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Thursday , May 9 , 2013
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Two-wheel elixir for body, mind and nature

- Youth on 16-day cycling mission

Jorhat, May 8: Lakhyajyoti Hazarika is on a mission — to promote the benefits of cycling such as a healthy body and environment.

He also wants to spread the message of peace and harmony in a state divided by ethnic clashes, crime and rampant poaching of wildlife.

Tomorrow’s sun will see the 28-year-old Hazarika embark on a 16-day cycling mission, covering all the 27 districts of the state

Hazarika, who comes from Tekelagaon village in western part of Jorhat district, will start in front of Jorhat police station early tomorrow.

The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) will help him in his endeavour. Its members will receive him in all the 27 districts and provide him food and lodging when required.

Hazarika said he wanted to motivate the youth to take to riding cycles instead of motorcycles.

“Everyday we get to hear of motorcycle accidents in which people die or are maimed. I want to show today’s generation that a lot can be achieved with a cycle. In the process, I can also spread the message of keeping the environment free of pollutants,” Hazarika said.

He said he would extol the health benefits of riding a bicycle. “India has become the diabetes capital of the world, more because of our sedentary habits than anything else. Doctors always recommend exercise in some form or the other and the next best thing to walking is cycling. Riding a bicycle builds muscles and generally keeps one fit and healthy,” he elaborated.

Hazarika said he would also spread the message of bringing back peace to the state. “There is so much unrest in the state these days that one is never sure of returning safely at the end of the day. If in a few districts it is ethnic clashes, in others there are militant attacks. Again one can be easily murdered for a few rupees or a gold chain. At the slightest provocation, people are up in arms. There is no peace at all,” he said.

Hazarika would also like to raise the issue of animal poaching in the state. “On the way I will tell everyone I meet about the false belief in the aphrodisiac qualities of the rhino horn for which the herbivore is killed.”

AJYCP Jorhat district secretary Palash Dev Das said if time permits, the Parishad would make arrangements for meetings or rallies, which Hazarika could address.