Azadi Bachao Andolan
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20th March 2001
"Mahatma Gandhi may have been forgotten but his 'swadeshi' spirit was resurrected as never before since Independence in this city on Thursday as thousands of school and college students, all dressed in uniform, shouted slogans against the multinational while forming a one-hour human-chain from Chaitham Lines upto the Shaitri Bridge and even beyond it on a call given by the Azadi Bachao Andolan, headed by Prof. Banwari Lal Sharma."
"And, if the scene in Varanasi is to be believed, the ABA was not far behind its target of raising awareness."
The Hindustan Times, Varanasi
"The human chain is a war against multinationals and their products being fought with Gandhian means."
Dainik Jagran, Allahabad
"How hard the ABA activists had worked could be well-imagined from the fact that the boys and girls from various educational institutions, in their uniform had taken position on the road, much ahead of the scheduled hour."
Amar Ujala, Jaunpur
"ABA has organised hundreds of programmes and actions against government's economic policies and globalisation in the past decade but this 300 kms-long human-chain linking Allahabad-Jaunpur with more than 3.5 lac youth and social activists on the 1st February 2001 has, beyond any doubt, established the resurgence of a nation against corporate colonialism."
Hindustan Times, Delhi