Non-violence: Who practices it?

India’s Gandhi is considered the greatest promoter of non-violent resistance. However, he failed to convince his Hindu political colleagues and the majority of his Hindu followers to practice violent acts (communal riots) against non-Hindu minorities and fellow low-caste (untouchable) Hindus. Even he met his death at the hand of an extremist Hindu.

Gandhi advised the leaders of World Zionist movement in 1930s – to organize non-violent protests against the Nazi regime in their motherlands instead of applying violent acts in Palestine – in order to terrorize and force the Natives to vacate land and homes for the European Jews escaping from Nazi persecution. Did Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weismann or Ben Gurion listened to Gandhi? Had they done that the world would not at the brim of WW III.

Since the WW I – every western colonial power has been preaching its native victims to be non-violent if they want a small piece of pie stolen from them by the invaders in the first place. Russia, India, Israel and the US – all preach non-violence to the natives of the foreign lands they invaded and have occupied. The Zionist regime, built on violence itself – never stops advising Hamas leaders to stop violent actions. What a hypocrite? Henry Siegman, former director of American Jewish Congress (CJC) had this to say about Israei violencel: “Middle East peacekeeping has been smothered in deceptive euphemism, so let me state bluntly that each of these claims is a lie. Israel, not Hamas violated the truce. Hamas undertook to stop firing rockets into Israel, in return, Israel was to ease its throttlehood on Gaza. In fact, during the truce, it tightened it further. This was confirmed not only by every neutral international observer and NGO on the scene, but Brigadier General Shmue Zakai, a former comander of IDF’s Gaza division,” – London Review of Books, January 29, 2009.

The colonial history is full of examples which prove that the occupation forces never gave heed to non-violent resistance. They only took the resistance seriously when it turned into military resistance. Non-violent resistances in Ireland, Spain, South Africa, Kenya, Algeria, Colombia, Cambodia, East Timor, Palestine, Chechnya, India, Lebanon, Georgia, etc. – all received world attention only when they discarded the non-violence approach to the problem.

Most people symbolize violence with some sort of bloody events. However, violence many other faces which are usually not included in this undesirable category. For example, Americans which come to less than 6% of world population – consume more than 40% of world resources through unlawful means or the Zionists in the Wall Street receive US$876 billion bailout while 45% of Americans cannot afford necessary medicare or Washington has a military budget of US$630 billion while the country has world’s largest jail-population followed by China.

Satya Sagar, a New Delhi-based columnist , in his recent article, titled Gandhi Guevara Fifty-Fifty, wrote: “Ironically or deliberately, for all its official abhorrence of violent means, the Indian state and its bulldog media are promoting the perverse idea that if you want to be heard, you have to use the gun”.

“The Muslims who died in Gujarat’s 2002 pogrom for example surely had the right – if they had got the chance at all – to shoot the fascist mobs that managed to lynch them because they found them unarmed.”

“Nobody puts a gun to the heads of the 2.5 million Indian children who die every year due to malnutrition – so are these supposed to be ‘non-violent’ deaths?”

“In many ways the concept of ‘non-violence’ also depends crucially on how ‘violence’ is defined and looking at the kind of ‘violence’ that is perpetrated. In other words, the notion of proportionality is very crucial to understanding what is ‘non-violence’ and what is not. For instance, if I am threatened by a regime that merely sends me to jail for dissent then the correspondent ‘non-violent’ strategy will be different if my oppressor tries to bomb me and my entire neighbourhood out of existence, a la Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Both Jewish God in the OT and Hindu deity Krishna in Bhagvat Gita exhort vengeance. Almost every Hindu god is further depicted carrying war weapons to exterminate ‘asuras’ and ‘rakshasas’. Satya Sagar wrote: “Since independence, the Indian ruling class has simply reverted to such age old traditions of using naked force to deal with social sections considered ‘inferior’ – like ethnic or religious minorities.”

“Between dowry deaths, honor killings, female forticide, infanticide, caste related masacres and jealousies aroused by simple boy-girl romances India is more a Super Slaughterhouse than the Superpower it wants to be or the Land of Ahimsa it claims to have been in the past.”

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