Nepalese biker with disability on mission to forge unity

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With his right hand amputated below his elbow following an accident as a child, Rakesh Gole, a Nepalese, struggled hard growing up with his disability.


Born to a farmer's family of the Tamang tribe in the Nepalese village of Makhwanpur under the Phaparbari district, Rakesh, now 40, grew up working with his father in the field.

As a young man, Rakesh became a respectable farmer in the Tamang community. His disability turned into a force that pushed him into a visionary man. He decided to take up an arduous journey alone on a specially designed motorbike touring the eight Saarc countries in a bid to forge a 'unity among physically challenged persons'.

Using his left hand, Rakesh rode to Bangladesh on his motorcycle, Hero Honda, which is donated by its manufacturer, five days ago. He entered Bangladesh via India through the Banglabandha border. With Nepalese flags on his bike and a slogan inscribed along number plates, he was seen riding towards Dhaka past Bogra.

"My dream is to help physically challenged men, women and children of this region unite against superstition and social prejudices," said Rakesh in broken Hindi, sitting on his bike by the highway.

Father of two children, a boy aged 12 and a girl aged 16, Rakesh showed dozens of certificates from different organisations wishing him good luck for his endeavour.

"I really like the way Bangladeshis welcomed me all along the road. It is a great inspiration for all of us," he said, adding that he would be heading for Sri Lanka from here within a month.

Rakesh's physical disability has made him extra careful while riding his bike with his left hand. He rides slowly on his way and takes frequent breaks to talk to people and disseminate the message he has brought with him from the people of Nepal.

"We need unity to overcome any problems on our way to the end of the journey of our life," he said.

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