LATEST NEWS: The march was called off on Thursday 11 October 2012 after Jairam Ramesh, the rural development minister, signed a 10-point plan in front of marchers at Agra, Uttar Pradesh: The Guardian and Tehelka.
Between 50 to 60,000 people from some of India’s most marginalised communities started the ‘Jan Satyagraha’ march this week. They are walking 200 miles from Gwalior to Delhi to campaign for a new national land reform policy. The silent, non-violent protest has been organised by the NGO, Ekta Parishad.
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The Guardian recently reported that “organisers of the demonstration aim to highlight problems for India’s landless, for hundreds of millions of poor farmers and for so-called tribal communities who often live in resource-rich areas where lucrative mining operations are causing massive environmental damage.”
Christian Aid reports that “the main demands of this huge non-violent action are a new land reform policy, which would guarantee access to land and livelihood resources for all, regardless of wealth or caste, and a law establishing the right to shelter.” Christian Aid’s on the ground reports on the march for justice can be followed here.