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In 2013, an exhibit of Mahatma Gandhi's personal correspondence triggered some speculation about his private life:

The Daily Telegraph raises the question:

The bond between Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach has been a subject of speculation and gossip for years owing to their closeness, with previously published correspondence suggesting they may have had a physical relationship. [...] However scholars looking for clear evidence on the full extent of the men's relationship were left disappointed, with curators acknowledging that they had only put a sample of correspondence on display at the National Archives museum.

The Daily Mail

They detail his close friendship with a South African bodybuilder, Hermann Kallenbach, with some suggesting the pair may have had a physical relationship. [...] However scholars looking for clear evidence of the full extent of the men’s relationship, the subject of speculation for years, were left disappointed.

Was Mahatma Gandhi gay?

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    Hi, welcome to Skeptic SE. Could you add for each of your sources their name and nature (journal, blog, video, etc.) and one line summarizing their claims ? – Babika Babaka Sep 19 '16 at 11:53
  • This claim has been made, and so far seems to be unsettled either way. – Ofir Sep 19 '16 at 12:16
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    Welcome to Skeptics! This seems a weak set of claims - the two papers basically say "People are speculating and spreading rumours without any evidence." What more is there to say? Note that "gay" is ill-defined. You seem to be asking if he had sex with another man, rather than identified as gay. [I have stated my desire before for a "None of our damned business" close reason; this is an obvious candidate.] – Oddthinking Sep 19 '16 at 15:55
  • @Oddthinking That would be a really nice close reason, for several reasons xD – T. Sar Sep 19 '16 at 15:57
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    This may be because I'm not a big fan of Gandhi, but I don't think this question should be downvoted too heavily. A lot of people have a great deal of interest in this person, and some of that is as a person himself, rather than as a political figure (whereas people are mainly interested in Martin Luther King Jr as a political figure). A lot of speculation of historical figures being gay is ill-founded nonsense, but that's what Skeptics is for. And two major newspapers making the claim is rather notable. – Andrew Grimm Sep 20 '16 at 2:20

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