Last Tuesday was observed as Non-Violence Day at the United Nations. And this Sunday, the Indo-Caribbean American community will commemorate Non-Violence day with a march and a rally in Richmond Hill Queens on Liberty Avenue to 123 Street and 101 Avenue at the Maha Lakshmi mandir courtyard. A community leader and humanitarian, Dave Thakoordeen, formerly of Port Tain, Mourant, will be honored for his work helping to uplift lives and promoting peace.
The International Day of Non-Violence was marked at the United Nations and globally on 2 October, the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or Bapu or the Mahatma. Handhi-ji is fondly remembered as the father of India’s Indian independence movement and every year at his birth and death anniversary, political leaders visited his memorial shrine offering flowers. Gandhi-ji is known globally as the pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence which he used effectively to disarm the British forcing them to grant India political independence.
According to General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/271 passed 15 June 2007, the International Day of Non-violence would be commemorated on October 2 annually. The UN stated that it would be an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence".
Gandhi himself stated: "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man".
At the UN, statesmen, peace activists, and highly-acclaimed leaders commemorated the birth anniversary of Gandhi and Non-Violence Day. The UN hosted a day of discussions around the “future of conflict-resolution and ways to improve tolerance and understanding in the modern world”.
In India, glowing tributes were paid to Gandhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Secretary General Guterres who was visiting Delhi to present Prime Minister Modi with the UN Champion of the Earth Award. In tribute to Gandhi-ji, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: "Mahatma Gandhi proved that non-violence can change history. Let us be inspired by his courage and conviction as we continue our work to advance peace, sustainable development and human rights for all of the peoples of the world."
In India, Oct 2, a public holiday, is known as Gandhi Jayanti. Floral tributes were paid at his crematorium by politicians of all stripes and parties. PM Modi said: “Mahatma Gandhi connected India in letter and spirit, in thought and action. India is a land of diversity. If there was one person who brought everyone together, made people rise above differences, to fight colonialism and enhanced India's stature at the world stage, it was Mahatma Gandhi. He enhanced India's stature at the world stage”,
It was his 150th birth anniversary. Massive celebrations are planned on the occasion of his 151st birth next year. PM Modi said there will be a year long celebration.