“We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word, and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.” - Mahatma Gandhi
The name of Mahatma Gandhi transcends the bounds of race, religion, and nation-states. Today, on 2 October, we celebrate the birthday of a man who helped bring forward the notion of “non-violence”. He is also remembered for his passionate adherence to the practice of nonviolence and supreme humanism.
On the International Day of Non-Violence, created by the United Nations in 2007, we look back on how Gandhi’s work and legacy has impacted global non-violent protests, marches, and vigils. This day is recognised and commemorated as a means of reaffirming the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, and understanding.