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World Celebrates International Day of Non-Violence

Updated: Jan 2, 2022

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Image credits: Pratik Chauhan

According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence".

UN Secretary-General António Guterres message on International day of Non-violence | Gandhi Jayanti reads as follows. "The birthday of mahatma gandhi highlights the remarkable power of non-violence an peaceful protest. It is also a timely reminder to strive to uphold values that can be lived by: The promotion of dignity, equal protection for all, and communities living together in peace on this year's observance we have a special duty: stop the fighting to focus on our common enemy covid-19. There is only one winner of conflict during a pandemic the virus itself as the pandemic took hold, I called for a global ceasefire. Today we need a new push by the international community to make this a reality by the end of this year. Ceasefires would ease immense suffering, help to lower the risk of famine and create space for negotiations towards peace. Deep mistrust stands in the way. Yet, i see reasons for hope. In some places, we see a stand still in the violence. A great many member states religious leaders civil society networks and others back my call. Now is the time to intensify our efforts. Let us be inspired by the spirit of Gandhi and the enduring principles of the event charter".

Image Credits: Arpit Jain

On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October 2021, Peace Rally was conducted in Mannheim Germany, from Mannheimer Schloss until Wassertum. Rally was organized by Indians community living in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, and Heidelberg in association with Consulate General of Munich. The objective of the rally is to tribute Mahatma Gandhi’s work and his message of non-violence, In today’s time as an society we need Gandhi ji’s message more than ever.

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