Essay An Agent Of Nonviolent Social Change

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1. In what sense was Gandhi an agent of nonviolent social change? To be an agent of nonviolent social change is to be an instrument of reconciliation in bringing together individuals and groups to resolve conflict in a nonviolent manner. Gandhi embodied these aspects through satyagraha, swadeshi, and sarvodaya. Through the implementation of these revolutionary, yet peaceful initiatives, Gandhi established himself as an agent of nonviolent social change. The first component is satyagraha, which means to be rooted in truth. Satyagraha is enacted through the refusal to act against one’s conscious. Gandhi enacted satyagraha through resisting British colonialism, and again amidst the crises of community conflicts between Indians. Gandhi used satyagraha to demonstrate nonviolence through the power of truth and love in order to transform one’s adversary. The other component of Gandhi’s implementation of nonviolent social change was through swadeshi, meaning collective strength. Author Tara Sethia writes that for Gandhi, swadeshi is built through self-reliance, meaning the reliance of one’s strength in body, mind, and soul. One of the most effective examples of swadeshi in action is through the advocacy of the khadi, the handspun fabric that Gandhi believed to be the key to unity, economic justice, and freedom for all of India. To make the fabric one had to spin it, clean it, and wash it— all efforts that demonstrate self-reliance. Sethia writes that for Gandhi, “foreign cloth…

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