• CPS - Day of Nonviolence

    International Day of Non-Violence

    In 2007, India’s Minister of State, Anand Sharma, stood before the United Nations General Assembly to introduce a new resolution that distilled the essence of the organization’s founding mission of abandoning violence as an acceptable means for achieving social and political change.

    Sharma called for the world to recognize each October 2 as an International Day of Non-Violence.

    Marking the 1869 birthday of India’s legendary leader Mahatma Gandhi, the day would become a way to spread his message of non-violence through education and public awareness campaigns.

    Mohandas K. Gandhi, dubbed the “Mahatma” (great soul) by his followers, believed that peaceful protests and social activism were the most powerful ways for changing the world. Non-violence, he proclaimed, is “mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

    The new UN resolution quickly passed, reflecting the world’s enduring respect for Gandhi’s accomplishments and the relevance of his philosophy in the new millennium.

    Anyone with plans to enter the fields of public administration or public policy should be familiar with the life and message of Gandhi. You can read his autobiography online at no charge.

    Visit the International Day of Non-Violence community on Facebook to learn more about the upcoming UN event.  Anyone concerned about how to change the world can also learn more about International Day of Non-Violence by visiting the UN’s website about the day at: http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/index.shtml 

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