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Listen to this programmeIdeas for 19 August 2012 - Non-Violent Resistance (duration: 49′26″)
On Wednesday India celebrated its 66th Independence Day – an independence that was won through a truly epic struggle. And no one played a bigger part in ensuring that struggle avoided mass armed confrontation than Mahatma Gandhi. To call the struggle non-violent would be misleading – the British reacted brutally to Gandhi and his followers; to call the Gandhi-led campaign passive is even more misleading – it was active, confrontational, and required extraordinary courage. And similar courage and purpose was required by the people of Parihaka who practised non-violent resistance decades before Gandhi became famous for it.
We explore the idea of non-violent resistance with Professor Norman Finkelstein – the author of What Gandhi Says About Non Violence, Resistance and Courage (Orbooks); and Rachel Buchanan the author of The Parihaka Album (Awa Press.)
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