AHIMSA IN ACTION – Bookstore Edition

By Patricia Sauthoff

Ahimsa, a Sanskrit word most often, in the West, associated with Gandhi, means to do no harm. It is the word that has been associated with non-violence movements, though is an important tenet in the Indian indigenous religions of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

In order to make a statement about violence without resorting to violence, a British Facebook group called Subversively move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section in book shops has sprung up. Blair’s autobiography A Journey was released on September 1 and discusses Blair’s experience as Prime Minister of England. Many Brits feel that England’s involvement in the Iraq War was unnecessary.

The Facebook group calls for bookshop patrons to simply pick up a copy of A Journey (or the store’s entire inventory) and move the book into the crime section in order to protest the involvement and accuse the British leader of war crimes.

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