Some Writings of Gandhi

Civil Disobedience

Before one can be fit for the practice of civil disobedience one must have rendered a willing and respectful obedience to the State laws... A satyagrahi obeys the laws of society intelligently and of his own free will, because he considers it to be his sacred duty to do so. It is only when a person has thus obeyed the laws of society scrupulously that he is in a position to judge as to which particular rules are good and just and which unjust and iniquitous. Only then does the right accrue to him of the civil disobedience of certain laws in well-defined circumstances. [v39/p374]

Non-violent Revolution

Let nobody be misled by the Russian parallel ... A non-violent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships ending in a peaceful transfer of power ... It will never use coercion. Even those who may hold contrary views will receive a full measure of security under it. [v82/p78]

Real swaraj will come not by the acquisition of authority by a few but by the acquisition of the capacity by all to resist authority when it is abused. In other words, swaraj is to be attained by educating the masses to a sense of their capacity to regulate and control authority. [v26/p52]

Collected Works, M. K. Gandhi