Mathangi N M, III Year B.A. English
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“The Bharat Yatra is the march from fear to freedom.” – Kailash Satyarthi.
On the 13th of September, 2017, Stella Maris College had the privilege to receive Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize of 2014, who made a brief stop at Chennai for his Bharat Yatra.
The Yatra commenced at Kanyakumari on the 11th of September, 2017 and will culminate at New Delhi on the 10th of October. The Yatra is the declaration of war on Child Sexual Abuse by Mr. Sathyarthi who wishes to reawaken the consciousness of the people through this symbolic demonstration.
Accompanied by the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Miss Indra Banerjee, Mrs. Satyarthi and Mr. Paul Bhaskar, the regional convenor of the Bharat Yatra, Mr. Satyarthi addressed everyone present in the college campus and urged them to rid India of the evils of abuse.
“I am still an ordinary Indian and a friend to all of you”, said Mr. Satyarthi in his address to the audience and connected well with the crowd by chanting slogans in Tamil. Following his speech, the dignitaries Mr and Mrs. Sathyarthi, Sister Susan and several other members of the administrative staff began the Pada Yatra from the Open Air Auditorium. The staff and students also joined in thus, collectively embracing the vision of war against the injustice of abuse.