Sri M’s all-India padayatra is a prompter for peace: Sheila Dixit


New Delhi, Feb 25: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit today lauded social reformer Sri M’s ongoing pan-India ‘Walk of Hope’ as a long journey capable of strengthening the feeling of oneness among its people and instilling the value of peace in them.

Addressing a two-day nirahar satyagraha by the 67-year-old spiritual guide in the capital where his 16-month Kanyakumari-Srinagar march for interfaith harmony is taking rounds for over a week now, she said the padayatra essentially sought to convince the public to sit together to discuss issues in a bid to resolving them.

“Sri M in one person whose presence helps us overcome negative feelings such as anger, frustration and enmity,” Dixit told a gather at Jantar Mantar where Kerala-born yogi fasted for the second consecutive day along with 70-plus volunteers of his Manavi Ekta Mission and scores of other supporters who had walked from Bangla Saheb Gurdwara. “Just talking to him brings in a feeling of calm and tranquillity.”

Sri M said the nirahar satyagraha was being held in conjunction with the 7,500-km walk, as both create hope for a secure and united India. “We have earlier held it in Pune, Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Lucknow with active participation of society,” added the yogi, whose autobiography whose autobiography ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master’ is a best-seller.

The day-long fast, interspersed with cultural programmes on the sidelines, saw participation of leaders across the political spectrum, including Union Minister of State Giriraj Singh.

Yesterday, former union minister Shashi Tharoor, MP, his Rajya Sabha counterpart Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Upper House’s Deputy Chairman P J Kurien and Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh were among those who joined Sri M (born Mumtaz Ali Khan and then a disciple of Maheshwarnath Baba of the Himalayas).

In his fortnight-long Delhi leg, slated to conclude on March 3, Sri M has already met President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and a few union ministers as well as jurists besides leaders of various religions and social organisations.

The Sringar-bound walk, which also hosts cultural evenings, will conclude after 500 days of journey in early May this year.

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