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PM, Sonia welcome non-violence day

The nation's top leaders welcome the UN decision to observe Mahatma Gandhi's birthday as International Day of Non-Violence, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2007 02:20 IST
Saroj Nagi
Saroj Nagi
Hindustan Times

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have welcomed the United Nation General Assembly’s declaration of October 2 as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence.’

They said it was a tribute to the apostle of peace whose message of non-violence continues to be relevant in contemporary world.

"The universal relevance of Gandhiji's message of non-violence is more important today than ever before since nations across the world continue to grapple with the threat of conflict, violence and terrorism," Manmohan said.

Sonia said the UNGA’s decision showed the world community’s yearning for peace and continuing relevance of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideals in the contemporary world "confronted with violence, terrorism and intolerance."

"The phenomenon of terror which feeds on persisting socio-economic disparities and dogmatic ideologies has spread its tentacles around the world leading to increasing violence and bloodshed. Mahatma Gandhi had sought to address these issues through satyagraha and empowerment of the weak," she said.

First Published: Jun 16, 2007 23:22 IST