Her fight against illegal sand mining back home in Kannur might be a lonely one, but Jazeera has found supporters among young people in the capital city where she is staging a dharna for the last one month.
On an overcast Sunday evening, a young crowd gathered near the Secretariat where she sits on the dharna to express solidarity her. It was a silent protest; there was no sloganeering and jostling with the police. The students urged the government to immediately intervene to find a lasting solution to the issues raised by Jazeera.
The young crowd, mostly college students and professionals, sang traditional folk songs carrying the message to save mother earth from destruction as part of their protest. Folk singer Jayachandran Kadampanad joined the group and sand ‘Inivarum thalamurakku ivide vasam sadhyamagumo’ stirring Jazeera to join the chorus with a zest that she could not hide. “Jazeera’s fight is ours. If we don’t stand up and express solidarity, individuals will not come forward to take up socially relevant issues,” said a participant, a painter.