Today the world commemorates the birth of a global icon. 146 years ago Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, or “Great Soul” was born. Regarded as one of the foremost symbols of non-violent protest
Gandhi certainly had his flaws and was not a saint but his philosophy on non-violence cuts across race, religion or any other creed.
Since 2007, on 2 October each year, the United Nations observes the International Day of Non-Violence, a day chosen to commemorate Gandhi’s enduring philosophy.
We celebrate his teachings which formed the foundation for many liberation movements around the world through the words he left us.
1. “The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not for every man’s greed”. Quoted in Mahatma Gandhi: The Last Phase, Volume 10.
2. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love”. The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927.
3. “Hate the sin and not the sinner’ is a precept which, though easy enough to understand, is rarely practiced, and that is why the poison of hatred spreads in the world”. Quoted in An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927.
4. “There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for”. The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927.
5. “To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman”. To the Women of India, Young India, 1930.
6. “Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.” The Story of My Experiments With Truth, 1927.
7. “An unjust law is itself a species of violence”. Non-violence in Peace and War, 1942-49.
8. “Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.
9. “Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacities. She has the right to participate in the minutest details in the activities of man, and she has an equal right of freedom and liberty with him”.
10. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”. Press interview, published in Young India, 2 April 1931.