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MP: Man cycles across country to chronicle unsung revolutionaries

Meet 35-year-old Shah Alam who is cycling across the country with a mission to document the lives of unsung freedom fighters.

bhopal Updated: Jun 19, 2016 18:05 IST
Shah Alam began his cycling journey on May 29 from Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh.
Shah Alam began his cycling journey on May 29 from Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh. (HT photo)

Meet 35-year-old Shah Alam who is cycling across the country with a mission to document the lives of unsung freedom fighters.

A resident of Delhi, Alam, who began his journey on May 29 from Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh, pedalled 530km covering the paths taken by the revolutionaries and the villages where they had stayed.

He reached Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.

He told Hindustan Times over the phone, “During my journey, I’ve so far documented the lives of seven revolutionaries.” “During my journey through the paths taken by our revolutionaries, I met many people from whom I got information about the families who supported freedom fighters,” he said.

“Also, I went to those places in Uttar Pradesh where Rani Laxmibai visited before laying down her life. After meeting more than 10,000 people and covering over four dozen villages, I arrived at Chambal in Madhya Pradesh,” he added.

“Now, I’m working on the revolutionaries of Chambal region infamous for dacoits. In Bhind, locals related to me some great stories of Indian freedom struggle, which they heard from elders.”

“My next destination is Barwai in Morena district, the ancestral village of great freedom fighter Ram Prasad Bismil,” said Alam.

Regarding his livelihood, Alam said, “While I survive on the food offered to me by villagers, my cycle does not require much money for maintenance.”

“I meet people throughout the day and spend the nights at village temples,” Alam said, adding that he had joined a voluntary organisation Aawam ka Cinema.