As I mentioned briefly in the pervious Blogs, Nirbhaya is a new Social Concept used by Gandhi to solve social problem of violence. He wanted to replace the old concepts of solving social issues like Violence in the Global Society. Human being has yet to try to solve this problem of global concern.Human being has just to change the strategy. What has been the age old method? Mere physcial Force. It has brought us from age old Arrows and Bows to Atom Bombs and Chemical War, but the problem of Social Violence has ever been increasing.
It does not need any heavy material investmenrts. It only needs change of shifting of our awareness. The higher level of our conciousness. From physical to mental level.For example when Gandhi was confronted with the unjust law of the State in South Africa, while travelling in the 1st. Class rail coach. He could have easely changed from 1st. Class to 3rd Class in order to avoid confrontation. But he did not take this alternative. The other option with him was to use his phycical Force and would have confronted with the Ticket Inspector and could have finally landed in to trouble by adopting violent method. He did not take this course also. What he did was some thing else. Insted of loosing his temper, he simply shifted from physical faculty to mental faculty. The first idea that came to his mind was the unjust law of discriminating between two human being on the bases of difference of colours of the skins. Becouse Gandhi was black skined therefore he was not allowed to travell in 1st. Class coach.
When Gandhi used his mind over the problem he immideately came to the conclusion that this law could not be made by just mind. There is apparently injustice in this law and I must not accept it. He did not think illwill against the Rail Authority or the Police. Instead he kept shivering whole night and thinking as to how could this unjust law might be scraped by bringing this to the notice of Lawmakers, that is the Government of South Africa at that time. And it was the British Colonial Regime.
So, it ws not the anger or fear or timidness, it was the concept of Nirbhaya, Fearlessness, that Gandhi had invoked at that point of time when he was shivering in that cold night on the Railwaty Platform in a small Station in South Africa. It was this new conept of Social Action that made Gandhi a man of the Century. Before that he was not known to the person siting next to him in the Train from which he was thrown out being Black Indian.
Although, a century has passed to the incident that Gandhi had experienced in South Africa, we have yet to recognise this concept of Nirbhaya fully. It is high time that we realise this hard fact of life.