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Nonviolence and Social Justice: Gandhi and the Dalai Lama
Religion and Theology
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Gandhi and Dalai Lama In the contemporary world, where violence is maximally adopted for achieving power, there also exists oppositions to that violence, in the name of non-violence or Ahimsa. Two notable faces in this regard, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Dalai Lama believed distinctly in non-violence as a means to achieve social justice.
Part I In South Africa, Gandhi tasted racial discrimination first-hand, when he was forcibly thrown out of the train, for traveling in the bogies reserved exclusively for the white people.1 This incident inspired him to act against the imposers of racial discrimination not only in South Africa, but also in his home country of India. He initiated non-violent protests which led to the removal of discriminatory rules against the South African Indians. His consistent and forceful non-violent protests helped him formulate his political ideology of Satyagraha. “By the time he left South Africa for his native India in 1914, at the age of 46, Gandhi's philosophy of Satyagraha was fully realised.”2 This ideology, which evolved from his practice of pacific resistance and non-cooperation in South Africa, mainly helped him to shape his mission in India to fight against the British Government for independence. According to him Satyagraha promoted civil disobedience which would be a right way to deal with the political and social oppressors. ...
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