WHO AND WHY
Who is Marching
Due to the complex political situation in some of the countries along the Delhi-Geneva march, including crossing borders between countries which are presently in a state of war, and the primary concern for the safety and security of the marchers, there will not be thousands of people marching all the way from Delhi to Geneva.
While a group of Indian and International (mostly young activist) marchers trained in non-violence will take responsibility for getting the procession safely to Geneva, the vanguard will consist of the marginalized poor who have the dedication and strength of purpose to make the arduous journey. Local committees all along the route will organize daily events, and there will be daily non-violence trainings, making this a year-long practice of non-violence.
Why are they Marching
They are marching to take their cause to a global stage. Beyond the success they have achieved in India, they now want to engage Global Institutions both en route to, and in Geneva itself.
They are marching to demonstrate that these problems exist all over the world.
They want to share knowledge and resources to help people in similar circumstances to themselves achieve similar successes in their own countries
They are marching to demonstrate that non-violent action strategies can bring about genuine change across an entire spectrum of issues in today’s world
They are marching to discover, link up with and bring together similar social movements that exist all over the world. They may use different languages, but they speak with a single voice
They are marching to attract a new generation of visionary leaders some of whom will march with them, to gain hands-on experience, learn from experts and be empowered to deal with confrontational political systems and conflict
They are marching to launch Jai Jagat, a new global movement to press for international peace; peace not just between people and nations but also between people and the environment and the planet
The march from Delhi to Geneva is both a celebration of non-violent actions by the likes of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela to name but a few, as well as a vehicle to communicate, promote, educate and demonstrate non-violence in action.
Their passion is contagious and all along the 10,000 km route local inhabitants who have also suffered injustices will seize on this contagious passion to animate local or global issues that are important to them.
Local committees all along the route will organize daily events, and there will be daily non-violence trainings, making this a year-long practice of non-violence. In some countries new families and new individuals with different stories will be included in the march.