International Day of Non-Violence

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. There might me many causes for an individual to die for but there are no causes that makes an individual kill. On 2nd October, the birthday of M. K. Gandhi the UN member states observe as International Day of Non-Violence. M. K. Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, name given to him by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was the leader of the Indian Independence movement and the pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

The proposal of International Day of Non-Violence was taken from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Bombay by Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi in January 2004. It was then, this idea gradually developed in the minds of leaders in the Congress Party, then in January 2007 in New Delhi a Satyagraha Conference resolution that was initiated by Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged the United Nations to adopt the idea.

On 15th June 2007, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution (A/RES/61/271) that established the commemoration of the International Day of Non-Violence. Introducing the resolution on behalf of 140 co-sponsors, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that this resolution was a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and lasting significance of his philosophy. He also quoted Mahatma Gandhi “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

This day is observed to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness. This resolution reaffirms the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence of the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. On request of the Indian Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, the United Nations Postal Administration in New York City prepared a special cachet that is used in all outgoing UNPA mail between Oct 2 and 31.

Gandhi’s vision and example have shown the world, what one man can do to change the world. It is very easy to have a violent independence movement but with the weapon of non-violence he made a vast nation like India which was then undivided and included Pakistan and Bangladesh become a free nation from the mighty British. Today there is global turmoil and transition, it’s apt that every person takes a moment to reflect on Gandhi’s message of understanding and peace. As we look around the world we see tolerance being tested, from Afghanistan to Syria, from Iraq to Nigeria fighting have taken a heavy toll. The world is going through an economic crisis that is fuelling xenophobia and other deadly forms of discrimination. Terrorism, human trafficking, rights abuses and violence against women is threatening millions of lives across the globe. Tackling the roots of conflict and intolerance will take a path of non-violence and peace. Yes, the government must lead, it is their responsibility. But that doesn’t mean it will ensure peace. The basic foundation of non-violence should be built by people.

Let’s make sincere efforts to work together to build a world of nonviolence and enduring peace.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

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15 thoughts on “International Day of Non-Violence

  1. “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.
    So make this world a happy place to live in…!!!!

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  2. Independent Thoughts says:

    Tribute to the leader of our independence movement… Wish I could have been part of the movement… Not to forget our former prime minister lal bahadur shashtri… Its his birthday also… Wish it would have been national holidays on bhagat singh’s and netaji’s birthday…

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  3. Tribute to the leader of our independence movement… Wish I could have been part of the movement… Not to forget our former prime minister lal bahadur shashtri… Its his birthday also… Wish it would have been national holidays on bhagat singh’s and netaji’s birthday…

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  4. Smriti Bhatnagar says:

    Every day we read examples of non violence in the newspaper and the media. The global climate and the sad state of affairs in the nation does take a toll on peoples emotional and psychological well being which fuels acts of non violence and aggression. It is important for things to be peaceful at every level to combat these acts and make the nation a better place to live for the future generations.

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  5. Mark says:

    I think there should be serious discussions on how ‘gandhism’ can be practiced today and how violence is perpetuated in newer forms,for example, a right to health and water. Millions are denied these in the name of overbearing costs. This should be opposed as means of violence by a government. Non violence is an ideology, a movement and a way of life and has to be practiced day to day in confronting injustice in the streets as well as in our homes.

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  6. Manjit says:

    Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak…Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win & quote so let us pledge our selves to work towards achieving social justice, economic growth, environmental protection, religious tolerance and peace.

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  7. Iffat Anjum says:

    Non violence is the attitude which every country should follow as India has set remarkable example in front of the world by making India free from British rule. Adopting violence and including weapon a part of the movement or war against any country gives immediate result and creates terror in minds of the other country so that they can be terrorized to not to participate in war against the imperial countries.This indicates that we have lost patience and this imperial countries want to rule the world. therefore to ensure the peace in this world we need to be core and firm follower of non violence movement. Though in India itself many leaders such as that of Bhagat Singh followed violence movement result of which was immediate but not fruitful as that of non violence movement initiated by Mahatma Gandhi. Many peace march and candle march has shown the result against injustice. If the Gandhian philosophy and principals of non violence are followed internationally then we can expect some change and peace in this world.

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  8. Pankaj Bhardwaj says:

    This day is an occasion to disseminate the message of non- violence can be done through education and public awareness.

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  9. Non-violence is generally associated with the physical aspect. What about the verbal abuses which scar the mind just like the physical actions scar the body. These days almost anyone with a mic. in hand gets out and initiates what is called as a “public address”. Why is it that these addresses are not considered violent, when it is these addresses that have many a times started riots. On this day, let us get together and join hands for non-violence in speech. After all mind is the most superior being of them all, and securing the mind will ensure a safe body.

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    • Kumar Anshuman says:

      I do not think non-violence is only associated with the physical aspect. There were 11 principles that Mahatma Gandhi lived by that include both physical aspects along with the aspect of verbal abuses.

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  10. Ujjwal says:

    This is really sad that World Peace Day is celebrated across the world on birthday of our Father of the Nation, yet we Indians has shown certain examples in the recent past where our activities were uselessly violent. The rate of crime against women in India, the recent riots that occurred in Uttar Pradesh shows how far we are still from Gandhian Philosophy. Gandhi is not a person, he is an ideology which further transforms into way of action. The true celebration of International Day of non violence in India will be at the time when we will present an example across the world.

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  11. rupa says:

    16 days campaign, as humanists prefer to call it, is observed year on year; it is a grim reminder that the pledge taken to mitigate all forms of violence on women during this phase of observation fail to impact us throughout the other days of the year. My close association with this ideology has made me realise that if we, girls/women, do not stand up and protest against the wrong that is happening to us, no one will. It is the women and girls- educated, uneducated, literate, illiterate alike- should stand up for their right and voice their opinion. Private has long become Public; yet many women shy away fearing the anticipated stigma and mental ostracization by the society.
    People in India generally have very conservative idea about feminism; you are generally ‘branded’ if you call yourself so , that make many men uncomfortable to take a stand. My encounter with many of them in my sphere of work have reconfirmed this belief. Years of socialization in a patriarchal setup have moulded their minds in a particular way that they refuse to treat and see women beyond the traditional roles; women continue to reconfirm this notion with their reluctance to come out of these roles……in a way her identity as an individual get lost somewhere…. she survives as a suffix – someone’s daughter/ wife/mother.
    The process of realizing our true IDENTITY sans the suffix has already started among many of us , its only a matter of time that others pay heed, till one day there will be no need for the campaign.

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