The annual Kanwar Yatra undertaken by Shiva devotees every year to bring back holy water from the Ganges in Haridwar, concluded with all its pomp in the capital Monday. The conspicuous addition this year, however, was the Tricolour swaying atop trucks ferrying kanwariyas back to Delhi.
Organisers of kanwar sewa camps in Delhi said this was the first time they had seen devotees carrying the flag. However, they said not too many kanwariyas were carrying the Tricolour.
Govindram Singla, who organises a camp at Dhaula Kuan every year, said, “This was the first time we saw kanwariyas carrying the Tricolour. It was something new. About 10 per cent of those who came to our camp were probably carrying it. Some said they carried the flag to express their patriotism. Many felt Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first PM who had awakened their love for the country.”
Sunil Goel, chief of the kanwar sangh at Mayapuri, said, “We too noticed that this was the first time kanwariyas were carrying the flag. Some even shouted ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.”
President of Mitra Mandal in Paschim Vihar Rajinder Garg, who has been setting up a kanwar sewa camp at Kashmere Gate for the last 21 years, said, “We saw kanwariyas carrying the flag. It was a new addition to this year’s yatra. The reason for this could be patriotism but I would not say it is because of their association with any political party.”
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