You change the meaning of violence
To mean that your violence is non-violent
And those who question your violence
Are the perpetrators of the actual violence

If you define your violence as non-violent
And those who question your violence as violence
Your non-violence has a violent nature
And questioning of your violence has a non-violent nature

The foundation you want to build is based on violence
For class, caste, race, religious and gender barriers are only violence
And the annihilation of these barriers is the real non-violence
And in the maintenance of these is the actual violence

Genuine non-violence only threatens you
For in rise of subalterns you lose control over violence
Hence to maintain privileges and sustain your violence
You attempt to delegitimize the resistance as violence

T Navin is a Researcher and works with an NGO




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