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The team rolled in with the message of ‘nation building through character’

FLURRY OF WHEELS:Skaters from Nagpur on the NH-7 near Adilabad.— PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT
FLURRY OF WHEELS:Skaters from Nagpur on the NH-7 near Adilabad.— PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT

A team of 25 roller skaters from Nagpur in Maharashtra, who are on the last leg of their Kanyakumari to Nagpur skating rally arrived in Adilabad on Thursday. The team rolled in with the message of ‘nation building through character’ to a rousing welcome at Nalanda Degree and PG College near Mavala village where the skaters were felicitated.

The skating expedition covering 1,748 km on the NH-7 is sponsored by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation to spread awareness on social evils like drinking and the use of drugs. “We have organised this rally to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda that falls on January 12,” said Corporation chairman Dayashankar Tiwari.

The team, comprising 11-year-old Suresh Dave as its youngest and 39-year-old Gajendra Bansod as its oldest member, started from Kanyakumari on January 2. “Initially, we covered about 250 kms a day but the distance reduced as we progressed towards Nagpur,” Mr. Tiwari revealed.

The team has covered an additional distance of 200 kms as it entered all major towns on its way. “Wherever we went, people gave us a warm reception and paid heed to our cause,” the Nagpur Municipal Corporation chairman said.

“At Namakkal in Tamil Nadu, Collector Jagannath even organised an interaction with freedom fighters. We got to felicitate 40 freedom fighters there,” he added.

The team of skaters will encounter problems on the last leg after entering the Maharashtra border at Penganga River Bridge due to the bad road condition there. They will walk in places where skating is not possible.

Bike rally

The members of Swami Vivekananda 150th Jayanti Utsav Samiti took out a motorcycle rally in the thoroughfares of Kadapa and raised slogans such as “power is life and weakness is death”.

Deputy Transport Commissioner B. Srikrishnaveni flagged off the rally and said the country had attained freedom due to the efforts of many eminent persons, who drew inspiration from Swami Vivekananda, who made the world know the nation’s great culture and traditions. Swami Vivekananda’s teachings, his ideals and ways to achieve goals will be propagated during the year-long celebrations, she said.

Samiti’s district president G. Siva Reddy said a padayatra would be undertaken from Ramakrishna Samajam at Chennur bus stand here, followed by a public meeting in TTD Kalyana mandapam on January 12. He called upon the people and youth to draw inspiration from Swami Vivekananda.

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