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It seemed to carry everything before it. The doctrine of equality could not but appeal to the masses, who were caste-ridden. To this inherent strength was also added the power of the sword. 9 Gandhi's assessment of Muslim rule was less hostile than that of many other Indian leaders. He agreed that the early Muslim invaders and rulers had been oppressive, tyrannical and brutal, but insisted that over time they had been won over by the synthetic spirit of Indian civilisation. As they settled down, they entered into a dialogue with their subjects, cultivated tolerance and absorbed many a Hindu belief, value and social practice.

32 Gandhi contended that, contrary to the general impression, there was a deep streak of violence in Indian culture. He chided his close friend C. F.

20 For Gandhi courage was one of the highest human virtues and the Hindus had become woefully deficient in it. They lacked the physical courage to face dangers and stand up to a bully. 'I have been travelling all over India these days ... 22 In Gandhi's view the Indians also lacked the intellectual courage to criticise and deviate from the established customs and conventions and to strike out on a lonely path of their own. 23 Gandhi particularly lamented the absence of moral courage, by which he meant the courage to stand up for what one considered to be right, irrespective of the consequences.

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