International Day of Non-Violence observed

    International Day of Non-Violence observed

    Oct.2, Geneva: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for a renewal of the commitment to non-violence and lives of dignity for all, noting that the example set by Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi is relevant now as it has ever been.

    “Today, at a time of escalating conflicts, rising extremism, massive displacement and rapidly growing humanitarian need, Mahatma Gandhi’s dedication to non-violence remains an example for us all,” Ban said at a special event held at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Non-Violence.

    “The Day is observed annually on 2 October, the birthday of Gandhi, who pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

    "Gandhi proved that non-violence – the principle and the practice – can change history,” Secretary-General said. “His mass campaigns of non-violent civil disobedience helped pave the way for the independence of India, and have inspired countless movements for change across the world.”

    “During an official visit to India in January, the UN chief visited Sabarmati Ashram, which houses a library and museum chronicling Gandhi’s life, work and teachings. “We will succeed only if the memory of Gandhi's unyielding fight against injustice burns bright in our hearts and we defend his ideals every day of the year,” he had said on the occasion.

    “The General Assembly established the commemoration of the Day in June 2007 as an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.

    The Oslo Times