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Wednesday, 13-December-2017

Dnyaneshwar Yewatkar - CYCLIST MESSENGER

Yewatkar cycles for 120-km and speaks at about five schools on an average day

A 26-year-old Indian social worker has embarked on a three-year ‘Pedaling for Peace’ cycling expedition across the world to spread Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings among school children. Dnyaneshwar Yewatkar, who hails from Sewagram Ashram at Wardha in Maharashtra, said he has completed 8,642 Km of 70,000 Km of his global cycling expedition.
His expedition will be completed on October 2, 2019, in Pakistan, on Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. “I have travelled over the last eight months through the Indo-China border and ASEAN, meeting beautiful people who have been very warm in hosting me and giving me opportunities to share my thoughts and knowledge about the teachings of Gandhi,” he told PTI.
“There are challenging times in this solo-cycling tour, but there are moments I cherish as teachers gave me accommodation in schools or in their homes as they understand my mission” said Yewatkar, who has also been hosted by Sikh gurudwaras in Thailand and Malaysia. “I am sharing with them the message of Gandhiji, which inspires many people like us to work for peace...and take its new relevance today,” Yewatkar said. Sewagram Ashram is the place where Gandhi had launched the ‘Quit India’ campaign in 1942 against the British government.