Monday, February 25, 2008
The Great March For Justice: Bhopal Gas survivors in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi
After repeatedly losing their legal battle for justice and fair compensation, the survivors of 1984 Bhopal Gas disaster have rediscovered the power of padayatra, successfully used by Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom movement.
Yesterday, at the HRLN Consultation, Medha Patkar was lamenting that there is no Gandhi today to unite the various people's resistance movements against injustice and exploitation - which provoked Colin to question Gandhi's relevance today. The 800 km March from Bhopal to New Delhi which began on February 20 is a testimony to the abiding faith which a resistance movement has in the techniques adopted by the Mahatma. The marchers' objectives are outlined here. The month-long itinerary of the marchers is carried here.