On his fifth day of participating in Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra, activist Yogendra Yadav, in an interview with The Quint on Sunday, 11 September, shared his thoughts on why this journey is important and how it will bring the country together.
"People ask me who this journey will unite. To them, I say that this journey will bring India and its future together, it will unite citizens with their representatives, democracy with the state, duty with its core and actions with pride," he said.
‘People at the Top Promoting Hatred and Communalism To Hide Their Failures'
"Just like the British divide and rule policy, the people at the top in this country are promoting hatred and stirring communal tensions to cover up their failures."
Yadav said that in order to hide real issues such as "inflation, unemployment, a citizen's struggles, and Hum Do Humare Do" those in power are "playing Hindu-Muslim games and break the nation, and that is why there is a need to unite the country today."
Yadav's 'Hum Do Humare Do' comment refers to a slogan coined by Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi, who alleged that the government promotes crony capitalism.
"I am participating in this yatra so that when twenty or fifty years from now, our grandchildren and the future generation asks us what we were doing when there was an attempt to divide this country in 2023 or 2024, I have an answer," Yadav said.
On being asked about how this yatra aims to unite the country, Yadav said that as "the media is controlled and we keep getting news about the remaining few media channels being bought. People are scared of voicing their opinions, the world's biggest media is the word of mouth."
"During the Emergency, the state completely controlled the media and the truth was hidden from the public, yet the truth travelled through word of mouth. That is why a yatra is the most efficient and traditional medium to unite the country through word of mouth. Through this simple journey on foot, we are trying to share our thoughts and spread the message of unity with the public. Whether the message reaches the people or not depends on you all as well."Yogendra Yadav
‘Ask Yourself How You Can Contribute’
Yadav, urging for more support, further asked:
"Do you want your children to be born in an environment where the COVID-19 pandemic has been turned into a communal issue? Do you want your children to study in an environment where the majority of the population's income is decreasing and only two people's income is increasing? Do you want to live in an India which will be viewed the same way in the future as Russia is viewed right now? If not, then you have to join this journey."
Yadav also asked the public to not sit at home and ponder over the Bharat Jodo Yatra's successes and failures, but rather ask themselves how they can contribute to the movement.