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.
The International Day is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The UN 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".
India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that it 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". (source: un.org)
One of the best ways to honour the Mahatma is to be compassionate and helpful towards others, to animals and towards our beautiful planet. Life is made of everyday small actions of love.
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