In case you haven’t heard as yet, an initiative by students of Delhi University is now catching the fancy of students and non-students from different parts of India and abroad. The ‘Cycle March for Peace’ from India’s southernmost tip Kanya Kumari to the Pakistani capital Islamabad has started its journey.
Aimed at kick starting a new chapter in fostering friendly relations based on love, peace and non-violence in India’s immediate neighborhood and in the world at large, the Cycle March for Peace has left Kanya Kumari and will pass through Kollam, Alappuzha, Kochi, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod in Kerala, and further Managalore, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Lahore on the way to Islamabad, mostly along national highways.
Praveen Singh, one of the students behind this initiative, opined: “The Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, showed us the path of non-violence. We too, following in his footsteps, believe that peace is the only solution for the prosperity of the world. Due to mutual mistrust and hate, India and Pakistan spend huge amounts for defence purposes which could otherwise be used in the fight against poverty and hunger. We want to change this state of affairs by joining hands for peace.”
The cycle march will cover approximately 50 km every day – 25 km in the morning and 25 km in the evening, and the cyclists are expected to arrive in New Delhi by July 31 and at the Wagah border on August 14th to jointly celebrate the independence days of India and Pakistan. The march hopes to reach Islamabad by the August 31.
The cyclists plan to collect signatures on the theme ‘Love Your Neighbour’ all along the route. The collected signatures will be submitted to the Governments of India and Pakistan.
The students from Delhi University will be joined by others from Swaraj University Rajasthan, M D S University Ajmer, Meerut University and University of Kerala. Among those who would join in the initiative will be Dr. Bhagwati Oza, a 77-year-old gynaecologist from Vadodara, who in 2011 had cycled 3000 km from Kolkata to Kanyakumari.
A number of organizations have come out in support of the march including United Religions Initiative, Harijan Sevak Sangh, Vivekanand Kendra, and Jeevan Vidya. Head here to know more.
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