Each member of the crowd at Ramlila Maidan,stood shoulder to shoulder,and wore a white topi. It was a mask of sorts,hiding all identities but one.
It didnt matter whether they were young or old,men or women,rich or poor. Some came from Shakur Basti,others from upscale Greater Kailash. But on Friday,the only thing that mattered was that they stood together as Aam Aadmi Party supporters.
They watched as Arvind Kejriwal and his band of ministers took oath,and promised them the world.
And that they too,had played a part in writing this chapter of history.
A group of people made their way up to the podium where Kejriwal took oath. Police officers came to shepherd them away,but they were mostly ignored. Why should I go? I am the aam aadmi too. This is my sarkar now, they said.
In August 2011,there had been similar scenes. White caps were aplenty even then,and like on Friday,several in the crowd waved the Indian tricolour. Before Kejriwal arrived,much of the music was similar,with Rang De Basanti Chola a reminder of the Jan Lokpal movement with Anna Hazare as the spearhead. But as the clock struck 12,the differences between then and now came to the fore.
If back then,Ramlila Maidan was filled with anger,this time supporters joy was palpable. When Arvind Kejriwal took oath,they hugged each other in jubilation.
While the rest of the council of ministers was sworn in,attention seemed to flag from the stage,and conversations were heard regarding the magnitude of the day. I cant believe this is happening. I voted for the AAP thinking this was a good start. I cannot believe that there were actually so many others like me,who were frustrated with the system, Rajeev Jain,a banker from Rajinder Nagar,said.
Another group spoke about hope. He has shown that anything can be done. That a common man can be Delhis youngest Chief Minister. He has given us hope. He will change it all, one of them said.