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In Solidarity with the Jai Jagat 2020 March
by Subhash Chandra
Marchers ready to move on near Sewagram Ashram in Wardha, India
Subhash Chandra from Nepal travelled to India from the 25th of January to the 1st of February to participate in the JaiJagat 2020 Yatra, a year-long foot march that started on the 2nd of October 2019 from Rajghat, India and will end on the 2nd of October 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland. Jai Jagat means ‘victory to the world’.
Jai Jagat is a wake-up call to respond to the deeping economic, social and environmental crisis. The campaign is an urgent appeal for people to transform and achieve one planet one people. Follow this link for more details.
Jai Jagat just completed 100 days. You may read this brief description by one of the march leaders.
This is where Mahatma Gandhi started his Nayi Taalim (constructive work) as part of his nonviolent movement. Sewagram Ashram, Wardha
The march and events on the go have been deeply powerful experiences for individuals, especially young people, institutions, communities and hopefully to politics in India. As the march continues through other countries towards Geneva, hopefully it will continue to create waves of hope, strength and cooperation for a better world.
Subhash participated in the march for two days in Wardha, India, the work and action place of Mahatma Gandhi and Binoba Bhave, attended international conferences on peace education, nonviolent economy and nonviolent governance. Visiting Gandhian centres around Wardha has been inspiring and life giving experience for Subhash and many other individuals. He has been in touch with and inspired by the march leader, members and the organisations since 2004. As an Executive Committee member of the War Resisters’ International (WRI), Subhash offered a solidarity letter from the WRI to the Jai Jagat 2020 march. There are more possibilities and hopes for continued support from the WRI for the march.
As a peace activist for the last 16 years, Subhash also shared his experiences from and out of Nepal towards Creating Cultures of Peace. Some of the marchers have shown interest in inviting Subhash to India for Creating Cultures of Peace workshops for youth.
Exploring self, nurturing long-time relationships, building new friendships and strengthening hope for a better world has been the highlights of his journey to India, a place of experiment with the truth by Mahatma Gandhi.
A marcher chanting a JaiJagat (victory of the world) song on 30th January during the march
Subhash with P V Rajagopal- the lead of the JaiJagat2020 march
A session on ‘Nonviolent Economy’ on 29th January among several events on the go during the march
There was an art exhibition on PEACE during the march on 28th January. This is one of paintings that asks a powerful question