Friday, August 14, 2009

Expedition to Himalayas flagged off

An expedition to scale the Sara Umga Pass located at an altitude of 16,500 feet in the Himalayas was flagged off by Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here today. The expedition, organized by the Adventure Sports Association of India, begins on August 15 and ends on September 4. The participants, belonging to 14 States including 15 from Andhra Pradesh, have been chosen on the basis of their physical and mental abilities.

Acharya Babu T. Raghu, expedition leader, will impart training to the participants in Hata Yoga including pranayama, asana, tsumo and other esoteric Tibetan yoga practices on the banks of the magnificent eight-square-km Chandra Lake located at an altitude of 15,000 ft.

Dr. JP congratulated the participants on their spirit of adventure and said a similar spirit was needed to transform the country today. Adventures like crossing rivers and climbing mountains would help the youth cultivate courage even to face day-to-day problems.

Dr, JP said the youth of the country provided a ray of hope in that they had idealism and passion in abundance. If they joined hands and revolted against discrimination and injustice, the history of the country could be rewritten. He cautioned the youth to be on their guard against leaders who tried to tear apart the country in the name of caste and religion, region and language. In this context, he commended the Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, who had been wrangling over the Cauvery waters, sharing a common dais and displaying bonhomie and wanted leaders in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to emulate them to resolve the Babli issue.

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