Vigil March 10, 2017 ...................... Sanjul Seth
[This article is written by Sanjul Seth who attends 7th grade at Melicam School, Northboro. Sanjul is a member of IYG (India Youth Group), a youth group of the India Society of Worcester. Sanjul attended the Vigil in Boston on March 10, 2017 and has written this article]
As people gathered at the steps of the State House in Boston on March 10, the night was cold. The sky spelled sadness with the dark blue. The cold air bit at people's ears as they stood, waiting. These people had come to mourn the tragic deaths of the Indians that were killed in the past few weeks because people think they don't belong here.
People kept piling in as the day grew older and a diverse mix of people had started to build up. Indians, Muslims, Chinese, Blacks, and Whites had all come to take a stand against the profiling that had occurred. I had talked to a few of the people there.
A lot of the people that I had talked to said that what was going around in the world was not right. One person from Southborough said that even though it might not affect her personally it affected millions of people and that is why she came. A Chinese couple had come because they felt that if different ethnicities united as one, It could show that other people could ‘“lean” on each other to help each other through these times.
The crowd had grew to its peak and electronic candles were passed around. The leader of the group, Sonali Lappin, announced that we would commence the vigil. She spoke a few words about the matter and then we sang the American National Anthem and few moments latter we recited the “Gayatri Mantra” and a shlok from the “Bhagavad Gita”. The sound echoed throughout the city as it bounced off of each building. During the moment of silence she said to hold up your candles to the sky if you were here to take a stand against the stereotypes. As the candles were put up, it formed a bright ball of light that lit up the dark blue sky. After the moment of silence, when people were leaving, you could tell that the vigil had opened the eyes of people wider. You could tell that the vigil had meant something to the people as they walked down the streets of the Boston