Demonstration in France in Support of Jansatyagrah 2012

On 25 February a dialogue session was held between Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra and Gandhi International at Madhuban by ‘Ekta Parishad’. During the session President of Ekta Parishad Shri P.V. Rajgopal said that the Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra became an occasion for starting dialogue with marginalized groups such as the ‘nomads’ in urban areas, ‘devdasis’ in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and single women. In reality many problems that are faced by these groups can be resolved through land distribution. This new segment of the marginalized faces critical problems of livelihood and a piece of land can go a long way in addressing this need. He said that corrupt governments are using the pretext of violence as a weapon of control by deploying large numbers of armed security forces as a counter to the growing ‘naxal’ problem. This rather than countering naxalism is further complicating the issue that is of injustice and denial of rights. The Government of India will have to respond to all the issues in point as raised by the multitudes during the course of the Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra. Coordinator of the Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra Shri Ramesh Sharma said that the groups that dream of social change through organised violence have reached a point of ideological lethargy and tiredness. Since the pathways of dialogue beyond ‘answering violence with violence’ have not been opened the possibility of solutions and peace seems unreachable. On the one hand policies and laws seem to support the entire corrupt edifice of the government and on the other hand the concept of decentralization is presented as a panacea in which the government seems to be giving people their rights. In reality the political decentralization is not possible in the face of centralized system of laws that control resources and policies. Despite all this the Jansatyagrah Samvad Yatra has been successful in bringing a large number of peoples movements together through an ongoing dialogue. The founder of Gandhi International Shri Luis Campana said that the main cause of the existing exploitative system is the neo-capitalist belief of globalization and it can only be challenged if peoples movements across the world unite and present a powerful collective force. In the meantime the average person is trying to find benefits in the existing system that is busy in providing immediate solutions to deeply entrenched problems. However systemic change will not become a reality unless ‘they’ listen to the voices of the ongoing people’s movements. He said that in the last twenty years through its efforts ‘Ekta Parishad’ has been able to raise consciousness of ongoing non-violent movements in the country. Post Global Economic Crisis the discussion on peace and self-reliance has gained new momentum. He expressed his belief that after the decisive Jansatyagrah movement awareness of the need for land and agriculture reforms will definitely increase. He said that in support of the Jansatyagrah movement a padyatra, by various organisations, has been planned from 21 September to 17 October 2012. Towards the end of the padyatra on 17 October 2017 a joint demonstration will be held in Paris, France. A special journey will be organised in France from 8-29 July 2012 to spread the message of Jansatyagrah, with the use of communication materials, among the people. Along with this from 21-25 September 2012 public meetings will be organised in 15 towns and cities of France. He concluded by saying that in Europe various social groups are coming together in support of Jansatyagrah 2012.

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