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A new beginning…

October 3, 2008


2nd Oct 08:

The day finally arrived! Looking back the last one month, I feel that we have come quite a distance, both figuratively and physically. The walk of 400 km has not left us exhausted as I had initially presumed. It has also been a journey of self discovery. The simple lifestyle, the absence of TV and newspaper, the lack of basic facilities, interactions with thousands of people have all taught us so much. Most importantly, they have reinforced our faith in the innate goodness of mankind. It also gave me personally, the time and space to look within. This provided me with the opportunity to see things as they were and not as I wanted them to be. How we create conflicts within ourselves! We are all the time battling our own inner selves and then successfully blaming the situation or the society for all that is going on within and around us. Life would be so peaceful, if we could find understand and appreciate that all external conflicts are a manifestation of the confusions and agitations within.

Many of our friends and well wishers joined us on this day. Many walked with us while some joined us at the Gandhi statue. Mr.Nikhil Dey from MKSS, Rajasthan also walked with us. Nearly 300 of us walked the 7 km distance on the last day. We reached the Gandhi statue on MG Road at 12.30 p.m. as planned. We had a wonderful and emotion charged function. Justice M.N.Venkatachalliah was his usual inspiring and witty best. The function was compered by Dr.M.A.Balu and started with excerpts from the Kannada translation of Swamiji’s ‘Song of the Sannyasin’. We also sang the Kannada version of ‘Where the mind is without fear…’ from Tagore’s Gitanjali. I spoke on the act, how it can transform India and its rural areas, how we can use it as a tool to bring in development and good governance. Poshini spoke of her experiences and her perspective on how the act can affect the common man’s life; Mr.Madangopal, the Health Secretary read out a passage from the article on Satyagraha by Gandhi. Justice Venkatachalliah spoke on how this Yathre has restored his faith in societal transformation. Nikhil Dey spoke on how activists worked tirelessly for more than 10 years to get this act enacted and how we need to be watchful to ensure that the act is implemented both in letter and spirit.

This is the first Gandhi Jayanthi that I celebrated with the people I admired, adored, respected and loved. This was the first time that the event meant so much to me. The goodness in the air was palpable. The hope and expectation that we have generated by this walk needs to now be maintained and raised. How wonderful it was to see people of all ages and all walks of life come together and feel so positive and hopeful!

… Finally, all good things should come to an end. But this was never an event meant to have an ending. This whole struggle has been scripted to be a continuous movement to usher in our basic right to demand good governance. We are no longer going to be satisfied with mere information, we will all work to ensure that this leads to a society that is free from fear; a society where the meekest shall find his voice; where the rule of law is no longer an exception; where every citizen of India shall be proud to participate in its development and play his role in making India a healthy, vibrant, inclusive and participatory democracy.

To quote from Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali…

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action…
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಮನವು ನಿರ್ಭಯದಿ ತಲೆಯನೆತ್ತಿ ನಿಲುವುದೋ
ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಜ್ಞಾನ ಸುಧಾಪಾನ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಸಿಗುವುದೋ
ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆಯ ಅಡ್ಡಗೋಡೆ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ವಿಶಾಲವೋ
ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತು ಸತ್ಯದಾಳದಿಂದ ಹೊಮ್ಮಿ ಬರುವುದೋ
ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಸತತ ಕರ್ಮ ಪೂರ್ಣಸಿದ್ಧಿ ಪಡೆದು ಮೆರೆವುದೋ
ಎಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಳಿವು ಕಟ್ಟಳೆಯ ಮಳಲ ತೊರೆದು ಹರಿವುದೋ
ಎಲ್ಲಿ ನೀನು ನಮಗೆ ಧೈರ್ಯ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ನೀನು ನಮಗೆ ಸ್ಥೈರ್ಯ
ವರವಿಕಾಸಗೊಳಿಸಿ ಸದಾ ಅಭ್ಯುದಯವ ಕೋರುವೆಯೋ
ಆ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಸ್ವರ್ಗಕೆ ನಮ್ಮ ನಾಡು ಏಳಲೇಳಲೇಳಲೇಳಲೇಳಲೇಳಲಿ
(ಕನ್ನಡಾನುವಾದ: ಪ್ರೊ. ವೇಣುಗೋಪಾಲ್)
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  1. Arun
    October 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    What an exceptional conclusion of this major endeavor. I hope this movement remain iterative until eternity. Until a sound and a responsible India is created, this should not stop. A country that churns off most brilliant people in the world, can certainly have the most responsible and more accountable ones as well. We, the citizens need to not only be able to question the accountability of the governance, but also uplift ourselves from our disorderly and materialistic living with no sense of personal responsibility. We must expect elevate ourselves from our love for ipods and iphones to loving those around us. Taking pride in who we are and what we stand for. Starting from simple things like not spitting or urinating in public to participating in the electoral process for better governance, are some of the things we can certainly do without additional money or resources. The problems of the world will not end and so shall not the struggle to make lives better for all form of living beings. Let this yatra not be just another event SVYM is hosting to bring about general awareness of our national interests. Let us continue to resound the callings of Swamiji for better and beautiful India. Let us shed the dreads of cynicism and division and rise above the caste and regional politics. Let us be the force of the God in this unstable global situation. Let us start this process of personal cleansing for better India. If not for us let us to this for our children. Let them be happy to have been born in a country as great as ours. Kudos to the jaagrutha yaatre team and all those who supported them and walked this walk with them. Jai HindArun

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