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.
On Wednesday, the global community marks the International Day of Non-Violence, which this year coincided with the 150th anniversary of the birth of the global peace icon who led India to independence, Mahatma Gandhi.
Today is the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was called Mahatma, which means Great Soul.
Considered the father of modern India, he helped free the country from British control using nonviolent resistance, such as strikes, marches and fasts. Gandhi was also one of the foremost spiritual, political and cultural leaders of the 1900s.
“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart and it must be inseparable part of our very being.”
‘Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever walked upon the earth.’ – Albert Einstein, on Mahatma Gandhi
In this issue entirely dedicated to Gandhi, discover articles on by Raja Rao, Olivier Lacombe, René Habachi, Humayun Kabir, Karl Jaspers and Malcolm S. Adiseshiah, and a portrait of Martín Luther King, who was deeply inspired by the example of Gandhi.
“Like Mahatma Gandhi in India, Martin Luther King in the United States chose the way of non-violence in his struggle against injustice. He too urged his followers to eschew violence at all cost under the slogan “We shall overcome”. Like Gandhi, he accepted the dangers of non-violent resistance in his struggle for racial equality. Twenty years after Gandhi, on April 4, 1968, he too was cut down by an assassin’s bullet.”