14-year-old Kannan M from Kerala’s Palakkad district is the youngest India Book of Records Holder of arms licence in India.
The District Magistrate granted the license to him this year in January. With this licence, he can use a 0.22 calibre Pardini sports pistol for five years and have 15,000 cartridges in possession at a time. He can also possess 30,000 cartridges in a year.
Kannan is a multi-talented young boy who is skilled in Kung-fu, Kalaripaittyu, and horse riding. He has been participating in many shooting competitions. He even bagged the district shooting championship. You’d be surprised to know that he also holds the India Book of Records for the maximum number of Kung-Fu side sit-ups. In fact, he even received the Asia Book of Records for the maximum number of chakrasana in under a minute.
Kannan’s enthusiasm to try out different activities, and become proficient in them is because of his father’s encouragement. It was during the lockdown that his father bought two horses so that his brother and he could learn horse riding. Mukesh, Kannan’s father even has plans to introduce horse riding in schools at affordable rates. He believes that horse riding is good for health, and improving physical fitness. It would play a major role in enhancing the fitness level and skills of young adults.