Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Mahatma in the bedroom

He is the sainted patron of Indian independence, admired the world over for his philosophy of constructive non-violence. A new book by British author Jad Adams delves into a more intimate space of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's life: His bedroom.

Adams focuses on not the idealised apostle of peace, but Gandhi the man who spent much of his life refining his eccentric theories of chastity, vegetarianism, bowel movements and how best to conserve his sperm, which he saw as a vital fluid.

Adams, a visiting research fellow at London University who has previously written biographies of the Labour politician Tony Benn, leader of the British suffragette movement Emmeline Pankhurst and a book titled 'The Dynasty: The Nehru-Gandhi Story', says there's no dearth of material on Gandhi's private life. "Gandhi's own musing on sex was not occasional or cursory: his accounts were frequent and detailed and are there for all to see," says Adams whose book 'Gandhi: Naked Ambition' will be out in India soon.

Full report here Times of India

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