IS NON-VIOLENCE PROTEST RELEVANT TODAY
Dr Surendra Bhaskar
Nonviolence is an intensely active force when properly understood and used. – Mohandas Gandhi
Terrorism and violence has pervaded every nook and corner of our society. Materialism and the resultant greed, generated by such values have contributed to the increased violence in society, there is need to think seriously of ways and means to curb such trends. In India, there has long been the legacy of non-violence propagated by Mahatma Gandhi. It was used by him successfully in mobilizing the masses to fight the British, which ultimately was forced to leave. But what is significant is that in addition to the removal of foreign rule, he wanted to establish a democratic order, free from political, economic and social exploitation. Gandhiji’s attempted to guide the individual towards the goal of higher life and also solve political and social problems. He said: “The first condition of non-violence is justice all rounds in every department of life…. The votary of non-violence has to cultivate the capacity for sacrifice of the highest type in order to be free from fear. He who has not overcome all fear cannot practice ahimsa to perfection”.
Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. Nonviolent action is a technique by which people who reject passivity and submission, and who see struggle as essential, can wage their conflict without violence. Nonviolent acts of protest and persuasion are symbolic actions performed by a group of people to show their support or disapproval of something. The goal of this kind of action is to bring public awareness to an issue, persuade or influence a particular group of people, or to facilitate future nonviolent action. The message can be directed toward the public, opponents, or people affected by the issue. Nonviolent action is not an attempt to avoid or ignore conflict. It is one response to the problem of how to act effectively in politics,...
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