Swaraj, self-government is a Hindu concept that requires service of individuals and nations, also the ruled, for a peaceful solution to imperialism, fascism, cronyism and other acts of war.

swarajNonviolence, endless and never defeated, is Swaraj in its most pristine form.

We the people.

We the people.

The following is Gandhi’s summary of the implications of nonviolence: Nonviolence is the law of the human race and is infinitely greater than and superior to brute force. In the last resort it does not avail to those who do not possess a living faith in the God of Love. Nonviolence affords the fullest protection to one’s self-respect and sense of honor,  but not always to possession of land or movable property, though its habitual practice does prove a better bulwark than the possession of armed men to defend them. Nonviolence, in the very nature of things, is of no assistance in the defense of ill-gotten gains  and immoral acts.  Individuals or nations who would practice nonviolence must be prepared to sacrifice (nations to the last man) their all except honor.  It is, therefore, inconsistent with the possession of other people’s countries, i.e., modern imperialism, which is frankly based on force for its defense.  Nonviolence is a power  which can be wielded equally by all-children, young men and women or grown-up people, provided they have a living faith in the God of Love and have therefore equal love for all mankind. When nonviolence is accepted as the law of life it must pervade the whole being and not be applied to isolated acts.  It is a profound error to suppose that  while the law is good enough for individuals  it is not for masses of mankind.

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