„Nonviolence“ (Ahimsa), is the strategy at the heart of the work and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. It assets that when a person’s actions stem from such force, change occurs on the other side too. Gandhi recognized the Indian nation’s capacity for nonviolent resistance, and made far reaching use of it. In his unique way, Gandhi tried to understand the others‘ point of view; he attempted to prove that it is possible to achieve goals by means of love and truth, and demanded the maximum both of himself and of others.
Presenting Gandhi’s teachings in the conference may enrich and deepen the insights of all who regularly deal with nonviolent interventions. Gandhi’s words may serve as an inspiration and direction for anyone interested in acting towards changing existing situations, regardless of his/her opinions, status or origins. Gandhi’s many achievements as a leader in South Africa and in India show that his strategy is highly practical.
In the conference, I will seek to present excerpts from his messages and some of the ways in which he acted, which are relevant for us, now, in the beginning of the 21st century, more than ever.
Format: Presentation • Focus: Conference Topics – Fear, Trust, Cooperation