27 July, 2021

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Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam says: “We’ve a distaste for saying things about the dead which the Westerners don’t share. Besides, a good number of biographies are commissioned and hence there is complicity between subject (or heirs) and biographer.”
Sex As Lies
Says B.R. Nanda: “For Gandhi, sex is straying from brahmacharya. He believed only sublimation would give him power and he attributed all his political failures to any impure thought he may have had. He believed the Partition was because of his impure thoughts.”
Says Stanley Wolpert: “The lack of candour has nothing to do with being Indian. I think Indians are no better or worse than any other nation’s authors at writing biographies. Some are more brilliant than the others, but that is hardly nation-related.”
Responding to Frank’s recent biography of Indira Gandhi, Sarvepalli Gopal, S. Radhakrishnan’s son and a historian,...

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