Call it an extraordinary act of courage or perseverance, this young man is all set to bring a change. Cycling from one state to another is no easy task! But for the last few months Indrajit Sinha has been doing just this with a confident smile on his face.
A energetic young man in his mid twenties from the North eastern region of India set out on a mission, which most of us would find difficult to think of! Indrajit Sinha from Silchar, a small town in Assam, started a journey to cover 2500 km from Guwahati to Jammu in a span of 65 days to raise awareness about adolescents’ rights and issues.
On the 15th day of February 2014, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Assam flagged off Indrajit from Guwahati for a tour which is clearly a tough one to accomplish. But this young man is no short of confidence! With the blueprint of the tour ready in his hand and a bag full of medicines and glucose packets, he is all set to address the most challenging journey of his life – a journey to bring a change.
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A graduate from the Rajiv Gandhi National University and founder/director of WAY foundations, Indrajit has always been concerned about the plight of adolescents and had a desire to stand for their rights. Characterised by certain physical and psychological changes in the body, the stage of adolescence is a peculiar one which needs to be dealt with extreme care and affection. Sexual doubts, uncontrolled emotions, hormonal changes, fear and insecurity are some of the main issues which seem to trouble these young souls. What makes this situation graver is their inability to discuss these issues with their parents and guardians which has resulted in a number of incidents where the individuals were exploited, sexually harassed or bullied.
Indrajit Sinha, a certified life-skills trainer feels ignorance is the root cause of these problems in our country where parents are either unaware of these facts or take this matter too casually. He also believes that with approximately 22% of the India’s population falling in this category, we cannot afford to overlook these issues anymore. Throughout this journey he is stopping at various NGOs and educational institutions and interacting with children, teachers and parents/guardians to create awareness in this field through seminars, slideshow & workshops.
Ignorance can only be killed by spreading more and more awareness
The motive of this journey is twofold. Apart from raising awareness about adolescents’ rights and issues, he will also strive to raise fund for project BLACKBOARD, an initiative by WAY foundation to impart life skills to the underprivileged adolescents from Guwahati city through various channels such as creative art, music and games based modules.
When asked about his thoughts on the trip, this young man said:
It is very tough to change things in a single day. But yes, collectively we can make a difference. I have just tried to ignite the spark – the flame is yet to come.