International Day of Non-Violence observed at UNListen /
The International Day of Non-Violence observed on 2 October coincides with the birthday of renowned Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi.
The observance promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.
At an event to commemorate the day in New York, Indian Foreign Minister Shri S.M. Krishna said Mahatma Gandhi was impatient for change, yet he shunned violence as an instrument to force the pace of change.
"In his own words, I quote :'non-violence is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man' . It is true that the world of today is vastly different from the world that Mahatma Gandhi lived in but conflict and inequality continue to be part of the human condition. Mahatma Gandhi's greatest lesson to the world was that this need not be destructively so. Conflicts can be resolved."
In his message marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in these times of global turmoil and transition, it is fitting to take a moment to reflect on Gandhi's message of understanding and peace.