INDIA: The Fifth Son

"Suppose the owner of a farm has four sons and a fifth is born later, would he not have to make five shares of his property instead of four? I ask landowners to regard me as an additional heir born to them and to give me my share for the benefit of the poor."

The speaker is a short thin (91 lbs.) man with a straggling beard and yellow-rimmed spectacles who sits cross-legged in a loincloth. His voice is persuasive—and his daily average take for the poor is 300 acres.

A Walk. Four...

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