Ideas Of Ahimsa's Changed By Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Bapu, as everyone used to call him is known for his strong ideals. Not only did he include them in his individual life, but also turned those very ideals into a mass movement which led a nation to its independence. His movement or Satyagraha was moment for the truth. One of those ideals was that of Ahimsa. While the word “Himsa” would mean violence, Ahimsa would mean non violence. According to Gandhi, the essential element of Ahimsa is truth. It is inseparable from Ahimsa, as the person adopting Ahimsa should be fighting for the truth. Ahimsa doesn’t mean acting cowardly. Rather, it means standing up for what is correct and taking the brunt of force used by the oppressor. It is the oppressor who needs to use the force, as the truth is not on his side and he is the one who is always afraid.
He first used Ahimsa as method of struggle in South Africa. While people were initially skeptic about this method, he gradually won the hearts of his oppressors and they were forced to repeal arbitrary laws. However, it was Indian Independence struggle, where he faced real challenged used his ideals. It was during the Champaran Satyagraha in 1917-18 when he heard that a British Indigo planter wanted to kill him
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The rapid urbanization, greed for quick money, increasing crime rate, frustration among youngsters and sedentary lifestyle are contributing to passive form of violence. This kind of violence takes place in day to day life and we become so much used to it that we tend to ignore it. This leads to physical form of violence. Only when something happens to us or to our dear ones, do we take action, otherwise we tend to be mute. When Gandhi talked about Ahimsa, he didn’t meant to say that one should simply keep silence, but rather we should have courage to stand up for what is true. One can only practice the principle of Ahimsa by incorporating it in his daily

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