The Man who Walked 7500 km across India to Promote Harmony

Soft Diplomacy

"We walk together not as members or groups or parties or advocates of ideologies, but as humans. We walk to free society from fear and insecurity, thus igniting the formation of an inclusive and participative society where opportunity is given to all, where talent and effort are rewarded regardless of caste, religion, language, region, or gender" – Mr. M

Walk of Hope was a padayatra for peace and harmony by the Manav Ekta Mission – covering 7500 km from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Led by Sri M, founder of Manav Ekta Mission, the journey took 15-18 months to walk through 11 Indian states, bringing together citizens from all walks of life. Traversing the varied landscapes of India, it sought a significantly restored nation - fit enough to be bequeathed to our future generations.

The Walk of Hope was flagged off on January 12, 2015, the birth anniversary of a great prophet of interfaith harmony, Swami Vivekananda. Starting from the Gandhi Memorial Mandapam in Kanyakumari and concluding in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, this initiative reached out to 10 million fellow Indians.

The padayatra covered 15-20 km a day and halted in the evenings at pre-determined villages or towns enroute. Evenings were spent meeting with the local populace, which included meaningful dialogues, inter-faith prayers, eating together and, finally, resting overnight at their homes. A diverse assembly of responsible citizens, who foresaw a united and inclusive India for themselves and the future generations, accompanied Sri M on the walk.

The Walk of Hope was an exercise to restore the innate spirituality of the nation - rekindling true faith and rejuvenating the spirit of hope, love, peace, harmony and oneness. The hope is to erase disparities arising from a misunderstanding of our diverse culture and religions, thus uniting the humanity of India through a spiritual approach proving people can live together despite all differences. People were encouraged to step out at any place or time as they wish, during the walk. The call was, ‘Come; let’s walk today for India’s tomorrow’.

During a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of South Asia in New Delhi on May 5, 2016, Sri M announced that for his next project he’d like to create mobile classrooms for the children of migrant construction workers who otherwise simply grow up to be construction workers themselves. He wants to do this without government assistance.

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