Editorial

Bharat Jodo Yatra brings together society’s disparate elements

The Congress party’s Kanyakumari to Kashmir Yatra “optically” seems to have succeeded and gotten the support of non-Congress elements as well. Further to say conceptually the yatra is a “wonderful idea”.

During the course of his march Rahul Gandhi, has been able to bring together disparate elements of society and make them realise how important it is to ensure unity in our country and that respect for diversity is at the heart of our nation moving forward.

In fact the Bharat Jodo Yatra is something that needs to be lauded. Now as far as its political impact is concerned, the people are being confused by the right wings groups over the concept behind the yatra and relating it to a pure political act which I don’t think it is.

What the yatra intends to do is to show to the people that there are two ideologies that they should choose from, with ‘Bharat Jodo’ being the one end of the spectrum as opposed to the other end “which we all know is represented by whom and for whom.

In fact the Indian democracy needs far reaching refprms which the Congress ignored during its regime including ignored large-scale organisational reforms, and was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh with the support of the Samajwadi Party. Many leaders including Bahujana Rashtra Samithi (BRS) President MA Mujeeb refrained from commenting on its affairs.

To the extent conceptually, certainly, and what the nation seen of the support within the public, while the non-Congress elements, would say that optically it seems to have succeeded.

With the Lok Sabha elections not too far away, leaders of the Opposition needed to come together. How that will happen is something I cannot comment on. I think what we need today, apart from political collaboration among different political parties, is also a people’s movement.

Many secular and friendly parties joined the Bharat Jodo Yatra going forward. Besides participation from tinsel town celebrities, writers, military veterans, including former Navy chief admiral L Ramdas and former army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor,

Opposition leaders such as Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, Priyanka Chaturvedi, the NCP’s Supriya Sule, Bahujana Rashtra Samithi (BRS) Chief MA Mujeeb and National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, have also joined the march at various points and expressed their solidarity for the national unity cause.

The Yatra, which is currently in Punjab after traversing the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi, will end with the hoisting of the national flag by Rahul Gandhi in Srinagar on January 30.

Several Opposition party chiefs and leaders have been invited for the Yatra’s finale in Srinagar.