Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India (book)

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Artist: Joseph Lelyveld

Year: 2011

Date of Action: March 2012

Region: Asia

Location: Guajarat, India

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Sexual/Gender Orientation

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Govenment of India

Description of Artwork: The book is a biography of Mohandas Gandhi, which makes reference to an intimate relationship he had with a German architect named Hermann Kallenbach, which many readers believe is portrayed as a homosexual relationship.

The Incident: Due to the seemingly homo-erotic content of the book, there was a public outrage against it in many parts of India.

Results of Incident: The district of Guajarat, Gandhi's home district that is known for being conservative, banned the book.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/books/gandhi-biography-by-joseph-lelyveld-roils-india.html?pagewanted=1&sq=Lelyveld Gandhi Vikas Bajaj&st=cse&scp=1