Vinobaji's views on 'Non-violence training'
Questions & answers between Shri Ramchandraji, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and Vinobaji, March 1971, Brahma Vidya Mandir
Question: We are in the process of starting a school of Non-violence. What would be an appropriate goal for this school that will galvanize the youth and workers like the goal of independence did during our freedom struggle?
Answer: There is no doubt that the freedom struggle inspired a lot of educated persons in which we, who are now aged, participated. Thinking back, we now realize that even though there was great enthusiasm, it was negative thinking. There were no positive expectations in wanting the English to leave, though Gandhiji tried to introduce constructive activities in his struggle for independence. But the people did not fully implement his programs of non-violence and constructive work in accordance with his wishes and hence the struggle cannot be called totally non-violent.