Monday, 12 November, 2007
Vismay Swaraj Yatra team sets a world record at Nathu La
Gangtok, Sikkim: Magician Gopinath Muthukad and team who are marching through the nation with a meaningful magical mission Vismay Swaraj Yatra, have set an unchallengeable world record at Nathu La Pass at the Indo-China border, 54 kilometers away from here. The magician and his 26-member entourage including seven girls performed patriotic magic shows at the heights of 14400 feet above Sikkim battling the minus temperatures, low pressure and deficient Oxygen. In a place where an excited talk for a few minutes or walk for a few steps would leave one breathless, Mr. Muthukad had separate shows in front of the Indian soldiers and their Chinese counterparts.
Atop, Mr. Muthukad and team was at first offered a warm welcome by the Commanding Officer of the Nathuala 5 Grenadier Unit, Major Sanjiv Roy and his colleagues. As the magic show began at 11a.m., crossing the borders of enjoyment were Indian as well as Chinese soldiers who were standing on two sides of a barbed wire fence.
Noticing the curiosity of the Chinese, the magician invited them near the fence and performed a few tricks with their help. He gave three small rings to the Chinese soldiers. When these rings were thrown to air, they joined together and came down in the form of a big tricolour circle. The message was clear: countries should nurture broadmindedness in the place of narrow-mindedness for the sake of peaceful co-existence.
A video conferencing has enabled a live telecast of the Vismay Swaraj Yatra’s Nathu La mission for the Sukna Station of the Indian Army. National integration magic show was also staged in front of the officers and jawans of the Nathu La Unit.