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INTRODUCTION

The world is increasingly getting aggressive. Though all religions, culture and civilization stress on peace, people of different nations are not ready to follow it . But for the future of humanity, peace is the most important factor.
 
Non - Violence

Nonviolence (ahimsa) is achieving one’s aim without hurting anybody around. Non – violence is fighting for a noble cause without weapons . Nonviolence can be adopted in different ways such as  critical forms of education and persuasion, civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action, and communication through mass media. Nonviolence is a powerful tool for social protest. There are many examples to show that non - violence has changed many a minds

The father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, got independence for India only through non - violence. His non- violent struggle was a nightmare to the Britishers which made them quit India. His non - violent movements like civil disobedient movement, non – co-operation movement, salt sathyagraha Quit - India movement  made the Britishers feel that they couldnot rule Indians any more. Thanks to all his efforts India got its independence in 1947.

Struggles most often associated with nonviolence are the movement to attain civil rights for African Americans, led by Martin Luther King and James Bevel, and People Power in the Philippines.

October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is observed as International Day of Non-Violence. People who follow non – violence believe that cooperation and consent are the roots of political power: Any Government can take action only based on the complaints from its citizens. In a democratic rule, even a government can survive only if its people show their consent and co-operation towards it.

The aim of  nonviolence is not to defeat the enemy, but to win them over and create love and understanding among all. All religions discuss the power of nonviolence and the evil of violence.  Examples of nonviolence found in religion and spirituality include the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus urges his followers to "love thine enemy,  the principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence towards any being, shared by Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Additionally, focus on both nonviolence and forgiveness of sin can be found in the story of Abel in the Qur'an;

Gandhi used the weapon of nonviolence against British. Respect or love for opponents also has a justification,. Martin Luther King said, "Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him."

Gandhiji followed truth and he believed that trulth paves way for non –violence.According to him truth cannot be defined. The definition for truth differs from personto person. What is right to one person may be totally wrong to an other person.. All carry pieces of the truth, he believed, but all need the pieces of others' truths in order to pursue the greater truth.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first decade of the 21st century and the third millennium, the years 2001 to 2010, as the International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
 
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