The great Indian leader Mahatama Gandhi always stood by his policy of nonviolence. And even when provoked, Mohandas Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi refused to denounce his agresses because Gandhi strongly believed that nonviolence is the only way to combat violence itself. Using the principles of nonviolence Gandhiji led his campaign of Indian Independence against the Brit.I regard myself as a soldier though a soldier of peace. I know the value of discipline & truth. I must ask you to believe me when I say that I have never made a statement of this description that the masses of India if it became necessary would resort to violence. I regard myself as incapable in my lucid moments of making a statement of this character. It is complete independence that we want. said Gandhi in his farewell speech in Europe.On the basis of his experiences in South Africa Gandhiji developed the concept of Satyagraha which literally means unflinching adherence to the truth. Bapu used to say, Physical force is only necessary for the weak people. Real strength resides in your ability to express your ideals peacefully. On 11th September 1906 Gandhi publicly proclaimed his philosophy for the first time. Needless to say public support was virtually universal.Mahatama Gandhi Birthday 2nd October is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti and is a national holiday in India. 2nd October is also celebrated as International World NonViolence day to commemorate Gandhi.