Gandhiji practiced non violence approach during the freedom movement and it did have an impact on the movement , combined with other revolutionary movements ! However, today we only get to see people resorting to violence and corrupt practices to stay in power. Has Gandhi's ideals become outdated ?
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It has become pretty much outdated. The kind of Gandhigiri made so famous by the Munnabhai movie works only in cinemas, for us to believe that nonviolent approach can bring changes in what is happening around us, is a fantastic idea. It is the Maltheus theory at work, the earth is becoming overburdened by growing human population and for it to achieve a balance, it is but natural that people resort to violent means to reduce populations. Where hunger, famine, floods, destruction by war have become a norm, Gandhiji's means are quite ineffective.
as from the above answers i can see that many including you people think that gandhiji's non-violent struggle has become outdated 'okay fine agreed that today any theory about non-violence will seem absurd to anyone but talking about that time it may be true that if gandhiji had used weapons we may have achieved freedom long ago but it may also happen that that freedom fight may had met the simliar fate like our fight against britishers in 1857,no one can tell what could have actually been happened if this was not done that was not done but on the other side we should also see that by not breaking a war he not only save the lives of our forefathers but also saved us ,and we would not have been here discussing the topic . so, now talking about the topic i would the theory has not become outdated for us ,but rather we are being outdated from the theory
With due respect to Gandhiji I would say it is very difficult to remain non-violent when violence is all around. To practice non-violence one has to be strong from within and most of us are not that capable. We indulge into arguments and are volatile beings so adopting Ahimsa becomes difficult. We need to be very calm and poised to work non-violently but we lack that control. In such kind of atmosphere non-violence is truly outdated.
Gandhiji used the weapons of non violence and non cooperation against foreign government to attain independence. Presently, thesewapons are of no use. These weapons cannot be used against foreign aggressors, terrorists and other criminals.
I won't say Gandhi's approach of non-violence is completely outdated. It really depends on the condition. In some cases, this approach do work. However now a days people are getting so violent and harsh , gandhigiri approach is difficult to last for longer time. Such people will never understand the language f Gandhigiri, they must be taught a lesson in their own way.
During the time of British rule, we had a common goal to achieve and we lined up under the powerful leadership of our great leaders and we respected their words. Today the situations have completely changed. Now there is no such common goal. People do what they like and they are beyond the control of their leaders. Non-violence is a misnomer. Every corner of the country is a battlefield. And the battlefields are not peaceful….
Once I read somewhere years ago, but stayed in my mind .... an online article (not on an Indian site) .... Great Myths in History..... Do you know which myth was given no. 1 position????? gandhiji gave independence to India. I still remember, the author quoted that India would have got independence years ago if it has resorted to other means to attain independence. It also stated that though Gandhi's non-violence principle was a powerful weapon, it's the equal effort of Indian National Army, which made British think to quit India. I am no one to give my opinion here, as I know a little about freedom struggle movement.
My answer would be.... it depends on the seriousness of the matter. In some cases, non-violence really works...... But in the other, we need to use weapons.... It depends on the strength on each other. In some cases intelligence wins, while in others strength. There is one proverb in malayalam which literally means.... If the ox is getting ready to kick you, telling mantras or vedas wont give you the result. So..if things are getting wrong, non-violence wont work and our enemy should never think we are weak.....