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Global Peace March Jai Jagat 2020

Join this March or spread the word and invite others. Mark your calendar to join the culminating event in Geneva, Switzerland on 2nd of October 2020. 

By Subhash Chandra, Nepal

Subhash Welcomes the Jai Jagat team on 12th February in Kathmandu, photo by Nani Ram, CSRC

A year long Global Peace March named Jai Jagat 2020, meaning Victory of the World, began the on 2nd of October 2019 from Gandhi memorial, Raj Ghat in India. It will cover about 11,000 kilometers through more than ten countries to Geneva, Switzerland.

Jai Jagat is a wake-up call to respond to the deepening economic, social and environmental crisis. The campaign is an urgent appeal for people to transform and achieve one planet one people. For more detail, read the charter or manifesto.

This global action aims to:
    1. Eradicate Poverty
    2. Eliminate Social Exclusion
    3. Ameliorate the Climate Crisis
    4. Halt Conflict and Violence

A few weeks ago, the march completed its first leg in India and marchers have moved out of India. View a video link of the first hundred days:

Kalpana Karki (A CCP facilitator and land rights activist in Nepal) joins the planning meeting at CSRC office, 13th February 2019, Photo by Subhash

Marchers meet Vice Chair of National Assembly of Nepal Honorable Sashikala Dahal in her office in Kathmandu on 16th February, photo by Vice Chair’s secretary

A Jai Jagat team of five members visited Nepal during 12-25 February 2020. The Community Self-Reliance Center, National Land Rights Forum, and Friends Peace Teams-AWP Nepal Coordinator Subhash hosted them in Nepal. The CSRC and NLRF leadership was visiting Pakistan at this time, also on behalf of the Jai Jagat March. So Subhash welcomed them at the airport, planned several gatherings and visits, and organized the team’s farewell at the bus park.

The visit concluded with a meeting with former President of Nepal Hon. Ram Baran Yadav, who is well known, and influenced by Gandhian thoughts. Hon. President offered his best wishes for the success of the March and invited peace activists in India and Nepal to work together to enhance cooperation for the betterment of their societies. Being critical to the destructive nature of ongoing development models, he also emphasized on peaceful co-existence of multiple belief systems and earth-friendly development.

National Land Rights Forum hosted and discussed with Jai Jagat team at their National Office in Thimura, Chitawan (where Nepal hostes its first CCP trainings) on 17 February 2020, photo by Santosh Singh

Ms Saraswati, standing (Chair of National Land Rights Forum- a collraborator of FPT AWP in nepal) took the marchers in district NLRF in Kaski, on 19th February 2020, Photo by Santosh Singh

The team participated in face-to-face dialogue with more than seven hundred people, including several key activists, institutions and organizations across Nepal. Among the notable visits were:

  1. Community Self Reliance Center
  2. National Land Rights Forum
  3. District Land Rights Forums in Kaski and Rawua districts
  4. Human Rights and Peace Society Kathmandu (one of the most respected Nepali human rights organisations, offering a token donation to Jai Jagat)
  5. Collective Campaign for Peace (an umbrella institution of 43 organizations in Nepal, working for peace, social justice and human rights) 
  6. Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuwan University
  7. Vice-chair office of the National Assembly of Nepal
  8. Mahila Ekta Samaj, Women Unity Society Nepal
  9. Journalists

Jai Jagat Nepal team also met with Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam, Inspector-General of Pakistan Police on 21 February, 2020. Photo by Jagat Deuja

Jai Jagat team visits District Land Rights Forum of Rasuwa district on 21st February 2020, photo by Sabnam Shah

Team of Nepali and Pakistani activists march in Karachi, on 21st February 2020, photo by Jagat Deuja

The Jai Jagat team and hosts in Nepal reflected the visit as tremendously successful to spread the message of peace and nonviolence, the Jai Jagat March’s objectives, and people’s shared concerns for peace and justice. The visit has also been strategic in establishing new relationships between more than dozen groups working for peace and human rights in Nepal.

A team of six Nepalese from CSRC and NLRF also went to Pakistan with the Jai Jagat message, because it is almost impossible for Indian citizens to travel and organize marches in Pakistan. This team reports that the visit to Pakistan was also meaningful and effective. There is a deep level of dissatisfaction among people about the huge military and border security expenses by the government. Violence against women is rampant. Pakistani people asked the Jai Jagat team to speak about the Kasmir situation in Geneva. The people definitely want and wish for peace.

Press meet in Bidur Municipality of Nuwakot district on 22nd February, photo by Sabnam Shah

Dialogue with Human Rights and Peace Society (a leading and respected human rights organization in Nepal which does not take any foreign donations) on 23th February 2019, Photo by Subhash

The Jai Jagat team will be preparing a report soon on their visit to Nepal. Their leader Mr. Santosh Singh asked Subhash for his opinion about what should be the primary recommendation of the report. The feedback was that we need a strong and active regional alliance in Asia, for which we already have South Asian Peace Alliance (SAPA) to work on and revitalize, and this visit has successfully set a strong base towards that. So, let us continue to build on that, strengthen old as well as new relationships, and explore ways for further cooperation between peace activists, groups and organizations in Asia.

This year-long march concludes on 2nd October 2020 in Geneva where there will be week-long dialogue events with ‘big’ international organizations like the UN, World Bank, WTO, Red Cross and so on. Hope is that five thousand activists will gather in Geneva from around the globe. Some activists from Nepal will definitely be joining.

Of course the the march has been interrupted by the global quarantine, and we will bring you more news once we know when they will resume.

Jai Jagat team meets with urban squatters in Kathmandu, organized by Women Unity Society, on 24th February 2020, photo by Sabnam Shah

A conversation with the Department of Conflict, Peace and Development, Tribhuwan University, on 25th February 2020, photo by Santosh Singh

Jai Jagat teams concluding meeting with the former President of Nepal Honorable Ram Baran Yadav at his residence on 25th February 2020, photo by JJ Santosh Singh

Sharing meeting with Collective Campaign for Peace (an umbrella organization of 43 organizations in the country working for peace, social justice and human rights), 25th February, photo by COCAP