Year: 2020 | Month: December | Volume 8 | Issue 2

Exploring the Indian Tradition of Nonviolent Communication

Vedabhyas Kundu


At a time when the world mired by increasing cases of hate speech and action, intolerance and xenophobia, it is critical that there are efforts to re-look at our communication ecosystem. Unhealthy and dysfunctional communication ecosystems lead to conflicts and intolerance. In this backdrop, the endeavour should be to incessantly work for a communication ecosystem which is healthy and brings people together. It is time that efforts – at individual, local, national and international level be made to help evolve a nonviolent verbal communication ecosystem. While different societies across the world have inherent values to encourage nonviolent verbal communication, it would be prudent to look at the Indian tradition. This paper tries to explore how nonviolent verbal communication has been an integral part of Indian values and ethos. After delving on the ancient traditions of nonviolent communication, the paper tries to analyze the Gandhian model of nonviolent communication which has major traction at the global level.

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