It is no exaggeration to say there has been a significant rise in outbreaks of deadly violence and armed conflicts around the world. Six decades of persistent internal armed conflict is proof that our country is not an exception. This provokes alarm and highlights the importance of all segments of society coming together to call for an end to social and political instability, whose root causes are brutality and injustice.
Common sense tells us that it is irrational to use force against non-violence protests, but it doesn’t mean authorities around the world understand that.
To create a peaceful society, we should bear in mind that we have a collective responsibility to strive for peace in the belief that just means lead to just ends.
It is necessary for the government, civil society and religious groups to highlight the importance of the cessation of inhumane hostilities and to raise public awareness about the overwhelming benefits of non-violence.
Gandhi, the architect of India’s independence, is regarded as an inspiration for non-violent movements for social or political change, even under appalling conditions and in the face of daunting challenges. He succeeded in his aims without ever resorting to violence. For that he should be applauded.
It is interesting to note that ‘the power of rulers depends on the consent of the people’. Violence of any form is unacceptable – there is simply no justification for it. It is time for the government and security forces to renew their commitment to non-violence and adopt a peaceful approach to disputes.