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Three bravehearts pedalling for the love of peace

HAVING COVERED a distance of 84,250 kilometres till date, for a team of three cyclists, nothing is impossible. They believe that if you have the will, there?s a way too. The three bravehearts of Gorakhpur who started their expedition on February 4, 2002 to create awareness for patriotism, polio, literacy and female foeticide and above all for world peace and harmony, aim to cover Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan etc by 2011.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 00:32 IST

HAVING COVERED a distance of 84,250 kilometres till date, for a team of three cyclists, nothing is impossible. They believe that if you have the will, there’s a way too. The three bravehearts of Gorakhpur who started their expedition on February 4, 2002 to create awareness for patriotism, polio, literacy and female foeticide and above all for world peace and harmony, aim to cover Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan etc by 2011.

Group leader Ranjeet Bacchan along with his friends, Kalindi and Vijendra Kumar Mishra, are on ‘Bharat Bhraman Cycle Yatra’. So far, they have visited 19 states from Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari and are ready to cover 17 more.

The team had eight members when they first left from Gorakhpur. However, with time, some could not come out of emotional bonding with their families while others fell ill and decided to leave the three to fulfill their dream. They do face lots of problem but are courageous enough to achieve their goal.

They have changed their bicycle 18 times, while the tyre and tubes have been changed over 300 times. Yet, gutsy Kalindi says, “Problem is a friend of mine. It never leaves my side. But when a target is achieved, I get immense pleasure.”

She says that when they started their mission, everything seemed impossible but gradually, they have begun to see it on the horizon. However, it will take a long time to reach. She further says that she has seen life of women in Indian villages and feels sad that in today’s scenario, they are not free to express themselves.

Similarly, Vijendra Kumar Mishra says that their mission is to create awareness through street plays and so far they have played more than 10,000 plays. He further says that the thing to be noticed is people who are illiterate catch things fast. “If every 10th person gets awareness through street plays, then I feel grateful and seem that I am close to my target” he adds.

Though they are away from home but strong will makes them to stand firm on their path. Group leader, Ranjeet says that they have not visited their home since 2002 but thanks to latest communication technology, they are never far from loved ones. He further says that it is journey of more than 10 years and we will be successful when our goal is achieved.

For them, the whole world is their home, as they say in unison, before leaving for Allahabad via Kanpur Dehat, Banda etc.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 00:32 IST