The International Day of Non-Violence was observed across the world on 2 October 2016, the date that marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This day is referred in India as Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
• The UN General Assembly through its resolution dated 15 June 2007 established the day to disseminate the message of anti-violence through education and public awareness.
• The resolution reaffirms the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and anti-violence.
• The creation of the day has much significance for India, as it was at the frontrunner in the adoption of the resolution that was co-sponsored by 140 member-countries in the United Nations.
• Firstly it was observed on 2 October 2007.