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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 8, Issue 30, Dated 30 July 2011

RK Vishwajit, 36
Imphal, Manipur
De-Addiction Fitness Trainer

Urmi Bhattacharjee

RK Vishwajit

I get the addicts to read up a lot of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy as well says RK Vishwajit

Photo: Achom Priyo Singh

Going cold turkey on an addiction can be exasperating. Vishwajit, a Manipuri youth from Imphal, knows how to wean addicts away from mind-altering substances — body-building. His ‘Animal Gym’ at Khoyathong in Imphal, has turned into a rehab for many. It has more than 300 members, some of whom are former drug addicts, others still recovering. A student of former Mr India Maipak Sharma, Vishwajit started his own centre after winning the inter-college body-building competition. He believes that a sound mind is as important as a fit body: “ I meditate a lot and read extensively on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. I get the addicts to read and they find it very helpful.” P Bijon Singh, a former addict, says, “I sank into depression because I did not have a job despite an engineering degree. I got hooked to drugs. Animal Gym has given me a new life. Now, I give private tuitions for a living and want to become a body-building champ”. For the parents of the addicts, Vishwajit is a godsend. One such grateful father who didn’t wish to be identified says, “Vishwajit motivated my son to take up sports and body-building and now he is better.” Till date, this gym-owner can proudly claim to have helped at least 15 young boys come out of addiction.

Vishwajit can be contacted at +91 – 98089337487


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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 8, Issue 30, Dated 30 July 2011



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