TORONTO: Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, Indian consul general Akhilesh Mishra, Scarborough Councillor Raymond Cho, Sudhaben Vajeria, Jay Gajjar and many others joined the Nataraj Youth Cultural Organization (NYCO) in celebrating October 12 as Non-Violence Day at the Gore Meadowvale community centre in Brampton on the outskirts of Toronto.
The United Nations declared the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (October 2) as Non-Violence Day in 2007 to promote awarness about his message of peace co-existence.
Apart from speeches by the dignitaries on the importance of non-violence, the Nataraj Youth Cultural Organization also organized a peace walk to mark the day.
The Nataraj Youth Cultural Organization has been observing Ahimsa or Non-Violence Day for the past three years, beginning with its first peace march at the Scarborough Civic Centre in 2010, followed by the second peace march at Thistle town (Albion & Islington Square) and the third at the Ontario Power Generation auditorium in Pickering.
“This is our third year of peace walks,’’ said Chintan Bhavsar, who founded the Nataraj Youth Cultural Organization in 2010.
Bhavsar said, “As violence in society is increasing by the day, we thought that the only way to stop this trend is to promote the message of Mahatma Gandhi and educate the youth about the importance of non-violence.’’
Stressing the relevance of Gandhi’s message in the contemporary world, she said, “Today, more than ever, with the world beset by violence affecting millions of innocent victims both as a result of armed struggles for power and dominance, and widespread prevalence of violence in families in every culture, it is important that we strive for a society that will not tolerate violence.’’
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