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According to the The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Third Edition satyagraha is The policy of nonviolent resistance initiated in India by Mahatma Gandhi as a means of pressing for political reform A satyagrahi is one who subscribes to satyagraha Holding to this truth hate kills love heals in every situation no matter how fierce the stormhe wants nothing for himself the true satyagrahi is not afraid of entering any conflict for the sake of those around him without hostility without resentment without resorting even to violent wordssatyagraha is a complete substitute for violence from Gandhi the Man The Story of His Transformation by Eknath Easwaran Nilgiri Press Gandhi appreciated the power of satyagraha and its ability to change men and the way men think He used it to help India gain her independence from oppressive British rule Never violent Gandhi succeeded in forcing the most powerful empire in the world at the time to back down peacefully from a nation in abject poverty For instance at the Salt Works demonstration men stepped up fearlessly calmly and without anger in groups to be mercilessly beaten with iron-tipped rods Gandhis aim in such protests was to capture the worlds attention and support by juxtaposing Indias humanity to the inhumanity of the British In doing so people everywhere realized that India was right in fighting for her freedom In todays world satyagraha could be used most effectively by people who take an anti free trade stance Rioting and violent protests do draw attention to the cause but the wrong sort of attention especially now after the September 11th tragedy Violence causes negative attitudes towards the people being violent and their cause Instead those people should consider peaceful marches lobbying or petitions However perhaps the best way to make the point would be to boycott foreign goods such as cars and imported food items If enough people were to take part they would be able to
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