The Samwad Yatra is a national mobilization in India for the Jan Satyagraha 2012. (See route chart and other information on www.jansatyagraha.com.) Rajagopal along with a couple of dozen Ekta Parishad workers will travel in a caravan of jeeps to 300 districts over the course of the next one-year (October 2011 to September 2012).
The Samwad Yatra will start at the southern tip of India, namely Kanyakumari and move to all parts of the country arriving at the most northern point in Kashmir; and will bring the message of non-violence and land rights. This will be a chance for Ekta Parishad to interact with, and mobilize many marginalized communities across the country culminating in the Jan Satyagraha (March of Justice) on October 2012.
During the yatra, people in positions of power from the different localities will also be introduced to the land issues and non-violence as a way for them to act in advance of ameliorating increasing land concentration and rampant urban-based development.
The goal of the Samwad Yatra and the Jan Satyagraha 2012 will be to change the present land laws and policies to have them have a salutary effect on agricultural labourers, peasant landowners and small-scale farmers. By strengthening agriculture and local economic development, rural livelihoods will be strengthened, enabling people to have greater opportunity for their development.
By joining the Samwad Yatra then, either in person or through letter-writing campaigns, through donations or other acts of solidarity (www.ektaeurope.com ), you can make a difference. You can follow the route of the yatra through daily reporting on the Ekta Parishad blog, Rajagopal’s facebook, the Ekta Parishad, Ekta Europe and Jan Satyagraha websites.
With people coming together to contribute in different ways, there will be a groundswell of different actions. We welcome your action today.