PRESS RELEASE: International Day of Non-Violence Celebrated in Oman

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International Day of Non-Violence Celebrated in Oman

Embassy of India, Muscat, in association with Raja Yoga Centre for Self-Development, celebrated the 10th UN International Day of Non-Violence on 02 October 2017 which was also celebrated as 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation. About 250 persons, including Ambassadors, members of diplomatic corps, prominent Omanis and members of Indian and other expatriate communities in Oman attended the celebration. The celebration was also joined by H.E. Sheikh Hilal Marhoon Salem Al Ma’amari, DG of West Asia Department, and HE Humaid Ali AlMani, DG of International Affairs Department, of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who represented the Government of Oman.  

Addressing the gathering, H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri and other freedom fighters. He explained the historical roots of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence and strategy of Satyagraha and its continued relevance, more than ever, for creating a peaceful and harmonious world, based on the principle and practice of non-violence. He underlined that the basic tenets of Oman’s foreign policy of peaceful coexistence of nations, cooperation among them and negotiated settlement of disputes are based on the philosophy of non-violence as propounded by Mahatma Gandhi. He paid tributes to the visionary leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, which has made Oman into a shining example of peaceful co-existence of people, societies and communities. Stressing the importance of adherence to the philosophy and strategy of non-violence, Ambassador called upon the people, as the world celebrates UN International Day of Non-Violence, to practice non-violence in their thoughts, speech and action, which will lead to a more peaceful and harmonious world. 

 United Nations General Assembly, on 15 June 2007, had passed a Resolution to celebrate 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence. The Resolution calls upon all members of the UN system to commemorate 2nd October in "an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness."

Delivering the keynote address at the event, Ms. Jayanti Kripalani, Director (Europe & Middle East) of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, said that we should look inwards and be peaceful and happy from inside, which would enable us to spread peace and happiness around us.  She added that when each one of us makes a commitment to change our consciousness and empower ourselves, our collective commitment will create powerful waves of peace and happiness across the world. 

Paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, popular and young Omani singer Mr. Haitham Mohammed Rafi, who won Indian reality show ‘Dil Hai Hindustani’ in April this year, presented a song, “De Di Hamen Azadi bina khadag bina dhal, Sabarmati Ke Sant tune kar diya kamal”, illustrating how Mahatma Gandhi won the freedom for India without any weapons.

04 October 2017

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