Sunday, April 16, 2006

Satyagraha:Toward Global Nonviolence

Everyone who is interested in working toward Peace is encouraged to visit the website at the bottom of this message to learn more about a campaign of non-violence, and send any good, valid, peace-related suggestions you may have. Please help in this global campaign for organising non-violence as a constructive answer to the organised show of violence.

Thank you.

Unless we work toward the goal of world Peace, the time is fast approaching when we will have no World!

JOIN HANDS: Commemoration of Satyagraha, 2006

Warm greetings.

I wish to draw your attention to the Centenary this year of a unique legacy you might like to commemorate, that of the Birth of ‘Satyagraha’ (strategic nonviolent action based on insistence on truth and human dignity) on 11 September 1906 . You can invoke this legacy in your own unique way and provide a powerful and constructive answer to the suffocating arrogance of the power of violence of extremism and imperialism epitomized today in 9/11 (11 September) of 2001.

On NINE ELEVEN (September 11) 1906 the most powerful form of nonviolence, namely Satyagraha, the strategic nonviolent action, was born under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg of South Africa. Since that date till today people all over the world have found an absolute and ultimately powerful ‘weapon’ that has proved its efficacy in humbling and restraining the forces of violence, exploitation, domination and imperialism. Had the world taken to heart the lessons and message of 9/11 1906 the world would have found an answer to the both – oppressive imperial materialism and extremist violence.

9/11 of 1906 and that of 2001 are two streams of history representing two opposing destinies of modern world.

It has been only the power of nonviolence which has so far humbled the mightiest of the mighty. We have an overwhelming response from our Muslim brothers and sisters too in a dialogue on imperialism, extremism and nonviolence; and, in organizing nonviolence. It only needed to remind them of the legacy which they equally share as Muslims were shoulder to shoulder with Mahatma Gandhi in the Birth of Satyagraha and in establishing its efficacy and power.

This is a Centennial year of Birth of Satyagraha, 9/11 1906 - 9/11 2006. We have been commemorating this date for past three years under a title “9/11 A Revelation A Century Apart” by initiating public education program for organizing nonviolence. This year Nonviolent Peaceforce has also taken a decision to commemorate it in USA and in other parts of the world including in India. Our last program was organized in collaboration with Nonviolent Peaceforce. The first one was in collaboration with Rotary Club of Delhi Southend. A major Centennial program is being planned by us jointly with Nonviolent Peaceforce for 9/11 2006 in Delhi, India.

On 11 September 2005, 56 men and women took pledge of nonviolence in the presence of 250 men and women from 11 places. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of H. H. the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Government in Exile, and Chairman of Hind Swaraj Centenary Committee; Maulana Anzar Shah Kashmiri, Sheikhul Hadis, Darul-Uloom Deoband; Dr. Syed Hamid, Chairman, Jamia Hamdard Education Society and Miss Nirmala Deshpande, Gandhian, Member of Indian Parliament (the Upper House).

On 9/11 2006, the Centennial Commemoration, a bigger group will take pledge of nonviolence and a larger number of people introduced to Hind Swaraj are expected to participate. People from other countries including the USA, who are involved in the Dialogue and in the process of building up a global Nonviolent Peaceforce are also expected to participate in the Centennial Celebration of Birth of Satyagraha, strategic n onviolent action based on insistence on truth and human dignity.

The campaign aims at encouraging the unity of the forces of nonviolence all over the world and create global dialogue on imperialism, extremism and nonviolence.

Please visit our website for more information and please read two articles on the meaning and significance of 9/11 revelation.

This is an invitation to collaborate, cooperate and join hands in a global campaign for organizing nonviolence as a constructive answer to the organized show of violence.

Your suggestion and response will help everyone in this campaign to work out what we can do individually and collectively.

With warm regards,
Rajiv Vora
G-89, Preet Vihar
Delhi – 110 092
Phone: +91-11-22444222, 23235965

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