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Sadbhawana Yatra from Ayodhya to Wardha for national solidarity

Yugal Kishore Sharan Shashtri with the support of Nirman Foundation, encouraged by eminent personalities and social activists organised National Sadvawana Yatra from Ayodhya to Wardha (Sewagram) from 10 to 19 December to promote secularism and national solidarity among the masses.


Veteran journalist LS Heredinia (second from left) speaking during yatra programme at Nagpur on 18 Dec.
Veteran journalist LS Heredinia (second from left) speaking during yatra programme at Nagpur on 18 Dec.


The Yatra began with a hope to put an end to all kinds of divisive and disruptive practises in the society like religious intolerance, terrorism, communalism, casteism and untouchability in order to establish a pan-India society where there is love for all mankind and respect for one another without any discrimination. Sadbhawana Yatra started from Ayodhya which literally means a place where there is no war or violence. Members participating in this yatra resolved to spread the message far and wide in the country raising the motto: “Insaan ka Insaan se ho bhaichara yahi paigham ho hamara” (Our message: Let men be brother of men).

The solidarity caravan passed through different towns and cities in order to promote amity and brotherhood in the society and at the same time to make people aware of the divisive forces persistently trying to create rift between communities on religious grounds. Addressing social activists at Wardha the head priest of Saryu Kunj Yugal Kishore Shastri said that secularism is the basic foundation of our constitution and it becomes moral responsibility of each and every individual to respect what has been enshrined in our constitution as this is the only way to strengthen peace and to ensure development in our country. Zafarul-Islam Khan, Editor, The Milli Gazette, speaking on the occasion said the path chosen for development is unrealistic breeding rampant corruption and inequality and because of that communalism has cropped up in our country. It is the need of the hour that we must study the faith  and religions of one another. People must learn each other’s faith to ascertain truth in order to curb prejudices.


Yugal Kishor Shastri speaking during interaction with students at Wardha on 19 Dec.
Yugal Kishor Shastri speaking during interaction with students at Wardha on 19 Dec.


The yatra which started on Human Rights Day from Ayodhya passed through Sultanpur, Allahabad, Chitrakut, Satna, Katni, Jabalpur, Lakhnadog, Shivani, Nagpur and ended at Bapu Kuti in Sewagram. Ashgar Ali Engineer, President CSSS, Sandeep Pandey, President Asha Parivaar, Yugal Kishore Sharan Shastri, head priest of Saryu Kunj, Sheshnath Dubey, President Vishva Yuva Sadbhawana Parishad, Zafarul-Islam Khan, Editor, Milli Gazette, Medha Patekar, Mazhar Hussain of COVA, Irfan Ali Engineer and various NGOs jointly organised the yatra.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 5

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