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Sonia preaches Gandhigiri at UN

October 2, 2007
As the United Nations marked Mahatma Gandhi's birthday as the first International Day of Non-violence, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday spoke of the international community's 'collective failure' to move towards comprehensive universal disarmament.

She also referred to the 'disturbing emergence' of non-state players in the spread of terrorism.

"It is not the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi that is in question today... it is whether we have the courage to emulate his preachings and what he lived and died for," she said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. She was heard in rapt attention by leaders from different nations and her son Rahul Gandhi, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his deputy Anand Sharma.

She said the world is facing violence of various kinds and there was a collective failure of the international community in tackling terrorism and checking nuclear proliferation.

The chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance also had a word of caution for representatives from across the world asking them not to make Mahatma Gandhi birth anniversary another annual ritual.

Reportage: PTI | Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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