Famous Books Banned in India
The Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld
The Pulitzer Prize-winning former executive editor of The New York Times has written a biography, The Great Soul that draws on Gandhi’s life in South Africa and India. Reacting to sensational reviews in The Wall Street Journal and the British media, which claimed that the book exposes Gandhi’s sexual life and racist views, Indian politicians called for a ban on the book. Gandhi’s home state, Gujarat, has already banned it; one more state is considering a ban. After initially suggesting the central government might impose a nationwide ban, the law minister has backtracked, citing Lelyveld’s clarifications.