Bhubaneswar: The Gandhi Peace Foundation of Nepal has appointed Shashanka Sekhar Das, popularly known as the Paperboy, as the Gandhi Peace Ambassador for India.
Shashanka is the Limca Book of Records holder for the largest collection of different newspapers of the world and his collection has been adjudged by the Guinness Book of World records too. He is all set qualify for the world record too.
He belongs to a family of Gandhians in Aurangabad village in Bari area in Jajpur district, his grandfather having participated in Gandhiji’s Harijan Padayatra in 1934.
He has been brought up in the ideals of the teaching of Gandhiji from a young age by setting up a private museum in his village Aurangabad, where his collection of newspapers is kept. He is also the author of two books and is a prolific environmentalist and social worker.
As the Gandhi Peace Ambassador, he will undertake many programmes on the 150th Anniversary of the Mahatma’s birth. In November this year, he will re-enact the epic Harijan Padayatra from Puri till Bhadrak, walking on the path that was taken by Gandhiji and making halts at all the places where the Mahatma had stopped.
The Gandhi peace Foundation of Nepal is an international body which promotes the ideals of the Mahatma, propagating non-violence, tolerance and world peace.