We commemorate the birth of a man today whose contributions to the development of the idea of “non-violence” have had a major influence on social responses throughout the world over the past 100 years. We reflect on the impact of an Indian activist brought into the world Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi but better known as Mahatma Gandhi on the International Day of Non-Violence, established by the UN in 2007. The Gandhian legacy and the influence of his work on peaceful protests around the world are recognised on the International Day of Nonviolence.
It makes sense for the UN to observe the International Day of Non-Violence on Gandhi’s birthday. The foundation of civil and human rights movements around the world has been Gandhi’s dedication to India’s independence and his methods. Gandhi believed that “just means lead to just ends,” and that using violence to bring about peace was completely irrational. This is a teaching moment that we can all learn from.
The first International Day of Nonviolence was observed in 2007, following approval of a resolution by the UN General Assembly on June 15 that stated that this day offers a chance to “disseminate the message of nonviolence, particularly via education and public awareness.”
Why is the International Day of Non-Violence is Important?
The celebration raises awareness
Since “non-violence” has been referred to so frequently over the past century, new meanings have been attributed to it. It is frequently mistaken for pacifism, which it can be, but groups all over the world have adopted it as a power for cultural progress rather than just opposition to the war. The UN wants to spread the many types of non-violence that are available today through education and awareness.
There are numerous conflicts to resolve
Our global economy is now more efficient, but there are also more challenging problems that need to be resolved as a result of globalisation. The dissemination of nonviolent ideas and positive stories will be essential in preventing these issues from turning violent.
Nonviolence is a tried and true method of bringing about social change
The term “non-violence” serves as a catch-all for a number of different types of behaviour. Protests, marches, and vigils are examples of nonviolent protests that have been used successfully to affect social turning points for a long time.
How to celebrate International Day of Non-Violence?
Find or create an event
There are numerous occasions on Gandhi’s birthday devoted to honouring the leader’s life, in addition to the official UN events held around the globe to remember the 2007 motion. You might also work with your school to bring attention to a concern that is important to you. All you have to do is take advantage of this day to speak out without resorting to violence.
Learn more about Gandhi
There are many things we can pick up from Gandhi, who was a great and impactful leader in the 20th century. Below are two of his greatest well-known quotations. “There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.” and “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
Consider performing a random kindness gesture
Since people who receive RAKs frequently share their appreciation for strangers online, the idea of random acts of compassion has gained popularity alongside the growth of social media. Do something extra special for a stranger today just to make their day better and make Gandhi proud. The possibilities are limitless. You could pay the parking fee for the car behind you, write a friend a nice note, or clear snow off a stranger’s windscreen. Therefore, in Gandhi’s words, “be the change you wish to see in the world” today.
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