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Hinsa Roko Padyatra (Halt Violence March)
May 29th – June 8th, 2002
from Gwalior (MP) to Delhi
Having just finished a two-week Chambal padyatra to mobilize the farmers
against state and national policies, I have come to learn that the
situation in Gujarat continues to remain grave and serious. We can no
longer avoid action.
Some people have suggested that Ekta Parishad should respond to this
situation, as many other organizations have in recent days, and see how
to make combating communal violence a major agenda. We see the need to
create more public opinion throughout the country to pressurize the
central government to punish the perpetrators of violence.
Recently Ekta Parishad in collaboration with Partner’s Council of India
organized a meeting on “Approaches to Non-Violent Action” in Gwalior in
which the Gujarat situation was discussed. Fifty people from around the
country put together the Gwalior Declaration. It is in light of this
Gwalior declaration that it is time to act using Gandhian methods.
It has been decided therefore, that a Hinsa Roko Padyatra (Halt Violence
March) should be called, involving people from all parts of the country.
The padayatra symbolizes people’s demand for some political parties to
give up their intolerance and ideology of violence. Although it is one
of the most painfully hot periods of the year, people feel that their
response cannot wait especially in light of the human rights violations
in Gujarat. We are deeply concerned that the situation in India not
decline to a level as we had during the dark days of Emergency.
This Hinsa Roko Padyatra will begin in the last week of May from
Gwalior, and traverse to Delhi’s Gandhi Darshan. It is scheduled to
begin on Monday, the 29th of May and continue until Wednesday, the 8th
of June. It will cover about 300 kilometers through five states
including MP, Rajasthan, UP, Haryana and Delhi.
Let us join hands to make this Hinsa Roko Padyatra a success by putting
a halt to all kinds of violence.
We will look forward to meeting you in Gwalior on the 29th May morning.
Or you can join at any point along the way. The route chart will be
posted on http://www.ekta-parishad.org/
Posted by: "Anwer Sehjo" on Aman Ekta Manch : Action Updates-I , May 17 2002