Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Lelyveld says reviews of "Great Soul," his book about Gandhi, are distorting the truth.
The salacious headlines keep on coming: “Gandhi left his wife to live with a male lover' new book claims.” “Book claims German man was Gandhi's secret love.”
The lurid press coverage is behind the decision of several Indian states to ban – or consider banning – a new book about Mahatma Gandhi after reviews suggested the revered Mahatma had a homosexual relationship.
The state assembly of Gujarat, where Gandhi was born, voted unanimously to immediately ban Joseph Lelyveld’s “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India” with many other states like Maharastra keen to follow suit.
Because the book has not yet been released in India, the outcry and resulting bans are based on US and UK book reviews – some accompanied by headlines like those above – that suggest Gandhi had an intimate relationship with German-Jewish bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach.
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