Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds

‘Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds’ – the Bhagavad Gita explained

Page from a 19th-century illustrated Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhagavad Gita.
British Library, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Debjani Ganguly, Australian Catholic University

In our Guide to the Classics series, experts explain key works of literature.

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International Day of Nonviolence 2021

MK Gandhi

The International Day of Nonviolence is marked every year on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the prominent faces of the Indian freedom struggle and the pioneer of the nonviolent philosophy and approach. As we mark the International Day of Non-violence, proposed by the United Nations in 2007, we remember the Indian freedom fighter born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The International Day of Non-Violence honours how Gandhi’s practise and legacy has influenced global, non-violent protests.

Gandhi popularised the renowned Sanskrit adage ‘Ahimsa Paramo Dharma,’ which loosely translates to ‘non-violence is the highest moral value.’

The International Day of Nonviolence was first commemorated in 2007, when the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution on June 15, 2007, declaring that this day provides an opportunity to “disseminate the message of nonviolence, particularly via education and public awareness.”

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