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Activists And Actors Who Joined Bharat Jodo Yatra: Full List

The social media accounts of the Yatra on a daily, post pictures showing people, from old to young, walking with Gandhi, making great photo opportunities as they smile, laugh, exchange words and sometimes tear up.

Bharat Jodo Yatra (PTI Photo)
Bharat Jodo Yatra (PTI Photo)

As the Bharat Jodo Yatra completes its 73rd day, the people who have joined Congress Party’s Rahul Gandhi have included actors, activists, and even the mother of Dalit student Rohith Vemula and the mother and sister of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh.

The aim of this Yatra, the Congress Party says is to unite India. But also, it wouldn’t be presumptive to say that the grand old party will hope to consolidate enough backing before upcoming elections in some States and the general elections of 2024. The party currently remains in power in just two states – Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. It is also in alliance with three other states: Tamil Nadu, Bihar & Jharkhand.

The social media accounts of the Yatra on a daily, post pictures showing people, from old to young, walking with Gandhi, making great photo opportunities as they smile, laugh, exchange words and sometimes tear up.

Medha Patkar

One of the activists who recently joined him was Medha Patkar November 17 who was one of the founders of the Narmada Bachao Andolan. This, however, gave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fodder to accuse Congress and Gandhi, of showing “their animosity towards Gujarat and Gujaratis”. The statement was made by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, who also said that “By giving Medha Patkar a central place in his Yatra, Rahul Gandhi shows that he stands with those elements who denied water to Gujaratis for decades. Gujarat will not tolerate this”.

The contention was that the Andolan that Patkar was part of had protested against the Sardar Sarovar Dam. This was, however specifically for the right of the people who would be displaced due to the construction of the dam. The Andolan had wanted their resettlement and rehabilitation.

Importantly, Gujarat will be voting next month in two phases, December 1 and 5.

Radhika Vemula

The mother of Dalit student Rohith Vemula, whose suicide had been blamed on the state for discriminating against Dalits in universities in the country, joined Gandhi on November 1. The PhD scholar, Vemula had stopped receiving his stipend from the University of Hyderabad, reportedly due to raising his voice against discrimination at the University.

His death sparked off countrywide protests in 2016.

After her meeting with Gandhi, Vemula wrote on Twitter: “Extended solidarity to Bharat Jodo Yatra, walked with Rahul Gandhi, and called upon Congress to save Constitution from BJP-RSS assault, Justice for Rohith Vemula, passing Rohith Act, increasing representation of Dalits, oppressed sections in the higher judiciary, education for all”.

“Rohith Vemula is and will remain a symbol of my struggle against social discrimination and injustice”, Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Pooja Bhatt

The Actor and filmmaker, Bhatt joined Gandhi in Hyderabad on November 2. Bhatt who has been seen taking to Twitter and speaking against fake news and hate speech, shared pictures and video from her Bharat Jodo Yatra, writing with it: “The audacity of hope! #bharatjodoyatra #hyderabad #IN @bharatjodo @rahulgandhi (sic)”.

While the Congress’ handle on the yatra tweeted: “Every day a new history is being created… Every day the number of people who love is increasing in the country,” with photos and videos of

Other actors who have joined Gandhi include Riya Sen who was seen on the Yatra’s 11th day of the Maharashtra leg, on November 17. Actor Sushant Singh joined the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Nanded city of Maharashtra on November 10 and also joined a rally after where he said: “Hatred is being spread and the path of love and harmony is difficult. You have chosen this path. It is difficult. There is a saying that if you lose everything in love, then victory is possible”.

Kavith and Indira Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh, a prominent journalist and writer who would write against right-wing Hindutva politics was assassinated in 2017. Her sister Kavitha Lankesh and mother Indira joined Gandhi in the Karnataka leg of his Yatra on October 7.

With a picture of him with the Lankesh, Gandhi tweeted “Gauri stood for Truth Gauri stood for Courage Gauri stood for Freedom I stand for Gauri Lankesh and countless others like her, who represent the true spirit of India. Bharat Jodo Yatra is their voice. It can never be silenced.”

The Assembly elections in Karnataka are likely to be held in May next year. 

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