This programme was organised at the Sahar international airport to mark the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi’s memorabilia, received by the former Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, industrialist Kamal Morarka, and political and social activist Anna Hazare.
The 29 items included his spectacles, spectacle-case, prayer book, charkha, letters and documents, Columbia Disk, Gora Letter and Pamphlet, a letter autographed by Gandhiji, a letter typed by him, seven newspapers which he used to read, a letter he wrote to his native place in Gujarat, wooden casket, book, and a postcard.
These belongings of Bapu were stolen from the country more than 60 years ago. They were auctioned in London last year.
“Our political leaders and government slumbered over the matter and did not even try to buy [them] or stop the auction held in London. It was the government’s responsibility to buy the memorabilia… And interestingly, our High Commissioner didn’t even take the effort to go to the auction house the day they were auctioned. But Kamal Morarka, an industrialist, bought the memorabilia with his personal money,” the organisers said in a press note.
The event to honour Bapu’s belongings was organised by the Chauthi Duniya publication and Daily Multimedia Ltd. The sale was executed by Mullock’s, a Shropshire based auctioneer.