Mahatma Gandhi makes special appearance at U.N., shares message on education
In a first, Mahatma Gandhi made a special appearance at the United Nations, where he shared his message on education at the world organization commemorating the International Day of Nonviolence on the occasion of the Indian leader’s birthday.
The International Day of Nonviolence is celebrated on October 2, Gandhi’s birthday.
According to the General Assembly resolution of June 2007 establishing the commemoration, the day is an opportunity to “spread the message of nonviolence, including through education and public awareness”
The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of nonviolence” and the desire “to ensure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and nonviolence”.
A voiceover accompanying the Gandhi hologram shared the iconic leader’s thoughts on education.
“Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education I mean a comprehensive drawing of the best in the child and the man, body, mind and spirit. By spiritual training I mean training of the heart,” Gandhi said.
The Gandhi hologram appeared three times during the panel discussion, showing him both sitting and standing as he spoke about the values of education.
“We assess the value of education in the same way as the value of land or stock in the stock market. We only want to provide education that enables the student to earn more.
“We hardly pay any attention to improving the character of the educated. The schools and colleges are really a factory for sending out clerks for the government. On the contrary, real education consists in getting the best out of yourself. What could be a better book may there be than the book of mankind,” said the Gandhi hologram.
A message from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was read prior to the panel discussion.
In his message, Guterres said Gandhi’s life and example reveal a timeless path to a more peaceful and tolerant world, as the UN chief called on the international community to walk this path together, in solidarity, as one human family.
Guterres said in his post that the International Day of Nonviolence not only celebrates Gandhi’s birthday, but also the values he embodied that reverberate through the decades: peace, mutual respect and the essential dignity shared by each person.
“Unfortunately, our world does not live up to those values. We see this through growing conflicts and climate chaos. Poverty, hunger and increasing inequality. Prejudice, racism and increasing hate speech. And a morally bankrupt global financial system that anchors poverty and hinders the recovery of developing countries,” Guterres said.
The UN chief stressed that the world can overcome these challenges by embracing Gandhi’s values and working across cultures and borders to build a better, more peaceful future for all.
“By investing in people’s health, education, decent jobs and social protection to prevent people from falling and catch them if they do. By ensuring access to finance and debt relief for all countries. By supporting developing countries in building resilient infrastructure and protecting populations from the effects of climate change, while accelerating the transition from planet-destroying fossil fuels to renewable energy.
“By safeguarding and upholding the rights and dignity of all people – especially the most vulnerable, and girls and women who are too often denied their basic rights. By taking concrete action for inclusion and recognizing multicultural, multifaith and multiethnic societies as a wealth, not a threat,” he said.
Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum in Hyderabad Birad Yajnik told the audience of the event that the hologram was the second edition of the Gandhi hologram in 4k.
He recalled that creating the hologram was a process that began in 2018 when Ambassador Kamboj was in South Africa.