‘Bharat Jodo Yatra Is Guiding India Back to its Secular Roots’

As Bharat Jodo Yatra enters its Delhi leg, Mirza Javed Ali, a resident of Chandni Chowk, shares his views on the Mohabbat ka Paigam, a call for love and compassion, by Rahul Gandhi. A first-person account:

The Bharat Jodo Yatra, an initiative spearheaded by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, has found support from a wide spectrum of social and political organizations across the country. The original motif behind this event is to promote a shared sense of purpose and to heal the divisions that have plagued our society and nation on sectarian, communal and regional grounds.

It was in this light that I felt compelled to join the Yatra when it arrived in Delhi after covering numerous cities, towns and villages across the country, bringing together people from different walks of life to celebrate our nation’s diversity.

I wish to alter the narrative that the government of the day has put forward creating wedges among the people of this country. The experience at the Yatra was an uplifting experience, throbbing with an overwhelming spirit of unity that pervaded the event. People from diverse cultures, religions, regions joined hands, setting aside their differences, and embraced a shared vision of a harmonious society.

Rahul Gandhi is carrying a Mohabbat ka Paigam (Message of Love), which seeks to foster empathy and compassion among the attendees. His clarion call has resonated deeply, cutting through the noise of divisive politics and highlighting the common humanity that binds us all. It was a powerful reminder that love can bridge the divides and heal the wounds that have been festering in our society. It was heartening to witness individuals from different backgrounds share their stories, and acknowledge shared aspirations for an inclusive India.

The impact was evident in the interactions and conversations that took place during the Yatra. I witnessed participants engaging in meaningful exchange of ideas, connecting with one another and breaching societal barriers. It was a discovery of sorts about the common ground and thread that binds us all and they pledged to work together for the betterment of the nation.

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The Yatra was a collective effort. It brought together people who shed their political affiliations and present themselves as one community, united by a shared vision of a stronger, more cohesive India. It rekindled hope amid these dark times.

I hope that Rahul Gandhi’s message will serve as a catalyst for sustained dialogue, understanding, and cooperation beyond the event itself. The true test of unity lies in our ability to carry the spirit of this Yatra into our everyday lives and work towards a society that upholds the values of love, respect, and inclusivity.

Bharat Jodo Yatra has left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those who attended it. It served as a powerful reminder that our differences should never overshadow our shared humanity and that love has the potential to unite us all. It is yet another testament to the enduring spirit of togetherness and the possibility of a brighter, more harmonious future for India.

As told to Zoha Ather

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Saad Abdullah
Saad Abdullah
1 year ago

Very well written

1 year ago

Coherent and beautifully written.

1 year ago

Well quoted, good job

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