A fight for independence

At the closing ceremony of the WSF, former president of India (and himself a Dalit ) Sri K. R. Narayanan reminded the audience that more than 50 years ago, this very same ground on which we were standing had heard the determined and powerful call of Gandhi for India’s independence from foreign rule. As in the fight for India?s independence, today?s call for justice, freedom and equality proclaimed by all participants at the WSF faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles; and the same doubts and cynicism from vested interests that had blocked the road to India’s freedom now lay menacingly ahead of us. We need, he added, the same faith and determination. Can we march again with Gandhi in an inclusive and non-violent struggle? [HL40131]