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"Don't your duty in war and belief in peace contradict each other?"

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While war and non-violence do sound contradictory, they are both conflict resolution vehicles.  I have said time and again that Satyagraha (non-violent struggle)  is not same as making peace. It is still a fight that has to be fought  as bravely as a soldier in a war -- just the weapon is different. 

Many people mistake non-violence as compromise or avoidance of conflict. It is not. On the other hand, it is standing up for what is right (truth) and justice. Fighting a violent war is better than accepting injustice.  So, really there is no contradiction in fighting a just war, and believing in non-violence. Both are duties to be carried out to preserve justice and truth.
                            

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