The PJ Tatler

Gandhi , the "Great Soul"

Andrew Roberts writing in the wall Street Journal reviews ” Great Soul”,an unvarnished look at Gandhi which reveals the man behind the mask, and it’s not quite the picture we’ve been looking at for so long:

Joseph Lelyveld has written a generally admiring book about Mohandas Gandhi, the man credited with leading India to independence from Britain in 1947. Yet “Great Soul” also obligingly gives readers more than enough information to discern that he was a sexual weirdo, a political incompetent and a fanatical faddist—one who was often downright cruel to those around him. Gandhi was therefore the archetypal 20th-century progressive intellectual, professing his love for mankind as a concept while actually despising people as individuals.