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To the world he was the spiritual leader of India's independence movement, a pioneer of non-violent resistance and father of the Indian nation.

He inspired civil rights movements everywhere - as well as today's most charismatic political leaders, including Mandela and Obama.

Gandhi returned to India in 1891 as soon as he had been called to the Bar.

And despite his determination to stay away from the wife he hadn't seen for three years, he was soon back in bed with her - and within a year their second son was born.

Thereafter, Gandhi never tired of complaining that they had such an active sex life that there was no time for what he would have much preferred to do - which was to educate the illiterate Kasturba.

'I am sure that, had my love for her been absolutely untainted by lust, she would be a learned lady today,' he said.

Gandhi: Naked Ambition claims that Gandhi, a London trained lawyer-turned-guru, was a ruthless cult leader who enslaved his followers with such bizarre sexual demands that it became difficult for many people to take him seriously, even during his own lifetime.

The book's author, Jad Adams, even goes so far as to suggest that the Draconian practices instituted by this iconic figure in the ashrams he founded prompted the perverted 20th-century cults of Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana, and David Koresh in Waco, Texas - both of whom used their mesmeric sexual appeal to reduce their followers to almost slavish subjugation.

Gandhi always said his obsession with sex started when he was married off at the age of 13 to a girl just one year older.