Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India, the new biography by Joseph Lelyveld, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the former executive editor of The New York Times, has stirred controversy in India.
Earlier this week Lelyveld responded to questions about the charges hurled against his book via email — and, in an April 7 talk at the Asia Society in New York, discussed Gandhi's life and legacy at greater length. Below are some highlights of his conversation with New York University professor Arjun Appadurai.
On how Gandhi would be viewed today:
On why some view Gandhi as a man of contradictions:
On why Gandhi linked the caste system with Hindu-Muslim relations: