Aghast at the bribe episode, students to march to Parliament

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New Delhi, Aug 10 (UNI) Traumatised by the recent event of 'cash for vote' in the Lok Sabha, 500 senior students drawn from ten schools of Delhi NCR will march to Parliament tomorrow to hand over to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee their pledges to strengthen democracy.

The students from Class X and XII are participants in the ongoing programme of 'Taking Children To Gandhi.' They will congregate at Gandhi Smriti, Tees Janvari Marg - Balidan Sthal(Birla House) - where Gandhiji was assassinated, to take a Pledge to strengthen Parliamentary Democracy in India.

From Gandhi Smriti these students will then march 1.5 km to Parliament House in a silent procession with the National Flag and Portraits of Gandhiji, holding 144 replicas of the 144 columns of the Parliament House.

They will present the 500 pledges expressing their anguish at recent events in the Lok Sabha and issue an appeal to strengten democracy at all cost.

Taking Children to Gandhi (TCTG) Programme is a civil society initiative. Working Group on Alternative Strategies, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and India International Centre jointly launched the TCTG Programme on April 23, 2008.

On July 18 TCTG celebrated 90 Years of Nelson Mandela as Celebration of the Triumph of the Human Spirit.

Mr Suhas Borker, who heads Group on Alternative Startegies, said the children are committed to strengthening democracy and would want to be in the vanguard of the movement for change.

"To put it simply in Gandhi ji's words 'be the change you want to see in the world," Mr Borker said .

Mr Chatterjee will receive the students and accept the Pledges and the Appeals from them.

The Students will also present the Speaker the Talisman of Gandhi, in Hindi and English, to be prominently displayed in the House, so that Members remember what Gandhi ji had said: "Whenever you are in doubt recall the face of poorest and the weakest." "The students would never like to be repeated what happened recently in the House," Mr Borker said.

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