Cycling from Jharkhand to KashmirApril 6th, 2008 - 2:35 pm ICT by admin
Kendrapada, April 6 (IANS) A 65-year-old man cycling from Jharkhand to Jammu and Kashmir to spread awareness about peace and environment has reached Orissa. A retired college teacher of Magadha University in Bihar, Anand Prasad Singh holds a masters degree in geography and says he is spending all his pension money on the arduous 9,000 km journey.
Singh, who set out March 26, will be cycling for the next 10 months. He says it is all for a better society.
“My aim is to create awareness among the people about the dangers we are likely to face if we don’t save the environment,” Singh, who arrived at Chandikhol town in Orissa’s Jajpur district Friday, told IANS.
“I am also spreading the message of universal brotherhood, peace and harmony,” said Singh, who said he started his expedition from Dudhani village in Jharkhand’s Dumka district.
“I am spending my entire pension on this journey. At times I’ve to spend nights without food and shelter. But it has (only) made me more determined.
“I have two married daughters and a son. My wife lives in my village. They all encouraged me on my mission.”
He claims to have covered about 600 km across Jharkhand and parts of coastal Orissa so far.
“When you try to explain something like awareness on social issues, people do not listen to you. But they raise a lot of queries regarding my mission and my objectives,” Singh said.
Cycling 30-40 km every day, he aims to cover 250 km each week. Villagers and local organisations often extend food and shelter for him.
“After the end of the journey, I will write a book titled ‘I Am Indian’,” Singh said.