The Samvidhan Samman Yatra travelled through the magnificent Konkan Coast and witnessed the large-scale ecological devastation in the name of so-called economic Development. It was clearly evident that how Madhav Gadgil has rightly alerted the Government long ago through his report on Western Ghats.
The pristine beauty of western ghats is being destroyed by widening of roads and railway tracks that has caused felling of thousands of old trees and cutting of hills to make the ground of urbanization. The forest cover of the districts along the western ghats like Karwar and Uttara Kannada have been significantly reduced yet the flawed model of development keeps destroying nature and communities living symbiotically in the region.
When the Yatra reached Bhatkal, organisations like Social Democratic Party of India, Welfare Party of India, JDS, Popular Front of India, Student Islamic Organisation and many others welcomed the Yatra on its 19th day. People joined the rally rejecting of anti-constitutional forces who are hell bent on subverting rights conferred to people of the country.
Sister Celia from Domestic Workers Union and NAPM graced the meeting with her presence. “Samvidhan Samman Yatra is mobilizing voices from all over the country and rejecting anti-constitutional, anti-people, communal forces”, said Himshi Singh from NAPM.
“Recently, the country is witnessing the garlanding of people accused of mob lynching and atrocities on dalits”, said Bhupendra Singh Rawat from Jan Sangharsh Vahini. He emphasized that the violence is being praised continuously by state machineries in various ways. Even institutions with constitutional powers are tried to be used for political benefits, be it CVC, CBI, Election Commission, or the Judiciary.