All Photographs By: Simon Williams
Ekta Parishad strongly believes that non-violent sangharsh (struggle) is the foundation for any systemic change in society.
To:18th JUNE 2000
This was the first long foot march for demanding land from the state government of MP. This was also the march which gave rise to the slogan - jo zameen sarkari hai, wo zameen hamari hai
The main focus for this foot march was distribution of Bhoodan land back to the landless farmers.
To:11th OCT 2001
To:2nd MAY 2002
The key ask for this foot march was to rebuild Chambal valley, the main focus was on developing the ravines of Chambal, MP.
This foot march was Bhu Adhikar Yatra, with a focus on land distribution to the Adivasi communities (indigenous peoples) of Chhattisgarh.
To:25th FEB 2003
To:2th OCT 2003
The key focus for this foot march was land distribution to the Dalit and Adivasi families (indigenous peoples) A strong effort to create women-led community farming initiatives was born from this march.
This foot march was conducted to rally people against the land acquisition and forced displacement in Odisha.
To:24th FEB 2004
This was a cycle yatra called Chhattisgarh Bachao yatra, against the land acquisition for mining and industries.
To:5th JUN 2005
This too was a cycle yatra, held in the tribal belt asking for protection of land rights of the fisherfolk and Adivasis.
This foot march was held for the land distribution to Dalit communities.
To:28th OCT 2007
This was the first massive foot march by Ekta Parishad with 25,000 foot-marchers, over 360km. The main focus of this was the implementation of the Forest Rights Act and Land reforms legislation and policy.
GWALIOR - DELHI
To build a nationwide alliance among land rights movements and organizations. 2000 organizations came together as an alliance resulting in the next march, through a vehicle march of 80,000 km.
JAN SAMWAD YATRA
To:22nd SEP 2012
To:11th OCT 2012
A monumental foot march of 1,00,000 people for 200 km, asking for the land guarantee legislation and national land reforms policy, which resulted in the signing of a 10 point Agra agreement.
GWALIOR - AGRA
This was a foot march of 5000 people for 70 km, from Palwal, Haryana to Delhi to pressurize the government to implement social impact assessment and consent of farmers before land acquisition.
ZAMEEN BACHAO ANDOLAN
To:5th OCT 2018
11 women did a vehicle march for 11,000 km asking for institutionalizing the Women Farmer Entitlement Act.
MAHILA KISAAN ADHIKAR YATRA
25,000 foot-marchers walked for 45 km to pressurize the government for implementation of 10 point Agra agreement, signed in 2012.
GWALIOR - MORENA
To:5th OCT 2018
Grassroots Campaigns for land and labor rights.
To:30th JAN 2020
*March was suspended in Armenia on 15th March 2020 due to Coronavirus Pandemic
A global march for justice and peace to celebrate 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi.