Is Non-violence Answer To Problems Today?

    • Deebashree Mohanty
    • Publish Date: Oct 2 2016 11:34AM
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    • Updated Date: Oct 2 2016 11:58AM
Is Non-violence Answer To Problems Today?

We spoke with youth Reporters about what they feel Gandhiji would have fought against if he were alive amongst us. Here is an excerpt...

In the wake of recent happenings all around the globe,  one wonders if Gandhiji's non violence methodology would still hold relevance.  Is it time for us to rethink our strategies and focus on non violent means or is retaliation the best way to deal with present day crises? 

We spoke with Kannubhai Ramdas Gandhi,  Bapu's grandson and an Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate if nonviolence was the answer to today's problems:

"Non-violence is not an act.  It is something that you feel from within.  Non violence has an Holistic impact which may not have physical manifestations.  At least not immediate implications.  So, no, non violence is not the answer to all our worries.  Retaliation is essential where it is necessary.  Even Bapu would have agreed," he said.
 
At present, Kanu Gandhi, 87, stays at the Guru Vishram Vridh Ashram in Delhi, where an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been converted into a room for his stay with wife Shiva Laxmi, 85. 
 
Kanubhai Gandhi On What Would Bapu Fight Against If He Were Alive

We asked him what Gandhi would have fought against if he were alive today? "Definitely against intolerance.  That is an evil which is killing us from within.  Destroying us much before any outsider could,"  he tells us. 

The next most important thing that Gandhi would have stood against is terrorism and terror sponsoring states.  "It would have been beyond his imagination and Bapu would have devised his own clever means to deal with such a evil thing," Kanu Bhai said.
 
 
Youth Reporters Say Gandhi Would Have Fought Against...
 
Had our Father of the Nation, Gandhiji, been alive today, I am sure he would have fought against corruption and all corrupt politicians. He would have adopted new measures and driven away corruption, just as he drove the Britishers away.
Vijit Kumar, class IX, Mitra Academy, Bengaluru

Gandhiji would have fought against corruption in today's world. There is corruption in almost every sphere of the country and it would take an endearing personality like Gandhiji to convince Indians to reform.
Tahira Afrin Choudhury, class XI, Sushila Birla Girls' School, Kolkata

If Gandhiji was alive today, he would have definitely fought against political corruption which has eaten vitals of the system since independence. He would have done something to bring huge corpus of black money stashed in foreign countries and would have eliminated poverty to great extent. And of course Lokpal with sweeping powers have become a reality.  Usurping public money by politicians for their own selfish ends would have ended with his strong Gandhian values which vouches benefit for the common man.
Aditya Lote, class X, Somalwar Ramdaspeth, Nagpur

Today’s time is full of violence and corruption. Crime is on the rise and it actually becomes difficult to believe he was around practising non-violence. Had he been around he would have fought tooth and nail for the violence to stop. A man of ideals he would have spoken when needed, fighting to save all from the war of blood and killing. He had the strength to move masses which is a sign of admiration. Wish he was around to save the country. 
Tanvi Trivedi, X, Delhi Public School

If Gandhiji were alive today, I'd like to think of him as a pioneer for the ‘make in India movement’. Something he stood up for even at the time of the British, this sudden wave of consumerism would have him on his feet.
Ojaswi Sharma, class XI, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula

If Gandhiji were alive today, he would have definitely fought against corruption. The word corruption simply reflects the worn out dignity of man. We would be inspired to be preachers of non-violence and silently bring about a revolution, which would be so impactful that the whole world would appreciate India.
Ravi Sangoi, class IX, New Horizon Public School, Navi Mumbai

Being a peace icon, Gandhiji would have been startled at this ‘epidemic’ of terrorism spread across the world. Though he isn't alive, we have with us his non-violent ideals, which can still be implemented to fight all our predicaments.
Manasvi Rawal, class X, Ryan International School, Navi Mumbai

Who Is A Present Day Gandhi?
I there was a Gandhiji amongst us today, he/she would have surely been different from all of us. He/she would see the truth and false in a different manner. He/she would be unique and have a completely different perspective.
Vijit Kumar, class IX, Mitra Academy, Bengaluru

Our PM Modi is the modern day Gandhi. His belief in equality, promotion of swadeshi goods and his global stature make him similar to Gandhi. Moreover like Gandhiji he also is an inspirational figure to the young population of our country.
Saloni Sahay, class XI, Sri Sri Academy, Kolkata
 
The Gandhiji of modern-day will definitely be His Holiness Dalai Lama. This reason behind this lies behind the similarities in the ideals of these leaders. Both of them had to face similar situations. Gandhiji in India faced the British and Dalai Lama faced Chinese invaders in Tibet. Yet, both the leaders, in all their messages advocate peace and unity. Dalai Lama, too, like Gandhiji stresses on principles of non-violence and propagates the idea of "pacifism", that is opposition to war and violence. Dalai Lama embraces what is now termed as "spiritual evolution of humans".
Onkarpreet Kaur, class X, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula

According to me, Gandhiji would be like Anna Hazare in today’s era. Anna is one of the few men in the world to observe a fast for the betterment of mankind without ever getting aggressive due to issues. According to him, man should always refuse to engage in malpractices, which are bound to destroy the world someday.
Ravi Sangoi, class IX, New Horizon Public School, Navi Mumbai

Mahatma Gandhi is inside each one of us. He is more like a voice in our heads. We simply have to listen to it. If all of us think and act like Gandhi, world peace can be achieved with one gentle move at a time.
Manasvi Rawal, class X, Ryan International School, Navi Mumbai


 
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Harini MS NAGARJUNA VIDYANIKETAN

Non-violence is indeed the Weapon of the Strong. Only strong people can formulate methods to solve disputes without giving rise to new disputes the weaker people would make hasty decisions, the most immediate one being violence.

Khushi Sharma BHARTI PUBLIC SCHOOL (SWASTHYA VHR)

Well, non-violence is the weapon of the strong because only a wise person can influence the thoughts and actions of other people by his words while a weak one will resolve to violence to modify their actions.

Darshil Shah ST. XAVIERS - LOYOLLA -2 LOYOLLA 2

Non-Violence is not a strong and direct answer to the problems taking place today. In today''s world no one seems to understand a polite request. They only understand when we take some serious and powerful actions against them.

INIYAN B SHREE NIKETAN MAT -

Even in family problems non violence is a best weapon to solve problems . Then for solving problems between countries we can say it is the best way.

Vandana Subash City International School Wanowrie

Even though I agree that non violence is a very good concept,its not really applicable in today''s world..but we can always follow ahimsa from inside our heart..

Pallavi singh PRESENTATION CONVENT(RED FORT)

I think violence will only make the wrong doer force to accept the truth or mistake. One has to realise withinhimself and his soul that he is doing wrong instead of compelling him. Then only true realisation or knoledge will come. And person will repent and improve. Otherwise he will do the the samething with someone else.

Ritvik Baweja Bal Bharati Public School

In this modern fast pacing world no one would agree that non violence is the strongest weapon and it has the power to win over anyone, but yes it''s the truth. By speaking politely in peace we can observe a difference in our attitude and win over any obstacle in our life.

Ilakiian.K.R. Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School - Puducherry

Non- violence is a best weapon but now days mostly it is not followed . by following Non-violence we can solve problems in society

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