A BRIEF LOOK AT OUR HISTORY

All Photographs By: Simon Williams

SANGHARSH (STRUGGLE)

Ekta Parishad strongly believes that non-violent sangharsh (struggle) is the foundation for any systemic change in society. 

STATE CAMPAIGNS

10th DEC

1999

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

MADHYA PRADESH

11th SEP

The main focus for this foot march was distribution of Bhoodan land back to the landless farmers.

BIHAR

2001

To:11th OCT 2001

14th APR

2002

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.

MADHYA PRADESH

This foot march was Bhu Adhikar Yatra, with a focus on land distribution to the Adivasi communities (indigenous peoples) of Chhattisgarh.

CHHATTISGARH

30th JAN

2003

To:25th FEB 2003

11th SEP

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.

MADHYA PRADESH

30th JAN

This foot march was conducted to rally people against the land acquisition and forced displacement in Odisha.

ODISHA

2004

To:24th FEB 2004

16th MAY

2005

This was a cycle yatra called Chhattisgarh Bachao yatra, against the land acquisition for mining and industries.

CHHATTISGARH

To:5th JUN 2005

APR

This too was a cycle yatra, held in the tribal belt asking for protection of land rights of the fisherfolk and Adivasis. 

KERALA

2006

To:MAY 2006

SEP

2006

This foot march was held for the land distribution to Dalit communities.

TAMIL NADU

To:SEP 2006

 

NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

2nd OCT

2007

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. 

JANADESH

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

2nd OCT

2011

To:22nd SEP 2012

2nd OCT

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.

JAN SATYAGRAHA

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

JAN

2015

To:FEB 2015

16th AUG

2018

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. 

JAN ANDOLAN

GWALIOR - MORENA

2nd OCT

2018

To:5th OCT 2018

 

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

2nd OCT

2019

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. 

JAI JAGAT

DELHI - GENEVA

 
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