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It was and always can be the reality. WE united for clean and fair elections, for an authentic electoral roll, and we were willing to link arms and ask for change for the better for our country. A just cause attracts and deserves the people’s support. And the general populace, entire families from the very young to the very elderly - turned out in sizeable numbers for this cause. Take the young man who weighed the differing reactions from his school-mates, made a conscious decision for himself and told his mother he would like to go.

Such involvement with needy communities, in urban as well as rural locations, is not merely technical but also educational and social in nature. It bridges social, cultural, language, knowledge, economic and religious gaps. In its own way, it levels the playing field. 9. Be there - This author has found over many long years that just to say, “I support what you all stand for and wish you every success” isn’t good enough. Solidarity with others in a common cause deemed worthy of support, especially when the author himself will be a direct beneficiary, must mean more than mere verbal sentiments.

It was also lost on some of the media which worked in tandem with the entrenched powers and routinely under-reported the attendance and, even more importantly, the positive and constructive aspects of the day. That the intention of the demonstration was peaceful, the turn-out (without compensation or lure of food, drink or cash) massive and the participation of the people voluntary were self- evident. This is an example of why supporters of a just cause must make the point of BEING THERE. A very Personal Involvement We rode the many stages of public transport, sat or stood beside strangers, made eye contact, rubbed shoulders, conversed, laughed, joked amid huge crowds of people in our rainbow heritage of humanity that cut across the ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, economic, material and even political divide.

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