Jan Jagaran Padyatra

The second Padyatra, 'Jan Jagaran Padyatra' (Humanity Awake Foot-march!) began on 11th March, 1985, from Gandhi Maidan, Siliguri (West Bengal). It passed through the mountainous areas of Darjeeling and ended at Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. This 250-km Padyatra led to renewed spiritual and social awareness among the backward but pious local population. It also called upon the Government to recognize and alleviate the various problems endemic to these areas, and to heed the pleas of the local people, who felt grossly neglected by the authorities. It also supported and re-energized the long pending demand of recognition of the Nepali language.