World March for Peace and Nonviolence

World March for Peace and Nonviolence
Vishnu Mandir

Vishnu Mandir

March 31, 2009 17:29 ET

'Gandhi Walk' to Commemorate Anniversary of the Salt March

World March for Peace and Nonviolence and Vishnu Mandir Temple join together to celebrate 'power of nonviolence'

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 31, 2009) - On Sunday April 5, a Walk and Celebration of the anniversary of Gandhi's Salt March will take place, linking participants in a global movement of nonviolence in Toronto with the Hindu community of Richmond Hill and beyond.

Starting at Toronto's Finch subway station at 10am, the "Gandhi Walk" will travel 8 kms up Yonge Street, arriving at 12:30pm for celebrations at the Gandhi statue at the Vishnu Mandir Temple, 8640 Yonge St, Richmond Hill. Food, music and a short film will follow.

The Gandhi Walk is co-organized by the Vishnu Mandir Temple, and the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The World March is the first ever planetary march calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and the end of wars and all forms of violence. An initiative of the Humanist Movement, the World March will officially commence in New Zealand on October 2, 2009 - the anniversary of Gandhi's birth - and continue across 6 continents in 93 days, ending in the Andes Mountains, Argentina.

The Gandhi Walk commemorates Gandhi's great Salt March across India in 1930 - part of a campaign of nonviolent protest against British colonial rule aimed at symbollically breaking its monopoly on salt production. The 23-day march drew worldwide attention and was a turning point for the independence movement. 79 years later, it remains an inspiring example.

"The Salt March is a legendary event in the history of nonviolence, and is a great inspiration for the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The world today needs to remember these great examples of nonviolence, great examples of an organized moral force in action," said Roberto Verdecchia, Canadian Coordinator of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.

"Vishnu Mandir is very pleased to be organizing this event with the leadership of our Dr. Budhendra Doobay who is a strong promoter of peace. That is the way of life at Vishnu Mandir," explained Kamlesh Shah, Temple representative for the Gandhi Walk.

In a world of tensions, conflicts, and war, but also a world in which people are beginning to call out for the end of violence as a means of solving problems, the World March for Peace and Nonviolence and the Vishnu Mandir Temple invite people of all ages, beliefs, and cultures to the Gandhi Walk, to join together in commemorating (and continuing) the remarkable power of nonviolence.

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