What would Gandhi reveal about his sexuality if he were alive?!
Gandhiji's sexuality and close relationships with women has been an article of thought and discussion for many especially among the western thinkers and writers. The issue is also a commonly found subject in his biographies and historical or chronological fact finding researches and scholarly efforts.
Young Gandhians like me are little distressed at first in learning such hitherto-secret kind of matters related to Gandhi's sexual orientation. Whether he is a homo-sexual, or bi-sexual or even a womaniser as described in many books, His dignity and fame has never been distorted or never been distracted from his growing popularity. It was around 16 years ago, when I came across a critics’ piece illustrating his sexual relationship with a western woman, other than his wife which had put myself to a state of profound research and analysis. As the thoughts were flowing over in my mind, I could slowly start iconizing him to the equivalent of Lord Rama or Lord Krishna.
In Hindu mythology, Lord Rama was symbolizing the highest struggle for a man to withhold monogamy apart from other virtues like sathya, brotherhood etc. Lord Krishna was just a contradictory depiction to Ram, who had many women lovers, leading a polygamist life withholding Dharma, wisdom, Bhakthi and truths of life. Interestingly both Ram and Krish were the incarnations of the same God Lord Vishnu but symbolized the evolutionary change in character of God from Treta Yuga to Dwapara Yuga.
In Kali yuga, the last of the four yugas, while Gandhi was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram, he had never left Krishna's Gita into waters. This is the yuga mystified as a period with 100% sins and 0% virtues. The life of Jesus and Buddha were also under strong criticism when it comes to sexuality. While Jesus was openly criticised as gay and homosexual, Buddha was known for preaching his disciples not to touch women but men. Besides being portraying himself as just a Human but not any other incarnation of God, Gandhi was as much of a routine common man, even though been hailed as "Mahatma" by everyone.
His life was as much of a normal peasant however great or big he was while leading the nation. He was undergoing as much of the same pressure and social anxieties as just any other human in the unwieldy environment. He too was victimised/hurt many times with the then governments’ sturdy measures and dominance over the inhabitants including him. Leading a battle for India's freedom under certain pressures surely would have forced him to get closer to women to have a massage or instinctual embraces as needed. It was his greatness that he admitted his seminal leak during the train journeys to his colleagues implying us the pressure and the strain he was undergoing in the fight against the evil forces.
The very title of Joseph Lelyweld’s book “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His freedom struggle with India” is unquestionably intriguing, steering us to believe that Gandhi was struggling with poor India’s clumsy socio-environmental conditions.