Gandhi did not develop his censorious attitude to sex and certainly not to marital sex until he was in his thirties. It was no secret that Mohandas Gandhi had an unusual sex life. He spoke constantly of sex and gave detailed, often provocative, instructions to his followers as to how to they might best observe chastity. And his views were not always popular; "abnormal and unnatural" was how the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, described Gandhi's advice to newlyweds to stay celibate for the sake of their souls. But was there something more complex than a pious plea for chastity at play in Gandhi's beliefs, preachings and even his unusual personal practices which included, alongside his famed chastity, sleeping naked next to nubile, naked women to test his restraint? In the course of researching my new book on Gandhi, going through a hundred volumes of his complete works and many tomes of eye-witness material, details became apparent which add up to a more bizarre sexual history.
The unusual sex life of Gandhi
10 startling revelations on the sex life of Mahatma Gandhi
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.
Gandhi wanted women to 'resist' sex for pleasure
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While Mahatma Gandhi was alive, he openly talked about sex — often in a detailed, provocative manner. To best serve the nation, he decided to embrace his poverty and chastity. While poverty was no problem for Gandhi, he struggled with chastity. Gandhi had his own definition of abstinence.