It could be termed as unfortunate for people of
India as they are unable to hold the dignity of Mahatma Gandhi - the father of
nation. Once again, Gandhi became a part of discourse as a banned book on his
homosexuality is still on sale. The book ‘Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his
struggle with India’ written by Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Lelyveld had been
banned in Gujarat after the state assembly had unanimously passed a resolution
against it on March 30, 2011. The book says that Gandhi was in a homosexual
relationship. The book highlighted the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and
his close friend Hermann Kallenbach.
However, the book is available at bookstore ‘Landmark’ with 50% discount, which
suggests that people of Indians are in no mood to respect Gandhi. Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi could be questioned regarding the book sale as he
is proud to be a Gujarati, but failed to save the greatest son of the state
Gandhi during his rule. Modi had shown the pro-Gandhi attitude while
banning the book saying the contents of the book were perverse in nature and it
hurts the sentiments of Gandhi followers. The Opposition Congress had also
backed Modi's decision.
Just a year after the ban, the book is still on
sale at the bookstores.