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A new feat: Akshinthala Seshu Babu, dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for standing motionless for 40 hours in New Delhi on Saturday.
A new feat: Akshinthala Seshu Babu, dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for standing motionless for 40 hours in New Delhi on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: This could well be a unique way of paying homage to the Father of the Nation on his birth anniversary on October 2. A record holder in the Limca Book of World Records for standing motionless for 35 hours, Akshinthala Seshu Babu has now embarked on a new feat.

Eyeing an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, Babu wants to better his own record by standing motionless without any support for 40 hours beginning 12 noon onward on Saturday at Andhra Pradesh Bhawan on Ashoka Road here in the Capital.

Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Babu says his feat is an attempt to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest non-violent freedom fighter the world has ever known. Having broken the world record by standing still in the posture of Mahatma Gandhi without a stick in his hand for over 30 hours at a stretch, 36-year-old Babu has made this fresh attempt in the same position.

The objective of Babu’s act of standing motionless in Gandhi’s pose is two-fold: first to perpetuate the memory of the life and philosophy of the Father of the Nation among the youth of today and second to demonstrate that the stamina and will power that enabled Babu to stand motionless for long hours is not impossible to attain with some healthy habits.

Babupractises yoga for acquiring concentration and runs about 12 to 15 kilometres every day.

Interestingly, his fetish for standing motionless in Gandhi’s pose is not new. From 1999 to 2006, he participated in the Suraj Kund Crafts Mela near Delhi every year in the posture of Mahatma Gandhi for eight eight to12 hours each time.

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