11 Non-Violence is the Answer to India's woes - Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil

posted Jan 22, 2019, 2:01 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 2:01 AM ]

On January 26, 2019, India celebrates its 70th Republic Day

Republic Day is an occasion for us to ask ourselves whether the values taught by our Founding Fathers are still alive among us. When values weaken in society, use of force takes over… from the side of the government, and/or between citizens themselves.

Unfairness increases in every form, and minorities and the weaker sections of society suffer the most.

Violence is another name for force used in an unfair manner. Once violence breaks out, there is no limit to the extent it can go. In situations of inter-community or international tensions, one needs to take steps forward most carefully.

Aggressive language invites aggressive language, provocative vocabulary invites provocative vocabulary.

Provocative language today in the mouth of persons in responsible positions is shocking. If things take a bad direction, everyone stands aside in helplessness. And yet, this is precisely what seems to be happening.

It is in this context that Pope Francis' message for the World Day of Peace seems most relevant. There is nothing truer today than his frank admission that we already find ourselves "engaged in a world war." He makes a passionate appeal for 'non-violence.'