Gandhi was Gay?

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  1. asianobserve

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    Indian Government Spends $1.3 Million To Stop Auction Of Gandhi Letters That May Show He Was Gay
    The Huffington Post | By Laura Hibbard
    Posted: 07/12/2012


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    Last year, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Joseph Lelyveld released his book, "Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India," causing controversy with parts some say included implications that Gandhi had a homosexual relationship with architect Hermann Kallenbach.

    Gandhi's home state of Gujarat banned the book in March, and now the Indian government has dished out $1.28 million to purchase an archive more than 1,000 letters and documents exchanged between the men, thus removing it from a potential public auction in London, the Wall Street Journal's "India Real Time" blog reports.

    According to the Journal, India's Ministry of Culture said experts reviewed the letters and recommended the government obtain them as a matter of "highest priority."

    While Lelyveld denies he suggested Gandhi might have been gay, a review of the book by the Wall Street Journal
    highlights passages imply a homosexual relationship:

    Yet as Mr. Lelyveld makes abundantly clear, Gandhi's organ probably only rarely became aroused with his naked young ladies, because the love of his life was a German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach, for whom Gandhi left his wife in 1908. "Your portrait (the only one) stands on my mantelpiece in my bedroom," he wrote to Kallenbach. "The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed." For some reason, cotton wool and Vaseline were "a constant reminder" of Kallenbach, which Mr. Lelyveld believes might -relate to the enemas Gandhi gave -himself, although there could be other, less generous, explanations.

    Gandhi wrote to Kallenbach about "how completely you have taken -possession of my body. This is slavery with a vengeance." Gandhi nicknamed himself "Upper House" and Kallenbach "Lower House," and he 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."

    Despite the rumored relationship, an unnamed senior official at the Ministry of Culture in New Delhi told Reuters the acquisition was purely to aide research into Gandhi's philosophy.

    "These (papers) are of huge importance to India to carry out research on the Gandhian view on various things, that is why we decided to purchase them," the unnamed official told Reuters.

    According to the BBC, the collection, which will be placed in the National Archives of India, also contains gifts from Gandhi to Kallenbach including a cotton scarf, a spinning wheel, and a flag.


    Indian Government Spends $1.3 Million To Stop Auction Of Gandhi Letters That May Show He Was Gay
     
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  3. asianobserve

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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    Was Gandhi Gay? Hell yaaa... :gayseal:
     
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    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    ....:gayseal:....

    gayer than mao
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    Stop coping me..
     
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    Please stop copying me, thank you.
     
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    What does it matter if he was gay? Don't get all 'anal' about it GoI.
     
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    The report says that the Indian government is willing to pay $1.28 million to buy the private correspondents. Why waste money in those curiousities?
     
  10. Tronic

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    Gandhi can't be gay. It's open knowledge that he was a sex maniac. All his life, he slept and bathed with young naked women and was even found drilling his wife while his father was on his death bed breathing his last. He may have been 'bi' though.
     
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    Why ask pointless questions? How deep is the ocean?How high is sky? Who is John Galt?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I wonder if he was gay.

    He appeared to be happy with life as such!
     
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    That is because he wanted to develop will power or so they say.
     
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    Whats the matter - american press runs out of celebrities to call gay?
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I don't think they run out of gay celebrities.

    John Travolta was accused of feeling up men while being massaged!
     
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    Stupid controversy by dumb American media.

    From reddit:

     
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    Don't they all! :D
     
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    Posting it again (since people seemed to have missed it)

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    Stupid controversy by dumb American media.

    From reddit:

     
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    Can you Enlighten us How was gandhi instrumental in evicting british out of India?
     
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    None of the other leaders at that time had pan India appeal, Gandhiji was the one who united all of India.
     

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