Re: Theos-World Re: Can theos-talk look at the world?
Sep 27, 2004 10:07 PM
At 12:42 AM 09/27/04 +0000, prmoliveira wrote:
>--- In email@example.com, Erica Letzerich <eletzerich@y...>
> > 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.
Partition did not have anything to do with Gandhi's civil disobedience
strategy. I lived in India during the Partition days. The violence that
took place was the result of politicians exploiting religion and uneducated
poor population. India got its independence due to the sacrifices of Gandhi
and many of his followers. One just needs to look at India today. After
more than seven decades, it is still going strong as the world's largest
>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.
Agreed. Each situation needs to be looked at and appropriate action to be
taken to solve the problem.
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