A Letter to a Hindu

A Letter to a Hindu
The Subjection of India--Its Cause and Cure

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A Letter to a Hindu by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy

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1908

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A Letter to a Hindu
The Subjection of India--Its Cause and Cure

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With an Introduction by M. K. Gandhi

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spheres, and in recent times it has so faded away as to prevail no longer against man's reasonable understanding and the true religious feeling. People saw more and more clearly, and now the majority see quite clearly, the senselessness and immorality of subordinating their wills to those of other people just like themselves, when they are bidden to do what is contrary not only to their interests but also to their moral sense. And so one might suppose that having lost confidence in any religious authority for a belief in the divinity of potentates of various kinds, people would try to free themselves from subjection to it. But unfortunately not only were the rulers, who were considered supernatural beings, benefited by having the peoples in subjection, but as a result of the belief in, and during the rule of, these pseudodivine beings, ever larger and larger circles of people grouped and established themselves around them, and under an appearance of governing took advantage of the people. And when the old

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