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Mahatma Gandhi Created a World Record in the Guinness Book

April 12, 2012  by: Paulose  Points: 2   Category: Social Studies    Views: 957

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.


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.

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.

Author: Joina        
Posted Date: 04/17/2012    Points:7    

Mahathma Gandhi, our National Father, was a special creation of God. He had with him some very powerful weapons. They were truth and nonviolence, honesty, courage, firm determination and tolerance. Collectively these factors made him great and the Mahatma. The people of India used to call him 'Bapu' (Father). Therefore he was known as the "Father of the Nation."

Gandhi's greatness lies in his principles whatever he preached, he adopted in his life. He was a man of sound, starling character. He wore very simple dress, took scanty food. He was not merely a man of words but of actions. He was God-fearing personality. For him "Truth is God; God is truth.

During struggle for freedom, he suffered a lot. He was imprisoned several times. His entire life was a life of service and sacrifice, of devotion and dedication. His tragic death on January 30, 1948 plunged the entire nation in gloom. He was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse.

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