Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam says: Weve a distaste for saying things
about the dead which the Westerners dont share. Besides, a good number of
biographies are commissioned and hence there is complicity between subject (or heirs) and
Sex As Lies
Says B.R. Nanda: For Gandhi, sex is straying from brahmacharya. He believed
only sublimation would give him power and he attributed all his political failures to any
impure thought he may have had. He believed the Partition was because of his impure
Says Stanley Wolpert: The lack of candour has nothing to do with being
Indian. I think Indians are no better or worse than any other nations authors at
writing biographies. Some are more brilliant than the others, but that is hardly
Responding to Franks recent biography of Indira Gandhi, Sarvepalli Gopal, S.
Radhakrishnans son and a historian, says: I knew about my fathers
infidelities, therefore, I write about it. But about others, how can you ever know for
sure? Unless a biographer knows for sure about his subjects sex life he has no
business to write about it.
Former PM Narasimha Rao protests: The Insider is not my memoir,
its fiction, a work of imagination. How many times must I shout from the rooftop
that I wrote about a particular system and not about myself.