Non-violent Resistance - Section Tenth: Questions and Answers Summary & Analysis

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Section Tenth: Questions and Answers Summary and Analysis

Section Ten consists of interviews with Gandhi. In one interview, Gandhi discusses criticism of civil disobedience that he thinks need answering. He defends unity between religious peoples and does not want to raise a group hostile to the British. In a second interview, Gandhi discusses non-violence in Paris and Geneva. His pacifism is also criticized.

In a third interview, Gandhi covers the basic assumptions of his movement, which are the complete unity of the people in their demand for freedom, the appreciation of the doctrine's implications to the people as a whole and the embracing of Satyagraha, and an implicit belief that if the masses see suffering that the aggressors' hearts will be melted. A fourth interview discusses the importance of belief in God but is asked about atheist Socialists and Communists and whether they can become Satyagrahis. Gandhi thinks that this is impossible; he also believes that Satyagrahis should clothe themselves in cloth weaved by their own people.

In a fifth discussion, Gandhi argues that Satyagraha can be separated from his particular social program. Nonetheless, its principles must remain the same at a general level. Next various short question and answer pieces are reproduced. A sixth interview has Gandhi defending the actions of individual, lone Satyagrahis. This person must consider the difficulty of what she embarks upon. A seventh interview continues to press Gandhi on non-violence and whether it applies to war between nations. Gandhi thinks only if the entire populace can be coordinated in non-violence.

Gandhi claims that destruction of government property is violence and that Satyagrahis can use Satyagraha to stop looters. They can also use Satyagraha to impel the rich to give to the poor.

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