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"A Letter to a Hindu" (also often called "A Letter to a Hindoo") was once a letter written by way of Leo Tolstoy to Tarak Nath Das in 14 December 1908. The letter used to be written according to letters despatched by means of Das, looking help from the recognized Russian writer and philosopher, for India's independence from British colonial rule. The letter was once released within the Indian newspaper unfastened Hindustan. The letter prompted the younger Mohandas Gandhi to put in writing to the world-famous Tolstoy to invite for recommendation and for permission to reprint the Letter in Gandhi's personal South African newspaper, Indian Opinion, in 1909. Mohandas Gandhi used to be stationed in South Africa on the time and simply starting his lifelong activist profession. He then translated the letter himself, from the unique English reproduction despatched to India, into his local Gujarati.

In A Letter to a Hindu, Tolstoy argued that simply during the precept of affection may perhaps the Indian humans loose themselves from colonial British rule. Tolstoy observed the legislations of affection espoused in all of the world's religions, and he argued that the person, nonviolent software of the legislations of affection within the kind of protests, moves, and other kinds of peaceable resistance have been the one substitute to violent revolution. those rules finally proved to achieve success in 1947 within the end result of the Indian Independence Movement.

In this letter, Tolstoy mentions the works of Swami Vivekananda. This letter, besides Tolstoy's perspectives, preaching, and his booklet the dominion of God Is inside You, helped to shape Mohandas Gandhi's perspectives approximately nonviolent resistance.

In this letter, Tolstoy stated the Tamil Tirukkuṛaḷ because the Hindu Kural.

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