In celebration of U2's first performance in India next month, the band has released the new track, "Ahimsa." The song is a collaboration with legendary composer A.R. Rahman. According to the press release for the song, "'Ahimsa' -- the Sanskrit word for non-violence -- celebrates the spiritual diversity of India and connects the ethos of U2 with the mastery of A.R. Rahman. The song comes less than a month ahead of "The Joshua Tree Tour" arriving in Mumbai on December 15th."

The Edge said, "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 first hand, a place that brings together the modern and the ancient all at once."

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

He went on to say, "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 navy's, the British Empire. It is power itself. And it's never been more important."

Set for release later this year will be four highlights from U2's catalogue, remixed by local Indian artists.

U2 has always been known for pushing the boundaries of what they do as a band. The Edge told us that they've always challenged themselves and their listeners, because they have to: "We've had the opportunity through our career to do the safe thing, and some would say that the reasons for not doing it are just perversity. But I, I know it's because we are suspicious of doing what's expected."

U2 performs on Sunday (November 27th) in Perth, Australia at Optus Stadium.