Rajni Bakshi, Senior Gandhi Peace Fellow, Gateway House, delivered a lecture at the ‘International Day of Non-Violence’ at the UN Convention Centre in Thailand, on October 2. In her lecture, she spoke about the significance and the greater potential of non-violent means in achieving the goals of today’s world.

Skepticism about non-violence is subtle and far more complicated. How do we answer the cynicism of those who are not votaries of violence and may actually want to reduce use of violent methods but have no faith in non-violence as a philosophy, as a method, as a way of life?

This is why many people who admire Mahatma Gandhi, even revere him, perhaps regard him as the most towering figure of the 20th century – don’t believe that his advocacy of non-violence is practical or doable by ordinary people.