October-2 observed as International-Day-Non-Violence

Highlights:

  • The International Day of Non-violence is celebrated every year on 2 October throughout world on birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of Indian independence movement and also pioneer of philosophy of non-violence (ahimsa). 
  • Observance of this day seeks to promote  principles of non-violence through education and public awareness and is observed by all countries of the UN. 
  • In India, this day is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti.
  • The day was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by adopting resolution A/RES/61/271 in June 2007 to disseminate message of non-violenceincluding through education and public awareness. 
  • The resolution reaffirmed universal relevance of principle of non-violence and the desire to secure.
  • Gandhiji returned to India in 1915 and joined Indian National Congress (INC). He led nationwide campaigns for various social causes and for achieving Swaraj or self-rule.