The movement for Gairsain as the permanent capital of Uttarakhand has continued into its second month. However, the new month brings new dangers as a section of media and a set of mean-minded opportunistic political agents (I do not call them leaders, because they do not have the leadership qualities) are trying to make use of the struggle and sacrifices by the Mahila Manch activists.
Shri. Rajendra Dhasmana visited Gairsain on Nov. 6 and I also accompanied him. Smt. Kamla Farswan, 65-years-old activist was on her 17th day of fasting. Her health condition was not good, but it was not reflecting on her face. She was certainly in need of medical help, hence was taken to Gopeshwar hospital by the Admn. She is the 6th women to have been shifted from the hunger site. Mrs. Govindi Devi Pant, has completed 9 days of fasting. Noted journalist Shri. Harish Chandola decided to support the Manch and is sitting on a 3-day strike. Dr. Shamsher Singh Bisht will also join the hunger strike from Nov. 26. Hence, it may well hurt the sentiments of those who are trying to fizzle out the 2nd revolution for Uttarakhand.
Interestingly, there was a big rally called by the Uttarakhand Jan Sangarsh Morcha and Mahila Manch on Nov. 6. It was widely attended by almost all the political parties. There was sizable gathering of 70+, but due to different motives and ideologies of the parties, no conclusion was made after the meeting/rally. Hence, they have decided to hold a bigger rally in Dehradun on the 16th.
Even though the Govt. has not taken any initiatives or one can say ignored the month long movement, the leaders of Congress and other parties, passing through Gairsain on their trips of the PAHAD are calling on the agitators. The lastest among them was Mr. Prathivraj Chauhan, who spent 25 minutes with the activists before attending the official Sports function at Gairsain on Nov. 06, 2004.