New Delhi, Nov 17 (UNI) The Congress today took a solemn vow to nurture the values espoused by Mahatma Gandhi to privilege peace and reject violence in all its activities and to respect diverse viewpoints to resolve national and international issues.
''On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the principle of 'satyagraha', the Indian National Congress resolves to continue to stand by the principles of truth, non-violence and peaceful reconciliation as guide posts to resolve national and international issues,'' the Resolution on the 100 Years of Satyagraha, passed at the 17th AICC session, said.
The Resolution, moved by Defence Minister A K Antony, said the Party would practice the philosophy of non-violence to win over violence through tolerance, sympathy and love, and to work together against poverty, illiteracy, disease, injustice and hunger. Touching upon the environmental concerns, it said it was best articulated by Mahatma Gandhi's simple statement that ''the earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not enough for every man's greed''.
''We need a development paradigm that caters to everyone's need and can keep in check human greed,'' the Party said.
A Resolution on the First War of India's Independence was also passed, paying tributes to Mangal Pandey, Rani Laxmi Bai and other war heroes.
The Party resolved to renew its pledge to safeguard the unity and integrity of the country, and restore and strengthen the bonds of the countless thousands known and unknown Indians who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for Independence.