Archive of letters shared between Gandhi-SA bodybuilder to exhibit in Delhi today

Archive of letters shared between Gandhi-SA bodybuilder to exhibit in Delhi today New Delhi, Jan. 30 : A rare collection of letters written between Mahatma Gandhi and a South African bodybuilder with whom he shared a close relationship is set to go on display in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The archive of letters and photos belonging to Hermann Kallenbach, a German-Jewish bodybuilder and architect, was purchased by the Indian Government in 2012, just before they were due to be auctioned by Sotheby's in London.

According to news24, it will be the first time that the Indians will be able to see the collection at the National Archives.

The exhibition opens on the anniversary of Gandhi's death in 1948, when he was assassinated by a Hindu extremist.

Gandhi lived with Kallenbach in Johannesburg for about two years from 1907 before leaving South Africa to return to India in 1914, where he helped unify the gathering political movement against British colonial rule.

The relationship with Kallenbach has been a subject of speculation and gossip for years owing to their closeness, which was most recently chronicled in a book by former New York Times editor Joseph Lelyveld, the report said.

Lelyveld was forced to defend his book against accusations that he had suggested Gandhi was bisexual, the report added. (ANI)


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