Tired of election votes being driven by caste and religion-based politics in the country, this young engineer has taken it upon himself to change the status quo. Travelling in a cycle across Karnataka, 25-year-old Akhil K Gowda is on a mission to create political awareness before the Vidhan Sabha elections in the State.
Akhil says that religion and caste play a huge role in Indian politics, and it is difficult to imagine corruption-free politics. He has started this mission named as ‘Vote for Clean Politics’ from January 12, 2018. He will travel 3,000 kilometres across the State in a cycle to request people to make an informed choice. He wants to urge people to vote not based on caste and religion but keeping development in mind.
Hailing from Jalsoor village in Sullia taluk, Akhil completed his engineering from Mysuru’s Visveshwaraiah Institute of Technology. Following this, he made a plan to travel solo across the State to spread awareness. The travel started from Mysuru, and he has already covered Madikeri, Mangaluru, and Hanasuru covering nearly 500 kilometres.
Akhil starts his journey at eight o’clock in the morning, and wraps up at around six in the evening. He covers nearly 80 kilometres on a cycle every day, and then takes rest. His mission will complete in 35-40 days, where he hopes to make as many people as possible aware.
Akhil says that the response has been great till now, and people are appreciating the mission. The appreciation encourages him to keep working towards his goal, and also makes the mission enjoyable. There are presently 200 people in his team, and he wishes to take this programme and struggle forward.
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