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Jan Satyagraha to take off on Gandhi Jayanti
Preparations are in full swing for 'Jan Satyagraha - March for Justice 2012' - which will gather thousands of people from more than 2000 Indian organizations walking from Gwalior to Delhi starting October 2.

FOR THE past few days, thousands of people from poor and marginalized communities all over India have started to arrive at Mela Ground in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, in order to participate in the march.  

On October 2, their number is expected to reach many thousands, and they will start the Jan Satyagraha, a month-long march to Delhi to claim their rights to land and livelihood resources. Parallel to the mobilization for this large-scale non-violent action, intense negotiations with the government are going on.

During the last ten days, many discussions took place with several meetings between PV Rajagopal, leader of the Jan Satyagraha, with different ministers including the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh. Negotiations are mainly focused on land reforms and right to shelter, and the necessary institutions and mechanisms to implement these policies. As a result of several rounds of discussion, an agreement is being drafted. Four ministers are expected to attend the gathering in Gwalior on October 2 to present the final outcome in front of the people.  

In the programme, various scholars, activists, Gandhian leaders and ministers will address the gathering and start the footmarch if demands are not met. Mobilisation of international support and negotiations with the government are also getting more intense. Yesterday morning, P.V. Rajagopal and some senior activists of Ekta Parishad also met senior representatives of high profile Indian corporations on the land issues.  

On this occasion, some of the international representatives attending the gathering to support the programme, will also be available to talk to journalists; among them Karima Delli (France), Member European Parliament of the French Green Party, Mazide N’Diaye (Senegal), former election commissioner and founder of the social organizations RADI and SONED, Jagat Basnet (Nepal), founder of Community Self-Reliance and other personalities.

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