A Letter to a Hindu
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Gandhi, Mahatma (introd.)

A Letter to a Hindu

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Dated the 14th of December 1908, A Letter to a Hindu was a letter written by Leo Tolstoy to Tarak Nath Das, a Bengali revolutionary and scholar, in response to a request for support for Indias separation from British rule, which argued that the Indian people should seek to free themselves from British rule through non-violent protests and strikes, and other forms of peaceful resistance. The letter soon gained international attention after it was published in the Free Hindustan, and it came to the attention of the young Mahatma Gandhi. Drawing on a variety of sources, cultures and teachings, Tolstoys letter was instrumental in forming Gandhis views on non-violent resistance as Gandhi himself acknowledges in his introduction: To me, as a humble follower of that great teacher whom I have long looked upon as one of my guides, it is a matter of honour to be connected with the publication of his letter.
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Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (18281910) is one of the highest-regarded writers of all time. His bibliography is vast, and many of his works run to huge extents particularly his well-read novels; he is also known for his plays, short stories, essays and literary correspondence with notable figures. In the 1870s Tolstoy went through a religious awakening, and he dedicated many works to the subject from then on, coming to influence pacifists with his writings. He is perhaps best known today for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, both of which have seen countless adaptations and editions over the years.


Introduction, A Letter to a Hindu, Note on the Text, Notes, Extra Material: A Brief Introduction to Leo Tolstoy, A Wider View of the Conversation