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Stories of Non-Violent Struggles in South Asia

In a world that is increasingly turning to violence and aggression, as solution to problems facing mankind today, it is imperative to find non-violent alternatives, if we are not to destroy the very fabric of all that we have SO ASSIDOUSLY build up over the years which is precisely what all this violence will result in. What is required is to transform ” The culture of War and Violence into a culture of peace and non-violence.”

The culture of peace is really nothing new. As Gandhji has said ” Non-Violence is as old as hills.” Not only in India but the world over our scriptures, our myths, our folklore and legends have-from time immemorial-been scripting tales of peace and harmony- harmony within, with out fellow beings and with our surroundings. What we need to do is to remind ourselves of that tradition of peace and tolerance that we have forgotten somewhere along the way. We need to quitely draw attention to that rich heritage of nonviolence that is already available with us and make it available to people at large.

Therefore South Asia Peace Alliance has initiated a project on ” Case Studies of non-vilolent struggles in South Asia” to highlight some of these efforts. These case studies will focus on successfull non-violent struggles, past and present.


The project has a 2 fold objectives:

To promote successful nonviolent efforts, to enable people to find peaceful methods of resolving conflicts.

To use the prepared material as resource for training for nonviolent action.

What you can Do?

Identify such cases drawing from your experiences, observations. One can always take help of Peace Development Organizations, local activists and peace workers, representative of people’s Organization or movements, NGOs, journalists, writers and academicians from South Asia.

The second step would be data collection from the field if necessary. You can undertake yourself or take the help university students, representative of people’s organization, etc.

The third step is to write out these stories in an interesting, readable yet analytical manner. Contact SAPA secretratiat for more information.