Understand The Jai Jagat Global Campaign 2020

History and Approach

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Origin

An initiative initiated by Rajagopal PV, disciple of Gandhi’s nonviolent action.

Basic philosophy

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The Jai Jagat Spirit

The Jai Jagat 2020 Campaign promotes nonviolent action as a means to achieving peace and well-being in the world.

The Global March

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New Dehli – Genève

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The “Long” march begins on October 2, 2019, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.

Peoples Forum

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Geneva – October 2020

A message of peace and justice brought to the international institutions

THE Reference !

The Green and White Book of Jai Jagat 2020 Written by Jill Carr-Harris & Rajagopal P.V.

History and Approach

An initiative initiated by Rajagopal PV, disciple of Gandhi’s nonviolent action.

Rajagopal P.V.

Jai Jagat means “Victory of an inclusive and peaceful world” where no one is left behind – no one, no group, no nation, no living being. For Vinoba Bhave, a devotee of Gandhi, the term ‘Jai Jagat’, he was convinced that greater social, political, economic and ecological inclusion would invariably lead to peace. Jai Jagat insists on a new global model of bottom-up development and is a fair way to live together on Earth.

The Jai Jagat campaign builds on the experiences of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr .; Nelson Mandela; Mother Teresa; suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst; ecologist Rachel Carson and many others. While everyone used nonviolent strategies to unite people around the world, especially those who were deprived of their rights, nonviolence became part of their individual commitment and led them to fight for justice while sowing seeds of Peace.

Jai Jagat also comes from a contemporary experience of an Indian popular movement called Ekta Parishad (Unity Forum), widely praised for its long marches bringing together the poorest and most marginalized to challenge existing power relations, and through nonviolent action, encourages governments to change their policies.

Basic philosophy, themes, action points

Nonviolence

Jai Jagat 2020 is a nonviolent campaign to collectively reflect and act for global peace and justice.

Jai Jagat’s vision is one of adopting the principle of ‘ahimsa’, a Gandhian concept, which guides and motivates human action. Nonviolent social movements are encouraged to bring people together to courageously press for agendas of change for the weakest sections of the population.

The practice of nonviolent social action is not just for enacting external change, it is also for continually overcoming one’s own inner violence. Gandhi’s use of satyagraha (translated as ‘truth force’) to find inner power by which to overcome obstacles and carry out external change was both referenced on the self and on larger social conflict.

This vision links individual, ‘inner’ transformation with larger, ‘external’ social change, and may be broken up into six commitments: first, commitment to personal change; second, commitment to protecting the life nurturing role of the earth; third, commitment to nonviolent social action; fourth, commitment to nonviolence as a way of life; fifth, commitment to global citizenship; and sixth, commitment to justice, human rights and democracy.

These six commitments are focused on changing value systems, and if visualized in relation to one another, may contribute to creating a social base which will help bring about and sustain public support for urgently needed changes to resolve various pressing survival issues, such as the pressing climate and ecological emergency.

This demands us to be open to dialogue wherever possible, and if dialogue is not possible, to take up struggle.

Such commitments ask us to be intentionally nonviolent in thought, word and deed. Words and actions begin in thought, and thus we need to develop the discipline of examining our thoughts before speaking.

Speaking in a nonviolent manner requires us to listen and respect others, even if their views are different or critical of our own. People with different perspectives on the same reality are more nonviolent when they appreciate each other’s differences.

The only way that the planetary issues we speak of here can be addressed is if people sustain their commitments to change, both in their relationship with the earth and to each other. Inner change comes first and foremost, but for this change to occur, it has to be self-willed and with a positive commitment to realize peace as a social goal.

To quote what Gandhi did in fact say: ‘If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change’.

The Global Peace March

From New Delhi to Geneva, from October 2019 to September 2020

The Jai Jagat 2020 campaign spans four years and many different events, but ends with a mega event in Geneva in the fall of 2020.

The march begins on October 2, 2019, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. It will start from Rajghat in New Delhi (India), resting place of Mahatma Gandhi. It will take less than a year before arriving in Geneva on 25 September 2020, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace.
The Peace Caravan covers a total distance of more than 10,000 km and traverses a total of 10 countries.

The caravan does not take the shortest route directly to Geneva. Each country traversed according to established local networks constitutes the stages of world travel.

The March will consist of a core of 150 people. People are not required to participate throughout the year and can participate in some stages of the world trip.

In Geneva: People’s Forums & Advocacy at the UN!

A message of peace and justice brought to the international institutions

The latest action of the Jai Jagat 2020 campaign is our meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, following the People’s Action Forum.

After four years of campaigning about people’s grievances and hopes from around the world, we will present our program for a new path of development and urge the United Nations to act for justice and peace in the world.

This major action is expected to bring together 5,000 people in Geneva. The Geneva People’s Action Forum is an opportunity to conclude the campaign together. All members and partners are invited to participate.

A “People’s Parliament” will be held in Geneva. Designed as an “agora”, where people can express their concerns in front of all, the main goal is to find directions for global change.

Above all, the debates in the People’s Parliament will focus on the completion of our agenda, the platform we will present to the UN.

To enable everyone to participate in workshops, discussion boards and other smaller circles will be organized. It will be an opportunity to learn about nonviolence, peace and an alternative way of development.

With visitors from around the world, it’s a real opportunity to meet and share.

We will go to the Headquarters of the United Nations as advocates to present our collected stories and case studies in the name of peace, inclusion, the end of inequalities, ecological reconstruction and social justice for all!