Badanawal Satyagraha and National Convention for Sustainable Living - Day 7

Event Date: 
18 April 2015 - 10:00am

Over the last year and a half, a Handloom Satyagraha has been underway in and around the state of
Karnataka. It was conducted by the All India Federation of Handloom Organizations. In December 2013,
thousands of handloom weavers from across Karnataka marched several hundred kilometers in a campaign
entitled ‘Banashankari Yatre’. In January 2014, an indefinite fast was observed demanding strict
implementation of the Handloom Reservation Act. In December 2014, a fast until death campaign was
undertaken in order to protest against the manufacture of imitation handloom products through powerlooms.
The federation has now decided to broad base the Satyagraha and include all organizations working towards
sustainability into this campaign. Sustainability in agriculture, environment, labour, gender, language, folklore,
culture and education, along with Khadhi and handlooms, is our motto. Badanawal Satyagraha has now
become a joint campaign of all consumers and producers of a sustainable production range. It is a joint
campaign of the city people and the village poor.
Badanawal is a small village situated at the southern end of Mysore district, adjoining Chamarajanagar, in
Karnataka. It is a perpetually draught prone area. Back in 1925, a well-known Gandhian, by name Tagadoor
Ramachandra Rao, started a Khadi and Village Industries production centre here. Gandhiji has visited this
centre a couple of times and stayed there. The Khadi centre is still, somehow, holding on to its dear life in the
midst of indiscriminate industrialization and greedy development.

As part of this Satyagraha, meetings, workshops, street performances and visual art campaigns shall be
conducted all over Karnataka from March 21st onwards. Several Padyatras (long march) shall begin from 12th
April onwards, culminating at Badanawal for the National Convention for Sustainable Living on the 19th of
April, 2015.

On this day, panchayats will be held on different aspects of sustainability throughout the day. There shall
also be exhibitions, sale, demonstrations and prayer meetings at the Convention. In future, Badanawal Khadi
Centre shall become a pilgrimage place for people who believe in sustainable living.

Come, join us. Make this world a better place to live in, all over again.


Contact: Bengaluru: DESI, 54, 3rd Cross, SBM Colony, Banashankari 1st Stage, Bengaluru – 560050 Ph:
080-26725514 Mob: 9066591151 Mysore: ‘Charvaka’, 986, Panchamantra Road, Kuvempu Nagar, Mysore –
570023, Mob: 9448570093 Chamarajanagar: Deenabandhu Trust, Behind Forest Department Nursery,
Chamarajanagar Mob: 9449406454 Udupi: Shreekumar, Nakhre, Karkala Taluk, Udupi – 576117 Mob:
9480346081 Belagavi: Gopi Krishna, 10, Nisarga Shobha, Jadhav Nagar, Belagavi – 590019 Mob: 9448132609
Raichur: Abhay, Prerana, 1-4-88/109, Ramalingeshwar Layout, Telecom Colony, Raichur – 584101 Mob:
9845371493 Gajendragad: All India Federation of Handloom Organizations, Vani Pet, Near Gavi Math,
Gajendragad, Gadag

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