International Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, marking the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. On 15 June 2007, the United Nations General Assembly passed the resolution A/RES/61/271 to commemorate this day in recognition of Gandhi’s contribution to peace and non-violent protest.
The UN affirms this day as an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness and reaffirm the desire for a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.
As we grapple with the widespread hate speech today, let us reflect on the gospel of Love – “True love is boundless like the ocean and rising and swelling within one spreads itself out and crossing all boundaries and frontiers envelops the whole world” M.K. Gandhi.
While pursuing economic growth and development, we have perhaps left social justice and equity behind.
‘’We must, therefore, strive to achieve a just and equitable society where all share in the prosperity of that society through collaborative social action,’’ reads a statement by The Gandhi Forum Malawi.
People must also be reminded about:
- Tolerance and promotion of intercommunal understanding
- Preservation and protection of the environment for sustainable development,
- Ensuring access to basic needs of life for all.
- Mobilising grassroots involvement and participation at all levels of governance.
- Transparency in one’s public dealings applied to all private and public sectors, the welfare and upliftment of all.