INDIA: Revolt of a Doormat

Among the great fads of the 1920s were Dr. Emile Coué, mah-jongg, and Jiddu Krishnamurti. The most serious of these was Krishnamurti, a long-haired young Indian seer whom Bernard Shaw once called the most beautiful human being he had ever seen. The Theosophist Annie Besant* had adopted Krishnamurti, and was freely predicting that he would be a new messiah. He was more modest. "I may or may not be the second Christ—I don't know," he once said. "I don't want people to look up to me, to worship me. Most people are dumb, anyway."

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