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Dear Friend, I thought you would be interested in the International Day of Nonviolence; Best wishes, Rene Wadlow
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2 October as the International Day of Nonviolence. The day was chosen as 2 October is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi for whom non-violence was at the center of his life and thought. As Gandhi wrote “ If you have really understood the meaning of non-violence, it should be clear to you that non-violence is not a principle or a virtue to be brought into play on a particular occasion or to be practiced with reference to a particular party or section. It has to become a part and parcel of our being.”
2007 was the first time that the day was celebrated with an important seminar at the UN in New York. However, the practice of non-violence is not to be limited to discussions in
one spot, even if the United Nations headquarters is symbolic of all the countries and peoples of the world. Non-violence is part of a daily practice for justice and peace world wide. As Gandhi said “ Non-violence in its dynamic condition does not mean meek submission to the will of an evil-doer, but it means the putting of one’s soul against the will of the tyrant”. Gandhi says ‘No’ to violence but ‘Yes’ to fighting. Gandhi’s mode is characterized by force and action.
There are many forms of tyranny. Sometimes it can take the form of a person. Tyranny can also be an institution, a mindset, and persistent attitudes. Thus, may this 2 October be a time for a renewed dedication to non-violent efforts for justice. As Richard Greeg wrote in his The Power of Nonviolence “ Nonviolent resistance does not break the opponents’ will but alters it; does not destroy his confidence, enthusiasm and hope, but transfers them to a finer purpose.”
Rene Wadlow, Representative to the UN, Geneva, Association of World Citizens