Was Gandhi gay? Noted historian Joseph Lelyveld has written a biography of the famous Indian activist that includes a hint of same-sex intimacy. Conservative "historian" Andrew Roberts (there's been some controversy about his other work) wrote a review of Lalyveld's Great Soul that has sparked almost more controversy than Gandhi's rumored sexual orientation.
In a Wall Street Journal review, Roberts calls Gandhi a child molester, and a rapist, but save his most scathing judgements for Gandhi's relationship with Hermann Kallenbach.
"...The love of his life was a German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach, for whom Gandhi left his wife in 1908. "Your portrait (the only one) stands on my mantelpiece in my bedroom," he wrote to Kallenbach. "The mantelpiece is opposite to the bed." For some reason, cotton wool and Vaseline were "a constant reminder" of Kallenbach, which Mr. Lelyveld believes might relate to the enemas Gandhi gave himself, although there could be other, less generous, explanations.
Gandhi wrote to Kallenbach about "how completely you have taken possession of my body. This is slavery with a vengeance." Gandhi nicknamed himself "Upper House" and Kallenbach "Lower House," and he made Lower House promise not to "look lustfully upon any woman." The two then pledged "more love, and yet more love . . . such love as they hope the world has not yet seen."
Roberts, ever the classy man, describes Gandhi as "a sexual weirdo."