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04 September 2013

200 Motorcyclists To Tour Northeast India

Pune, Sep 4 : As many as 200 motorcyclists from across the state will embark on an 18-day tour to the northeastern states from September 19 as part of an initiative to create awareness about the northeastern region among youths.

The tour has been planned under the banner of 'Sashakta Bharat' to commemorate the 51st year of Indo-China War and the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand.

The motorcyclists will visit various places in the northeastern states and talk with locals to know more about the region, covering about 4,500km. The tour will start from Kolkata and cover 45 districts in Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and will end on October 9.

Sandeep Mahind, coordinator of the tour, said, "The tour will help youths learn more about the northeastern region which is challenging in terms of transport and communication. The youths will learn more about culture, art and history of the seven states from the local people. It will be a way to establish friendship and continuous communication with the locals.

" Youths from Pune who wish to join, can email at yuvasangam2024@gmail.com, he added.

Mahind said the expedition will not just focus on travel and biking. "We have planned various programmes at the places of halts. The motorcyclists will learn about the Indo-China War, revolutionaries of northeast India and other eminent personalities of the region. The preparations for the tour have already begun. Youths from Pune who wish to join, can reach us at yuvasangam2024@gmail.com," he added.

Pandurang Balkawade, member of the organizing committee and a history scholar from Pune, said the tour was a step to establish a bridge between youths from northeast and Maharashtra. The 'Sashakta Bharat' in 2012 had organized similar tour to Panipat to commemorate 251st year of the Battle of Panipat.

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