Explained: Reading Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ in our times
At a time when political "strong men" in several countries are seen as larger-than-life heroes (or villains), and are extolled (or denounced) for having single-handedly brought about sweeping change in their countries, Tolstoy's ideas about historical determinism are especially relevant.
Justice Sarang Kotwal of Bombay High Court, hearing the Elgaar Parishad case, asked activist Vernon Gonsalves on Wednesday: “Why would you keep a book about a war in another country at your home?”
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