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Mahatma vs Gandhi: American website calls father of the nation ‘pervert’

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  • Apr 28, 2013, 01:58 AM IST
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Ahmedabad:  On January 30, 1948, a Hindu fanatic Nathu Ram Godse murdered Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi, fondly remembered as the father of the nation.  He was revered with a title ‘Mahatma’ after his death. His principles of non-violence were adopted by many heroes of the history including Martin Luther King Junior.  Even today, leaders like Nelson Mandela consider him his idol. However, there is a flip side too.  After his death a number of controversies hounded the late ‘satyagrahi’, and are still challenging his title of the great soul.  The debate that started just after his death still touches the sensibilities of the historians in India and abroad. A historical conflict has erupted, and on the two sides are people who do not want Gandhi to slip from the moral high ground and the others who want to topple him from the throne of goodness where he is sitting even sixty years after his death. 

Continuing the big debate, an American website called the Mahatma a ‘pervert’ in real life. He was not alone in the list of great men who were given the insulting title. In a historical piece titled ‘Geniuses you won’t believe were perverts’, Gandhi was accused of sleeping with a ‘pile of women’.

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    Mahatma vs Gandhi: American website calls father of the nation ‘pervert’
    The website claimed that Gandhi used to sleep with naked women in his ashram.

    “It's true that Gandhi took a vow of celibacy when he was 37. However, this did not stop him from heroically encouraging young women to sleep naked with him until he was well into his 70s.”
     
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    The article further said that Gandhi used the women in the ashram for strip tease.

    “He claimed that this was merely an extension of his vow, intended to test his pious restraint (a phrase a cynical person could take to mean "to inflate his boner tube"). According to the strict rules of Gandhi's ashram, these women weren't even allowed to sleep with their own husbands, yet they were all but required to participate in the Mahatma's creepy old man slumber parties, which included not only sleeping nude with Gandhi, but also bathing with him and giving him stripteases."

    Other than the website article, there were other speculations as well. 
     
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    Gandhi’s Congress?
     
    Contrary to beliefs, Mahatma Gandhi’s decision was not the last word in the Congress Party pre and post independence.  There are many instances of Congressmen’s defiance against Gandhi’s order. Let’s take an example.

    Dainikbhaskar.com has a note of Governor of Bihar of that time, Morris Halet. He had mentioned in the note that despite Gandhi’s order to boycott a party thrown by him, most of Bihar’s leader joined the governor in the party and had a great time.
     
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    His last words were not ‘hey Ram’

    It is being widely publicised that Gandhi’s last words were ‘Hey Ram’, which seems to be untrue if we believe the man standing next to Gandhi at the time of his death. Gandhi’s close associate V. Kalyanam had said that Gandhi didn’t say anything after he was shot. He, however, said that had he died a natural death he would have taken the name of his deity. But during that time, Gandhi silently fell to death. 
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    Gandhi’s love letters

    Gandhi’s son in law Gopal Krishna Gandhi made efforts to bring back Gandhi’s letters to India. The letters were brought by the government for more than a crore.  These letters were written to his South African companion Harman Kallenbach. Some historians believe that they were the gay love letters of the Mahatma.
     
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    Book that told Gandhi was gay

    ‘Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his struggle with India’: This is the name of the book that has been banned in India as it said that Gandhi was gay.  The book said that Gandhi had intimate relationship with his companion in South Africa, Mr. Kallenbach. The book was written by Pulitzer Winner Joseph Leliveld.

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