Pune: The nationwide long march underlining ‘Save India, Change India’, from Kanyakumari to Hussainiwala in Punjab, organised by All India Students Federation (AISF) and All India Youth Federation (AIYF) entered Pune on Monday.
The three-day march in Maharashtra has mapped Beed, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and Mumbai. The march, led by AIYF all-India general secretary R Thirumalai, President Afthab Alamkhan, AISF general secretary Viswajith Kumar and President Syed Valiyulla Khadari, and accompanied by National Council Member of AISF Amruta Pathak, girls in charge of AISF Karmveer Kaur, was welcomed by national working council member of AIYF Girish Phonde, former DIG SM Mushrif, Uma Pansare, wife of social activist Govind Pansare, and senior progressive activist Shantatai Ranade at Sane Guruji Smarak.
The march has been embarked with eight agendas, which includes ‘employment for all’ enactment of BNEGA Act, free compulsory, equal and scientific education, secularism, reservation in private sector, electoral reforms, save public sector and stop attacks on Dalits, tribals and Muslims.
Uma Pansare, who was shot at in Kolhapur in 2015, was present to motivate the members who are on the journey. She said, “This march has evoked hopes in people regarding protection of human rights and Constitution of India. Despite witnessing the deaths of Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabolhkar, it has not dimmed the motivation of the youth to keep continuing the movement for human rights. I hope this continues further.”
Mushrif, while addressing the red brigade, said that this is the need of the hour. “The government itself has several internal conflicts, which is evident through their recent activities like mismatch in opinions regarding mob-lynching, Vande Mataram issue and other ongoing things, which are against human rights. We need to address casteism and break the rituals now. The present condition is a threat to our democratic country and Constitution of India,” said Mushrif.
The rally, which had started on July 15 from Kanyakumari, will culminate in Punjab on September 12.