With just one month to go until the Jan Satyagraha March begins, on 2 October 2012, it would be fair to wonder why Ekta Parishad's leadership is willing to face arrest.
And why there are 100,000 people, many already hungry, who are prepared to march 8-12km a day for a month, many barefoot, on such little sustenance as crushed, soaked rice with onion, potato and chilli salt, one or two times a day.
Forced from their land
In December last year I visited communities with Ekta Parishad as they prepared them for the march.
One fishing community on India's stunning western coastline told us that they are being forced off their land, with increasing violence, by local state forces.
Detained for hours
As we were leaving, we were stopped by the police, detained for hours and made to delete video footage we'd taken of their story.
The fisherfolk of this community were opposing the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant development, set to displace thousands and affect tens of thousands of people.
They were refusing to be bought (for minimal compensation) or bullied off their land. As a result, their surrounding paradise setting had become a daily nightmare.
Ekta Parishad speaks to the people
The people were living in the daily shadow of terror that any morning they could wake up to be physically forced from their coastal land... and lose everything they had.
Young and old crowded into the community building to hear the community leaders share their plight and hear Ekta Parishad's words of encouragement.
People were hanging through the open windows and peering in through the wrought-iron work in the walls. Hundreds more gathered outside to listen over loudspeaker.
'Mark the tension on their faces' said our Delhi colleague as he explained that a man had been shot dead and a handful more injured by police during a public demonstration here.
The people were living in the daily shadow of terror that any morning they could wake up to be physically forced from their coastal land, homes and livelihoods and lose everything they had.
Fishing is all they know.
Largest democracy on Earth
After five hours we were released, and received an apology for our wrongful detention the next morning.
As unsettling as our detention was, it did nothing but bring to stark clarity the force and intimidation that, in this the so-called largest democracy on Earth, affiliates of the state appear willing to employ to get their way.
Journey gives hope
This sense of powerlessness was balanced by the incredible energy, hope and organisational zeal that over the last year have been breathed into hundreds of communities by Ekta Parishad’s journey and tireless campaign.
Their exhausting daily endeavours this year drive home the very real, urgent need to ensure that the voices of the poor – a large majority of India's population – are listened to, considered and acted upon.
Video: India's march for justice