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August 14, 2017

Satyagraha सत्याग्रह or “truth force” or “holding fast to the truth” is the name Mahatma Gandhi gave to his strategy of non-violence. While I am no expert on how to carry out social change, it has been my life experience that it is exceedingly difficult to break the spiral of violence. Gandhi emphasized that non-violence is not a safe strategy; indeed, its practitioners can be in great danger. Nor is it a guaranteed strategy: enormous creativity, solidarity, perseverance and discipline are required. But it may be the only hope for ending the cycle of violence begetting more violence.