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MUMBAI, INDIA (AP) - A state in western India banned Pulitzer-Prize winner Joseph Lelyveld’s new book about Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday after reviews saying it hints that the father of India’s independence had a homosexual relationship. The author says his work is being misinterpreted.
More bans have been proposed in India, where homosexuality was illegal until 2009 and still carries social stigma.
The furor was sparked by local media reports, based on early reviews out of the U.S. and U.K., some of which emphasized passages in the book suggesting Gandhi had an intimate relationship with a German man named Hermann Kallenbach.
He noted that his book _ which is said is about Gandhi’s struggle for social justice and the evolution of his social values _ is available both in the U.S. and as an e-book download.
“It should not be hard for anyone to determine what it actually says,” Lelyveld wrote. ” It’s a pious hope, but I’d say someone might take the trouble to look at it before it’s banned.”
“It is quite a wrong interpretation,” he said.
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