Peace and nonviolence are perennial principles. All the religious traditions talk about them; they were not invented by Mahatma Gandhi. Why then is Gandhi so special in the field of nonviolence? Because Gandhi was the first person to tell us that nonviolence is not only a personal or a spiritual principle: rather it should be adopted and practised in all spheres of human life. It may be politics, it may be the struggle for national freedom, it may be the reconstruction of a nation – there is no need for violence anywhere.

Before Gandhi, people thought that when it came to worldly affairs, you ...


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