Chandigarh, Sep 17 (UNI) In an endeavour aimed at spreading the message of brotherhood among the citizens of the country, reviving the sacrifices of freedom struggle and stepping up the fight against corruption, former army Havildar Nathi Prasad Nainawal, a seventy four year old veteran of 1962 war, has embarked upon a solo cycle expedition from Chandimandir to Goa.
The expedition, which was flagged off by Brig N K Mishra, Station Commander, Headquarters Western Command from Chandimandir today has been sponsored by station headquarters Chandimandir.
Others present on the occasion were the Administration Commandant Col N P Sigh and complete staff of station headquarters.
Hav (retd) Nainawal, who has a well settled family to lead a comfortable retired life, chose to be on cycle to cover the length and breadth of the nation and even going across the borders to spread the message of brotherhood and nationalism.
With 18,965 kms of cycling across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and India to his credit, he vows to continue this struggle till the last drop of his blood.
The Kargil war and events thereafter made this exserviceman to join hands with others to submit a memorandum to the then President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. Dr Kalam's assertion that each one of us matters and can contribute towards something constructive, inspired this paratrooper to start this solo struggle.
The ex-Paratrooper carries with him the good wishes of all serving and retired personnel of this part of the country.
He would be joined by Ex Hav Ramachander Rao of Maharashtra and former Hav Antony Jose of Cochin at Jaipur and then they would all proceed to Goa to keep the National Flag fluttering high. Rao and Antony have begun similar journeys from Thane and Cochin respectively.