\”There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.\”
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927
The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on 15 June 2007 to observe the International Day of Non-Violence each year on 2 October. This day was especially designated as Non-Violence Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. On October 2nd, 2007, the UN General Assembly observed the first International Day of Non-Violence, with an address by Sonia Gandhi Chairperson of the United Nations Progressive Alliance.
The principle of non-violence, also known as non-violent resistance, discards the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. Many groups throughout the world use this method in social justice campaigns. This day is not a public holiday; it is only a global observance.
Lord Mahavir and Lord Buddha are two notable gods of two important religions followed in India – Jainism and Buddhism which also follow the path of non- violence. Mahatma Gandhi following these objectives of passivity and peacefulness led the nation to freedom. Every year to honor his dedication several stamps and other philatelic material are issued by many countries to honor Gandhiji’s devotion towards the humanity and country.