Indian State Bans Book Suggesting Gandhi was Gay

Over the weekend, Steve posted about Joseph Lelyveld's new biography of Mahatma Gandhi titled, Great Soul, in which Lelyveld suggests that Gandhi left his wife in 1908 for a German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach.

Gandhi Now, an Indian state has banned the book, and more may follow:

A state in western India banned Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph Lelyveld's new book about Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday after reviews saying it hints that the father of India's independence had a homosexual relationship.

More bans have been proposed in India, where homosexuality was illegal until 2009 and still carries social stigma.

Gujarat's state assembly voted unanimously Wednesday to immediately ban "Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India."

The book has not yet been released there.

Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:20am ETC by Andy Towle
in Books, Gandhi, India, News