To Protest is an expression of objection.
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Middle French ( French protêt ),derivative of protester to protest < Latin prōtestārī to declare publicly, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + testārī to testify, derivative of testis a witness; (v.) late Middle English protesten < Middle French protester
I believe in our times it is as popular as some of the other verbs - to facebook, to hang out, to parrrrtaaayy! etc. I wonder why. May be there are far too many factors or many be it's a chain reaction. What I am trying to do, is ink down my thoughts with respect to the verb, to protest.
Have I ever protested? I am not sure. I tried being rebellious during school and college days. But I am not sure if it was the same. Perhaps on some level it was just that and on a better/ righteous level it wasn't. If it was an ego battle against elders around me or surroundings then it definitely wasn't. And the otherwise... honestly, I don't remember what was I thinking at that time.
When I see someone protesting, often I find myself looking for a bit of honesty or a bit of innocence or a bit of reason or a bit of truthful emotion. With a very few exceptions I have been disappointed to say the least. There was one moment:
Yes, the reason. I would like to define the verb a little differently: To Protest - expression of objection with a sound support of reason that drips down to the last protestor. I find this definition as the need of hour or need of our times, when protests/ agitations are available in the market at discounted prices! In fact, I want to go a step ahead and insist on this one. And I am doing that because of the history lessons: One of the reasons why Mensheviks never succeeded in Russia whilst Bolsheviks did was the depth of reason. Mensheviks had a good plan and had good ideas. But what they lacked was a large number of people who understood the reasons. Thus their protest could never grow into a fullfledged revolution [ although history books will call it Menshevik Revolution ]. Bolsheviks [ as the name suggests ] were in much larger numbers than their counterparts. There were far too many Russians who understood Lenin's ideas and understood why they were protesting against Tsar. It led them to their victory.
Indian society has a fresh memory of some standout protests. Some succeeded and some were absolute shambles. When someone protests, I wish to ask - why are you protesting & have you understood the reasons of this protest. There is a fine and yet clear line between these two questions. We all know which of these questions are asked & which are not. I need not to explicate.