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Monday, 26 March 2012

hows how charitable even the poorest Indian was before his became westernized and lost that quality.

hows how charitable even the poorest Indian was before his became
westernized and lost that quality.

Please go to 100 year old article for more info. Even though it is
biased, the charitable nature of Indians is revealing.
-- http://www.oldandsold.com/books/hindu/hindu-11.shtml

"No peasantry in the world with equally scanty resources are more
charitable than the Hindus, and even at the meanest hut the beggar's
demand for a little cake or a handful of grain is never disregarded."
Crooke, " Natives of Northern India," p. 123.

Connected with the subject of mendicity is that of satrams or
choultries and of sheds erected in the hot season for the giving of
water or butter-milk to the poor and thirsty wayfarer. There is no
town and scarcely any large village, which has not some kind of
satram, erected by charity. This is sometimes done by an individual,
and sometimes by a group of persons, or perhaps by a whole village, in
order to accommodate travellers. In a country where there are no inns
or hotels, these form excellent substitutes; and, considering the
habits of the natives, they are more suitable than anything European
could be.