Thursday, 17 November 2011

Mahatma Gandhi’s belongings to be auctioned in New York


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, is one of the  most respected and great freedom fighter of India. Gandhiji is honored by Indians by calling him as their ‘father of Indian Nation’.Today,Mahatma Gandhi’s belongings are held for an auction in New York. The items include a Zenith pocket watch, steel-rimmed spectacles, a pair of sandals and an eating bowl and plate used by Mahatma Gandhi. All these belongings are owned by Los-Angeles based film maker James Otis.He was very keen to sell those belongings to Indian government. Indian government decided to block this auction and return the belongings back to homeland, India. Gandhiji’s grandson Tushar Gandhi also played a very good role to bring his grandfathers belongings back to India and thereby save India from this insult. He said that it would be a “grave insult” for Gandhiji if they are sold to non-Indian.The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the U.S embassy and officials in India to do everything needed to get the articles back to India. The proposed sale made many Indians shocked,especially Gandhiji’s great grand son Tushar Gandhi.He had informed that the Zenith pocket watch was gifted to Gandhi by Indira Gandhi. Gandhi used the plate and bowl for his last meal.Tushar Gandhi has launched a “people’s initiative” to raise funds to buy the items. But he is disappointed with the response from the Indian government and the corporate sector.Now, Mahatma Gandhi’s five personal items, including the iconic round eye glasses, finally were bought by Indian business tycoon , Vijay Mallya. He had bought these belongings for $1.80 million dollars. Mallya is about to hand over these belongings to Indian government within 2 weeks. Mallya is the one who had saved India from this insult.

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