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Can’t speak,his actions for Anna weigh more than words

He is among the thousands of youth present at Ramlila Maidan,yet there is something different about Satish Godbole.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
August 25, 2011 2:42:33 am

He is among the thousands of youth present at Ramlila Maidan,yet there is something different about Satish Godbole. If a media person approaches him,in contrast to others who dance and shout slogans before the cameras,Godbole moves away.

At one point,a reporter thrust his mike into Godbole’s face,asking for his views,but he shook his head frantically,indicating he didn’t want to talk to them. Twenty-four-year-old Godbole from Aurangabad in Maharashtra is mute.

Communication with him is through writing on a piece of paper. Godbole said he had supported Hazare on several previous occasions,including when the veteran activist had sat on a fast against amendments to the RTI law in Alandi in Maharashtrian in 2006.

“I have always been a Hazare supporter and fasted for 11 days with Anna in 2006. He is my role model,” Godbole scribbled on the paper.

The reason for such admiration is not difficult to understand. Godbole,who is a graduate in history and political science from Mumbai’s Jai Hind College says that he owes his education to Hazare.

“When I was a child,I was made to sit separately in a school. In Class VII,my father took me to a school in Ralegan Siddhi,where the teachers took special care of me. Everything there is done under Anna’s instructions. I even met him once,when I topped my class and he told me never to feel inferior and work hard. He said that if I did well,I would be remembered for overcoming the odds,” Godbole said.

Having just completed his graduation,Godbole is presently searching for a job. Fondly remembering his days in Ralegan Siddhi. Godbole wrote,“In Ralegan,nobody drinks or smokes and everybody is treated equally. People take pride in not being corrupt. Anna wants to bring that kind of change in the rest of the country,and I will follow him.”

While thrilled at the number of people present to show their support,Godbole is critical of some of the youngsters present at the Maidan.

“Some of the young people are just here to have fun. This is a serious issue,and needs dedication. This running around after television cameras and wearing fancy clothes takes away from the cause. Anna wants us to be well behaved. He would not like people riding on the streets dangerously. If we are here to support him,we should try and emulate him,”

Not on a fast this time because of a kidney problem,Godbole has come armed with bottles of water,food and clothes which will last him two weeks.

“I find it hard to get people’s attention when they are distributing food and water. It’s also a little embarrassing to wave frantically to get their attention. Anna has taught me to be self sufficient and,so,I have come prepared,” he wrote.

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