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Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela joined top leaders, Nobel laureates and elder statesmen on Monday calling on the world to reinvent Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent approach to solving conflicts.

Mandela, who spent 28 years in prison for fighting white rule before leading South Africa to multi-racial democracy as the country’s first black president in 1994, said Gandhi’s non-violent approach which won India freedom from British colonial rule 60 years ago was an inspiration. “His philosophy contributed in no small measure to bringing about a peaceful transformation in South Africa and in healing the destructive human divisions that had been spawned by the abhorrent practice of apartheid,” said Mandela.

The world’s nations must heed Mohandas Gandhi’s philosophy and provide for all their people while keeping greed in check, India’s prime minister said Tuesday, as the country marked the 59th anniversary of the Indian icon’s assassination.

Directed at the entire world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s call was resonant in India — a booming country that’s minting tens of thousands of new millionaires each year but is still home to some 400 million people who live on less than a dollar a day.

“I do sincerely believe that the world cannot sustain the lifestyles of the affluent,” Singh told delegates at the close of a conference marking the centenary of Gandhi’s “satyagraha,” or nonviolent movement

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