What would Gandhi do?

by Eyes Wide Open

In light of yesterday’s protest at Shah Alam, I suppose many people would have very strong views about what happened.

The MSM may downplay the incident (like the NST) or completely ignore it altogether (like the Star), but in this age of internet and instant messaging the news has already spread far and wide all over the country. So whether the MSM has played its role effectively or not, people have already got the information in their hands, raw and unfiltered.

In such a sensitive situation, perhaps it is good for us to reflect on the teachings of the Great Soul himself.

“For Gandhi, ahimsa was the expression of the deepest love for all humans, including one’s opponents; this non-violence therefore included not only a lack of physical harm to them, but also a lack of hatred or ill-will towards them. Gandhi rejected the traditional dichotomy between one’s own side and the “enemy;” he believed in the need to convince opponents of their injustice, not to punish them, and in this way one could win their friendship and one’s own freedom. If need be, one might need to suffer or die in order that they may be converted to love (Shepard 4).

Gandhi also firmly believed that if violence was used to achieve any end – even if it was employed in the name of justice – the result would be more violence.

(you can read the rest of the article here)

And in Gandhi’s own words:

“… the adoption of nonviolence lies the future of India and the world. It is the most harmless and yet equally effective way of dealing with the political and economic wrongs of the downtrodden portion of humanity.”

“Suffering is the law of human beings; war is the law of the jungle. But suffering is infinitely more powerful than the law of the jungle for converting the opponent and opening his ears, which are otherwise shut, to the voice of reason.”

“…if you want something really important to be done you must not merely satisfy the reason, you must move the heart also. The appeal of reason is more to the head but the penetration of the heart comes from suffering. It opens up the inner understanding in man. Suffering is the badge of the human race, not the sword.”

“Nonviolence affords the fullest protection to one’s self-respect and sense of honour, but not always to possession of land or movable property, though its habitual practice does prove a better bulwark than the possession of armed men to defend them.”

(You can read the rest of Gandhiji’s philosophy here)

22 Responses to “What would Gandhi do?”
  1. r says:

    “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi (born: 1869-10-02 died: 1948-01-30 at age: 78)

  2. r says:

    “The good man is the friend of all living things.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi (born: 1869-10-02 died: 1948-01-30 at age: 78)

  3. r says:

    “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi (born: 1869-10-02 died: 1948-01-30 at age: 78)

  4. r says:

    “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi (born: 1869-10-02 died: 1948-01-30 at age: 78)

  5. r says:

    “As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious. There is no such thing as religion over-riding morality. Man, for instance, cannot be untruthful, cruel or incontinent and claim to have God on his side.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi (born: 1869-10-02 died: 1948-01-30 at age: 78)

  6. hartalmsm says:

    “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.” Mahatma Gandhi

  7. hartalmsm says:

    “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  8. r says:

    “A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi (born: 1869-10-02 died: 1948-01-30 at age: 78)

  9. hartalmsm says:

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  10. Ayu Azalea says:

    “God has no religion” ~ Mahatma Gandhi – I believe so too.

  11. eagle-eye says:

    Dont wory folks, you wont find Hindu mobs going on a rampage.
    I shudder to think what would have happened had it been a group of non-muslims with the head of a different animal.

  12. Kugan says:

    Gandhi’s method worked on the mighty Bristish Empire but wont work with UMNO.

    This is because in spite of all their their cruelty, the British still had a shred of decency in them.

    • Ayu Azalea says:

      That is very true, Kugan. And the only way to fight evil is through love. The evil UMNO can do anything, but if we stay strong, united as one, love each other sincerely, there’s nothing UMNO can do to break us up.

  13. NonBeerDrinker says:

    Those 50 or so demonstrators are not yet enlightened. They hide behind Islam to show to the whole world their IGNORANCE and HATRED for others. These people are definitely not MUSLIMS.

  14. Hang Jebat says:

    Pls see what happeing in Srilanka media should ctrl,if riots take place minorty will be victim with police and army with BN,as after Perak is Selangor this 1 of way,don,t be surprise in front of mosque pig head soon.To get chaos and topple the state goverment

  15. segar says:

    i have many many muslim friends and when they heard what these 50 uncivilised morons did they called me up to offer their apologies in the absense of an apology by malay muslim leaders.i told them not to worry about it because i know who the true muslims are and they will never ever do such a thing.i assured them that in no way shall my friendship with them be affected in anyway due to the action of these morons and my respect for their religion will never ever be diminished because 50 morons who claim to be muslims did what they did.the only thing i am concerned about is what is going to happen to these people on judgement day.i sincerely hope god forgives them for tarnishing the image of a great religion and has mercy on them in the afterlife.

  16. shar101 says:

    No, it won’t and I’ll tell you why.

    In the early morning of 9th March 2008 at about 1 am, there were a flurry of sms going nation-wide about ‘riots’ happening as a result of the GE12.

    BN have just lost five states plus suffered a reduced majority in parliament.

    PR could have celebrated with ‘victory’ marches but they were pragmatic enough to know the dire consequences. Hence, word was sent out to civil society to remain calm and indoors.

    Barisan Rakyat Bloggers, stationed at BlogHouse (now RABM, of course), were tasked to get this message out as promptly as possible.

    Were we listened to by the masses? You bet we were because people were already tuned in to blogs to find out the results of the general election, rather than the MSMs (TV live updates) because we were far ahead in announcing the numbers.

    GE12 also showed the maturity within the Malaysian majority and their ability to be circumspect with their actions and/or reactions.

    Certainly the 50 protesters in Shah Alam are not in this category.

  17. vengai says:

    The sin of the father will visit the son.
    The UBN goons might have their granchildren become handicape or even abondoned by the future community.

    This cow head incident is engineered by the TOYOL TEMPE and Barisan Najis Regime.Their main agenda is to topple the Selangor PR goverment by hook or crook.

    We can see many of their plot fail ecpecialy those enginered by Toyol.
    1. The Ampang Hindu temple domolish last-Toyol paid underdog that is that Municipal Deputy Directer(The MB and Exocos not informed—Fail)
    2. Teo Beng Hock- The TP of Malaysian A1 Coruppted Cows(Fail)
    3.’Sacred Cow Head”- Fail.

    The Toyol wants to topple the PR Goverment before all his shit that he left behind spilt to the core.

    And most of all their agend this time is to Put the Pakatan Allience to test. PKR and PAS has many indian members.This to to create disharmony within the indian and other races in PKR and PAS.

    Go to hell Tempe . Ur dirty trick and ur Barisan Najis tricks will never work. For the indians know that that the UBN are the real racist .


    May those involved with the cow head repent of their sins
    In spite of them having created such a shameful worldwide din
    For after all aren’t we all God’s children on earth
    Right from the time after we were given birth?

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 300809
    Sun. 30th Aug. 2009.

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