Mahatma Gandhi Created a World Record in the Guinness Book

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Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader who was assassinated 64 years ago, created a world record in the Guinness Book. His death anniversary has made an indelible mark in the pages of history.

Mahatma created a world record in the Guinness Book



On 30 January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi, who was leading the great subcontinent India towards freedom, was shot dead by a Hindu fanatic. It is quite interesting to note that exactly after 64 years, on the day of his death, the name of this great Mahatma created a world record in the Guinness Book of Achievements.

A forgotten “Bapu”

The noblest soul of India, who said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” followed Jesus Christ in his path of nonviolence and was followed by great leaders like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Nonviolence was the weapon of Mahatma Gandhi to fight against the mighty British Empire. He was always insisting truth and nonviolence in achieving peace and prosperity. But unfortunately people of modern India have forgotten the “Father of their Nation” and have taken up violence to achieve their goals.

It is very unfortunate that most of the children in modern India do not know about Mahatma Gandhi and his principles.

A commemoration of peace march makes Guinness Record

The march for peace by Mahatma

After India got freedom in 1947, communal clashes between the Muslims and Hindus broke out in most parts of the country. Mahatma reached the most sensitive parts of communal violence and tried his best to establish peace among them. He conducted peace march in Bengal just before his death.

A commemoration of peace march makes Guinness Record

Sixty four years after the death of Mahatma, 485 underprivileged boys of Kolkata brought out a peace march, commemorating his march for peace. They were dressed as Gandhi, a piece of khadi cloth around their waist, a Gandhi cap on head, a walking stick in their hands, and of course round-framed spectacles on their nose.

In the attire of Mahatma Gandhi, 485 boys walked around a mile and ended their “peace march” at Gandhi statue in in central part of Kolkata. March of these poor children brought alive memories of historic Dandi march by Gandhi and his followers in the year 1930.

The event was organized by UK-based NGO Tracks. Observers from the Guinness Book of World Records, who participated in the event, have confirmed that they had been present to monitor and evaluate the record of having “the highest number of children in the world dressed as Gandhi”.

Michael Anthony of UK-based NGO Tracks reported that most of the boys who took part in the peace march were children of underprivileged single mothers, who are too poor to afford proper food or education for their children. They represented the Father of their nation who abandoned normal dress and clad himself with a piece of cloth around his waist, which made the British Premier Winston Churchill describe Gandhi as “Half-naked Fakir.”

The peace march by 485 underprivileged children dressed in Gandhi’s attire and the Guinness Book Record at the death anniversary of this great Mahatma would help inculcating Gandhi’s values among children. It is an eye-opening event to the whole world to pay homage to the great leader who showed the path of truth, justice and non-violence to uphold morality in fighting against terrorism and achieving peace.

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64Th Death Anniversary, Communal Clash, Guinness World Record, Kolkata, Mahatma Gandhi, Nonviolence, Number Of Children As Gandhi, Peace March

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Apr 2012 (#)

I was astounded to read here that many of India's children do not know of Gandhi and his principles. How can that be? Great article, my dear brother. Thank you.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear brother Steve. I am proud to have you as a moderator.

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author avatar rama devi nina
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Gandhiji was Great. Thanks for writing about him. Jai!

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear sister

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author avatar Val Mills
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Great that his memory lives on, not so great that India is in danger of forgettign what he stood for. Well written article reminding us all.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Val.

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author avatar Buzz
13th Apr 2012 (#)

I stand in awe of this great man. Thanks, vp, for sharing.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Buzz.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you for sharing this with us! I know now where you get your love for mankind and desire for peace. I hope that a new leader in India rises up who follows after this great leader, Mahatma Gandhi.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Apr 2012 (#)

He followed the footsteps of Jesus. Thank you dear sister Judy.

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author avatar Teila
14th Apr 2012 (#)

I enjoyed!

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Teila.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Good article. Mahatma Gandhi's ideas never lose relevance in this world. It is a pity that the younger generation in India does not care much in knowing who the 'Mahatma' really was.

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author avatar vpaulose
15th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Pradeep.

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