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150 years on, a historical march to Delhi

May 8, 2007
The mercury hovers around the 40-degree mark, but the youngsters of Meerut are ready to brave the heat. They are ready to reconstruct a historical journey; to walk down a path created by brave men and women before them over a century ago. Their slogan: 'Chalo Delhi.'

"We are going to cover a distance of 80 kilometres in four days. Our freedom fighters did it in just one, and captured Delhi. Our pain in this heat is nothing compared to theirs," says B Sumanthi, from Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
Image: Straight from the past: A float on Meerut's streets

Text: Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Meerut
Photographs: Dominic Xavier

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