Monday, March 28, 2011

Letters suggest Gandhi was bisexual, says book by Pulitzer Prize author

A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning former editor of The New York Times Joseph Lelyveld has quoted correspondence to suggest that Mahatma Gandhi was in love with Hermann Kallenbach, a male bodybuilder and German-Jewish architect, to whom he wrote “about ‘how completely you have taken possession of my body...this is slavery with a vengeance’.”
The book, Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi And His Struggle With India, according to a report in the London-based The Telegraph, quotes extensively from Gandhi’s letters to Kallenbach.
And claims that “Gandhi nicknamed himself ‘Upper House’ and Kallenbach ‘Lower House’, and... “made Lower House promise not to ‘look lustfully upon any woman’. The two then pledged ‘more love, and yet more love... such love as they hope the world has not yet seen’.”
When contacted in New York by The Indian Express, Lelyveld said that the correspondence between Gandhi and Kallenbach is “amply documented” in the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi published by the Navajivan Trust (a publishing house founded by Mahatma Gandhi).

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