Citizens Against Verbal Violence
Why I decided to lay the foundation for an organization naming it
" CITIZENS AGAINST VERBAL VIOLENCE"?
By E. C. Samkutty, Ph. D.
Professor of Britsih Literature, Novelist, Free Lance Writer, and Devotional Lyricist; Founder & President, CITIZENS AGAINST VERBAL VIOLENCE
Thirteen months ago, in the month of October 2016, the merciful God helped me to take the initial steps towards registering a nonprofit social-service organization named CITIZENS AGAINST VERBAL VIOLENCE (C.A.V. V.).
The purpose of “CAVV” is to educate the public to work towards keeping our communities free of profanity, vulgar language, disrespectful rhetoric, and derogatory patterns of communication.
The word "VERBAL" means anything related to words. Vulgar words, obscene expressions, and spiteful expletives are caused by violent thoughts.
Swords, arrows, and knives can be used to help or hurt people physically. Words can also be used to help and soothe, but also to offend and defame our fellow humans ---actually to create deep wounds and bleed emotionally.
So, my objective is to train people to avoid the habit of using words intended to wound, to spitefully mock, or to defame.
In essence, the goal of CAVV is to make an earnest effort to stop editors, journalists, bloggers, authors, and freelance writers to stop committing violence with words.
I am serving as the Chief Executive Officer of CAVV. This organization aims to encourage people to abstain from committing violence through the use of impolite and inconsiderate methods of speaking, writing, and blogging.
"CAVV" will support open oral and written discussions on any topic, provided the participants engage in such exchanges in decent non-belittling language, respecting each individual on the earth as a unique person of dignity originally created in the image of God.
The motto, in nutshell, is this: “Keep Planet Earth Clean and Dignified by Avoiding Vulgar Language.” My ambitious goal is a future profanity-free world.
Another major goal of "CAAV" is to discourage people from using God's name in vain. That means to discourage people from mentioning lightly the name of GOD JEHOVAH and Savior JESUS CHRIST in a context in which the Lord God and his Incarnated Son Jesus may not receive due respect.
The names of the morally upright prophets of all religions must never be mentioned without deserved respect. Very frequently I hear people lightly uttering the name of The Almighty God in a disrespectful way--- just to fill in gaps in their casual conversations.
Free membership in this government-approved “CAVV” is offered to people of all races, religions, political parties, and philosophical inclinations, including those who subscribe to atheistic, agnostic, and humanistic ideologies.
My sources of inspiration are the The Prince of Peace Jesus Christ, as well as other prophets of nonviolence such as M. K. Gandhi, Sree Buddha, Swami Vivekananda, B. R. Ambedkar, Cardinal John Henry Newman, Martin Luther King Jr., Abdul Kalam, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Pastor K. E Abraham, and Mithrapuram K. Alexander---all of the above wonderful role models of a nonviolent approach to life and to conflict resolutions.
The least known among the above dozen people is Dr. Mithrapuram K. Alexander(1909-1983), a philosophy& humanities professor, but one of the most influential persons in my life with respect to the non-violence approach to life that he shared with me.
Professor M.K. Alexander, my mother's first cousin, lived in Gandhi's Sevagram Ashram for two years. He was first sent to America in 1937 with Gandhi's blessings to explain the motives and methods behind Gandhi's nonviolent movement. He was one of the first Keralites to arrive and settle in America.
I found documents in public libraries to establish that he first landed in America in 1937, ten years before India got its independence.
I had the privilege of living in his house with him and his family during my early student life in America from May 1971 to August 1971, and then in the dormitory room of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he taught from 1946 to 1977. I used to see him in his office every weekday and travel with his family occasionally on weekends until I moved 160 miles away in August 1972 to Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.
Dr. M.K. Alexander delivered two hundred speeches /lectures/papers on the topics of Gandhi's nonviolent movement and the humanitarian needs of Asian countries at college campuses in America in the late 1930s and 1940s.
In 1971 summer(May to August), I saw him at his office every day and during lunch at the campus occasionally. The name Mahatma Gandhi was on his tongue every day. He started writing a biography of his hero M.K. Gandhi part of which he dictated to me and I wrote a few pages of the rough draft.
When Alexander died in New York at the age of 74 in 1983, his book on the nonviolent ideas of Mahatma Gandhi was only half finished. When I stayed in his house in New York one weekend in May 1978 to get his blessings on my trip to India to get married, he showed me the complete rough draft of his memoirs of his life in SEVAGRAM ASRAM where Mahatma Gandhi injected his nonviolent principles on Alexander and his younger brother M.K. John Mithrapuram.
While living with him in 1971 summer months, Professor Alexander had enlightened me much on solving social issues by taking a nonviolent path. He was one of the most soft-spoken and dignified conversationalists that I have ever communicated with.
But he was loud and outspoken against violence in any form. He was not afraid to encounter people when he noticed violence and injustice.
I also had the privilege to attend campus seminars on peaceful nonviolent communication skills conducted by Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi.
Alexander and Arun Gandhi believed that most acts of violence begin with words---spoken or written or both.
I believe that If people can be trained in positive communication skills, violence in our society can be reduced considerably.
Unfortunately, M.K. Alexander's personal observations of Gandhi's nonviolent movement never got published due to his unexpected death in 1983.
In the 1960s, the New Light Publishers (New Delhi) published Dr. Alexander's English biographies on Martin Luther King, Indira Gandhi, and Lal Bahadur Sastri. His books were reprinted in several editions by New Light Publishers.
Even though M.K. Alexander passed away many decades ago, his words still linger in my heart as I embark on a new mission to promote non-violent communication in society through the newly planned organization called C. A. V. V. (CITIZENS AGAINST VERBAL VIOLENCE).
I am depending on the guidance of the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ as I proceed to complete the registration of this organization.
Further details of this organization will be disseminated within a few months.
First Posted: November 2, 2016
Reposted: 19 November 2017