Pilgrimage tour comes to the city

2018-10-31 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe men at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Gandhi’s birthday before their journey.

PHOTO: suppliedThe men at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on Gandhi’s birthday before their journey.

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SIX men — five from India and one from Japan — will make their way through Pietermaritzburg on Friday as they continue to embark on their worldwide pilgrimage of countries, spreading Gandhian thoughts as they walk through various cities in various countries.

Spreading a message of global peace, Nitin Sonwane, Yogesh Mathuria, Jalandharnath Channole, Sangram Patil, Dilip Eambolker of India, and Kanshin Ikeda of Japan began their journey through South Africa on October 2 on the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

They plan to complete their walk on November 30 and thereafter continuing their visits to remaining countries.

Beginning their walk from Johannesburg, the six have made their way through various cities and will end their tour of SA in the Eastern Cape.

They are aiming to walk a total of 900 km as part of their mission to spread peace in the name of Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

“We planned to do the peace pilgrimage in South Africa, where two great leaders shaped the history of mankind through non-violence,”

“Our peace pilgrimage is to share the life message of Gandhi and Mandela while walking in the footsteps of the two great leaders who changed the world by pure love. Both iconic leaders inspired us to work for equality, freedom and justice,” emphasised Sonwane, who hails from Pune, India.

“We want to draw the world’s attention to these two men’s life message and take action for peaceful co-existence for both mankind and nature,” said Ikeda, a Buddhist monk from Japan whose guru actually interacted with Gandhi.

The men have been going from town to town spreading their message of non-violence and their journey can be followed on Sonawane’s Facebook page.

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