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Dandi March II

Dandi March II

March 07, 2011

Indians across the world have united to march against corruption. Is that enough?

12th March, 1930 - the great Mahatma led the Dandi march from his base, of Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad, to the coastal village of Dandi. As he continued on this 24 day, 240 mile march, more than 50,000 Indians joined him along the way. The march sparked the mass civil disobedience movement, which changed the course of Indian history forever.

12th March, 2011 - NRIs have launched Dandi March II - A 240 Mile Walk Against Corruption. These sons and daughters of India, living in the USA, are walking 240 miles through San Diego - Orange County, Los Angeles - Bay Area, San Francisco in California, USA, from March 12 to 26.

Unfortunately most of us do not live in California, nor can we afford to travel and join the march. How can we support the walk? Well, Indians residing in different US cities USA have decided to support the Dandi March II in their own way. On 26th of March, Indians from New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Seattle are conducting similar marches in their cities. Even outside of the USA, our Indian brothers and sisters living in Dubai, London, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore and Malaysia are also planning marches on 26th March.

Indian residents not wanting to be left behind, are organising parallel marches across several cities including Chennai, Hyderabad, Kakinada, Mumbai, Banglore and Ahmedabad.

I strongly urge the readers of this popular magazine to join this march. Walk for 1 Mile, 2 Miles, 5 Miles, whatever is possible for you. Spare an hour for the country we so dearly call ours. Tomorrow, when a better India is built, we will have stories to tell to our grandchildren.

Just like the salt satyagraha, this march is symbolic. People walking from one city to another cannot and will not make any difference, let alone solve the problem of endemic corruption in India. Do you think this march generates even the slightest concern to the corrupt traffic policewala, or the corrupt minister sleeping in his comfortable chair?

We have a long way to go in ending corruption in India once and for all. But let’s start the ball rolling now. We desperately need political and social reforms in India. But, how do we bring these reforms? India needs its people more than ever. Join politics. Join the civil service. Come back to India (it's not that bad a place to live!) and use your knowledge for the empowerment of your people. Join an NGO that is making a difference in the nation. Be the change you want to see.

On a more personal note, I applaud one man actively working to reform the political landscape of India - Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, who is among the organizers of the Dandi March II. I recommend you watch this speech by him on You Tube (part 1, 2, 3). It answers many questions I have often asked myself in moments of despair.

I support the Dandi March II. But at the same time, let me be very clear in stating that this march is for me and you and no one else. If we feel more connected to the nation after this march, I will call the march a success. This march should be a catalyst for each one of us in building the better nation we dream for our children. This march should be the prologue, and not the conclusion.


19 Comments

  • ksaikrishna
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    ksaikrishna
    02.05.11 02:35 PM
    Thak you Saurav!!
    Yes, DANDIMARCH II should be the beginning to clean up the politics in INDIA as well!
  • Sharat Sindhwani
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    Sharat Sindhwani
    29.03.11 11:02 AM
    ATTENTION NRI'S.India has reached the most shameful level a democracy can reach when the shareholders of India Inc. wish to refrain from casting their votes/exercise their franchise, because they feel both parties are equally corrupt..pot calling the kettle black!! 1)The step after the Dandi March would be to make/sponsor a Political party with effective PIO defacto representation. 2) It would be more constructive to create pressure groups of sorts(invite suggestions)invite visiting Indian Ministers and cross examine them thoroughly 3) Sponsor and participate in Indian activities through recognised NGOs.
  • Sharat Sindhwani
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    Sharat Sindhwani
    29.03.11 10:20 AM
    WELL DONE NRIs THIS WAS EXPECTED OUT OF YOU!! BUT..BUT..THE INDIAN HIARCHY IS SHAMELESS. GANDHI IS FORGOTTEN. THEY NEED MUCH MORE PRESSURE THROUGH PATRIOTIC PRESSURE GROUPS. I AM TALKING THROUGH EXPERIENCE. Legal cases are held up in courts for decades, justice is being hanged by the nearest and tallest tree. The land of Gandhi has become the wild east. Mafias(Nexus between the government officials including the police and the unsocial elements) have unleashed an era of “government sponsored terror” they change land revenue records and ownerships of properties, then threaten your life and safety.A PATWARI is more powerful than the President of India. Peshkars accept bribes in the presence of judges, what could be more shameful!!?? Democracy needs to be redifined globally. It seems Indian democracy does not mean a thing, it seems to contain a seed of dictatorship
  • RAJ SINGH
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    RAJ SINGH
    18.03.11 10:12 AM
    Thanks Finland .We should, better ,disregard such people with contempt they deserve and ..................MARCH ON FURTHER AGAINST CORRUPTION!
  • Finland
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    Finland
    17.03.11 07:22 PM
    Solomon, so u will stick ur ass wherever you are with a excuse that u cant go india and will criticize and bring moral of people who are trying to do something in whatever way they can.. Superb!!
  • Solomon
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    Solomon
    17.03.11 09:09 AM
    I would definitely have joined the March had I been in India. If you are marching on Indian soil like from sabarimala to dandi that is inspiring. Walking from San Diego to San Francisco? Not as much. A cause for India must be fought in India.
  • Finland
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    Finland
    16.03.11 10:39 PM
    Well said Mr. Raj Singh.. People like Solomon will never do anything and will discourage the efforts of others who are interested in doing something. They have there own assumptions in life whom they consider as universal truth. They are like those who will sit outside the field and comment that how players can win the match. We will see many such idiots trying to bring our spirits down, but as we say, ignore the dogs who bark. Lets just move on and wish that he atleast benefit from corruption free India.

    BTW we never know if he is also one of those corrupt people against whom we are fighting ;)
  • RAJ SINGH
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    RAJ SINGH
    16.03.11 09:15 PM
    @Solomon ,I do not understand sanctity of your comment.Children of MOTHER INDIA are spread all over the world .Where are you located ?..................and what are you doing ? I am a NRI .I am marching from SABARMATEE to DANDI, as part of DANDI MARCH-2 .I am 65 .Are you marching ?...............or doing some thing against corruption ? Stop preaching and indulge in some action.DANDI MARCH-2 is against corruption .Are you for or against corruption ? You sound like an agent of corrupts.Do not try to be just a Judge of others ( positive )action ..........You seem to be one of those frustrated,non-achievers ,who are jealous useless lot .Get out and ACT ......and provide your own account of action against corruption .............OR ? Simply SHUT UP !
  • Solomon
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    Solomon
    16.03.11 09:53 AM
    To NRI's -

    While the idea is novel, a Dandi March on foreign soil on foreign roads and among foreigners is pointless and will do little to inspire anyone. If you really want to make a difference, take the battle home. Don't try to win a war from half a planet away.
    Don't try to do what Gandhi did, in America. Do what Gandhi did, in India.

    You can't say you are in a fight when you are standing outside the fighting ring. If you are fighting corruption in India, the ring is in India, not America.

    When Scandinavian countries wanted to fight corruption, they took action at home. Not organize marches in foreign lands where it does not make much of a difference. It does probably boost our spirits for a while, but will not account for much in the long run.

    True inspiration requires a greater sacrifice. Can we leave everything and join those who are actually fighting on Indian soil? That, would make more sense. That, would create a greater inspiration. Just like Gandhi, who left a foreign country to join the freedom struggle at home and became one of the greatest leaders in human history.
  • Aruna Pothumudi
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    Aruna Pothumudi
    11.03.11 02:48 PM
    Thak you Saurav!!
    Yes, DANDIMARCH II should be the beginning to clean up the politics in INDIA as well!
  • SC Aggarwal
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    SC Aggarwal
    10.03.11 07:54 PM
    Dear Sir,
    Today, in India, every one including economists,policy makers, intellectuals and even politicians are speaking against corruption. No one wants to lag behind in blaming the politicians or bureaucracy. But nobody tells us what needs to be done?For example, there is corruption in PDS. How to reform it nobody tells the nation? Now there is a talk of direct transfer of cash subsidy to the poor. But there is already a dispute in identifying the poor. One says that 12% of Indians are poor - APL or BPL while another economist says 77% of Indians are poor. Another problem is : today Govt is giving wheat @ Rs. 3/- per kg to the poor families through PDS but the market value of the wheat is Rs. 22/- to Rs. 27/- per kg. Suppose direct cash subsidy is provided will people purchase wheat at the rate of Rs. 22/- toRs. 27/- per kg. from the market?
    How does it solve the problem? I am of the opinion that instead of launching a campaign against corruption, every NRI should think of a workable solution of a problem which should have no scope for corruption. Each NRI should implement his own ideas or plans in his or her native or ancestral village with his or her own funds.
  • Maitreyee
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    Maitreyee
    09.03.11 12:55 PM
    Thanks for this post..if not anything else it makes us aware of how much is yet to be done againt corruption
  • Varma
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    Varma
    09.03.11 06:04 AM
    Well said Sourav... We are more inspired.
  • Stranger
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    Stranger
    09.03.11 12:20 AM
    very useful info dude...
    awesome post!!!
  • RAJKUMAR SINGH
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    RAJKUMAR SINGH
    08.03.11 02:55 PM
    I am proud of you my brothrs and sisters !I am also an NRI based in NY city .I am also marching from GANDHEEJEE'S Sabarmatee aashram to DANDEE ,following actual route and halts as Gandhee jee marched 81 years ago .DANDEE-II is need of this hour .

    I am more proud to tell fellow countrymen ,who often ridicule us as NRI= NON RELEVANT INDIANS .We are simply and humbly saying .........We are concerned children of MOTHER INDIA !

    JAI HIND !
  • Masthan Koncha
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    Masthan Koncha
    07.03.11 04:14 PM
    Great inspiration to the people in India.
    This helps lots of people fighting against corruption in india, onto a common platform.

    Way to go!!!

    Thanks
    Masthan
  • Finland
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    Finland
    07.03.11 01:22 PM
    Add Finland to the list.. we are having Dandi march in HElsinki :-)

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133140456755560#!/event.php?eid=133140456755560
  • Sri Atluri
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    Sri Atluri
    07.03.11 12:21 PM
  • Sri Atluri
    By
    Sri Atluri
    07.03.11 07:21 AM
    Thank you Sourav! You give energy to us to walk 240 miles. Excellent work!

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