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Nations honors Gandhi’ ideals declaring
02 October as “International Day of Non-Violence”
J CHANDLER (IDN)
you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be”, a
student named Lilly asked U.S. President Barack Obama. “I think that
it might be Gandhi, who is a real hero of mine… he's somebody who I
find a lot of inspiration in… it would probably be a really small meal
because he didn't eat a lot,” replied Obama during discussion with
ninth graders in Wakefield High School in Arlington (Virginia, USA) on
“The America of today has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi and
the nonviolent social action movement for Indian independence which he
led,” Obama added, according to reports.
known as the 'Father of the Nation', Mahatma Gandhi led a non-violent freedom
struggle against the British Empire that led to India's independence in August
1947 and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the globe.
quoted Obama also saying that Gandhi’s message of non-violence continued to
inspire people and political movements across the globe…“Americans owe an
enormous measure of gratitude to the Mahatma”…” we must renew our
commitment to live his ideals”…
Acclaimed Indo-American leader Rajan Zed, commended Obama in a statement in
Nevada (USA) Oct. 2, for expressing “appreciation for the life and lessons
of Mahatma Gandhi on the (140th) anniversary of his birth”. The world should
look deeper into Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, his commitment to
world peace, and his work for the upliftment of the downtrodden, he added.
Rajan Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation,
further said that Mahatma Gandhi was one of the few men in history to fight
simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural
fronts. His life and thought had an enormous impact on the world, and he
continued to be widely revered as one of the greatest moral, political, and
peace leaders of the twentieth century.
Obama's tribute to Gandhi was significant also in view of the fact that
although peace icon Gandhi (1869-1948) never set foot on America, yet he was
on Time magazine covers in 1930, 1931, and 1947; Time Person of the Year in
1930; and was runner-up for Time Person of the Century, Zed pointed out.
Zed also thanked search engine Google for replacing “G” in Google in their
homepage with Gandhi’s face Oct. 2. Google is the most visited website on
the Internet and one of the most powerful brands in the world. Eric E. Schmidt
is the CEO.
Rajan Zed is a Hindu and Indo-American statesman who was invited to read
historic first Hindu prayers to the Washington State Senate, Nevada Assembly
and the Nevada Senate, as well as the United States Senate in Washington DC --
his prayer is transcribed on page S9069 of the Congressional Record. He also
read the historic first Hindu prayers in the State Senates of California,
Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Washington, besides Arizona House of
BAN KI-MOON ON GANDHI
In a separate message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Gandhi's message
of non-violent struggle is key to facing modern threats.
Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of non-violence in the face of aggression is an
enduring symbol of hope for leaders and grass-roots campaigners alike in
defeating the growing number of hostile forces threatening the modern world,
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Oct. 2.
In a message marking the third annual International Day of Non-violence,
observed on Oct. 2 in honour of Gandhi’s birthday, Ban said that Gandhi
understood that a powerful idea could change the world.
“He knew that individuals, working alone and together, could realize what
others might dismiss as impossible dreams,” Ban said of Gandhi. “We
strive, for example, to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction,” he
Ban further noted: “Recent initiatives and meetings, including last week’s
(Sept. 24) Security Council summit on nuclear disarmament and
non-proliferation, have improved prospects for reductions in global
The UN Secretary-General underscored the importance of sustaining this
momentum, and called on the international community to press for success at
next year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference and beyond.
“The call to non-violence need not apply only to the use of deadly
weapons,” he added. “The United Nations and its grass-roots partners have
long campaigned to stop the human assault on our planet.”
Greenhouse gas emissions have long threatened the planet, he said, urging
activists everywhere “to turn up the heat on world leaders to seal a deal at
the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December”, according to UN
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