This is actually kind of LOL-y.
World: India…what are you doing? What’s that behind your back?
India: What? That? Oh that’s nothing. ::drops satchel on the floor, tries to slide it backwards with a foot::
World: What are you hiding?
India: Hiding? Why would we be hiding anything? ::kicks satchel down the stairs to the basement::
World: I know you’re hiding something. You’re acting all suspicious.
India: Pfft. You’re crazy. ::puts big ass padlock on basement door:: Here, have some of my delicious tandoori chicken.
India Buys Gandhi’s Letters for $1.3 Million to Halt Auction
By Margherita Stancati
A book released last year stirred an unusual controversy on whether Mahatma Gandhi had a gay lover.
“Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India,” written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph Lelyveld, includes passages that some interpreted as hinting that Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach, a German-Jewish architect, were more than just very good friends. (This included a rather inflammatory review published in The Wall Street Journal.)
The focus on Gandhi’s sexuality upset many in India, including politicians and relatives of Gandhi. For many, suggesting that the Father of the Nation may have been homosexual, something Mr. Lelyveld has since denied, was tantamount to blasphemy. In Gandhi’s home state of Gujarat, the book was banned.
Gandhi’s friendship with Kallenbach is again at the center of attention. The Indian government on Tuesday announced it paid $1.28 million to purchase the Gandhi-Kallenbach Archives, thereby withdrawing the material from a proposed Sotheby’s auction in London.
India’s Ministry of Culture said this decision was made after experts who reviewed the archival material, mostly letters between the two men, recommended it should be acquired “as a matter of highest priority.”
The archive includes over 1,000 letters, documents and telegrams exchanged by the two men between 1905 and 1945, as well as several gifts Gandhi gave to Kallenbach over the years. The material, much of it unpublished, originally belonged to Kallenbach, who became a close friend of Gandhi’s during their time in South Africa. It was put on sale by Kallenbach’s grandniece.
Oh India. You definitely went about that completely wrong. Like. That is the most wrongest way you could have handled that whole situation. Most wrongest is the only phrase to fully encapsulate the egregiousness of that error in judgement, y’all. Clearly those letters were full of mansex and homo-lust or India wouldn’t be all in a tizzy about it. Or maybe they weren’t! Maybe there were just a few, vague, passing references to something that could be misconstrued as a little more friendly than friends!
But we will never know now, so the only conclusion we can logically come up with is that Gandhi was back-back-backin it up on some German. See India? See how wrong you played that?
America woulda just sent somebody to sneak in and burn that shit up. ”A mysterious fire at Sotheby’s today destroyed personal letters written by Gandhi to a friend…” That’s how we do.
On another note, I can attest to one positive to come out of this story. After re-typing it numerous times in this post, I’m now pretty certain I’ve forever stopped misspelling Gandhi with the “h” right after the “G” and I’m proudamahself.