Jantar Mantar: India's protest street

The Indian Youth Congress demonstrates against the government at Delhi, India's Jantar Mantar protest siteAt one end of a backstreet in downtown Delhi a group of women hold a vigil to demand rapists be executed, while at the other acolytes of a spiritual leader arrested for sexual assault demand his release. Anyone seeking a glimpse of the bewildering range of issues animating voters in the world’s largest democracy should stroll past parliament and head a few hundreds yards north to Jantar Mantar. A stone’s throw from India’s corridors of power and fenced off with barricades, Jantar Mantar carries echoes of Speaker’s Corner in London or the Occupy movement’s takeover of McPherson Square in Washington.

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