National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM) has planned a Samvidhan Samman Yatra – a nationwide tour to restore and protect the core values of our Constitution and democracy. The Yatra shall commence on 2nd October 2018 from Dandi, Gujarat the place where Gandhi led his famous salt march in 1930.
It will travel through various States in the country holding meetings, discussions, public events, supporting struggles, sharing grief of victims of the violence and hate and spreading message of plurality, love and peace and shall culminate in Jan Sansad in Delhi on 10th December, 2018, the International Human Rights Day.
Representatives of peoples’ movements, prominent activists, thinkers, academics, cultural activists, students and others will participate. Everybody who subscribes to the core values of the Yatra are welcome to participate either for the full period of the Yatra as well partially.
NAPM has taken up this Yatra with a message that people of any democracy are called upon to assert themselves once in a while. That assertion has to be more active than mere voting at elections. It has to ensure that the core values that we all cherish, those that the generations that fought for our freedom gave us through our Constitution are protected and nurtured to make the various pillars of democracy accountable to We The People.
Over the past 70 years, our democracy, based on our Constitution, has survived numerous elections as well as social, economic and political upheavals and has managed to sustain to this day, despite being besieged with numerous challenges. However, the last four years of political journey and churning in this country has in numerous and fundamental ways shaken the ethos and fabric.
NAPM felt that the need of the hour is to create understanding and tolerance in society, by peaceful, democratic and constitutional means. It is equally vital to aim for economic equity, social parity, environmental protection, sustainable development, establishment of people’s rights over access of resources and annihilation of caste and patriarchy.