The streets of Jantar Mantar overflowed with the spirit of democracy and the unwavering faith in the Indian Constitution. More than 4,000 workers, farmers, men, women and ordinary folks from 20 states travelled and marched the streets of Delhi and camped for the day at Jantar Mantar committing to stand by each other, empower their movements and re-commit to the emotion of the Constitution. The event marking 70years of the International Human Rights Day was organised jointly by many movement groups, students’ organisations, rights groups, women’s organisations and others.
The event also marked the culmination of the Samvidhaan Samman Yatra which began on October 2ndin Dandi, Gujarat and travelled through 26 States and covered 25,000 Kms, held more than 500 programmes and met activists, farmers, workers, studnets, dalits, adivasis, victims of violence, project affected people, those engaged in constructive work and so on.
Over the course of 65 days close to one thousand people travelled with the yatra at different places and reached out to an approximate ten million people across the country. Samvidhaan Samman Yatra was organized by National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) in collaboration with its allied members and fraternal organisations.
Today’s “Jash-e-Samvidhaan” programme started with a march from New Delhi Railway Station joined by activists of Sangatin Mazdoor Sangathan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Shetkari Shetmajoor Panchayat (Maharashtra), Century Mill Workers Andolan, Humsafar and others who were joined at the Jantar Mantar by the members of All India Union of Forest Working People from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, One Billion Rising member and other civil society organisations and supporters.
Prashant Bhushan, prominent advocate said, “the Constitution of India gave us numerous fundamental rights, right to information, right to dissent and so many more including the right to a dignified existence.” Furthermore, he spoke about the violent repression being meted out to the country and its citizens, he stressed on the need for a free media.
The event outlined the demands of the citizens of the country, strengthening their struggles to fight the forces of fascism that have cornered democracy. Each speaker who took the stage, emboldened the crowd, their words of resistance fired up by the myriad struggles going on in the country.