In theory, if there is sufficient non-violence developed in any single person, he should be able to discover the means of combating violence, no matter how wide-spread or severe, withinhis jurisdiction. I have, repeatedly admitted my imperfections. I am no example of perfect ahimsa. I am evolving. Such ahimsa as has been developed in me has been found enough to cope with situationsthat have hitherto arisen. But today I feel helpless in the face of the surrounding violence. There was a penetrating article in the Statesman on my Rajkot statement..
Violence is theexpression of physical or verbal force against self or other, compelling action against one’s will on pain of being hurt. Worldwide, violence is used as a tool of manipulation and also is an area ofconcern for law and culture which take attempts to suppress and stop it. … Violence is the expression of physical or verbal force against one or more people, compelling action against one’s will on painof being hurt. Worldwide, violence is used as a tool of manipulation and also is an area of concern for law and culture which take attempts to suppress and stop it. The word violence covers a broadspectrum. It can vary from between a physical altercation between two beings to war and genocide where millions may die as a result. The Global Peace Index, updated in June 2010, ranks 149 countriesaccording to the « absence of violence ».
Nonviolence is a philosophy and strategy for social change that rejects the use of violence. Thus, nonviolence is an alternative to passiveacceptance of oppression or of armed struggle against it. Nonviolence practitioners use diverse methods in their campaigns for social change, including critical forms of education and persuasion, civildisobedience and nonviolent direct action, and targeted communication via mass media.
The term « nonviolence » is often linked with or even used as a synonym for pacifism; however, the two concepts are…