INSPIRATIONAL, 5 Jun 2017
A British platoon blocked a road against a Satyagraha force, one of Gandhi’s nonviolent but implacable acts of mass civil disobedience.
Both groups were in knee-deep flood water. The British troops were on short duty because of the difficulty and the dangers of the rising water. Gandhi’s patient followers were not working limited hours. They helped the British troops and lifted their overturned boats.
The platoon commander remarked to a reporter, “If they fought back, if they used weapons, I knew how to handle them. But this is something I don’t understand.”
Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. 1986-88 he was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University. He has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 5 Jun 2017.
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