ARTICLES : Peace, Nonviolence, Conflict Resolution

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Peace, Nonviolence, Conflict Resolution

  1. Ahimsa: Its Theory and Practice in Gandhism
  2. Non-violent Resistance and Satyagraha as Alternatives to War - The Nazi Case
  3. Thanatos, Terror and Tolerance: An Analysis of Terror Management Theory and a Possible Contribution by Gandhi
  4. Yoga as a Tool in Peace Education
  5. Forgiveness and Conflict Resolution
  6. Gandhi's Philosophy of Nonviolence
  7. Global Nonviolence Network
  8. Violence And Its Dimensions
  9. Youth, Nonviolence And Gandhi
  10. Nonviolent Action: Some Dilemmas
  11. The Meaning of Nonviolence
  12. India And The Anglo-Boer War
  13. Gandhi's Vision of Peace
  14. Gandhi's Greatest Weapon
  15. Conflict Resolution: The Gandhian Approach
  16. Kingian Nonviolence : A Practical Application in Policing
  17. Pilgrimage To Nonviolence
  18. Peace Paradigms: Five Approaches To Peace
  19. Interpersonal Conflict
  20. Moral Equivalent of War As A Conflict Resolution
  21. Conflict, Violence And Education
  22. The Emerging Role of NGOs in Conflict Resolution
  23. Role of Academics in Conflict Resolution
  24. The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution
  25. Martin Luther King's Nonviolent Struggle And Its Relevance To Asia
  26. Terrorism: Counter Violence is Not the Answer
  27. Gandhi's Vision and Technique of Conflict Resolution
  28. Three Case Studies of Nonviolence
  29. How Nonviolence Works
  30. The Courage of Nonviolence
  31. Conflict Resolution and Peace Possibilities in the Gandhian Perspective
  32. An Approach To Conflict Resolution
  33. Non-violence: Neither A Beginning Nor An End
  34. Peacemaking According To Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.
  35. The Truth About Truth Force
  36. The Development of A Culture of Peace Through Elementary Schools in Canada
  37. Gandhi, Christianity And Ahimsa
  38. Issues In Culture of Peace And Non-violence
  39. Solution of Violence Through Love
  40. Developing A Culture of Peace And Non-Violence Through Education
  41. Nonviolence And Western Sociological And Political Thought
  42. Gandhi After 9/11: Terrorism, Violence And The Other
  43. Conflict Resolution & Peace: A Gandhian Perspective
  44. A Gandhian Approach To International Security
  45. Address To the Nation: Mahatma Gandhi Writes on 26 January 2009
  46. Truth & Non-violence: Gandhiji's Tenets for Passive Resistance
  47. The Experiments of Gandhi: Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age
  48. Terrorism And Gandhian Non-violence
  49. Reborn in Riyadh
  50. Satyagraha As A Peaceful Method of Conflict Resolution
  51. Non-violence : A Force for Radical Change
  52. Peace Approach : From Gandhi to Galtung and Beyond
  53. Gandhian Approach to Peace and Non-violence
  54. Locating Education for Peace in Gandhian Thought

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The Truth About Truth Force

By Lester R. Kurtz

As the gap between rich and poor widens, our means of destruction are embellished, and the war machine rolls on, we need the wisdom of Mahatma more than ever. The twentieth century was perhaps the most violent ever and yet the new one appears even more ominous. Malnutrition is reaching holocaust proportions in the midst of vast wealth. The violence-wracked Middle East is the scene of increased war and terrorism. The world's leaders, rather than courageously leading us toward a more peaceful and just world are promoting fear of others for their own political interests and dumping our resources into destructive military conflicts. As if the current wars were not tragic enough, they are now developing new weapons for the next generation and planning to encircle the entire planet with weapons.
Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha, forged in the racism of the old South Africa and refined in colonial India, is a force more powerful than the weapons of mass destruction and exploitation that terrorize the planet today. The apartheid-ruled South Africa has fallen to a new nation controlled by the majority. The mighty British Empire was toppled without violence. Dictatorships in the Philippines, Chile, Serbia, and elsewhere collapsed in the face of People Power. The Berlin Wall was brought down by nonviolent warriors, and now the American Empire is learning the limits of its violence in Iraq. The widespread transitions from authoritarian to more democratic governance in recent decades have been driven by nonviolent civic coalitions rather than violence. Want to bring down a dictator? Bring in neither the military nor the terrorists, but the people, the population organized in a just cause.
The truth about Gandhi's Truth Force is that it is more powerful than Empires and yet it is somehow forgotten in our rush to solve violence with more violence. Those in power still cling to the outdated notion that power grows out of the bomb-tipped missile or divisions of armed troops. Unfortunately, they have convinced us of this falsehood, so that we cower in fear at the terrorists and the empire builders alike.
The truth about Satyagraha is that it is a force that turns on us as well as our adversaries. In order to topple the dictators, we have to conquer our own shortcomings. To challenge the greed of the powerful, we must confront our own greed. To bring down the purveyors of violence, we have to see the violence in our own lifestyles. Gandhi saw that the British ruled India not because they were barbaric sub-humans, but because the more powerful Indian population allowed them to do so. Today's corporate and political rulers are not monsters, but humans with the same shortcomings we have, simply embellished in their impact by the instruments of power and control. They are vulnerable and transformable. But so are we, so those of us who could act fail to do so, choosing instead our comfort.
The truth about our own era is that we could mobilize ourselves and others to transform the world, to eliminate hunger and violence, to create a new world, in which the great potential for peace and love that is humanity could be allowed to grow and flourish. Just as Gandhi inspired the people of India to shake off the chains of British tyranny, so the Indian freedom movement inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to grab hold of the racism of American society and dismantle its structure. Just as the American civil rights movement inspired human rights and pro-democracy activists in other parts of the world, so those who struggle nonviolently around the globe can roust a new generation to meet the empires of our time.
The truth about Satyagraha is not that it has failed us, but that we are failing it. The real problem in the world today is our non-responding, in our taking up Gandhi's weapon of Truth to challenge the empires of our time, the edifices of militarism and poverty, of exploitation and greed. If we were to do so, our empires would topple as well, and we would all become Mahatmas. We would know the Truth and the Truth would set us free.
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Source: Ahimsa Nonviolence, Vol. II, No. 6, Nov-Dec, 2006