Social reformer, Sri M’s Delhi leg of pan-India padayatra from Wednesday To meet Pranab, Kejriwal; deliver talks amid Kanyakumari-Kashmir march
New Delhi, Feb 15: An ongoing Kanyakumari-Kashmir padayatra by social reformer Sri M will on Wednesday enter the national capital, where the 67-year-old spiritual guide is slated to meet top administrators, influential leaders and the common people for the next 15 days in a bid to promote inter-faith harmony.
The Delhi leg of the 16-month ‘The Walk of Hope’ will see the famed yogi holding walks, visiting religious places of various faiths, delivering talks and interacting with the public besides constitutional authorities such as the President of India and the Chief Minister of Delhi.
The Feb 17-March 3 padayatra in the National Capital Region will begin from Gurgaon with an eight-km march to Chattarpur Mandir and conclude with a daytime walk to Khalsa College followed by a farewell at Alipur in northwest Delhi bordering Haryana. In between, Sri M will be meeting President Pranab Mukherjee (Rashtrapati Bhavan, Feb 19) and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (during February 18 walk), besides holding two days of Nirahar Satyagrahas against terrorism and communal violence.
There will also be cultural evenings featuring music concerts—by Manav Ekta Band (IIT Feb 18), Hindustani vocalist Kalapini Komkali (IIC, Feb 22), fusion music by Indian Ocean band (Nehru Park, Feb 27) and choral music (Sacred Heart Cathredral, Feb 28), besides Kathak dance (IIT, Feb 18) and a play ‘Amir Khusro’ (India Islamic Centre, Feb 29).
The 7,500-km pan-India walk with 70 volunteers, which started from Kanyakumari with Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir as their destination, has been reaching out to millions of people. For Sri M, who has penned the bestseller ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan master—A Yogi’s Autobiography’, the aim is to interact with 10 million fellow Indians in eleven states by the time the Walk concludes after 500 days of journey in May this year.
&ldquo 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,” says Sri M, who was born Mumtaz Ali Khan and runs the Manav Ekta Mission (http://manavektamission.org
). The Manav Ekta Mission, a wing of the Satsang Foundation established by Sri M, powers the Walk of Hope.
The other highlights of the Delhi round are talks at IIT (Feb 18), IIC (Feb 22), AIIMS (Feb 26) and India Islamic Centre (Feb 29), besides visits to Hindu and Jain temples, churches, masjids, gurdwaras, ashrams, dargahs, educational institutions, night shelters, parks and other public places.
The Nirahar Satyagrahas (Feb 24 & 25) will be of nine hours each and are slated to be held at Jantar Mantar (Sansad Marg).
Sri M will also attend felicitation functions at Teen Murti House (Feb 19) and Siri Fort Auditorium (Delhi Welcomes ‘The Walk of Hope’, Feb 21).