Letter by Mahatma Gandhi Addressed to Slovak Dušan Makovický


Presented here is a letter by Mahatma Gandhi (1869−1948) received by Dušan Makovický (1866−1921), a Slovak who was personal physician and secretary to Russian novelist Count Leo Tolstoy (1828−1910). Makovický lived with Tolstoy at his estate Yasnaya Polyana, located some 200 kilometers from Moscow. In the letter, Gandhi thanks Makovický for his explication of Tolstoy’s views on the concept of passive resistance. Probably the only original Gandhi manuscript preserved in the collections of any Slovak institution, the document is a testimony to the unique contacts the Slovaks had with this eminent thinker and politician of India and his philosophy of nonviolence.

Last updated: January 21, 2015