Violence can never quell violence!

One mighty hero-Mahatma Gandhi!

Gandhi has shown the way to the leaders of the world!

Violence will never quell violence. Only Love alone has the capability of drowsing violence. In Indian history, there is a great example for this. Mahatma Gandhi, who was instrumental in getting Independence from British yoke, is an advocate for non-violence. He not only taught non-violence to his followers but practiced it one hundred percent in his personal life. As many of you may be aware of the great struggle for freedom fought by Indian National Congress, Gandhi never believed in violence and he was a staunch believer in “ahimsa” or non-violence. Recently Sri Sathya Saibaba gave a clear meaning for the word “Hindu”. Hindu is the one who practice “himsa door karo” or ‘never practice violence’. This is the correct meaning of Hindu and it has nothing to do with heredity or race. Whoever practices ‘non-violence in real life is a Hindu? It is a way of life. History is replete with the atrocities committed by the British in Indian soil. They coveted large portions of Indian boundaries from the native Indians, colluding with the feudal princes who ruled small portions of India. It is the treacherous policy of “divide and rule” which brought many countries under British rule. They entered India surreptiously as a trading company, named East India Company and slowly usurped many areas conniving with the feudal rulers tempting them with money and wealth. I don’t say that British have not done any good to India. The Postal systems, the Railway network and administrative reforms are all to be lauded by everyone. But, the way they adopted is really mean.

Everyone knows that the British army is a mighty one and the poor peasants of India are definitely not a match to their valor. For two centuries, the British occupied India and looted the wealth of fertile India. They exported the cotton cultivated in Bengal and other places and brought mill woven clothes to Indian market and compelled everyone to purchase it. These events infuriated the patriots of India. They slowly gathered together and discussed the ways and means to drive the British away from native soil! But how these defenseless patriots can summon sufficient strength to defy the British? But Gandhi is not the one who feared the might of British. He had ample faith in God. He was always repeating the name of his god Rama. This gave him lot of inner courage to face the British. He adopted non-cooperation movement to boycott the British goods sold in India. His invention of ‘charka’ for weaving homespun cotton gathered movement and all people started weaving cotton with the help of charka in their own huts and homes. Then Gandhi asked his followers to throw the British clothes woven in textile mills in London and other places in fire. Everywhere, people who purchased the mill cloths started consigning them to fire in open places. The bewildered British authorities have never expected such a mob uprising against them. It was unknown to them. All over India, people silently marched to the places and poured bundles and bundles of clothes in fire. This is the first defeat of British in India.

Another event that shook the British is the ‘salt satyagraha’ adopted by the patriots led by Gandhi. The British unduly taxed ‘salt’ which is the basic ingredient of food! Gandhi defied this by collecting salt from the salt quarters in many coastal areas. The British Police acted very violently to curb the collection of salt by the patriots. When each row of patriots went ahead to collect the salt, they were brutally beaten by batons by the British Police. Many people suffered grievous head injuries. Expecting such a backlash, many para medical volunteers, treated the wounded at the make shift camps nearby. As the message of police atrocities reached the British Press, there was all-round cry to stop such violence by the British people. In every country there are peace loving citizens amid the brutal forces. When civil liberties are at jeopardy, people raise their voices everywhere. Many people condemned this violence outright. Finally, the Jalianwalabagh massacre of innocent people in Punjab in which spectators were fired by British army led by General Diar was really a black mark in British policies in colonies. Entire India rose as one mighty voice against the above atrocities. Gandhi observed hunger strike many times due to the flawed policies of Britain. Finding that the non-violent methods of Gandhi is not an equal to their mighty defense, people at the helm of affairs in Britain wanted reconciliation with the Indian patriots led by Gandhi. They found that the mighty weapon, “Non-violence” is far superior to their rifles and guns. At last the British yielded to the home rule movement of Mahatma Gandhi. Thus Britain ceded Independence to India and it is the ways adopted by Gandhi has resulted in freedom.

Now, we observe all over the world, many countries are fighting with civilian forces by bombing the areas, killing scores of women and children in the process. No country will emerge as victorious be it the super powers of the world. They have never learned their lessons in spite of two world wars. This can never be termed as ‘diplomacy’. Reconciliatory talks with all those who are involved should yield better results than bombs. Yes, violence will never quell violence anywhere in the world. Let the leaders contemplate the bitter lessons they have learnt in the past wars.

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