Aucklanders will get a chance to celebrate International Day of Non-Violence by joining in ‘March for Global Peace’ on Sunday, September 30 at Queen Street.
In 2007 the United Nations (UN) had declared October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi - one of India’s most-famed gifts to the rest of the world - in recent times.
This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi and to commemorate this occasion a series of marches for global peace has been planned at different prominent global cities, to spread the values of peace and non-violence.
Auckland will have the opportunity to shine on the global map by leading the world in holding the global march for peace.
The march for global peace will start at 80 Queen St (around BNZ Bank) at 9:45 am, and ending at Aotea Square at around 10.45 a.m. where Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will receive the march.
Speaking to the Indian Weekender, High Commissioner of India, Sanjiv Kohli said, “We believe that in a troubled world, Gandhi(Ji)'s message of non-violence, tolerance and equality has a huge resonance.
“This march is to convey that message.
“This year marks the commencement of worldwide celebrations of Gandhi(Ji)’s life and message.”
Meanwhile, Bhav Dhillon, Hon. Consul of India, who is representing the High Commission of India in Auckland and spearheading efforts of organising the historic global march for peace expressed confidence that Aucklanders would turn out in reasonably decent numbers to support the cause of global peace and non-violence.
Speaking to the Indian Weekender, Mr Dhillon said, “India’s father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi had successfully shown the world how principles of truth and non-violence could be deftly deployed in a country’s political life.
“We need to spread this incredibly powerful message of non-violence as much as we can.
“This is a great opportunity for all Aucklanders from all walks of life and ethnicity to come together and make our super-city shine on world-map.
A similar global peace march is happening in iconic Peace Palace at The Hague (The Netherlands) on Sunday to mark the launch of two-year long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
It is expected that there will be close to 80 children participating from the Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School and Bharatiya Mandir, wearing a traditional white dress and waving mini Indian flags.
Individual participants are also welcome to join in at an appropriate place and ensure orderly and safe movement of the march.
It is important to understand that ‘peace marches’ were an important tool in Gandhi’s political armoury through which he managed to captivate the imagination of masses during India’s freedom struggle.
Since then peace marches have been replicated all around the world as a powerful means of invigorating people’s mind around imaginative ideas.