Thursday, 12 July 2012

Mahatma Gandhi

(Photo courtesy of WIkipedia)
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

1 comment:

  1. It is good to know that government has taken his initiative to protect Mahatma Gandhi's letters, documents and telegrams shared with Kallenbach.

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