The removal of untouchability is one of the highest expressions of ahimsa. ~ Gandhi, Mahatma 4:239
Gandhi, like Jesus and Buddha before him, felt that animal sacrifice and the human pattern it encoded, scapegoating, was the most violent and dangerous social institution. Do we not call the destruction of the Jews in Europe the “Holocaust” (a type of sacrifice)? Removal of untouchability would mean the elimination of “high and low” that we spoke of last time (see the Daily Metta from Friday, April 8). Untouchability is perhaps the form of structural violence that is most destructive to the human spirit. Its removal from Indian society was a sine qua non for India to offer honest, and therefore effective, nonviolent resistance to others, e.g. the British Raj.
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