In December 1935, Margaret Sanger, the American birth control activist and sex educator, visited Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi and had an absorbing conversation with him.
Sanger was on an 18-city trip to India, speaking with doctors and activists about birth control and the liberation of women.
Her fascinating exchange with Gandhi at his ashram in the western state of Maharashtra is part of a new biography of India’s “father of the nation” by historian Ramachandra Guha. Drawing on never-before-seen sources from 60 different collections around the world, the 1,129-page book tells the dramatic story of the life of the world’s most famous pacifist from the time he returned to India from South Africa in 1915, to his assassination in 1948.
The biography also provides a glimpse into Gandhi’s views on women’s rights, sex and celibacy. Read more
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