There is a discussion going on my facebook page which is interesting and insightful for me. The story I posted was of the failed terror attack at Times Square and commented as to how poverty or assimilatio have nothing to do with terrorism. It is more of an ideology and that is where the intervention needs to be. The discussion grew and it someone compared LeT with RSS, which was not acceptable to some commenters and somewhere Godse was brought up as an example of terrorist. I obviously do not agree with that characterization.
Then there was the discussion on how Violence of mind manifests as Violence in the society… and how terrorism is a reflection of society as a whole and the entire fuzziness of its defintion.
Here is my reply to that, which I wanted to share, since Facebook, is not too good with searching history of the posts on people’s walls… and you lose stuff which you might want to refer to later on. Since what I have written below sums up my thoughts on the issue of Terrorism and Violence very well… I wanted to retain this piece.
First and foremost, Violence is not an unspiritual or an unnatural phenomenon in nature or in this creation.
Second, Ahimsa that Krishna talks about is NOT “Non-violence” of Gandhi. Ahimsa of Krishna was BEST demonstrated by Sri Guru Gobind Singh in his most violent of moments, when the situation demanded it. Giving the color of Morality – any kind – to Gita or Krishna’s message is the GREATEST disservice one can do to humanity and to spiritual realm as a whole!
Third, Terrorism is the tendency to blackmail humanity by a group to perpetrate its own dominance. To say that “My Way is better than yours”. Any violence.. irrespective of context is NOT Terrorism. By definition, when you use Terror tactics to get your way, then you indulge in Terrorism. Even the application of Jizya by Founders of Islam (and Islamic ruler in India) was Terrorism as well! You may not even indulge in violence (as in killing) and YET indulge in Terrorism! On the contrary, you may indulge in killing of hundreds of thousands of people and yet not be doing any Terrorism!
Fourth, There is NO “Best” solution for ANYTHING, ANYWHERE! To say, one should approach every thing in one way or the other, without any regard to context or situation is lunacy not spirituality.
Fifth, So if there is no “best” way for any context or moment, that which “WORKS” in any moment is what is called living in the moment.
When I haul up Gandhi and say that he deserved what he got, I am by no means being a “violent mind”. Bhishma, Drona, Karna were great people.. all learned.. and at least the first two were highly respected. In fact Bhishma was considered by Krishna to be the greatest Karma Yogi of his time. YET, there came a time, when Krishna himself suggested how he should be killed and urged Arjun to do the needful. When one loses his way sooo badly that his own Dharma becomes a hindrance to the very functioning of the society and the humanity at large, then there are decisions to be taken. Godse, was very repentant and very respectful of Gandhi (he was a Gandhian most of his life).. yet he found that there came a time when a decision HAD to be taken!
The spiritual cowards like Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad etc.. could not do anything. Sarojini Naidu knew the “menace” of Gandhi and she even alluded to it when she said that lots of money has to be spent to upkeep the poverty of Gandhi! But it took a total novice to actually take action. THAT, to me was NOT Terrorism! He shot the bulets ONLY when he was sure that no one was around. Godse took amazing precautions to make sure that no one else got hurt.. that was one of the reasons why he wanted to shoot from a close range.
Just because your grandfather or your dad told you because he was told by the Congress controlled media that Godse was a “fanatic” does not make him so! One needs a better understanding of the situation.
And THAT is ONE reason why I chose to write a blog myself. I am sick and tired of nonsensical media and utterly non-thinking citizenry in India. My chosen writing style is to shock the reader.. because there is NO other way out!