At a talk last week at the London School of Economics, he was passionate and amusing, and it was uplifting to hear his respect and affection for one of the great moral figures of the last century. For several decades after his death, this episode was not widely known. The facts are that after his wife, Kasturba, died in , Gandhi began the habit of sharing his bed with naked young women: his personal doctor, Sushila Nayar, and his grandnieces Abha and Manu, who were then in their late teens and about 60 years younger than him. Nor, in any obvious way and so far as anyone can tell, did he begin one now. His conscious purpose in inviting naked women to share his bed was, paradoxically, to avoid having sex with them.
The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi: from the archive, 31 January 1948
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 7 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Before we discuss why it is men can't and shouldn't stop looking at women in the street, I'd like to explain about the girl in the miniskirt on the bicycle. It was the first of the warm spring days that inflated Toronto this week. I was on my way to work on my bicycle. Two blocks from my house, I turned right and found myself 10 feet behind a young woman.
Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend. They broke up soon after. In less than 24 hours, the effect was as if Margarite, 14, had sauntered naked down the hallways of the four middle schools in this racially and economically diverse suburb of the state capital, Olympia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of students had received her photo and forwarded it. In short order, students would be handcuffed and humiliated, parents mortified and lessons learned at a harsh cost.
Hardly anybody remembers the old Pacific Press building at Granville St. The Family was a giant sculpture of a father, mother and two children by Jack Harman. What I would like to know is how parents are supposed to explain this to their children. In Feb. Eventually the controversy died down and The Family became a local landmark. But it disappeared from 6th and Granville when The Vancouver Sun and Province moved downtown in The sculpture is in three pieces: the father, the boy, and the mother and child. Lying in a storage locker, they look like mummies; albeit mummies with big metal pegs sticking out of their feet, where they used to be attached to a marble base. And a mother and a child, so a typical family. Actually it was sculpted in plaster, which was unusual.