Italian politician uses the path of satyagraha

March 28th, 2008 - 3:06 pm ICT by admin  


Brussels, March 28 (IANS) An Italian politician and member of European Parliament says he has chosen the Gandhian path of non-violent protest called satyagraha as an alternative solution to today’s problems. Marco Pannella, president of the Transnational Radical Party, (TRP) told EuAsiaNews that he had chosen satyagraha because “non-violence offers an alternative solution to the problems of our times. It provides a revolutionary answer politically and culturally”.

When asked if it is taken seriously in the West, Pannella said: “Even the Mahatma’s followers were mocked and laughed at initially”.

But after 30 years of pursuing this method he believes “the influence is undeniable. Italian politics and public opinion now take it very seriously”.

In 1968 he was arrested at Sofia in Bulgaria, where he had gone to demonstrate against the Soviet invasion of then-Czechoslovakia. It was on this occasion that for the first time he staged a hunger strike, Gandhi style.

TRP is an association of citizens, parliamentarians and members of government of various national and political backgrounds who intend to achieve, through non-violent Gandhian methods, a number of concrete objectives aimed at creating an effective body of international law with respect for individuals and the affirmation of democracy and freedom throughout the world.

Though TRP does not participate in national, regional or local elections it seeks that its voice be heard in matters that it views as unjust or going “against the rule of law and democracy”.

The General Council of TRP, which convened in Brussels in December 2007, welcomed Pannella

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