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International Day of Nonviolence

The Nonviolence Stands for

The principle of Nonviolence also known as nonviolent resistance, which rejects the use of physical violence in order to achieve social or political changes. Applying these principles of Nonviolence can reduce conflict, anger and violence on personal, local, national and global levels at big stages.

Nonviolence has come to be recognized as a powerful strategy for students, communities, disenfranchised groups and whole societies in addressing and transforming conditions. During the 20th century, the successful social movements of Gandhi in India and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the United States led to the public’s realization of completely new dimensions of nonviolent conflict resolution.

Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi, who helped leads India to independence, has been the inspiration for nonviolent movements for civil rights and social change across the world. Throughout his life, Gandhi remained committed to his belief in nonviolence even under oppressive conditions and in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. All Indian pay a heartily tribute every year by remembering him and his works on his birthday.

Gandhi Jayanti

This Great Soul was not only the “Spirit of India” but also the torch bearer of Satya and Ahimsa as the means for liberation of all the disenfranchised and oppressed people all around the world. On this auspicious day of 2nd October we must take the pledge to stay true his conviction and carry forward the cause for which he lived and died. Dedicate ourselves to the task of exterminating communal hatred and to restore unity which is the core pillar of any nonviolent movement. On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of NonviolenceTherefore we must dedicate ourselves with renewed confidence and indomitable determination to the cause of universal peace and equality which were the guiding principles of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. May this Day help spread Mahatma Gandhi’s message of Peace and Nonviolence.

Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru commented at the time of Gandhi’s passing, “The light has gone out of our lives” Now we have to try and see what we can do with our limitations to overcome What Gandhi described as the Seven Social Sins:

Politics without Principles,

Wealth without Work,

Commerce without Morality,

Education without Character,

Pleasure without Conscience,

Science without Humanity,

Worship without Sacrifice.

 

                 May His Spirit Prevails in the Hearts and Mind of all freedom loving people in this highly interdependent world.

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