After covering more than 2,300 km on bicycle, social activist and Jamia Millia Islamia alumnus Shah Alam is all set to organise a ‘Jan Sansad’ (People’s parliament) in the hinterland of Chambal on May 25 under the aegis of Chambal Study Circle.
The event is to be held on the160th anniversary of 1857 revolt against the British Empire. People from all walks of life across the country will participate in the meet and discuss development and livelihood issues in its several sessions.
The organiser is a founder of Ayodhya-based Awaam Ka Cinema, a socio-cultural forum.
“The war of 1857 emanated out of problems faced by the common man and turned into a movement which paved way for ousting the British from India. Likewise, our ‘jan sansad’ aims at identifying problems faced by people in the Chambal region across the states of UP, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,” said Shah Alam.
Etawah-based writer KP Singh said: “Panchnada was the site of several strategic meetings organized by freedom fighters between May and December 1857 to decide the course of the campaign. Two days after the rebellion in Meerut on May 10, 1857, the movement travelled to Etawah.”
Alam said: “Still, the people in the region lead a life of deprivation which gives us the reason to hold this parliament.”