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Gourishankar undertakes 1,400-km cycle expedition

On a mission:Former journalist P. Gourishankar, on a cycle expedition against corruption, arrives in Kurnool on Saturday.— Photo: U. Subramanyam
On a mission:Former journalist P. Gourishankar, on a cycle expedition against corruption, arrives in Kurnool on Saturday.— Photo: U. Subramanyam

Former journalist P. Gourishankar undertook 1400-km cycle expedition from Pithapuram in East Godavari to Shirdi in Maharashtra with the mission of creating awareness against corruption and other social evils. Mr. Gourishankar arrived here on Saturday after 14 days of tough journey through summer days along the East coast. He took a three-day break at Srisailam spending time in the spiritual environment.

Unjust society

Mr. Gourishankar, who worked as staff reporter for several vernacular dailies in different places of the State, settled down in Hyderabad as freelance writer and spared some of his time for social activity. He felt that corruption at high places and government system was eating into the vitals which would create an unjust society in the long run. Peace, prosperity and wellness would be elusive in future because of indifference to the phenomenon now. He explained that liquor was available in plenty everywhere while water was a scarce commodity. The funds meant for the welfare of the weaker sections were diverted to other activities leading to growth of tensions among the downtrodden. The rights of the weak groups like women and adivasis were trampled upon as their voice was so feeble.

Growing tensions

The high rate of suicides in society was an indicator to the growing social and family tensions. Mr. Gourishankar planned to complete his mission in 40 days and reach Shirdi. The expedition which is being carried with barest minimum expenditure was funded by his old friends and some police officers.

After three-day stay at Srisailam temple, Mr. Gourishankar noticed that devotees were not allowed to touch the Shivalinga which was important for every devotee. According to him, even scores of Muslim families from Kashmir visited every year to have ‘sparsha darshan' of Jyothirlinga at Srisailam, which was an age-old tradition.


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  • ‘Liquor available in plenty while water is scarce'



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