Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India is a biography Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Lelyveld and published by Alfred A Knopf. Great Soul has ratings and 85 reviews. Reading Joseph Lelyveld’s sensitive and informative biography of the life of Mahatma Gandhi is enriching in many. 1 quote from Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India: ‘I should like to slip out of the public gaze to bury myself in the farm and devot.
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A state in western India has banned Pulitzer-prize-winning Joseph Lelyveld’s new book about Mahatma Gandhi after reviews said it hints that the father of India’s independence had a homosexual relationship.
More bans have been proposed in Indiawhere homosexuality was illegal until and still carries social stigma.
Gujarat’s state assembly voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban Great Soul: The furore was sparked by local media reports, based on early reviews in the US and UK, some of which emphasised passages in the book that suggested Gandhi had an intimate relationship with noseph German man named Hermann Kallenbach.
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Lelyveld has said his work was taken out of context. However, several reviews of Great Soul detailed its sections on Gandhi’s relationship with Kallenbach.
Britain’s Daily Mail ran an article under the headline: The Mumbai Mirror on Tuesday ran a front-page story under the headline: Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst who has written about Gandhi’s sexuality and jospeh some of his correspondence with Kallenbach, said he did not believe the two men were lovers.
Gandhi felt his political power really came from his celibacy, from his spiritual power. He said Gandhi often filled his letters, including those to female associates, with strong love language, but that did not lead to physical intimacy.
They are not put into action. That would have been terrible for him.
Politicians in lelgveld state of Maharashtra, home to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, have also called for a ban on the book and, along with Gujarat’s chief minister, Narendra Modi, have asked the central government to ban publication nationwide. Ranjit Hoskote, a writer and general secretary of Pen India, which fights for free expression, condemned the ban and said lepyveld local media had misconstrued both Lelyveld’s intentions and the nature of Gandhi’s relationship with Kallenbach.
He said Gandhi’s correspondence with Kallenbach has been available in library archives for decades. There is no scandal,” he said.
Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India
The book has not yet been released in India. Gandhi’s great goals were non-violence, celibacy and truth, he said. Modi said Lelyveld should apologise publicly for “hurting the sentiments of millions of people”.