Janadesh means ‘the people’s verdict” in hindi.
For 3 years (oct 2004 – oct 2007) Ekta Parishad organised a campaign to prompt the Indian government to take into consideration the problems concerning acces to land, the violation of human rights and the deterioration of the environment in India. Indeed, the growth of industry is such that not only is environment suffering but so too are the tribal populations and the Dalits who are being forced to relocate.
Therefore, this non violent popular movement, lead by Rajagopal (considered as Gandhi’s heir) who also leads Ekta Parishad in India decided to act on two levels; by supporting the oppressed and by pressuring national politicians.
In that spirit, on the second of October 2007, he organised a non-violent walk with 25 000 participants (70% of which were landless peasants from 11 different states). The march from Gwalior to Delhi lasted a month.
On 29th of June 2006, the human rights council approved the native people’s declaration. The fight for land ownership and the sovereignty over food is vital for India. According to Solidarite’s ongoing belief and work in international support, notably in India, we fully support this movement and are members of EKTA Europe.
Solidartie’s course of action:
Strasbourg, 13th of December 2006, Solidarite organised a meeting between Green party deputies of the European Union and Rajagopal, in order to pressure the Indian government.
According to Gerard Onesta, member of the Green Party and vice president of the European parliament: “ The fight for the sharing of land is an emblematic one. It brings dignity to the most impoverished, the Dalits, women and indigenous people”.
Rajagopal believes “ that in order to eradicate poverty in India, the European Union and India must come together to work on a agricultural reform “.
Jan Satyagraha 2012
Satyagraha stands for “the search for truth”. Gandhi considered this to be the defence of truth “Satyagraha thrives on repression till at last the repressor is tired and the object of Satyagraha is gained”
And “Passive resistance is a method of securing rights by personal suffering; it is the reverse of resistance by arms”
In October 2012, 100 000 marchers will take to the roads of India as they did in 2007, to claim access to water, land and forests. Each group of farmers will cross their state and meet in Delhi for a sitting.
In collaboration with Ekta Parishad