Protests are a way of expressing our displeasure against something or someone. Legally every citizen has the right to protest. Violence in protest is always disapproved. Non violent ways of protest in whatever way is acceptable to all. But there are some new ways of protest that despite being non violent is completely weird.
Lakhs of litres of milk were wasted by the Shiv Sena some time back to protest against Centre’s decision to import large quantities of milk powder in Pune. This sort of massive wastage in a state where half of children under the age of three are underweight.
When the prices of tomatoes fell the farmers dumped tomatoes in a highway in Bangalore. All the vehicles passing through it then crushed it and made a ketch up out of it. This massive waste in a country where millions of people go hungry and die.
These sort of protest happen outside India too. A couple of years ago in Belgium farmers dumped three million litres of fresh milk in pastures and roads to protest low milk prices.
Many have disapproved such protest which result in massive wastage of materials. Such protests despite being non violent should not be encouraged at least in a country like India where there is massive food shortage. Some protests that has got the maximum support in the recent time are the Arab Uprising, Occupy Wallstreet and Anna Hazare’s protest against Lokpal Bill. But the Arab Uprising had a violent turn with the state of civil war in some countries. Numerous factors led to these protests like absolute monarchy, human rights violation, poverty, corruption, unemployment and many such factors. This also led to the removal of many Arab leaders. It was like a 21st century revolution in the Arab World.
Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption is an ongoing movement. It is made popular by Anna Hazare by his hunger fasts. The fast against hunger was first started by Gandhiji to protest against the Britishers. Hunger fasts are the most common non violent protests in India. Irom Sharmila in Manipur is fasting for almost 11 years now. Even though the movement has lost its steam now everyone is hopeful that a lokpal bill will be passed during the budget session thanks to Anna Hazare.
At some point in time some protests which catch the attention of all then becomes a mass movement. The Occupy Wallstreet which started in New York then became a world wide phenomena. What ever be the cause a peaceful protest which do not interfere or cause any inconvenience to others will get maximum support from all