the largest seen in the Indian capital in recent years -- as a turning point in the nation's history.
The rulers would now be compelled to listen to the voice of the people, he said, before going to present his charter of demands to the speakers of both Houses of Parliament.
About 20,000 policemen and para-military troops were on hand but the protest remained peaceful.