Baatein Aman Ki a National campaign to galvanize women and men
New Delhi | Hate, intolerance, bigotry, rampant rapes, killings, lynch mobs, unlawful arrests, growing inequalities and a general atmosphere of general insecurity have quickly become part of the popular imagination in the current socio-political climate. Several individuals and concerned citizens are now asking the question- is the constitution at risk? The answer is yes. At least the women who have left the comfort of their homes and are on the streets fighting against hate and violence believe it. The foundational document that prescribes equality, liberty and fraternity and guarantees these constitutional values as rights to every citizen is in danger as it faces a repeated onslaught from undemocratic forces. Hundreds of women’s organisations and individuals have decided to join hands, rise up and spread the message that there is a critical need to safeguard the constitution of India and to reclaim and uphold its values.
Baatein Aman Ki is a national campaign to galvanize women and men across India to rise for propagating peace, harmony, love and safeguard constitutional values.
In the past few years, there has been a frontal attack on the Constitution and on the freedom of expression, which impacts every woman. The aim of the Baatein Aman Ki campaign is to fight back against the targeted attacks on the constitutional rights of women in India and build a more peaceful, just and non-violent society.
Five Yatras are travelling across different states of India from September 20 to October 13, 2018. Each travelling group has 20-25 women from various states, diverse regional, linguistic, caste, and religious communities. In each state, local women are joining the Yatra and organizing local public events.
Update from the Yatras for 3rd October 2018:
Yatra 1 – Maitrey Yatra: Kashmir to Delhi via Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Haryana
On 3rd October 2018, the yatra travelled to Guru Das Pur and Jalandhar in Punjab. The events were hosted by Punjab Stri Sabha in collaboration with Janwadia Mahila Sangathan, AIWC, NFIW, Asha workers, Anganbadi Workers, Guru Das Pur and Ghadr Party Martyrs Memorial, Janwadi Istrisabha in Jalandhar. Among the speakers in Guru Das Pur were Amandeep Radhawa, Dr. Gandhi and Neelam Dhiman. The speakers among the yatris were Kumud Singh, Kawaljeet Kaur Dhillon, Kushal Bohra, Radha Pandey and Sushma. The key issues addressed were on safeguarding the constitution, equality, attacks on Dalit, Cow Vigilance, mob lynching, diversity. There were performances by Janak Ram who sang at the event and Rajesh Gupta recited a poem.
The second event was organized in Jalandhar. Gurmeet Singh was the speaker and among the yatris, the speakers were Anushree, Manjusha Nayan and Ravinderjeet. The key issues addressed were on sexual abuse, the role of media, and transrights. Alisha and Radha performed the Baatein Aman Ki Song.
Yatra 2 -Ekjuta Yatra: Kerala to Delhi via Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat
On 3rd October 2018, the yatra travelled to Navi Mumbai and Mumbra in Maharashtra. Public meetings were held in Satyagraha College at Navi Mumbai and Diamond Hall at Mumbra in collaboration with Navi Mumbai Collective, Lok Raj Sanghatan and Bombay Local Group, Navi Mumbai and iAwaze Niswa, Sangharsh, Sultana Welfare, Single Mother Foundation, Maharashtra Mahila Federation, Lok Raj, Strimukti, Ittehaf Trust, Maharashtra Mahila Parishad, Anjuman-E-Islam Sahara in Mumbra. More than 650 people participated in the meetings.
Sharada Dube anchored the event at Navi Mumbai and Faiza Sheikh in Mumbra. Among the speakers were Sanjeevani of Lok Raj Sanghatan and among the yatris, the speakers were Nazneen Sheikh and Shabnam Hashmi in Navi Mumbai. The speakers in Mumbra were Marziya Pathan, Shadab Khan,Dr. Imtiyaz Khan, Yasmin and among the yatris, the speakers were Raj Kumari Dogra, Noor Jahan Deewan, Shaheena Shabir and Nazne.
There were performances by Sahara Group, Mumbai Local Group, Meenakshi Bidoria, Pradeep Kumar, Nazneen Sheikh and Madhuri Varshney in Navi Mumbai. There were performances by Kausar,Mamisha, Hafiza Shah, Lakhbir (Sangharsh), Shadab Begum Siddiqui and Avanae (Mishwa) in Mumbra. The key issues addressed were on safeguarding the constitution, stereotypes against Muslims and women empowerment.
Yatra 3 – Ekta Yatra: Tamil Nadu to Delhi via Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Chhattisgarh
On 3rd October 2018, the yatra travelled to Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh. A public meeting was held at the CPI Office in collaboration with NFIW, MDM, and ICDS. Among the yatris, the speakers were Nisha Sidhu, Madhavi Kane, Simran, Premlata and Raja Lakshmi. More than 125 people participated in the meeting. Maddi Manikyam (ICDS) anchored the event.
The key issues addressed were on the significance of the Baatein Aman Ki Campaign gender discrimination, equality, rights, mob lynching, education, violence against women, students, Muslims, Dalits, minorities, and spreading peace and harmony. The team was also given a small welcome in Srikakulam.
Yatra 4 – Samanta Yatra: Delhi to Delhi via Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
On October 3rd 2018, the yatra travelled to Ranchi in Jharkhand. A seminar was held in collaboration with local CPI leaders and Right to Food Campaign members. More than 40 people participated in this seminar, Annie Raja, Comrade Balram and Taramani Sahu amongst others addressed the meeting. The key issues discussed were on the attack on the unity fabric within India, the present government and how Indian citizens must come together to protect and safeguard their constitutional rights.
Yatra 5 – Nyaya Yatra: North East to Delhi via Assam, West Bengal, and Bihar
On 3rd October 2018, the yatra travelled to Raniganj and Bankura in West Bengal. More than 170 people participated in these meetings. The first event was organized in Bankura in collaboration with NFIW and PBMS. Among the speakers were Tara De, Mukti Mukherjee, Sarvani Singha and Aranyak Basa. Gana Tantrik Mahila Samiti,Agragoni Mahila Samiti, Nikhil Banga Mahila Samiti were the participant organizations. The event began by welcoming and introducing the yatris.
The key issues addressed were on spreading peace and harmony and Shyamshree Das led the pledge ceremony in Bangla. Naseem, Komalaben and Manjula Ben performed a Gujarati and Baatein Aman Ki slogans were also raised by Naseem and Pooja.
The event in Raniganj was organized by NFIW and PBMS. Among the speakers were Paromita Das, Kavita Rai and among the yatris, the speakers were Leena Dabiru, Pooja Prasad and Meenakshi Singh. The team was introduced by Shyamshree Das. Meenakshi Singh and Jhunu sang at the event and Pooja Prasad gave a speech which was followed by Meenakshi Singh who spoke in Oriya. Leena Dabiru spoke about the campaign and the event ended with raising Baatein Aman Ki Slogans.