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Bharat Jodo Yatra Is India’s Battle Against Hate Politics

Bharat jodo yatra maharashtra

Bharat Soni, a retired banker and social worker from Mumbai who travelled 300 miles to join Maharashtra leg of the march, says he felt positivity all along

The Bharat Jodo Yatra is reaching the unreachable; it is trying to remove fear and hate. That was the real motivation which compelled me to join it. I had earlier walked with Rajiv Gandhi in a padyatra on March 27, 1983 from Dharavi to Sakinaka in Mumbai. This time, I wanted to walk the entire yatra, but I was restricted due to the upper-age limit.

It was an amazing experience. When I got the chance to walk with Rahul Gandhi, holding his hand, all of a sudden, there was a sense of ‘recharge’ within me. I started walking fast to match his steps. When he remarked that I look fit at 63, I said I draw a lot of inspiration from him on fitness. He smiled, looking straight into my eyes, pressed my hand, and said, “Good.” I am unable to express in words about this intense and beautiful feeling.

The USP of the yatra is its tight schedule. Rahul is punctual. He starts sharp at 6 am in the morning. Thousands of people, who are coming to see him, hear him and walk with him, are not a ‘paid’ crowd. Although a certain section of the Indian media is not reporting this incredible long march, the huge turnout, day after day, across so many states, certifies its impact. There is no doubt that the yatra will achieve its purpose of uniting the people of India and fight the politics of hate.

Since the yatra was not passing through Mumbai in its Maharashtra leg, we travelled 300 miles to reach Akola. My younger brother and I went to Patur, 15 miles from Akola. We couldn’t cross the security and reach the inside ring — the ‘D’. We, thereby, travelled another 25 miles to another town, Shegaon, and got our passes.

There are thousands of ordinary people walking in the yatra. I met a lady with an infant in her arms standing in humid climate just to have a glimpse of Rahul Gandhi. She had walked three miles to reach the spot. I asked her, what made her walk such a long distance with a child in her arms? She said, “If Rahul Gandhi can walk thousand-plus kilometers to my village, should I not come and show my love and respect for him as a sister?” She wanted her child also to see Rahul Gandhi — the “Gandhi of present times”.

At one place I saw a farmer carrying his son on his shoulder at the yatra. I asked his son, what made him come along with his father? The small child said that he has come to see Rahul Gandhi because he supports the farmers.

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When a group of employees of some cooperative banks came to know that I have been a banker, they said that they want to meet Rahul Gandhi and seek his help in restoring the old pension scheme. They were so confident even when I poked them saying that he is not in power, so how can he help them? They were unanimous that Rahul Gandhi has to raise the issue and our problem will be solved by the present government. Such was their confidence!

I felt huge positive vibrations among the people who walked along, and among those, who, untiringly, waited on the road to cheer the yatris. Youngsters would simply shout at the top of their voice, “Rahulji”, and, when he would look at them, they would say, “We love you.” I cherished their friendly gestures.

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Truly, one thing common among the people who joined and supported the Bharat Jodo Yatra was that there were no divisions based on caste, community or religion. The entire crowd was united as ‘Indian’ and with only one slogan: Nafrat Chhodo Bharat Jodo.

As told to Amit Sengupta

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CHANDRASHEKHAR PAWAR
CHANDRASHEKHAR PAWAR
1 month ago

Absolutely, Other side people are trying to Bharat TODO, but whoever joined this Bharat JODO Yatra finds ,YES why it is necessary.
My BEST wishes to lakhs of people who walk through this Yatra for united the people…..

Rizwan
Rizwan
1 month ago

Because of lack of education people are not understanding the difference between right and wrong. Someone should take step like this

Ravinder Singh
Ravinder Singh
1 month ago

Better Late than never. Such Yatra is need of the hour as the country’s fabric is at stake as divisive forces are damaging the same day in and day out. It is for the people to stand up against such forces and to support the age old party in whose hands the country and its people will feel more secure. It is good that Mr Bharat Soni has joined the Yatra. My good wishes always with the right thinkers. Keep it up.

A Shah, Mumbai
A Shah, Mumbai
1 month ago

What an experience Bharat ji.

Truly once in a lifetime.

Such stalwarts of Indian Politics, walking so punctually with thousands of followers,

Great show

Congratulations for your contribution to the Indian politics and the future of India.

J C Chhabra
J C Chhabra
1 month ago

Very good initiative taken by congress.
Mindset of public at large is changing agaist the present regime at centre. I am confident that posive results will come in favour of congress in coming elections.
Wish all the best for Bharat Jodo.

Sanjay Chore
Sanjay Chore
1 month ago

Great ! Feel proud of you Bharat for having participated in Bharat Jodo Yatra, an initiative of Rahul Gandhi to foster spirit of unity in our beloved mother -land. Your sincere & dedicated approach is admirable. Keep it up Bharat ! I wish you all the very Best !

Dipak Gadekar
Dipak Gadekar
1 month ago

Dear Bharat Bhai – hearty congratulations for being able to join this Bharat Jodo Yatra which is a war against the politics of hate and bigotry. It must have been a great experience to walk step by step with RG who is leading this from front.
Unfortunately I could not join but happy that you represented me and many others who think similarly, in these efforts of national interest.
This Yatra is a great success and will definitely bring about the changes in the Indian Society and hopefully the polity, as envisaged.
Thanks 🙏

Shirish Kumar Parmar
Shirish Kumar Parmar
1 month ago

It’s really proud moment for all of us and people have realised that it’s right time to join Bharat jodo and nafrat chhodo.
I’m surprised that no channel is showing phootage of Rahul Gandhi’s yatra which is unique.
Hope for d best.

Suhas Shikhare
Suhas Shikhare
1 month ago

I feel proud that you are part of the Bharat Jodo yatra. This is need of hour for keep the country united.

Dharmesh J Soni
Dharmesh J Soni
1 month ago

You do not have to be famous or rich to influence others; all you need is an idea & a strong desire to share it with those around you.

#BharatJodoYatra is one such initiative where any citizen by influencing others around him, can change the way people think about hate/bigotry.

Yusufali Unwala
Yusufali Unwala
1 month ago

A great lifetime experience to be cherished forever

Hareshkumar Desai
Hareshkumar Desai
1 month ago

Happy to see you persuing what recharges you. All the best

BHARAT DESAI
BHARAT DESAI
1 month ago

A strong opposition is required for vibrant democracy. Appreciate efforts of party.

Sagar
Sagar
1 month ago

The country really needs it. You go ahead, we are with you.

S M Kokate
S M Kokate
1 month ago

So far as the people walk together as “Indians” following a leader for a good reason as you said is absolutely mindboggling

Cris surti
Cris surti
1 month ago

Great initiative and people like you Shri.Bharatbhai joining this initiative is very much needed for the betterment of the society.I feel very proud for you

Priyanka K
Priyanka K
1 month ago

Proud Moment for us Sir… We are happy to see that some one among us is there to represent the poor and weaker section of the society. Really incredible.

Lata Narwekar
Lata Narwekar
1 month ago

Very nicely worded. I know you as a colleague and as a devoted banker. And quite sure about, you will definitely ensure to complete your agenda.

Ayub Haru sayed
Ayub Haru sayed
1 month ago

I too experienced the same bhai, bharat jodo yatra was the need of todays situation. May god bless Rahul ji.

PRADIP DESAI
PRADIP DESAI
1 month ago

This Yatra is a great success and will definitely improve harmony among people of India. Very good initiative taken by congress leaders. Mr Bharat Soni we are supporting you and this Yatra. My good wishes always with the intellectuals link you. Keep going and best wishes in national interest.. Jay Hind…Jay Bharat

Jayaram Shetty
Jayaram Shetty
1 month ago

Bharat jodo yatra was the need of the hour. I find many people are very scared to talk anything against the hatred and fear spread by the powerful people. We never faced so much of hatred between the communities since independance than which we saw and witnessed in last 7 years . Even there is no respect shown to the constitution of India which has given every right and protection to the people of India I hereby appreciate Bharat for joining the yatra for the cause for which it was undertaken. All the best for the future

S R Ibhrampurkar
S R Ibhrampurkar
1 month ago

भरत, आयुष्यातील दुसर्‍या पर्वातील तुझा उत्साह वाचून खूप आनंद वाटला. राजकारणात सुद्धा तू यशस्वी होवोस आणी तूझी उत्तरोत्तर प्रगती होत जावी ही सदिच्छा.

S R Ibhrampurkar
S R Ibhrampurkar
1 month ago

Bharat glad to see your enthusiasm in your second inning. I sincerely wish you success in your political career.

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