«The legacy of Gandhi», Rajagopal P.V. – a life for non-violent resistance (2012)
On a trip through India, I met by accident a man who is carrying on the legacy of Gandhi for over thirty years. Rajagopal P.V. mobilized the poorest of the poor - the indigenous people , landless and outcaste - and developed effective nonviolent methods in the tradition of Gandhi to mobilize them to help them stand up for their rights. He built up a social base movement called " Ekta Parishad ", which now operates in eleven states of India.
In 2007, organized Rajagopal P.V. a historically unique non-violent protest action. At that time, 25,000 men and women had gathered for a 27-day walk to draw attention to their social disadvantages.
On 2 October 2012, the birthday of Gandhi , another march for justice took place . It was even bigger and more impressive! Around 50 000 Dalits (untouchables ) and Adivasis (indigenous people of India) took part and it was crowned with great success. The government agreed an all claims of Ekta Parishad. To date, 70 % of the agreements are implemented.
I accompanied Rajagopal P.V. on a journey through various Indian states. In long conversations, I gained a deep insight into his life and work. The result was the portrait «The Legacy of Gandhi».
The book will appeal to readers who want to familiarize themselves with the principles of non-violence in the tradition of Gandhi - an exciting topic at times of a politically uncertain world situation.
Readings and lectures on the philosophy of non-violence on request.
Ekta Parishad is nominated for Peace Nobel Price.