International Day of Non-Violence

There is much,
for which I am ready to die,
but there is nothing,
for which I would be willing to kill.
Mahatma Gandhi



International Day of Non-Violence ( International Day of Non-Violence) established by resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 15 June 2007. Date was not chosen by chance: 2 October born, the leader of the Indian independence movement and the founder of the philosophy of non-violence.

In accordance with the UN resolution, the International Day provides an additional reason for the order to "promote non-violence, including through educational and community outreach." The document reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to adopt a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence┬╗.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of India Anand Sharma, introducing the resolution on behalf of the 140 authors the General Assembly, said that "a broad and diverse range of creators of the document is a reflection of a deep sense of respect for Mahatma Gandhi and the continuing importance of his philosophical views." In his speech, he cited the following statement by the head of the deceased: "Non-violence is the greatest power in the hands of mankind. It is more powerful than the most powerful weapons of destruction created by human ingenuity┬╗.

The principle of non-violence, also known as non-violent resistance, rejects the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. It is believed that there are three main categories of non-violent action: protest and persuasion (this includes, in particular, marches and pickets), noncooperation, nonviolent intervention (for example, blocking traffic or seizure of premises without causing harm to people).

Often characterized as "the policy of the common people", this form of social struggle adopted the broad masses of people around the world in the struggle for social justice.