Remember Chris Rock saying we know the world is crazy when the best rapper in the world is white, the best golfer is black and the tallest man in the NBA is Chinese? Well, not even Chris Rock could make up a story about Gandhi being a bisexual racist.
I knew that the Mahatma had always used his position to inveigle women into his humble bed. Isn’t that what rock stars do? But somehow it never occurred to me that the Great Soul might also be engaging in a spot of hochmagandy with a German bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach.
You think I jest?
Oh goodness gracious me, no. I’m afraid the man was carnally cavorting with the German gentleman, as confirmed by Joseph Lelyveld in his book, Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi And His Struggle With India. He even left his wife Kasturba in 1908 to be with Hermann. And for fear you might think Lelyveld is some sort of grubby tabloid hack, let me assure you that he holds a Pulitzer Prize and is a former editor of the New York Times. A man you do not dismiss lightly, unless you happen to be the Gujarat government.
They banned it.
But apart from Gandhi’s nocturnal pursuits, there’s also the matter of how he regarded black Africans.
We were marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs, he wrote. We could understand not being classed with whites, but to be placed on the same level as the Natives seemed too much to put up with. Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized.
I see. So Gandhi was aracist, eh? Next thing they’ll be telling us Mother Teresa was a cynical, grasping old fraud.
That’s the problem with creating living saints, isn’t it?