June 14, 2014, will mark the 25th anniversary of the day Mani Manithan, a mobile phone salesman in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, started walking backward.
Manithan was so shocked and disappointed by violence in his country that he decided to do something about it and vowed to create awareness for peace. That was in June 1989.
One of his very first acts after taking his vow was to walk backward 300 miles all the way from his village to Chennai city. He walked backward in the nude as a protest when the United States invaded Iraq, but was arrested within the first kilometer and jailed for three days. However, he didn’t give up on walking backward.
Now he says that he’s gotten so used to it that he couldn’t walk forward even if he wanted to.
Though he has broken several records for walking backward, his agenda hasn't changed: He'll continue walking in review until world peace is achieved.
“My life has been full of struggles, sacrifice, achievements and protest so I have no issue continuing my backward walking until we achieve world peace,” he says.