The Samwad Yatra a year-long program starting on October 2nd 2011, is a national mobilization in India leading up to the Jan Satyagraha or March for Justice in October 2012.
Rajagopal and some twenty other Ekta Parishad workers will travel in a caravan of jeeps to 350 districts from the south to the north of India over the course of the next year traveling 80,000 kilometers (October 2011 to September 2012).
The goal of the Samwad Yatra and the Jan Satyagraha 2012 will be to increase access and ownership to land, improve livelihoods and contribute to sustainable development. It will champion the rights of the poor and strive to change land laws and policies for the benefit of agricultural laborers, peasants and small-scale farmers, and disenfranchised tribal people. Promoting rights to land, forest and water and building a non-violent economy will strengthen people’s control over vital resources, promote economic and social development locally and contribute to food security globally.
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, carrying the message of non-violence and land rights, learning from the experience of people along the way, and mobilizing support. This will be a chance for Ekta Parishad to interact with marginalized communities across the country, culminating in the Jan Satyagraha (March of Justice) in October 2012.
In the course of the Yatra, meetings will be arranged with decision-makers in the different localities. Discussions will be initiated on a range of land issues and non-violent responses to land concentration and urban-based development.
By joining the Samwad Yatra, through information-sharing, campaigning, donations or other acts of solidarity (www.ektaeurope.org ), you can make a difference. You can follow the route of the yatra through daily reports on the Ekta Parishad blog, Rajagopal's facebook, and the Ekta Parishad, Ekta Europe and Jan Satyagraha websites.
By working together wherever we are and in whatever ways we can, our combined forces and goodwill will contribute to a groundswell of relevant actions. In a world that is being torn apart by long-term inequality and growing economic and environmental crises, we are all in need of the alternative vision and practical solidarity symbolized by the Jan Satyagraha.