Land and Improved Living conditions should give the people their dignity back
What is the significance of Janadesh 2007
Janadesh will constitute the climax of a 10-year campaign run on both local and member state level. It will be a direct response to the unjust economic order in India today. Despite the continuous efforts of many organisations to achieve a dialogue at state and national government level, there has been little progress when it comes to the distribution of land to the landless. Unrestrained industrialisation means that more and more people are losing their livelihood, be it in the form of land, water or forest. The landless are forced to migrate to the cities in search of badly paid work. The Janadesh Campaign is aiming for support for farmers living on the breadline and the landless to ensure that subsistence farming can become a cornerstone of national development.
The goal is to mobilise a large number of people and organisations in a non-violent campaign, in keeping with the tradition of Gandhi, which will culminate in the large-scale activities to take place in 2007. One of the highlights of the programme will be the 300-kilometre foot march involving more than 20,000 people walking from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh to New Delhi. The march will start on 2 October, Gandhi’s birthday. After 20 days, a further 100,000 people are expected to join the protest in the capital. Should the march fail to gain the attention of the government, there are plans to hold a Satyagraha (sit-in) for an indefinite period in front of Parliament. This will go on for as long as it takes for the politicians to be willing to speak to the people.
Over the next two years, people all over India will compile a list of demands to be presented to the national government in Delhi. People all over India and, in fact, all over the world should be encouraged to join the protest and to add to the list of demands which will then be submitted to various national governments and the United Nations.
A wide range of activities - large and small - is planned all over the world. It is vital, however, to focus all this energy on one specific point. A critical mass is essential to break down the barriers blocking the way to equality and justice. The tradition of non-violent movements in India, the power of social movements and the large number of people who are suffering mean that the time and place are right for this campaign. Its success depends on the solidarity of people within India and all over the globe.