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Saving the median

Convenient contraption: DMK party flags set up on the medians of roads in Thanjavur. Photo: M. Moorthy.

Convenient contraption: DMK party flags set up on the medians of roads in Thanjavur. Photo: M. Moorthy.  

THANJAVUR: There are many ways to make a party's presence felt, especially when a conference is on in a city.

One common method is to put up banners, buntings, posters, flags and cutouts all over the town. While the organisers of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam conference now on in Thanjavur followed all these `rules,' there is one thing they had done differently.

Look at the medians in a few stretches that lead to the venue. You will find that some in the party had actually taken the time to think of an alternative to digging up parts of the concrete-divider.

The idea is simple. Use casuarina poles to create a structure that resembles the familiar barricade put by the police on roads. Nail the staff of the flags to the top portion. The `barricades' are then placed on top of the median. This way there will be more flags per square metre. Second and most importantly, the median suffers minimal damage.

R.K. Radhakrishnan

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