Mohandas Gandhi and Nonviolent Resistance
Gandhi’s methods of nonviolence resistance did indeed work for the people of India, but for other cases this method would not have worked as well. For example, if a country such as Iraq used this technique of nonviolence in the war between the U.S. vs. Iraq they would not have gotten very far. The main reason is because the U.S. has a very strong military force that is very well trained and can topple almost everything over. Since Iraq was seen as a threat the U.S. had to take action and nothing even a nonviolent resistant method would stop them. The U.S. wanted to take over Iraq and that’s exactly what they were going to do. Since Iraq was not controlled by another country at the time, like India was, nonviolence resistance would do nothing for them. By taking action to this method nothing would be gained, just lost for the people of Iraq. For India this method of resistance added to the loss of money and suffering economy for the British and soon this drove the British out. This allowed the people of India to be able to have self rule. The people of Iraq already had self rule and to violently resist would not harm any other economy, but it’s own. Although the people of Iraq have a valuable thing which is oil nonviolence would not help them in any way to keep such resources as these. Gandhi’s method though may have worked for other countries, such as those that were captured by Hitler. If all the countries that were taken over by Hitler used this method of nonviolent resistance Europe might have been a better place not being ruled by such a terrible tyrant. Gandhi’s method would work only if one country was ruling another by establishing, their own government in another’s home also known as Imperialism. In this form of government an alien country would establish its economy in another country and get all of their profits. So if Poland for example, would have stopped producing goods for the Germans the Germans would lose some of their own profits causing the economy to go downward. In Stalin’s case this method of nonviolence would have worked as well because being a dictator as Stalin was, he established many imperialistic colonies in which he ordered everyone to use capitalism. So if all those colonies that he took over such as Finland would have used nonviolent resistance Stalin would have been forced to come up with another plan to up his country. All the countries that used capitalism such as Germany and Russia only benefited themselves and not those countries that they were in control of. Gandhi’s resistance helped set his country free and put them a step ahead of all others. For the people of Iraq this method would not have worked for their benefit only to their disadvantage. For the countries under the rule of harsh dictators such as Hitler and Stalin this method of resistance would have worked nicely.
“Gandhian Power” is difficult for the people protesting and for the authority receiving it. The reason is because there are risks involved for the both of them. For the ones who are protesting, the risks are if the protesting fails in any way and if it does not make an impact. For those receiving this resistance, the risks are that it might take over and they would be forced to leave. It is difficult for those who are protesting since they must refrain from using any violent acts and must not fight back. They must be able to balance their temper and not let anything get to them. To achieve this goal it is very demanding and difficult to be able to hold yourself back and be resistant. This type of power demands a high tolerance and to gain this is something in which you must work hard for. By letting others take you to jail and not fighting back is hard, but this is what Gandhi did and he succeeded in proving his point. He stood up for what he believed in by acting nonviolently and putting India a step forward. Those who protest, although difficult it is difficult, will prevail. Keeping your anger locked up inside and acting very calm when you are attacked is something very hard to gain. By protesting others will follow and help each other achieve the same goal of freedom. The authority that must receive this type of resistance has a hard time because they can’t find a way to gain control over what they have lost. They try and try, but soon the power of resistance is too strong to be controlled. This puts the authority into shock and angers them because they are unable to find a way to gain their economy back. This road leads to harsher punishments although by resisting nonviolently no severe punishment can be given since there is no violence involved. An authority such as the British was growing furious because the people of India would stop working to go and pray which caused the economy of Britain to suffer a great deal. By this revolutionary movement caused by Gandhi those who protested did prevail and gained respect for what they had done. The authority will soon vanish only leaving those who protested. Being the authority will make the protesting harder for them and will give them a bigger challenge to overcome. Protesting as well as the authority receiving the protesting will face many challenges making the obstacles greater to overcome. This ability of not retaliating and standing strong, for those who protest for nonviolence is something great to have. To be able to control the anger for both is definitely the most difficult thing. As difficult as it is on both those protesting and the authority receiving it, in the end it all worked out for the best.
All of Gandhi’s statements show his thoughts about violence and its damage. His statement referring to violence is “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good it does is only temporary: the evil it does is permanent.” This quote of his shows that he is totally against violence and that he does not support it in any way. He believes that violence only appears to be doing good, but the good that it does is only for a short time. Violence causes a long lasting evil and damage that cannot be repaired by any means. To Gandhi fighting is not worth the causes in the future and only leads to a dead end. Gandhi believes that fighting back will benefit you in no way and have a negative effect later on. This negative effect will leave its mark and never leave. Fighting will only anger another more and instill hatred in one that is forever. People think that in order to solve their problems they must fight, but Gandhi believes that fighting is horrible and will cause chaos, although it appears to do good. Gandhi’s method of resistance and passion for nonviolence is shown by this quote. This shows his desire of not having violence and only having peace. Gandhi suffers himself to show others that violence is not the answer, only nonviolence resistance is. He shows the real meaning of violence through this quote and it should be taken to heart. Gandhi truly believes that violence is not the way because it only leads to evil.