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Thursday, 12 July 2012
It may be that Mahatma Gandhi, revered as the Father of modern India, had at least an emotional connection with another man, Hermann Kallenbach, a German-Jewish architect. In “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India” released last year, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph Lelyveld seems to have implied that Gandhi and Kallenbach may have been more than friends after originally meeting in South Africa. (There's a review of the book from The Wall Street Journal Online here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703529004576160371482469358.html)
The Indian government has just paid $1.28 million (about £835,000) to purchase over 1,000 letters, documents and telegrams between Gandhi and Kallenbach, according to blog India Real Time (http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2012/07/10/india-buys-gandhis-letters-for-1-3-million-to-halt-auction/).
The Wikipedia entry for Gandhi is here:
A (very slightly) related item:The words English owes to India - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18796493