Long march

Published Jan 29, 2013 12:05am

DR Tahirul Qadri’s march has been thoughtlessly compared with the long march undertaken by Mao Zedong and his companions. For the information of the media, I would like to mention some facts about Mao’s long march.

Mao Zedong and his 100,000 companions undertook the long march from South-East to North-West China during 1934-35, covering a distance of 6,000 miles.

The march left Jiangxi in October 1934. At the end of the journey about a year later, only 8,000 of the people were able to reach Shanxi.

So there is just no comparison between Mao’s long march and the one undertaken by Dr Qadri. The latter’s march covered only 356 km, on a level road, with friendly people throughout his journey.

Mao covered extremely hostile terrain, harsh weather, and acute shortage of food and opposition forces, with the result that only 8,000 out of the 100,000 survived the journey.

ABID MAHMUD ANSARI Islamabad


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Agha Ata (USA)
Jan 29, 2013 02:28pm
The success of a long march does not necessarily depend on the length of distance it covers. It depends on the length of the grin that its leader wears when he returns.
marki
Jan 29, 2013 11:26pm
Lies Islamic Dr Qadri