Her name : Jyoti Kumari
Her age : 15
Start Point – End Point : Gurugram to Bihar
Modus operand : By bicycle
Mission : Her ailing father to taken to her native land / home
Distance to be travelled : 1200 Kms
Mission accomplished : Yes in 7 days @ 172 Kms per day
Like million of daily bread winners ( migrant workers) stranded across India , Jyothi Kumari and her father Stuck in Gurugram due to sudden 6 hours notice given by Ruling BJP government that commenced on march 25th nation-wide The first phase of lock down begun with 21 days but that lock down extended again and again made Selvi kumari a teenage girl took a do or die decision.
Many Migrant workers who got stranded , stared their hundreds of miles destiny by foot on national highways along with their families, but in order to take her ailing father she decided to to sit him on the rear side carrier of her cycle and took him to his native place, covering 1200 km
Ms. Kumari’s father, Mohan Paswan, an autorickshaw driver in Gurgaon got injured and the lockdown left him without any source of income. He had to return the autorickshaw to the owner.
The father and daughter duo started their journey from Gurgaon on May 10 after buying a cycle with whatever money they had and reached their village on May 16.
Hearing this unbelievable act the cycling federation decided to invite 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari to appear for a trial next month, impressed with the doggedness with which she pedalled her way to Bihar from Gurugram, carrying her ailing father.
Cycling Federation of India Chairman Onkar Singh said that if Ms. Kumari, a class eight student, passed the trial, she will be selected as a trainee at the state-of-the-art National Cycling Academy at the IGI Stadium complex here.
The academy, under the aegis of Sports Authority of India, is one of the most advanced facilities in Asia and has the recognition of UCI, the world body of the sport.
“We spoke to the girl this morning and we have told her that she will be called to Delhi next month as soon as the lockdown is lifted. All the expenses of her travel, lodging and other will be borne by us,” Mr. Singh said.
Ms. Kumari’s journey has become an extensive talking point even on social media where there has been talk about whether she has it in her to pursue cycling as a career.
“If she needs to accompany somebody from home, we will also allow that. We will see in consultation with our Bihar state unit on how she can be brought to Delhi for a trial,” he added.
Asked about the rationale behind offering trial to the youngster, Ms. Singh said, “She must have something in her. I think cycling down more than 1200km is not a mean job. She must be having the strength and physical endurance. We want to test it.”
“We will make her sit on the computerised cycle we have at the academy and see if she satisfies the seven or eight parameters to get selected. After that she can be among the trainees and she will not have to spend anything.”
He said the CFI always try to find out talent for grooming.
“We have nearly 10 cyclists in the age group of 14-15 in the academy. So we want to nurture young talents.”
U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump heard this through media also praised the 15-year-old, calling her act as a “beautiful feat of endurance and love.”
“This beautiful feat of endurance & love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation!” Ms. Ivanka said in a tweet. Her tweet begets mixed response from Indian public .
Ms. Ivanka, who is advisor to President Trump on job creation, has visited India twice, most recently in February this year along with her father. In 2017, she led the U.S. delegation at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India.