2nd September

In September 1938 he was thinking about religious differences. In a letter to an unidentified woman – but evidently a hotel owner – he addressed what must have been questions about segregation. He tactfully pointed out that not all Indians were Hindus, and agreed with her that English guests sometimes made it hard to have guests from different cultures in a hotel. In India, Forster wrote, there are some reasons for segregation (unspecified), but 'in England they don’t exist, still there is a tendency in some quarters to introduce them, and to saddle us with race- and caste-troubles which do not belong to us at all’. (Source: Selected Letters of E.M. Forster, ed. Mary Lago and P.N. Furbank (London: Collins, 1983-1985), letter of 5 September 1938)

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