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Che Guevara: The Motorcycle Diaries

You all must have heard of Che Guevara and if not you must have surely seen his portrait; he was one of the greatest revolutionaries who ever lived. His portrait is an inspiration symbol for many young lads who wish to do wonders in life. Stories of his adventure and fight still continue to spread all over the world. His photo is on t-shirts, hats, walls, graffiti’s, etc. Che was a vagabond just like many of us in his medical college days, but one motorcycle ride across Latin America changed his perspective towards life and made him an important chapter in world history. This article is dedicated to him.

Che Guevara: The Motorcycle Diaries 
 “It is better to die while standing up then to live on your knees” 
-Che Guevara 

 You all must have heard of Che Guevara and if not you must have surely seen his portrait; he was one of the greatest revolutionaries who ever lived. His portrait is an inspiration symbol for many young lads who wish to do wonders in life. Stories of his adventure and fight still continue to spread all over the world. His photo is on t-shirts, hats, walls, graffiti’s, etc. Che was a vagabond just like many of us in his medical college days, but one motorcycle ride across Latin America changed his perspective towards life and made him an important chapter in world history. This article is dedicated to him. 
Ernesto Rafael Guevara was the original name of Che, he was born in 1928 and despite of having breathing problems he played rugby during his school days, he was called 'Fuser' by his friends. We know that Literature is very rich in Latin America; many great artists such as Pablo Neruda, Miguel de Cervantes, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez were born in Latin America. Che loved literature and was an avid reader of Carl Marx. 

 The Motorcycle Diary 
In 1948, Che became a Scholar of Medicine at University of Buenos Aires. After 3 year into medical college, Che had some free time and then he took the Motorcycle ride that changed everything. During December, 1951, Che and his best friend (Alberto Granado) went on a motorbike ride to travel across Latin America. They would begin from Argentina, and cover parts of Chile and Peru on this 1400 km journey. 
“Wandering around Latin America has changed me more than I could change myself” -Che Guevara 
At the beginning the two friends were just looking for exotic places, food and girls, but slowly their perspective towards life changed. Guevara traveled throughout South America and was radicalized by the poverty, hunger and disease he witnessed. In the movie, 'The Motorcycle Diaries', there are several instances that depict what Che and Alberto witnessed in the daily life after the Spanish invasion. 

In Chile, Guevara found himself enraged by the working conditions of the miners in Anaconda's Chuquicamata copper mine and moved by his overnight encounter in the Atacama Desert with a persecuted communist couple who did not even own a blanket, describing them as "the shivering flesh-and-blood victims of capitalist exploitation". Additionally, on the way to Machu Picchu high in the Andes, he was struck by the crushing poverty of the remote rural areas. 
His burgeoning desire to help overturn what he saw as the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the United States. Between the journeys i.e. 1953 to 1956, Guevara used notes taken during this trip to write an account, titled The Motorcycle Diaries, which later became a New York Times best-seller, and was adapted into a 2004 award-winning film of the same name. 
The Revolutionary 
After witnessing American intervention in Guatemala in 1954, Che realigned and become convinced that the only way to bring about change way by violent revolution. In July 1955, he met Fidel Castro. During 1956 an organized group of 82 revolutionaries including Che and Castro landed in Cuba and launched a guerilla war against the hated Batista regime. Castro made Che, the commander. Eventually it led to the fall of the hated Batista regime, who was a US puppet considered by Che. 

Later, Che married Aleida March, he travelled Africa, Asia, Yugoslavia, and he also went to Japan and visited Hiroshima. He became the head of the industry department of Cuba and was named as the president of the national bank. 
In 1967, Fidel Castro officially accepted Che’s death. It was the end of an era. Che is considered as the lord of modern revolution and a great inspiring leader for the youth. 
“You may cut the flowers, but it will not stop the spring” - Che Guevara        
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