International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-Violence

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. He is father of nation. The UN General Assembly came up with a resolution in 2007 to establish the International Day of Non-Violence aimed at spreading the message of peace as advocated by the legendary leader.

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”.

Introducing the resolution in the General Assembly on behalf of 140 co-sponsors, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that the wide and diverse sponsorship of the resolution was 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”.

Here are 10 inspiring quotes on Non-Violence by 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.”
  • “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”
  • “Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.”
  • “My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.”
  • “I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.”
  • “Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.”
  • “Non-violence is the article of faith.”
  • “I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.”
  • “Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.”
  • “There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.”
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