“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,Mahatma is a sanskrit word for “Great Soul”, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
The wide and diverse co-sponsorship of the UN resolution reflects
the universal respect that Mahatma Gandhi commands and the enduring
relevance of his humane philosophy. In his own words, “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”. His
“novel mode of mass mobilization and non-violent action” brought down
colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty, of civil,
political and economic rights, and greatly influenced many a freedom
struggle and inspired leaders like Badshah Khan, Nelson Mandela, Martin
Luther King Jr. and many others.
Time magazine named Gandhi the Man of the Year in 1930. Time Magazine named The Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa, Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr., Ceasar Chavez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Benigno Aquino, Jr., Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela as Children of Gandhi and his spiritual heirs to non-violence. The Government of India awards the annual Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize to distinguished social workers, world leaders and citizens.
In 1996, the Government of India introduced the Mahatma Gandhi series of currency notes in rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 denomination. Today, all the currency notes in circulation in India contain a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1969, the United Kingdom issued a series of stamps commemorating the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The wide and diverse sponsorship is a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy. Quoting the late leader’s own words, he said: “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”.