International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.In January 2004,
Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Mumbai. The idea gradually attracted the interest of some leaders of India’s Congress Party (“Ahimsa Finds Teen Voice”, The Telegraph, Calcutta) until a Satyagraha Conference resolution in New Delhi in January 2007, initiated by Indian National Congress President and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, called upon the United Nations to adopt the idea.
On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate 2 October in “an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) in New York City prepared a special cachet to commemorate this event, following a request from the Indian Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN. The boxed pictorial cachet design was prepared by the UNPA and was limited to cancellation at UNPA’s NY location (not Geneva and Vienna). The UNPA has indicated that all outgoing UNPA mail between 2 and 31 October carried the cachet.
~ Sand art by Sudarsan Pattnaik
International Day of Non-Violence ~ 2nd October
Today is the birth anniversary of our Father of the nation which is also observed as the international day of nonviolence.
“Where there is love, there is life.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Today is also the birth anniversary of another great freedom fighter and our second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
“Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”
~ Lal Bahadur Shastri
HAPPY GANDHI & SHASTRI JAYANTI !
Have a great day!!