The ideals preached by our nation’s Bapu – Mahatma Gandhi are being commemorated across the world on October 2nd, which has become known as the International Day of Non-Violence.
The 2nd of October is observed as Nonviolence Day, which also happens to be Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Gandhiji was the leader of the campaign for Indian independence and a pioneer of the idea and tactic of nonviolence.
On October 02, 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the city of Porbandar in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Brief History & Significance
Shirin Ebadi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Iran, first proposed this day in 2004. At the World Social Forum in Mumbai, the concept of a worldwide non-violence day was met with enthusiasm. With prominent people like Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on board, the effort took off.
In a resolution passed on 5 June 2007, the General Assembly designated this day as an opportunity to educate and raise awareness about the importance of nonviolence.
The resolution stresses the importance of fostering a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding, and nonviolence, as well as the universal applicability of the concept of nonviolence.
10 Life-Changing Quotes from Bapu
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Strength does not come from winning. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“Do not judge others. Be your own judge and you will be truly happy. If you try to judge others, you are likely to burn your fingers.”