Recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s dedication to non-violence, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that it has inspired countless movements for change across the world and it remains an example for all.
“Gandhi proved that non-violence, in principle and practice, can change history. He was strongly committed to social justice. His mass campaigns of non-violent civil disobedience helped pave way for the Independence of India,” said Ban Ki-moon, while delivering the keynote address on the International Day of Non-Violence here.
“He has inspired countless movements for change across the world. He showed the power of peacefully opposing oppression, hatred and injustice,” he added.
Recalling his visit to the Sabarmati Ashram earlier this year, Ban Ki-moon said, “It was a privilege to tour the ashram. I was especially impressed by a quote from Gandhi framed on a wall, ‘If blood is to be shed, let it be our own’.”
“Gandhi was calling on people to refuse to kill, instead to be willing to die to save others. I continue to admire his courage and conviction,” he added.
The UN General Secretary also said that Gandhi demonstrated the value of the rule of law in breaking vicious cycle of vengeance.
“The United Nations stands for the peaceful resolution of disputes and for mutual respect across culture and creed. Today at the time of escalating conflicts, rising extremism, massive displacements, Mahatma Gandhi’s dedication to non-violence remains an example for us all,” he added.
Ban Ki-moon also stressed on recalling the achievements of Mahatma Gandhi to renew the commitment to non-violence.