Ahead of their first-ever show in India next month, U2 have unveiled Ahimsa, a new track they have recorded with Indian composer AR Rahman.

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'Ahimsa' is the Sanskrit word for non-violence, with the track billed as "celebrating the spiritual diversity of India and connects the ethos of U2 with the mastery of AR Rahman".
 
"Ahimsa requires courage and strength," said Rahman in a statement. "A quality that is impervious to weapons or power.

"It's a mission which is most needed to heal the modern world and it is incredible timing to collaborate with U2, with their amazing legacy, to revive this movement."

U2 guitarist The Edge said it was "an absolute joy" to work with Rahman.
 
"A superstar and a talent both towering and generous, we are especially excited to visit his homeland in just a few weeks," he continued. 

"India has been on our bucket list for a very long time. The principles of ahimsa or non-violence have served as an important pillar of what our band stands for since we first came together to play music. 

"We can't wait to experience the culture of India firsthand, a place that brings together the modern and the ancient all at once."

U2 will conclude their Joshua Tree 2019 Tour in the Indian city of Mumbai on December 15. 
 

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"The fight against injustice has always been so important to us," added frontman Bono. 

"We were somewhat shaped and formed by Martin Luther King, who was a student of Mahatma Gandhi. Martin Luther King said, 'The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice...' 

"I don't believe that anymore… It doesn't bend towards justice; it has to be bent towards justice. We have to be actively involved in our democracy to preserve it and show people how we feel and what we care about… 

"We come as students to the source of inspiration… That is ahimsa… non-violence... India gave this to us… the greatest gift to the world… It is more powerful than nuclear energy, the armies, the navies, the British Empire. It is power itself. And it's never been more important."

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