training on nonviolence
Lalitpur Training of Core Walkers: This was a two-and-half day training that was reviewing the four pillars of the Jai Jagat along with an exploration into Gandhi’s nonviolence. The methods used by the trainers were games, group work and art-based interactions. On the second day people recorded videos of presentations on the four pillars, the logic being that they would gradually work on perfecting them as they moved towards Geneva.
The training was conducted by two well-known Canadian “process” trainers: Debbie O’Rourke and David Fletcher. Their primary emphasis was on teambuilding bringing the EP workers into closer association with the international walkers and the Indian urban youth participants.
Vidisha Training of Core Marchers (November 19th to 21st): The training helped to form families of diverse groupings in order to blend different cultures and languages. This was a successful model of organizing, that later was used by the yatrees to organize its daily activities.
The Vidisha training built on the Lalitpur in these sense that it used different nonviolent communication methods to strengthen the group and build emergent leadership. One of the highlights of the training was how it focused on participants opening to other perspectives; Rajagopal’s presentation on poverty and land rights, and building social movements was critical for people to assist them in reflecting back on the six weeks of interactions in the march. Also the participants from the International Land Coalition, who arrived shortly prior to the Vidisha training, got an exposure to nonviolence in organizing marginalized communities on land.
Youth Training for Human Rights Promotion: MJVS, Katni
A three day training on human rights and Forest Rights act was organized at MJVS, Katni Madhya Pradesh. Twenty-eight participants from 10 different regions participated in this training program. The training emphasized the importance of understanding various Acts related to human rights and forest rights while work on the issues of land water and forest for the marginalized communities. The trainers used various participatory methods such as petition writing, filling application on FRA, etc. during this training program. This training has given a great opportunity to many of the EktaParishad’s activists to improve their understanding on their rights and build confidence for their struggle on the issues of in which they are struggling for long years such as ‘jal, jungle, jameen’ (Water, Forest, Land) . The training motivated all the participants to learn further more about on FRA and to submit applications not only forindividual rights but also community forest rights.
Rural Youth leadership training for Tamilnadu at Mahatma Gandhi Ashram, Pollachi, Tamilnadu
This training was built around Gandhi’s philosophy of swaraj (self-reliance) and Sarvodaya (well-being for all). The young people spent three days living in an ashram environment that introduced them to community living involving a work program in the morning, followed by yoga. In the evening, there was community games and interreligious prayer. On the last day there was a field visit to an organic farm (part of the ashram) a way to deepen their understanding and conserve their indigenous food production in distinction to industrial agriculture.
The aim of the training was assist indigenous and other youth to become local leaders and to learn about the laws and policies impacting on their various communities and to find strategies to mitigate poverty and violence. People from Kerala and tamilnadu participated in this intercultural meeting.
Youth for peace and cultural promotion
In promotion to intercultural exchange among youth in the cities and rural back grounds a three days training program was organized at CESCI Madurai by inviting a group of 44 participants from different colleges from the cities and villages. By using theatre and videos screening the trainers made it as a very interesting training program. The role plays which they practiced in the training brought every one much closer and helped them to understand how to make use of such games while they interact with more groups in their colleges and villages. The program also focused on understanding peace and nonviolence and it’s practice in the daily life. Each participants were also requested to focus on the objectives of CESCI in promotion to a Gandhian model of development. They were also instructed to work with different youth groups for such cultural exchange for integrating the communities from the clutches of caste, creed and other evil divisions prevailing in the society
Youth training for Jai Jagat preparation
This was a training organized by the Jaijagat committee for completing the selection process of JaiJagat foot marchers and to make them to understand the importance of JaiJgat action in the context of SDG of United Nation as well Gandhi 150 years programs. There were 50 participants attended this program and had a very meaningful discussion on the view of the present development paradigm from a Gandhian perspective of “bottom-up” development and creating space for grassroots people to manage their own development. The group also discussed the route plan of the foot march from Rajghat to Geneva and there were a separate presentation on the Indian part of the march from Rajghat to Wagha border from the 2nd October to the 30th November and the possibilities of getting help from different association on the padayatra route. This was also an opportunity for the committee to meet the foot marchers and to get know more about the capacities and weakness of the each foot marchers. During this training program a short video is recorded by a professional team and this will be used for the promotion of JaiJagat action in different parts of the world. This training played a major role in the selection process of JayJagatparticipants.
Connecting Urban Youth with Rural youth through Go RuRban camp
The seventh Go RURBAN camp was organised in Gujarat between 20th to 22nd June 2019, in collaboration with MARAG (Maldhari Rural Action Group). The camp focused on connecting participants with the nomadic pastoral Maldhari community as well as celebrating the 150th birthday of Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi. KhushbuChourasiya Coordinator JaiJgat, introduced the group about the idea of Jai Jagat2020 and honoured all the participants and the volunteers of seva café by giving Jaijagat badges. Mr.Mohsin explained the origins of Go RURBAN and its importance of bringing people together from different back grounds through such youth camps. The group performed shramdaan for cleaning the Marag campus in the their daily schedule and had various sessions on social justice and peace. The team also learned the power of community life Maldhari and came up with an idea of depicting the maldhari man and woman as superhero and superwoman because of the key role they play in resolving conflicts within communities, in fertilising farmlands, maintaining their cattle; and in empowering women. Other groups worked on decorating the office walls, refurbishing pots in the campus, decorating the gate, and repainting a traditional gaada (cart) placed outside. The whole process of camp was based on the journey of EktaParishad and Rajaji’s struggles for bringing peace and equitable distribution of land to the marginalized communities. The camp concluded with the visit to Sabarmati Aashram, where they met Mr.AtulPandya, the director of Sabarmati Aashram, and learned from him the historicalimportance of the place. The participants also shared about Jai Jagat 2020. This camp also included the meeting with JayeshBhai, director of SafaiVidyalay,Ahmedabad.
Training For Jai Jagat Preparation
This was the first training program where the shortlisted marchers came together at a single platform. As such the training was oriented towards planning the yatra, and also for introducing the yatris to the values and pillars of the Jai Jagat march.
The training program was organized at Mahatma Gandhi Sevagram Ashram, Jaura in Morena, Madhya Pradesh. A total of 60 shortlisted participants, youth fellows and other activists attended the training that also saw a huge local support and participation. Many prominent members and Gandhians also attended the meet and spoke on various topics that highlighted the deepening economic, social and environmental crisis and increasing violence to relate to the mission of the Yatra, as also to educate the participants on a larger perspective on human evolution.
The padyatris along with special guests were invited to make presentation on different topics. Roles and responsibilities of each walker was discussed and finalized with clear details. Several suggestions came from the participants that were included for implementation during the yatra. It was suggested that the padyatris would practice Yoga as a self-disciplining activity and got included in the daily schedule of the foot-marchers. Reading literature on peace, nonviolence, Gandhi and spirituality were other areas identified to help develop the capacity of the core walkers in peace and nonviolence.
Mr. S.C. Behar spoke on how violence underlies the current structure of our war based mass culture economy. He highlighted the role of the arms and ammunition industry in shaping the world as it is since the world wars of the first half of the 19th century with the race for nuclearization of arms taking place in the cold war that followed. Dr. Rann singh Parmar, founder member of Ekta Parishad, made a detailed presentation on the topic of exclusion and discrimination, one of the central pillars of the Jai Jagat 2020 movement. The presentations highlighted the way inequality is structured in our socio-cultural and economic practices and how these inequalities get reinforced and perpetuated through a systematic exclusion of the villagers, the Adivasi communities and the landless in creating a modernist narrative of the country’s development.
Jill Carr-Harris addressed the group familiarizing them about the countries the ‘yatra’ would be traveling through. She spoke of what the padyatris can expect in those nine countries both geographically and culturally. She also spoke on the political scenarios and their respective experience of violence in some of these countries.
Mr. Bharat Dogra and Mr. Rakesh Dewan facilitated the discussion on climate change and nuclear armament. Rajagopal, P.V. who is leading this movement with his 50 years of experience in building nonviolent movement for the rights to Water, Forest and land from a Gandhian perspective explained on understanding the importance of the Geneva Action. Another expert group made a presentation about understanding poverty in the context of the Jai Jagat movement. The intrinsic relation of poverty with landlessness and how it is linked with all other pillars of the Jai Jagat mission was also highlighted.
Ms. Radha Bhat and Ms. Anuradha Shankar made presentations on understanding nonviolence in a global context and how the Jai Jagat marchers have to prepare to face the challenges while going for a one year long global walk. Ms Shankar also spoke on Kasturba Gandhi and her role in the shaping of the Mahatma.
Mrs Megha Sriram Dalton, a famous composer and singer, expressed her solidarity for Jai Jagat 2020 by participating in the Jaura training. She said only nonviolence and Gandhian Ideology has the true potential to change the world and bring lasting peace.
Apart from main topics, the group discussed various fundraising possibilities and how each one of the walkers would need to think of how they can help explore and raise resources to support the Jai Jagat yatra through institutional and individual capacities. The group also discussed possible parallel actions within different parts of India in support of the Jai Jagat movement. Plans on coordinating with different states of the country were also discussed and suggestions with respect to publicity, detailed action plan for Delhi to Wardha, plan for Key events and trainings during the Indian leg of the Yatra, and back up plans were also discussed.
Youth Training in Jaura – 10-12 October, 2019
The first training program while on the move focussed on nonviolence. It was held six days after the padyatris started from Rajghat when they reached the Mahatma Gandhi Sevagram Ashram in Jaura, Morena in Madhya Pradesh. A total of 260 people attended the training between the 10th to the 12th of October. Many dignitaries, including activists, politicians and Gandhians were present on the 11th October to share their experience and knowledge with the training group.
The training was oriented towards the use of different nonviolent communication strategies to counter the politics of violence engendered in the mainstream narratives of mass communication. The group creatively worked towards applying art, music, drama, social media and networking, literature, journalism, and education in developing a nonviolent and positive action oriented strategies of communication during the training. The participants listed several ideas towards this aim and identified people from the team to take respective responsibilities. A central tenet of the one year long walk is to provide mobile training to the youth who are seen as agents of change that will positively influence socio-economic structures at local levels to bring about a world based on justice and peace.
It was identified that it is those at the bottom of the socio-economic hierarchy that are the key to the Jai Jagat campaign - people from indigenous communities, socially discriminated groups; marginal farmers and landless communities; refugees and those in war zones; the ecologically displaced and historically marginalized people - for they are the last ones, the ones left out in the flawed top-down development agenda that the Jai Jagat movement aims to speak for.
Jaura is very important in the history of Ekta Parishad. Rajagopal P.V. who leads this movement began his work in nonviolence with the dreaded dacoits of this region, also known as the Chambal ghati, infamous for its 200 year long tradition of violence. He got his first success in his experiments with nonviolence in the Gandhian framework of Ahimsa when in 1976, after years of dialogues and persuasion, the dacoits finally surrendered their weapons and agreed to serve their terms and lead a nonviolent life thereafter. Some of these dacoits still living today were welcomed on stage during the training program and were felicitated for being brave and exemplary figures of the transformation to nonviolence as a way of life.
The team also worked on how to share responsibilities and take ownership according to individual capacities. Each member of the Yatra was encouraged to find space in different groups to shoulder various responsibilities such as program coordination, food management, time keeping, donation collection, social media coordination and record-keeping. A nonviolent approach that was based on cooperation and discouraged competition was encouraged.
In further discussions it was pointed out that in order to practice Swaraj (Self Rule), one must first internalize Swaraj. Later presentations analysed the concepts of development and its flawed top-down model, education and how it can be made more livelihood friendly in addition to how nonviolence can be included in course curriculum to help inculcate the values of peace and justice. Thoughtless industrialization in a competitive set-up was next up for a critique where the question as to who benefits from the use of machines was taken up. The concept of Satyagrah (The true path/fighting with peace) was also discussed in detail.
After three days of intensive training schedule, the Jai Jagat team proceeded to move from Jaura on the morning of 12th October. Almost all the participants who attended the training joined the yatra inspired by the vision of nonviolence and peace. The group was warmly welcomed by the people of Jaura as they brought gifts, provided food and contributed financially.
Ashok Nagar Youth Training 28-30 Oct, 2019
The Ashok Nagar training program was designed to further the understanding of the four pillars and practice of nonviolence while on the move. This structured training program was based around activities, interactions and panel discussions on the four pillars of the Jai Jagat movement.
The program was held at Ashoknagar in Madhya Pradesh between 28th to the 30th October. , the program saw 260 people, local, international and mostly young people participate in the training including the 50 core marchers.
Referred as “a training program on the road” because of the emerging notion of the Yatra being a mobile training unit and for the continuous inflow and outflow of fellow walkers who join the Yatra for short periods of time, this structured training program intended to help the padyatris learn through informal learning.
The panel discussions were facilitated to help the attendees learn the application of nonviolence and develop a deeper understanding of the four pillars; (i) eradication of poverty; (ii) ending exclusion and discrimination; (iii) Ending conflict and violence, and (iv) environment.
Different perspectives emerged during the course of the program also dubbed as the ‘new generation training program’ which focussed on establishing a collective spirit among the core group of peace walkers while getting them used to the idea of mobile training while on the road. This was to be achieved through discourses and practical exposure to the issues of the people in villages and tribal communities. The group had been participating in these peace building exercises by interacting with people in the villages they were travelling through.
Nonviolence was seen as a way of life while the walkers spoke of the road as their classroom. Each Step is an engagement in the continuous struggle of overcoming our inner violence. For Gandhi, Satyagraha (translated as “truth force”) was to find an inner power to overcome obstacles and bring about external change. His mantra of nonviolence and subsuming the self to the interest of the collective good are the cornerstones of the Jai Jagat movement. Gandhi’s idea of Sarvodaya (“welfare for all”) envisaged encouraging people to overcome the great challenges in their lives through collective action.
The padyatris also shared their experiences so far in the journey. Intercultural differences, linguistic barriers and inter-generational gaps were issues that emerged in this session. A universal acknowledgement was the inner transformation that the yatris could observe in themselves. They spoke about how they were consciously attempting to check their conditioned minds as they interacted with the village people and got exposed to living on the move with each day a new place and each night a new bed, living impermanence as the essence of a padyatri’s life.
Accepting and adjusting to cultural differences was a major challenge, said Veronique from France. She went on to share how she was trying to adjust to these differences while traveling as a Jai Jagat core padyatri. For Dominque, a senior padyatri from France, language was the barrier as he didn’t know English but his colleagues from France who knew English were helping him cut across this barrier. For jay Singh, a senior Ekta activist, accepting the new generation lifestyles had been a challenge while for Dharamdas perceiving himself as an equal amongst the “educated” required constant growth. For Riya, a young fellow padyatri, seeing piles of garbage was emotionally taxing as was seeing plastic for Denis from Switzerland and Vincent from France.
The session showcased the willingness of the padyatri to adjust and submit to the collective good of a group. A commitment to personal change, nonviolent social action, global citizenship, justice, human rights, democracy, and protecting earth’s life sustaining systems to lead a nonviolent were values observed as developing in the life of each padyatri. Strong commitment to these values will help the individuals confront the challenges of a one year long padyatri across different linguistic and cultural landscapes.
There were panel discussions, interactive discussion and group interactions where the speakers expressed concern on the gravity of a worsening and regressive socio-economic and political situation across the world. The Jai Jagat movement is looking for global justice, economic reforms and equality and was seen by the speakers in the discussion as a timely and necessary call to address the increasing violence worldwide and arrest a regressive trend in democracies across the world. Most Nations need to acknowledge their interdependence and promote all of this in a nonviolent and peaceful manner.
After many years of its work among downtrodden communities Ekta Parishad has successfully proven the viability and indeed the necessity of a nonviolent strategy to address structural issues of poverty and of peace building that results in a more sustainable living. The learning from Ekta Parishad members helped the group understand how various nonviolent movements it had lead had been so successful. Their presentations proved how nonviolence continues to be a workable strategy in facing contemporary conflicts, especially in the case of raising the voice of the landless poor.
Focusing on youth the trainings on nonviolent concepts and practices were promoted, to prepare the next generation for a peaceful coexistence with themselves, others and with the planet Earth.
The Training of marchers and youth
The training program at Vidisha focussed on learning and applying nonviolent communication in the padyatris’ daily lives. Understanding cultural differences and practicing peace building were other important aspects of the program along with providing space for group dynamism and emerging leaderships. The training was oriented to help the group prepare for the challenges of living as peace walkers interacting with diverse cultural groups over one year. A total of 550 people, mostly students, signed up as participants in the program in addition to the 50 core Jai Jagat foot-marchers.
The group interacted with thousands of local students during its three days long stay. Rajagopal P.V.’s discourse on 'how to build a non-violent social movement’ gave these interactions a theoretical framework. The talks were illuminating for the group and others who are interested in finding peaceful solutions against injustice.
Other important activities saw the establishment of a nonviolence studies center and planting of seeds of various trees on the last day of the training that were symbolic of building nonviolent solutions in the intellectual and material realms both.
Among the chief guests were Mr. Kushwendra Singh, the collector of Vidisha, Mr. S.C Behar, former Chief Secretary to Govt. of MP and Mrs. Anuradha Shankar, IPS officer, Madhya Pradesh.
Interaction with School Children The Vidisha program began with an intercultural interactions with nearly 6000 students of the St Mary primary and high school, which had hosted the group, in the morning where they presented an introduction of the team and spoke on nonviolence. They also introduced the four pillars of poverty, exclusion, violence and climate change and encouraged the students to work on a project that could address one of the pillars. The group eventually interacted with some 22,000 students across 18 schools over the course of the three days.
In the sessions with the students several important issues were addressed where the students were encouraged to reflect on those issues with a solution based approach. In the evening the group interacted with the students of Samrat Ashok Technological Institute. This method of learning through dialogues is practicing the nonviolence communication and is also the way to inculcate nonviolence as a value system in the young minds.
Building capacity of the people who go to a school…
Interaction and learning with the International Land Coalition Fellows
The padyatris also welcomed the International Land Coalition research fellows who had joined them just prior to the Vidisha program. The meeting was designed to facilitate an exchange of learnings on land issues, the lack of rights to which was recognized as the major factor of poverty. The ILC team consisted of 12 representatives from Asia, Latin America, Central America and Africa. This provided a rich global exposure to the issue of landlessness in these different socio-political contexts. The team will be staying with the core group over the period of next three weeks.
How to Build a Social Movement
Rajagopal P.V. spoke on the relationship between poverty and landlessness and how to build a social movement in the evening discourse session on the 20th and 21st, respectively. A veteran of organizing highly successful rights based nonviolent social movements on the issues of water, land and forest, he identified four stages of a social movement based on rights and justice where establishing adept leadership is the first stage. This is followed by organization, struggle and finally solutions through dialogue between the parties in conflict. However, the most important component that kept them together was unity and an absolute commitment to nonviolence.
In a dialogue with people representing the villages the group had traversed through, Rajagopal taught the practical art of nonviolent communication. After listening to their grievances, he encouraged the group to adopt a solutions approach as he helped them brainstorm ideas and strategies to overcome their issues. Using this methodology he showed the group how nonviolence provides the best strategy in organizing marginalized communities for their rights on water, land and forest.
'Centre for Excellence on Non-violence and Peace in Higher Education’
The most significant gain from the program in Vidisha was the inauguration of the 'Centre for Excellence on Non-violence and Peace in Higher Education’ on 22nd November evening. Dr J.S. Chauhan, director of SATI, announced the establishment of this Centre convinced by Rajagopal’s call for introducing nonviolence in technical sciences. He said that ‘nonviolence’ is 100 percent science. The Centre would facilitate training and research on how nonviolence can be adopted in engineering and other technical sciences. The idea is to bring back traditional knowledge systems that are in harmony with nature.
Tree planting in the Peace Park, SATI Campus
The Jai Jagat group was invited to plant a tree each in a dedicated part of the SATI campus on 22nd November evening as a symbolic initiative to address environmental issue as well as to leave a living memory behind. This was an act of peace that was in harmony with earth. The trees planted were of different types symbolizing the ecological diversity of the planet. The name of the padyatris would remain displayed with the trees as a reminder of their historic passage through Vidisha. They were also asked by Dr Chauhan to revisit this ancient Buddhist town at least once again to see their planted trees in the peace park.
People’s Conference and Youth Conclave, Bhopal – 28th Nov. to 2nd Dec
The training program in Bhopal was centred on discussions and interactions on nonviolence and an exposition on each of the four pillars of Jai Jagat by specialist teams of activists. 360 young people including the 50 core group of marchers marked their presence in the eventful program that also featured an organic products fair. The four day long program provided the space for interaction between young people and the Jai Jagat team of core walkers in understanding the four pillars and the values and mission of the Jai Jagat campaign.
The youth conference focussed on the four pillars of Jai Jagat, namely, the eradication of poverty, eliminating social exclusion, acting on climate crisis and halting conflict and violence. The youth conclave was a platform for a more intense discussion on nonviolence from a Gandhian perspective of Ahimsa, understanding the Jai Jagat movement, and the role of the youth in the present world.
The Youth Conference
The youth conference was held during 30th Nov. to 2nd December. Representatives from several organizations working on environment, social and economic development along with organizations working with the youth participated in the program. Some of the prominent speakers included Dr J.S. Chauhan, director of SATI, Vidisha; Ashraf Patel, co-founder, Pravah; Kumud Singh, founder, Saroker; Faisal khan, activist from Khudai Khidmatgar; Dr V. Gupta, co-founder, Inventi & Sehatvan; Poonam Shroti, founder, Uddip Welfare society; Amitabh Soni, founder, Abhedya, Gaurav Jaiswal, Founder, Agrini; and members of the jai Jagat core walkers were the speakers and participants at this event.
Mr. Tarun Pithode the District collector and Mr. Irshad Wali, DIG, Bhopal also addressed the youth at the conference. They supported the ideas and objectives of the "Jai Jagat 2020" Yatra. Kavish Seth, founder of Zubaan, a youth initiative, entertained the audience with his songs that featured a unique instrument he called ‘Noorie’. Ms Megha Dalton, the famous singer-composer, dedicated her performance in tribute to the Jai Jagat padyatris.
The highlight of the speeches with the young people was the interactive talks with the eminent Gandhian, Rajagopal P.V. who is leading this yatra and his spouse, Jill Carr-Harris. Rajagopal critiqued the current model of development and emphasized the need to look at creating alternative models of development that are more sustainable and that do not create social injustice. He addressed the structural reasons that perpetuate poverty and inequality and concluded, “There are national and international policies behind issues like poverty, violence, climate crisis and social exclusion in the country. We have to strive for change at all levels in education, governance, government and society”.
Jill Carr-Harris, the international coordinator of Jai Jagat, said that climate change, poverty, exclusionary practices and violence are interlinked and cannot be discussed in isolation. To end violence and to bring justice to all, poverty has to be ended; land will have to be given to the landless marginalized poor. Speaking on the concept of ‘Swaraj’ (Self Rule), she explained how individual autonomy is central to all these pillars and how Swaraj can lead to peace and non-violence. Other speakers at the conference also critiqued the current paradigm of a top-down models of development and how it was adversely impacting society and the environment, increasing poverty, displacement and encouraging exclusionary practices and producing a metanarrative of modernity rooted in conflict and violence. The speakers reiterated that strengthening the local economy with a bottom-up approach rooted in nonviolence is the way to a sustainable environment friendly development model.
The Youth Conclave
The youth conclave aimed to build a coherent understanding of the principles of nonviolence by bringing youth from different parts of the world, with diverse backgrounds, different areas of expertise under one roof to engage in interactions around Jai Jagat pillars of change. It was
organized by Ekta Parishad and the members of ANSH happiness society. The event began on 30th November with a focus on how to use nonviolence to address local and global injustices and to establish lasting peace. The event featured panel discussions, lectures and presentations, exhibition stalls and cultural events during the two days.
The event began with a session by Jill carr-Harris who explained the interconnectedness of the pillars of change. In a session with the young people, the padyatris addressed the young audience speaking on what made them join the yatra in the first place and of their experience as padyatris so far. In another session, Mr. Vaibhav Dewal (Moderator), Gourav Jaiswal (speaker), Amit Soni, Mohammed Sabir and Claire presented their views regarding eradication of poverty all around the world. In another session, a serious discussion on eliminating social exclusion was conducted where Pradeep Ghosh (moderator), Rama Naga, Kavish Seth, Poonam Shroti, Nikhil Dave took stage which was followed by a session "Acting on climate crisis" with a panel consisting of Madhur Anand, co-founder of Sehatvan, Prerna Prasad, founder of Ecoplore and Manish Mishra, a journalist at Down to earth. Marry Adams from Extinction Rebellion, London also shared a perspectives on the need for social movements from a nonviolence framework and building a worldwide momentum towards addressing the environmental crisis.
The youth conclave saw many dignitaries and political leaders take the stage to show their solidarity with the jai Jagat cause. Kamal Nath, chief minister, M.P. said "I heartily welcome all the marchers and especially people who have come from various parts of the world that shows deep commitment and solidarity to the cause of peace. I congratulate Rajagopal P.V. not only for organizing this global peace march but for reaching out to the young generation. You are not only doing a great favor to the country but to the entire world community”. Ending his speech with congratulations to the Jai Jagat team, he said, “We are not only grateful to you but we are proud of you for doing this march."
Youth Training in Timarini, M.P. – 13 Dec, 2019
The training program in Timarini, a one day event, held on the 13th of December was organized around an interactive session with jai Jagat team and the young attendees on nonviolence and learning on the core values. The event saw overwhelming participation as 320 young people registered for the training.
The event was organized by Social Health and Education Development Organization (SHEDO), an NGO that works in the Timarini block of Harda district, Madhya Pradesh. SHEDO are working with Youth for their development through influencing transformation in the self to bring about social changes that could build a better future for the well-being of all. It is this commitment to change that inspired their interest in the Jai Jagat movement. They wanted to learn how to bring this change through the Gandhian message of Ahimsa shows their commitment to bring about profound and truly transformative change in and around them. Completely led by the youth, the event managed to create a vibrant democratic space, decorated by sustainable material and art work by the organizers. The program was anchored by youth of the organisations and the event layout was designed in a way to touch upon various aspect of the Yatra.
The event began with a performance by 'Folk Studio', a musical band that sings traditional Bhujaria songs with its message of peace. It was followed by a Kathak performance, a classical dance form originating from Kerala, presented by a young girl from the Timarini city. Members of the Jai Jagat team spoke of the vision and objectives of Jai Jagat Yatra and shared their own experience of being on the road for last 73 days.
The main theoretical understanding of the principles of the Jai Jagat movement were introduced in an interactive session with Rajagopal P.V. the eminent Gandhian under whose leadership this movement has been organized, and Jill Carr-Harris, the international coordinator of the journey. Rajagopal P.V. addressed the youth delineating the history of violence that unfolded in the wake of the Second World War followed by the arms race of a bipolar world during the cold war. He drew the young minds towards the violence rooted in the socio-political and economic world we live in and how every small step we take, potentially can be a point of departure from this violent standpoint.
Jill Carr-Harris spoke on the need to evolve a worm’s viewpoint as opposed to a bird’s eye view in order to suggest how one can include the last person to follow the basic policy level mission of which is also Gandhi’s talisman. She spoke of issues that the young could connect withdrawing on the nonviolence framework in each instance.
The training reached its highpoint in the dialogue session as students raised some pertinent questions. These were taken by Rajagopal and Jill who ended the sessions with an appealing speech that also tackled all the four questions posed. The issues of nonviolence in modern education was the first up raised by a post-doctoral student. The second question revolved around the responsible use of social media while another question touched upon inter-generational gap. Lastly, a young rapper questioned the practice of nonviolence in the face of rampant and violent caste-based discrimination and repression that has been on the rise in the country.
In response to the first question, Rajagopal said that the issue of education was primarily that of the issue of how we understand modernity. Modernity must come internally instead of being an external manifestation alone.