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Re: Theos-World Re: Can theos-talk look at the world?

Sep 26, 2004 11:34 PM
by Erica Letzerich

Yes, I know about the differences between Besant and Gandhi, I just do not understand your (sorry to mention her name again). Besant was saying that his organization of non violent strikes was also a form of violence. 


prmoliveira <> wrote:
--- In, Erica Letzerich 

> Gandhi would never agree with that. 

Probably not. But would he have watched, passively, gang-rape of 
women on a mass scale?

It is said that Annie Besant (sorry to mention her name again) told 
him (about his civil disobedience strategy): "You can teach people 
to break the law, but once you do that you will never teach them to 
respect the law again". One of the legacies of his non-violent 
struggle was Partition, and it was, in all respects, unadulterated 
bloodshed, which is one of the outcomes of violence.

Non-violence, as an ideology, has many merits but, like every thing 
under the sun, it is not absolute. The duty of the strong is to 
defend those who cannot defend themselves.


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