Ruing that the importance of
has been forgotten, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the value of non-violence preached by Mahatma Gandhi is relevant even today as a way of life and as a tool to govern the country.
"Many a time I feel that we have forgotten the importance of `Ahimsa'. But it is a weapon that can make anybody powerful and strong," he said flagging off an 'Ahimsa Divas Yatra' at the AICC headquarters in the Capital to mark the 138th birth anniversary of the Mahatma.
"People may wonder of what use is non-violence in today's times. But it is relevant even today as a way of life and in governing the country," he said, observing that using `Ahimsa', Gandhi had turned the independence movement into a fight of the common man.
Singh expressed happiness over the United Nations deciding to celebrate Gandhi's birth anniversary as the International Day of Non-Violence.
"Today is an important day not just for India but the entire world. October two, which we have celebrated as the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, has been designated by the United Nations as World Non-Violence Day," he said.
Singh recalled the Mahatma's message that non-violence is for the brave and not for the coward and a person should be ready to sacrifice everything but his honour for `Ahimsa'.
He said Gandhi got freedom for the country with the power of non-violence.