Gyanendra Singh, a social worker from Uttarakhand who since 2002 has undertaken four cycle expeditions covering 14,775 km for the cause of world peace, launched his fifth tour from Rameswaram on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old bachelor began his ambitious expedition, intending to cover 6,000 km across 12 States, on Tuesday evening after offering prayers at the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple.
Carrying a slogan “Crime control is my prime patrol,” Mr. Singh, who made a brief stopover here, said he began the first “Sadbhavana Cycle Yatra” after the 2002 Gujarat communal riots. “After the Gujarat riots, I decided to dedicate myself to peace and communal harmony,” he said.
The Hercules Company has gifted him a brand new sports cycle for the present expedition. He plans to cover 150 km a day, accepting food offered by the people and resting at ashrams on the way.
After visiting Madurai on Wednesday, Mr. Singh will proceed to Kerala and end his expedition in Uttar Pradesh in August, traversing through Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, he told The Hindu.
His first expedition from May to August 2002 was for communal harmony, unity and world peace. His second expedition from March to April 2011, traversing six States, was for the victory of the Indian cricket team in the World Cup tournament and for the protection of Indian culture. Through his third mission via four States and Nepal, from November 2011 to March 2012, Mr. Singh stressed the importance of world peace. During his fourth expedition, he travelled through eight States, promoting world peace and prosperity, he said.