International day for Non-violence

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October 2nd has been declared by UNO as the international day for non-violence. This   is in honour  of Mohandas Karmchand Gandhi.

Let’s look at what UN defines as non-violence. Te principle of non-violence – also known as known violent resistance – rejects the use of physical violence in order to achieve social or political change. Often described as the politics of ordinary people. This form of social struggle has been adopted by population all over te world in campaigns for social justice.

MK Gandhi was one of the of leaders of the Indian independence movement and the man who heralded Nehru as te prime minster of Independent India.

Professor Gene Sharp defines non-violent resistance as a technique by which people w ho reject passivity and submission and who see struggle as essential can wage their conflict without violence. Non-violent action is not an attempt to avoid or ignore conflict but it is one of the responses to the problem of how to act effectively in politics, especially how to wield powers effectively.

T here are three main categories of non-violence

  • Protest and persuasion. Including marches and vigils.
  • Non-cooperation
  • Non-violent intervention such as blockade and occupations.

Yet something within me, is quite sceptics, we I think are looking at passive aggressive behaviour when we talk in terms of non-violence. After all, there is something called as swadharma,

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If a person is a warrior then war is his duty.  Fasting to death is unacceptable in terms of the Hindu psyche for tat would be equivalent to suicide which is unacceptable, but killing the enemy in the war is perfectly acceptable.

On the other hand, non-violence is only for the brave men and women of the world, because it requires courage, courage to love the beauty of life, beauty of humanity, and the beauty of the world.

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