Ahimsa

Justice versus Revenge: Kautilya’s perspective

In the absence of justice, error and evil thrive. Truly, evil only gets worse when those who are righteous resort to revenge and do not insist upon justice. The Ahimsa of Kautilya was based on the idea of Dharma. Ahimsa doesn’t mean you will never hurt anyone – it means you won’t hurt anyone unless they attack you first. It’s a no-first-strike policy. You can resort to retaliation during the war with pre-emptive strikes only if you are sure that the first strike would be brutal or lethal, leaving you no retaliatory capabilities.

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Ahimsa: A Vedic Perspective

A soldier and terrorist both carry weapons; both are trained and paid to kill. But a soldier kills to protect; a terrorist kills to spread his intolerant ideology. For his code and conduct of killing to protect his people, a soldier is following Ahimsa and Dharma. For his code and conduct of killing people to further his own personal belief and faith, a terrorist manifests Himsa and Adharma.

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