This is the meme post that started this train of thought in my mind.
I have heard one of my classmates say a long time ago, if women truly believed that they were equal to men, then they would not fight for it. While I never accepted it, i didn't know how to speak against it either. but it was there, somewhere in my mind. I think i made some sense out of it, at last.
This is stupidity. This is like saying 'If we Indians seriously believed that freedom was ours, we would never have had to fight for it'. The fight for independance was a fight to make the other party understand and/or accept your viewpoint. The first resonable method might be to consider the other person's viewpoint. And using that as a base point,then work, with suitable proof and arguments, raise, alter, or reconstruct their viewpoint to match ours. This method follows the logic that people can and will be fair in an argument.
But what if people weren't fair? What if they didn't want to agree with your viewpoint, for profit or just to be malicious?
Then they would refuse to hear your arguments or even see eye to eye with you on the issue you differ on. At this point, the working solution would be to strongly force your viewpoint on the other person. But each of these methods do require that the other persons viewpoint be recognized by you. And it had the ill effect of being violent. Something to avoid.
Gandhiji, was the person who took this fight to new highs. His method was simply to refuse to see the other person's view, and to continuously present his viewpoint. All the other points, the fill the jail movement, or the Khadi movement, or the quit India movement, were shortcuts to force the view point on the other person without agreeing to their right to understand our viewpoint. It was to simply do go about doing things and if the process was stopped, do nothing else. This passive resistance also had one more effect - a outright refusal to understand or see the other persons viewpoint - If things could not be done our way, then they wouldn't be done at all.
Some people also say that we got independence because it was the British, and if it was the Japanese or Chinese, we would probably have been speaking japanese or mandarin today. This again would not have been possible. While i agree that, these 2 countries were/are barbaric, Gandhi's method would have worked even then.
Dictatorship, tyranny works on the motive of monetary profit. If monetary gains would need to be made then the country's people would need to be disciplined, so as to be working. If the balance sheet said losses continuously, The factory would be closed. Losses are simply expenditure exceeds profits. So slowly, but surely, the losses would be too much to continue.
Gandhi's method of non violence made sense in every way. I guess that's why he is revered.