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By Domenico Losurdo, Gregory Elliott

We be aware of of the blood and tears provoked by means of the initiatives of transformation of the area via warfare or revolution. ranging from the essay released in 1921 via Walter Benjamin, 20th century philosophy has been dedicated to the feedback of violence, even if it has claimed to stick to noble ends. yet what will we be aware of of the dilemmas, of the “betrayals,” of the disappointments and tragedies which the move of non-violence has suffered? This booklet tells a desirable background: from the yankee Christian agencies within the first many years of the 19th century who desired to do away with slavery and battle in a non-violent method, to the protagonists of movements—Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Capitini, M. L. King, the Dalai Lama—who both for idealism or for political calculation flew the flag of non-violence, as much as the leaders of today’s “color revolutions.”

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The rightness or otherwise of the “rebellion” was therefore not likely to affect my decision. ” 21 The “Indian Ambulance Corps” went into action, fully incorporated into the colonial army: “the Chief Medical Officer appointed me to the temporary rank of Sergeant Major and three men selected by me to the rank of sergeants and one to that of corporal. ” 22 It is true that, given the circumstances, this corps ended up mainly assisting the Zulu. But we must not lose sight of the fact that on this occasion Gandhi considered direct involvement in war.

How could a slave co-operate with the master in the hour of the latter’s need? 25 In pursuing his policy of collaboration with the London government, Gandhi clearly distanced himself from those who rejected the violence of war on principle; or those who intended to seize the opportunity to give the Indian independence movement momentum. Relying on his Autobiography, let us see how the Indian leader countered the former: “All of us recognized the immorality of war. ” Why, then, did Gandhi opt for participation in the war and commit himself to pushing comrades and friends who were reluctant, or resolutely opposed to the war adventure, in this direction?

We have seen the former promoting the (indirect) participation of Indians in Britain’s war against the Boers. The second expressed his “horror” and “revulsion” in a diary entry of 8 January 1900, 101 and the same year published an intervention entitled Patriotism and Government in which he denounced the “appalling bloodbath” occurring in South Africa. 102 Gandhi positively highlighted the role of Indian soldiers in the British contingent that participated in the ferocious repression of the Boxer rebellion in 1900.

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