Follow the Mahatma

March for Non-Violence from Peace Palace to Grote Kerk​

The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, namely October 2 every year, has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Non-Violence. The UNGA in 2007 called upon countries and people across the world to celebrate and observe this day by disseminating the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.

In view of the special connection between Netherlands and Mahatma Gandhi and the deep commitment of the people of Netherlands to non-violence and peace, the Embassy of India in association with various community organizations in the Netherlands marked the International Day of Non-Violence last year with a campaign called “Follow the Mahatma”. Based on the success of 2017’s initiative, it has been decided to mark the International Day of Non-Violence in an even bigger way this year.

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, a ‘Gandhi March’ through the city of The Hague will be organized to highlight the importance of the message of non-violence. We estimate around 1000 people will take part in this march. The Gandhi march will begin from inside the Peace Palace compound around 1200 hrs. The rally will be addressed by dignitaries in the forecourt of the Peace Palace before it proceeds to the Grote Kerk in The Hague. Cultural programmes highlighting the message of non-violence will be organised in the Grote Kerk once the march concludes. Spiritual leader from India Sri M will participate in the March and speak on the occasion. Following the above, volunteers will fan out to schools and universities of the Netherlands during the first week of October to talk about non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi, his message and its relevance to today’s world. The plan is to bring together hundreds of volunteers who in turn can reach out to several thousand through a mass mobilization exercise aimed at disseminating the message of non-violence.

A social media campaign highlighting the message of non-violence with the hashtag “Follow the Mahatma” will also be conducted during the above period.

Those who would like to volunteer for the Visit to Schools to talk about Non-Violence, please contact Dr. Kanta Rani at kantarani@gmail.com