Thursday, January 31, 2013

Was Gandhi gay? Correspondence between Gandhi and friend fuel speculation about nature of relationship

Letters between Indian leader Gandhi and his bodybuilding friend have fueled speculation about their true relationship, which may be shocking for countless admirers of otherwise legendary Indian leader Gandhi.

Lovers? Mahatma Gandhi (left) and Hermann Kallenbach (right) sit either side of a female companion

They detail his close friendship with a South African bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach, with some suggesting the pair may have had a physical relationship, reports Mail Online.

One, handwritten to Kallenbach, is addressed to ‘My dear Lower House’ and signed ‘Sinly yours, Upper House’.

Kallenbach, a German-born Jewish architect, lived with Gandhi in Johannesburg for about two years from 1907 – a year after Gandhi took a public vow of celibacy.The relationship between Gandhi and the wealthy South African was chronicled in a book two years ago by Joseph Lelyveld, former editor of the New York Times.

Read more about it this rather controversial issue: Mail Online
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