UN Chief Urges People To Shun Violence On Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged people to shun violence by following Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of Ahimsa (non-violence) on the occasion of his 153rd birth anniversary.

Notably, the International Day of Non-Violence is marked on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday by UN General Assembly since June 2007.

“On the International Day of Non-Violence, we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday & values of peace, respect & the essential dignity shared by everyone. We can defeat today’s challenges by embracing these values & working across cultures & borders to build a better future,” tweeted the UN chief.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Gandhiji, a great leader of India who gave his life for his nation, was born on 2nd October 1869. Every year, this day is widely observed as a way to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation as well as to remember his values, principles and philosophy.

Of all the freedom fighters, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of India’s most prominent. He was the leader of the anti-British nonviolent movement.

He studied law and went to South Africa to represent a client. After returning to India, he joined the Indian National Congress. He fought for women’s rights and caste discrimination. He also led nationwide campaigns for peasants, laborers and farmers.

After 21 years of Gandhi’s death, Great Britain released a stamp to honour him.

Gandhiji never won a Nobel Peace Prize, but he was nominated 5 times.

Only Gandhiji has been the first and only Indian to have been honoured with the title ‘Time Person of the Year in 1930.

Many world leaders like Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and John Lennon consider Gandhiji their ideal. This is because he fought for freedom from the British, but he also fought against social issues like caste discrimination, women’s rights, etc.

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