"In Gandhi's Footsteps": Conference on Non-Violence Precedes 9/11 Unity Walk

September 11, 2006

Source: Rediff


On September 11, 2006 Rediff reported, "A group of Gandhians will hold a rally at the Lincoln Memorial grounds in Washington, DC to commemorate two ideologically opposed events: the fifth anniversary of 9/11, and the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's first-ever use of satyagraha. The Memphis, Tennessee-based MK Gandhi Institute, which is organising the rally, will also participate in an inter-faith 'Unity Walk' on Embassy Row to mark the terror attacks. Arun Gandhi, the Institute's founder and the Mahatma's grandson, said the rally to commemorate the September 11, 1906 non-cooperation movement was envisaged to be 'a day of prayer, peace, and reconciliation against terrorism and other forms of violence worldwide.' 'While for all American people, September 11, 2001, is a black day of mourning and hopelessness, it can be transformed into a day of hope and harmony,' Arun Gandhi said of the reason why it was important to commemorate Gandhiji's launching of satyagraha, 100 years ago that day, as an alternate weapon to fight oppression. The rally will be preceded by a day-long conference themed 'Nonviolence in the Age of Terrorism: In Gandhi's Footsteps', to be sponsored by the Institute and held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC... Arun Gandhi will also be among several national leaders drawn from a number of faiths who will participate in the 'shoulder-to-shoulder' Unity Walk, down Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, also known as Embassy Row, to mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11. Marchers will include community and religious leaders from the Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Jewish, Baha'i, Buddhist, Mormon, Sikh and Zoroastrian faiths."