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Ankur Gupta Dr. Linda Hess Gandhi and Nonviolence 14 December 2005 My Experiments with Domestic Violence Every human encounters several degrees and types of violence in their life; Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi clearly was no exception. Violence itself is a very broad and ambiguous term, ranging from simple verbal abuse to large scale war, from a spitball to a nuclear warhead. It was in one of the first readings for this course on Gandhi and nonviolence, that I had come across a topic in which I knew I wanted to delve further. In it, Mahatma Gandhi one of my childhood heroes, became more real than ever because for the first time, I could almost completely empathize with one of his problems. I could never fathom how horrible it was to live under British imperial command and live in a country where you are in the majority and still the most neglected. However, the problem I am referring to is one that most never knew or expected Gandhi to have even dealt with, a problem almost every human deals with at some point at their life: domestic violence. In Gandhi’s Autobiography , one simple quote struck a chord in me that would resound throughout the entire course and provide the basis for my efforts in the class. “… jealousy does not wait for reasons. I must needs be for ever on the look-out regarding her movements and therefore she could not go anywhere without my permission. This sowed the seeds of a bitter quarrel between us. The restraint was virtually a sort of imprisonment” (Gandhi 12). In this chapter of his autobiography, Gandhi details his early marriage and the ensuing problems that arose. He, like many other men in the India
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society at the time, and arguably still today, employed domestic violence as a means to rectify the situation. As defined by the New York State Coalition, domestic violence is “abusive behavior - emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual - that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other. It takes many different forms and includes behaviors such as threats, name-calling, preventing contact with family or friends, withholding money, actual or threatened physical harm and sexual assault” (wikipedia.org). Gandhi was definitely not the worst perpetrator of this sort of action, not even close, but it occurred nonetheless. The fact that this historic figure, whom I regarded for years as a superhuman saint, was so abruptly humanized within the first fifteen pages of his autobiography left a lasting impact on me. This impact was multiplied several times over simply because domestic violence was always an issue that I thought was very rare problem. Until I got to high school, I thought I was among only a handful of people had to deal with it. I am deeply sensitive to this topic on many levels just because I feel I have experienced it on many levels, the most poignant of which I will discuss. At an early age, my parents fought about a lot about trivial matters; matters which
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