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Lelyveld calls ban of book on Gandhi 'Shameful'

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The controversial book titled ‘Great Soul; Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India’ on the life of Gandhi has drawn attention from different parts of the world as it has been banned in the state of India. In response to this step, the author Joseph Lelyveld expressed his disappointment and told that banning of book is ‘shameful’.

As per report of the sources, Pulitzer Prize winner Lelyveld told media that it was very disappointing to see the banning of book in the country which calls itself democratic. He also told that he could not understand why the people were banning the book even without reading it.

In fact, this reaction from the author came after the Gujarat government imposed ban on his book which as per report of the sources claimed that the book talks about sexual preferences of Mahatma Gandhi.

It is also the speculation that the Maharashtra government is also looking into the appeal of banning the book in the state.

The author dismissed the fact that his works include offensive languages against leader and reiterated the fact that the people must see the pages that they think offend them before taking such a conclusion on the book.

He further clearly mentioned that the book does not talk about sexual preferences of Gandhi. He also clarified that neither does it mentions that he was a racist.

He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book on apartheid Move Your Shadow: South Africa Black and White, as well as a memoir, Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop.

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