Decentralization and Nonviolence

I suggest that if India is to evolve along nonviolent lines, it will have to decentralize many things. Centralization cannot be sustained and defended without adequate force. Simple homes from which there is nothing to take away require no policing; the palaces of the rich must have strong guards to protect them against dacoity. So must huge factories. Rurally organized India will run less risk of foreign invasion than urbanized India well-equipped with military, naval and air forces.

Centralization as a system is inconsistent with non-violent structure of society.

Ghandi

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