New York, October 3: Recalling Mahatma Gandhi's dedication to non-violence, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that it has inspired countless movements for change across the world and it remains an example for all.
"Gandhi proved that non-violence, in principle and practice, can change history. He was strongly committed to social justice. His mass campaigns of non-violent civil disobedience helped pave way for the Independence of India," said Ban Ki-moon, while delivering the keynote address on the International Day of Non-Violence.
"He has inspired countless movements for change across the world. He showed the power of peacefully opposing oppression, hatred and injustice," he added.
Recalling his visit to the Sabarmati Ashram earlier this year, Ban Ki-moon said, "It was a privilege to tour the ashram. I was especially impressed by a quote from Gandhi framed on a wall, 'If blood is to be shed, let it be our own'."
"Gandhi was calling on people to refuse to kill, instead to be willing to die to save others. I continue to admire his courage and conviction," he added.
The UN General Secretary also said that Gandhi demonstrated the value of the rule of law in breaking vicious cycle of vengeance.
"The United Nations stands for the peaceful resolution of disputes and for mutual respect across culture and creed. Today at the time of escalating conflicts, rising extremism, massive displacements, Mahatma Gandhi's dedication to non-violence remains an example for us all," he added.
Ban Ki-moon also stressed on recalling the achievements of Mahatma Gandhi to renew the commitment to non-violence.
Meanwhile, India' Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has said that after almost seven decades since he left us, Mahatma Gandhi's relevance is recognized more now than ever.
Delivering the presidential address at the International Day of Non-Violence function organised to observe the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Foreign Secretary said Gandhiji bequeaths to us three guiding principals - Ahimsa (non-violence), Satyagraha (insistence on truth) and Sarvodaya (upliftment of all) - which continue to provide the world with approaches to address a range of complex challenges, many of which may not have even existed in his lifetime.
"In orthodox thinking Gandhi was a paradox; revolutionary, yet realist, visionary but detail-oriented, practical yet idealist," said the Foreign Secretary. He added that India's support for sustainable development goals is in the Gandhian spirit.