In an effort to spread a message of peace and non-violence in the world, over 200 students from a school in Coimbatore, India, dressed up as .
The students managed to set up a new record and got the event registered in Limca Book of Records.
[Aarthy, Editor, Limca Book of Records]: (English)
"For them it is a question of giving inspiration to the rest of the country's children that not to forget the fact that Mahatma Gandhi was the father of the nation after all…we are going ahead to the 21st century, we tend to forget that how we got independence, who was responsible... And for us to be able to set this record in the Book, in Limca Book of Records 2011 is a very, very proud moment."
[Karthic Barathi, Participant]: (English)
“Gandhi is the father of our nation and he loved peace and non-violence. I am very proud to be as Gandhi for a day.”
The students walked in the midst of a crowd holding a bamboo cane in their hands and singing a patriotic song.
In keeping with the spirits of the event, some students chose to shave their heads. Others covered it with a light colored cloth.
They wore round glasses, sported false moustache, and draped with a white cloth and an upper garment.
Mahatma Gandhi pioneered the philosophy of nonviolent resistance, and was a major figure in the struggle for Indian independence. A Hindu radical assassinated him in 1948 in New Delhi.