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Pondicherry youth on cycle tour to Kargil

BHUBANESWAR, JULY 28: The hostilities in Kargil spurred thousands to contribute to the defence effort by way of cash contributions and en...

BHUBANESWAR, JULY 28: The hostilities in Kargil spurred thousands to contribute to the defence effort by way of cash contributions and encouraging messages — the tokens of appreciation are reportedly still flowing in. But 28-year-old Jyothi Murugan thought he would do it his own way — by cycling from Pondicherry all the way to Kargil where the battle is far from over.

Murugan started his tour on June 30, taking with him banners carrying messages to the jawans by more than 1,000 school children in Pondicherry.

He has covered 3,500 km so far, whizzing past Chennai, Nellore, Vijayawada, Yennam, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Rajahmundry, reaching Bhubaneswar on Monday evening.

He will now go on to Agra, Delhi, Jalandhar, New Delhi and Srinagar and expects to reach Kargil on August 15 where he will present the banner to the soldiers.

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The cycling tour has been organised by Youth Hostels Association of India, West Unit, Pondicherry.

Murugan cycles 8-10 hours a day and says the people he’s met loved theidea.

He decided against doing the tour — which is being supported by the Youth Hostels Association of India — on a motorcycle because “a motorcycle moves too fast.”

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“On a cycle, people can catch up with me on the road and talk to me.”

The response to his tour, Murugan says, has been “tremendous”, especially the children’s.

“The school children who wrote poems on the banner encouraging the jawans are more informed about the happenings at Kargil than their elders.”

First published on: 29-07-1999 at 12:00:00 am
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