We prayed to God for Nelson Mandela’s returning in good health.Mandela, 94, is currently in a Pretoria hospital. Lover of Mandela, Amina Cachalia, was an Indian origin woman . Nelson Mandela’s love affairs with Amina Cachalia is disclosed by his son in this book published recently as the love affairs of Mahatam Gandhi with Sarla Deve Chaudhary is disclosed by his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi in his book.
Sarla Devi was a niece of Ravindra Nath Tagore and also belong to Bollywood fame Sharmila Tagore.Sarla Devi’s husband and late Actor Sunil Dutt were Mohyals of Punjab. Villagers of Mohyals are sad to know that Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has to go to jail again.
Love letters of Gandhi and Mandela
When Chaudhary Ram Bhaj Datt was in Jail then Mahatama Gandhi was in his home as a host of her wife. Chaudhuri was in jail for his part in the struggle against the British and soon after he arrived, Gandhi – by now dedicated to personal celibacy – wrote in a letter: on October 27, 1919, and addressed to Anasuyaben in Ahemdabad:
“Saraladevi’s company is very endearing. She looks after me very well.”
Within months, he was thinking of their relationship in terms of a “spiritual marriage”, according to his grandson – who admits he is unsure what his grandfather meant by this.
At the age of 50, Gandhi, a married father of four, came perilously close to succumbing to a temptation that threatened both his family, and his life’s work, after falling passionately in love with the beautiful Saraladevi Chaudhuri, three years his junior
Rajmohan goes on to write that “for four to five months – between January and May 1920 – Gandhi was clearly dazzled by her personality and seemed to fantasise that providence desired them together to shape India to a new design. He wrote to her that he often dreamt of her and that she was a great shakti.”
During this period, Young India carried a song by Saraladevi on the front page and Navjivan published another poem by her along with Gandhi’s comments that it was perfect.
(made available by Prof V. N. Datta, historian and writer) to Sarala dated May 2, 1920, “You will continue to haunt me in my sleep. No wonder that Panditji (Rambhuj Dutt) calls you the greatest shakti. You may cast that spell over him. You are performing the same trick over me.” In another letter dated January 23, 1920, the Mahatma wrote, “Saraladevi has been showering her love on me in every possible way.” The nature of their relationship is further uncovered in a letter dated August 23, 1920: “You are mine in the purest sense. You ask for a reward of your great surrender, well, it is its own reward.”
Neither Mahatma Gandhi nor Sarla Devi wrote about their love affairs in their autobiographies.
Author Rajmohan Gandhi writes in his new book:”He responded to my father Devdas and letters written to him by the other leaders, especially by Rajagopalachari asking him to come out of the affair.”
Mahatma Gandhi had also written so many so called spiritual love letters to Sarla Devi. I found the copy of one of those letters:
343. LETTER TO SARLA DEVI 1
February 1, 1940
MY DEAR SARLA,
Take a few minutes tonight after prayer.
From a photostat: G.N. 9085
On a visit to visit to Mandela’s Houghton home the next day, Amina revealed how Mandela sat opposite to her and wrote notes to her which said “beautiful, endearing things to me.”
“The day before had evidently been forgotten and we were to make a fresh beginning. But I told him that we were playing with fire and I prepared to tear up the notes. He stopped me, assuring me that he would shred them once he had finished writing,” Amina recalls.
Nelson was not a great romantic figure. Perhaps the years in prison had dampened that side of him. He would express his love or feelings in a rather matter-of-fact fashion. Perhaps the closest he got to express his feelings was when he wrote these notes to me in the garden of his Houghton home.
In her book, son of Amina Cachalia gives vivid descriptions of private visits of to her apartment by Mandela and her visits to his office and residence.
“On one of these visits I must have been looking rather flustered as I bustled about doing my chores,” Amina wrote.
“(Mandela) sat me down on the two-seater couch in the living room and kissed me passionately. Running his fingers through my hair he said: “Do you know that you are an exceptionally beautiful, vivacious and enticing young lady?” I hollered at him. He looked very worried and wanted to know what was so wrong with what he had said. I replied gently: I’m not a young lady; I am a middle-aged woman.”
Amina recalled one evening when Mandela visited her apartment in Johannesburg. She prepared crayfish for him, which he did not eat, as he was upset on being rebuffed.
“That night Nelson declared his love for me in no uncertain terms. I resisted, reminding him of his marriage (to former Mozambican First Lady Graca Machel), and the fact that while I may have been moved to consider his overtures positively, his marriage to Graca prevented me from doing so,” Amina wrote.
“I told him that we were playing with fire and I prepared to tear up the notes. He stopped me, assuring me that he would shred them once he had finished writing,” Amina recalls.