The Second Communal Harmony Yatra from Ayodhya to Hazrat
Nizamuddin is reaching Delhi tomorrow morning, Sunday, 16 October
covering a distance of 490 kms by land.
The yatra is led by Ayodhya’s famous
mahant Yugal Kishor Shastri who last year took out a similar yatra
from Ayodhya to Sewagram in Wardha to promote harmony and
brotherly relations between various communities.
According to New Delhi based actvis
Mehtab Alam, the purpose of this yatra is to abolish fascism,
communalism and unsociability and to promote peace, unity and
brotherhood among people and in society.
About 20 persons from various parts of the country are
accompanying Yugal Kishor Shastri in this mass contact movement
which involves conferences, street & press meets and contacting
people, especially youth, along the route.
Organisations taking part in this yatra are Communalism Combat
(Teesta Sitalvad), Vishwa Yuva Sadbhawana Parishad (Seshnath Dubey),
Asha Parivar (Sandeep Pandey), Ayodhya Ki Awaj (Yugal Kishore
Saran Shastri), Milli Gazette (Zafarul-Islam Khan), Sarvdharm
Sadbhav Kendra Trust (Zafar Saifullah), Confederation of Voluntary
Association – Kova (Mazehar Hussain), Jamaat-e Islami Hind
(Mohammad Ahmad), Rashtriya Yuva Sangathan (Kumar Prashant),
Center for Study and Secularism - CCSS (Asagar Ali Engineer) and
Centre for Human Rights & Social Welfare (Saroj Khan), etc.
The yatra started at Ayodhya on 11 October with a number of
programmes, and went to Faizabad where too it held a number of
programmes of mass contact. It reached Lucknow on 12 October,
Sitapur on 13 October, Shahjahanpur on 15 October, will spend the
night at Moradabad and will arrive in Delhi in the morning of 16
In Delhi, it will pay tributes with other participants and people
to the soul of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
A dialogue on communal harmony will be held at 11 am at BN Pandey
Hall, the Gandhi Darshan Samiti at Rajghat, in which various
organizations working for communal harmony in different fields and
from various perspectives will take part. Speakers at this
dialogue, besides the organizers of the yatra are Lalit Kumar
(Secretary, National Foundation for Communal Harmony) and Mani
Mala of Gandhi Samriti & Darshan Samiti at Rajghat.
A press conference will be held at the Einstein Hall at Gandhi
Samriti, Rajghat, at 3.40 pm same day (Sunday, 16 October) in
which organizers of the yatra will speak and answer questions.
The concluding function and the major event in Delhi will be held
at 11 am next day, Monday, 17 October at Gandhi Peace Foundation
at ITO, Delhi, where important personalities and speakers from
around the country will speak and interact with the people to put
across the message of the yatra. Speakers will include Teesta
Setalvad, Asghar Ali Engineer and Yugal Kishor Shastri.