INDIA: When To Kill

The famed Hindu doctrine that thou shalt not kill even a bug—much less a human—was sensationally reinterpreted last week, by the potent ascetic, sage and saint, Mahatma Gandhi.

Quoth the Mahatma:

''Just as a surgeon does not commit himsa (killing), but practices the purest ahimsa (non-killing) when he wields his knife on his patient's body for the latter's benefit, similarly one may find it necessary ... to go a step further and sever life from the body in the interest of the sufferer.

"It may be objected that whereas the surgeon performs his operation...

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