The latest biography of Mohandas Gandhi has generated copious amounts of indignation, thanks, it would appear, to reviews that have been fairly incendiary in their reading of the book. Although much has been written previously about the man and his personal life, given the proclivity for taking offence, it was only a matter of time before someone thought of the obvious solution—banning the book. That has come to pass. First off the blocks is Gujarat, his birthplace and well-known for keeping the Gandhian spirit alive. And in a season of elections, expect a round of competitive bans.
While the efficacy of such measures is debatable when digital versions can be obtained online, India has a fairly consistent record on banning things that may cause someone somewhere to feel insulted. Should that preclude Indians from reading a book that might offer some insight into a personality that dominated so much of recent history?