A group of NRIs, inspired by the historic Dandi March led by
Mahatma Gandhi in India's fight for freedom from foreign rule,
have organised a 240-mile walk in the US against corruption in
Starting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, San Diego,
California March 12, "Dandi March II" goes through Los Angeles and
ends March 26 at Gandhi Statue, San Francisco. The dates coincide
with the dates Gandhi did his historic march in 1930.
Every major city in USA, 10 major cities in India and 8 other
countries globally join the movement by organizing supporting
events March 26, the organisers said.
Conceived to fight those who seek to plunder and enslave their own
country are to push the government to enact Jan Lokpal bill and
ratify UNCAC which are designed to free India from the clutches of
corruption, and to bring back the hidden money from foreign banks,
"The recent scams involving unimaginably big amounts of money,
such as the 2G scam, are well known. It is estimated that more
than trillion dollars are stashed away in foreign havens, while 80
percent of Indians earn less than 2$ per day and every second
child is malnourished," the organisers said.
"While this rampant corruption is a cause for serious concern, the
good news is that movements against it have arisen all over the
country. Dandi March II is the attempt by NRIs to bring together
and escalate these movements into a powerful force."
This effort now has support from the stalwarts in anti-corruption
movement and other progressive groups in India such as Lok Satta
Party, India Against Corruption, The 5th Pillar (Chennai), Youth
For Better India (Hyderabad) Saaku (Bangalore) and Save India From
Corruption, the organisers said.
(Arun Kumar can
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)