Originally posted by ami_dabh
@MSN:- I'd like to give my opinion with whatever limited knowledge I've about Indian history.
Violence or no-violence can be dictated by person's attitude not by deed.
For e.g:- A surgeon cuts open a person's stomach; so does a criminal.
The action is akin. But the surgeon's aim is to save while criminal's aim is to spiflicate.
a war can be violent if it's devoid for anger, hatred, envious;If the
person can't be educated in any other way. War can be an act of
compassion if it associates to put things in true prospective.
Likewise, Charity can be a root of violence if takes away self-esteem imposes slavery.
I firmly believe that we
got freedom because of revolutionists like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev n many more who contributed. What if Sardar Patel didn't united villages of IND???
Gandhiji with his non-violence approach kya kar lete?? He became more popular because Jawaharlal Nehru appreciated him openly a lot. I see Mahatma Gandhi's role as a more spiritualist than freedom fighter. No offense to Gandhi lovers.
Ami dear It is not for me to give importance or not. The point I was making is that Gandhi is more known than the revolutionaries. I nowhere in my thread have belittled their contribution. What I meant was their influence was limited to pockets like Punjab, Bengal etc not an all India persona which Gandhi had. You also will admit that in most Indian history books if you have 3 chapters on Gandhi you will have 3 paragraphs on revolutionaries. That does not mean they did not contribute but they are less known. Many died young and because of British repression the movement fizzled out. Let me make one thing crystal clear I am not a great fan of Gandhi and have serious reservations on many of his policies and have always believed that Sardar Patel would have made a better PM than Nehru a decision which was taken by Gandhiji. One of the greatest contribution of Sardar Patel was the reorganization of India by convincing the princely states to join us after independence. To convince more than 500 states was no mean task. On a lighter note with two of us in the house we never seem to agree on what to make for dinner. I hope I have made myself clear.
Edited by UMDU - 08 November 2012 at 2:07am