“Ahinsa” – also written in English sometimes as “ahimsa” – is a Sanskrit word for “nonviolence”.

And nonviolence is what this blog hopes to be about.

It seeks to pursue nonviolence as a positive force. It is dedicated to the people who have practiced, who practice and who will practice nonviolence. It is dedicated as much to Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, as it is to hundreds of others known or not so known nonviolence practitioners, and to you, you and you – ordinary people with not so ordinary vision and belief in the strength of nonviolence in your social, cultural, economic and political lives.

So, we all believe in nonviolence and also continue to seek ways to strengthen this belief.

This strengthening is important because in our everyday lives we are also or become very vulnerable. There are countless moments – moments of despair, doubt and helplessness when anger and violence overtake us and they seem the most appropriate, easy or natural response; and then we become violent, as much towards others as towards our own selves.

In its seeking, this Blog “yesnonviolence” hopes to look both inwards and outwards, give strength to others and take strength from others; hear and learn from one another’s experiences and observations, from your hopes, from your rejection of violence. The Blog, we hope, will ultimately become a repository of common people’s concern and engagement with nonviolence at various levels.

So, let us together say “YES TO NONVIOLENCE”, and pray and hope that in our collective pursuit we are able to find a way to our answers, to a path that brings peace to ourselves and others.

8 Responses to About

  1. ashodara says:

    How do we define violence ? Is consumerism a form of violence ?

  2. Kushal Neogy (India) says:

    Kudos for this great initiative which is the utmost need of the hour for the entire world. At this time when most of us are bloodthirsty; it is important to keep the path of non violence free from obstacles. The civil society must contribute to appreciate the path of non violence and keep faith in it.

  3. Alexander Hooijsma (The Netherlands) says:

    In my work for Amnesty International, I see a lot of violence. Violence in relation to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, violence in relation to evictions and land expropriation of Palestinian civilians and farmers, violence by young Israeli soldiers towards Palestinian civilians at the various checkpoints, but also violence in relation to Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and bombing of towns and villages in southern Israel.

    The separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territory prevents violence, prevents attacks against Israeli civilians, but also symbolizes the passive nature of not knowing to deal with the violent conflict. Not knowing how to setup a non-violent way you/one should communicate with the counter party. Therefore, I stress the words of Mehboob: It is action that is non-violent action.

    “Organisations like Beth Selem, Rabbis for Peace and Al Haq seek a non-violent way to stimulate the peace process. Distributing photo camera’s among civilians to register violence against civilians, non-violent demonstrations by farmers and landowners against the wall, promoting contacts between Israeli and Palestinians on a pro-active way etc. shows that there are other ways and options that “can” lead to the goal.

    A very good initiative!!
    Good luck with this blog!

  4. Nonvoilence is the need of the hour. Though it might appear that in front of weapons and bombs this is very small, but small is beautiful and strong. “Where a needle is required, what will the sword do?”.
    Good luck.

  5. The world needs triple peace – peace with oneself, peace with others and peace with the environment.

    To achieve this triple peace, a deep understanding of the power of nonviolence and the effective practice of it is necessary.

    This blog is a most creative initiator of that process and we will officially launch it on Oct 2nd 2010 in Penang, Malaysia, at the Gandhi Ashram on the United Nations Day of Nonviolence. The day is also Gandhiji’s birthday. The world needs inspiring models —he will always be one of them.

  6. Rajiv Rawat (Canada) says:

    Non-Violence is a practical and strategic issue as well.

    For centuries, popular movements have struggled with asymmetric power, i.e., the state’s monopoly over violence. States and their media accomplices (corporate or state-owned) however are becoming far more sophisticated in “disappearing” political movements, even to the point of characterizing purely non-violent movements as tinged with violence, and thus candidates for repression and demonization. The space for popular expression is rapidly disappearing, which gives little hope of non-violence succeeding in stopping violence or providing an alternative.

    The challenge of making change in such an environment is one of the most pivotal today. Violence is all around us and non-violence cannot be preached to those who have suffered years of violence. Appealing to the world’s conscience is also cold comfort when the world is blind or indifferent to that suffering unless it conveniently matches the interests of a superpower. However, it can be argued that non-violence is the only solution as violence only in the end empowers the one with the biggest guns who aren’t ever “nice guys”. So really, the task for advocates of non-violence is to adapt to contemporary circumstances with modern ways of telling the people’s stories.

  7. The only answer to the challenges of this era is non-violence.

    Non-violence in our behaviour, in our thoughts, in our visions and in our action.

    Non-violence with each other, with the planet and all its creatures and elements, and with future generations.
    In all our diversity we can walk that path, and become a healthy stream.

    Peace and warmth for all.

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