Aside from celebrating the National Batik Day in Indonesia on October 2, at the same time the international community celebrates the International Nonviolence Day. The International Nonviolence Day is defined directly by the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on June 15, 2007, as an expression of respect to Mahatma Gandhi to fight for India’s independence through the way of nonviolence (ahimsa). It is also celebrated by the Indian Cultural Center (ICC) marked with various activities like movie screening on the struggle of Mahatma Gandhi who successfully brought India to the independence, Wednesday (Oct 2).
Director of the Indian Cultural Center, Dr. Manju Singh, said that October 2 was celebrated as International Nonviolence Day taken from the day of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 1869. Although the leader of the Indian Independence movement died on January 30, 1948, his conviction remained to be preserved. Until his death, Mahatma Gandhi always had confidence to struggle by non-violence (ahimsa). “Therefore, until now Gandhi is still known as the originator of the non-violence philosophy and strategy,” he said.
During his lifetime, said Manju, Mahatma Gandhi was a very simple and sagacious leader. The late struggled for everything based on simplicity and the truth, namely the struggle against injustice based on non-violence. “On that account, let us dedicate ourselves to the ahimsa message of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.
Further, he explained that International Nonviolence Day was inaugurated for the sake of spreading the message against violence, including through the education and public awareness. In accordance with the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly Number A/RES/61/271 dated June 15 2007, the activities aimed to revitalize the struggle of Mahatma Gandhi. “The resolution reaffirms the universal relevance on the principle of non-violence and the desire to ensure a peaceful culture, tolerance, understanding and nonviolence,” he explained.
The celebration was enlivened with several events such as film screenings featuring the life of Mahatma Gandhi, reading religious scriptures, hymns of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and reading opinion of the world’s famous figure Mahatma Gandhi, including the late former President Sukarno. President Sukarno said that Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader, not only the great leader of India but also the great leader of policy. President Soekarno ever said if he got a lot of inspirations from the thinking of Mahatma Gandhi.
In the present situation, the immoral attitudes and actions tend to happen. Debauchery ensued everywhere. Value of justice is almost hard to find. Deterioration of human life dignity is becoming widespread. “The violence becomes more frequent in the world, therefore, we hope the message of Mahatma Gandhi on ahimsa could be remembered by people in the present era that have enjoyed their independence,” he hoped. (BTN/r)