Apr 1, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi's Amorous Letter To A Man

There is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the India Cultural Garden in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  Joseph Lelyveld's book titled Great Soul-Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India has been reportedly banned in Gujarat, India.  

Apparently, Mahatma Gandhi had a relationship with a German architect, Hermann Kallenbach and in a letter writes "How completely you have taken possession of my body.  This is slavery with a vengeance."

Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi is reported to have commented that it did not matter "if the Mahatma was straight, gay or bisexual.  Every time he would still be the man who led India to freedom".

What would Mahatma Gandhi say about the banning of this book?  Me thinks it wouldn't have bothered him for a second.  He would probably laugh it off.  There is only Mahatma Gandhi, after all. 

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