Sixteen states, approximately 10,000 villages, and more than 14,300kms. This sums up the journey of Abhishek Kumar Sharma so far. A 28-year-old environmental research scholar, Abhishek is currently on a year-long cycling tour of India. His reason for being on the road for the past ten months is indeed unique.
This Uttar Pradesh resident wants to spread the message of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation among common citizens all over the country. He calls it the “Uncertain Journey: Cycling across India for Change.” Throughout his travels, Abhishek focuses on speaking to as many people as possible, students being his priority. Abhishek has spoken to students in about 3,000 schools, colleges, and universities. He talks about the importance of everyday personal hygiene and cleanliness and its impact on society, the economy, environment, and psychology.
He started his journey from his hometown, Fategarh, in UP. After that he went on to cover the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, and Kerala. And now, Abhishek is in Tamil Nadu.
“As an environmentalist, I share with them a printed document which contains information on how this filth spread throughout the country is harming us all, and I request them to take adequate steps,” says Abhishek.