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GANDHI’S SOUVENIR!


Finally a few personal effects of Gandhiji are surfacing. The Navjivan Trust, which was stated to have been formed in the year of our Lord 1929, was ignorant of the fact that Gandhi’s SPECTACLES, WATCH, BOWL, PLATE and SANDALS were not traceable and when they surface in an auction house, we shameless Indians clamour for those articles as the HERITAGE of this nation.

The Navjivan Trust must have inventoried all the items left behind by Gandhi upon his assassination. Even if they had inventoried and were unaware of the presence of these articles at the time of such inventorying, how did they suddenly realize that these items belong to them?

We as a nation have shamelessly, in the guise of SOCIALISM, trodden upon the Constitutional guarantees given to the Princely States, such as the Titles and Privy Purses, thru brutal amendments, merely based on POLITICAL OPINIONS. We have not exhibited character by standing by those assurances given by the Constituent Assembly to the princes and nawabs, which secured for the nation a peaceful transition.

Had we had the POWER to make similar amendments, we would have obtained all those personal effects of Gandhi, through such Amendments. In fact a court in London is said to have honoured an order of the Madras High Court, which resulted in the repatriation of the personal effects of Gandhi, which were intended to go under the hammer.

This time, in the foot steps of the Madras High Court, the Delhi High Court had issued a similar order declaring the Auction as illegal. But the story is that the venue is not LONDON but the legally vibrant US of A. The honouring of the order may not be that implicit. Otis (the possessor of the articles), has wisely chosen the venue that may ask for hard legal provisions and may not be as compliant.

A case of theft, under the Indian Penal Code, is punishable with a maximum punishment of 3 years. Under section 468/469 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the limitation period would be 3 years. However, there is a possibility of the plea that the TRUST, had become aware of the loss/theft of the articles only now and therefore the obstacle of Limitation could be overcome. But the CURIOUS CASE IS THAT, THE TRUST WAS UNAWARE OF THE ARTICLES MISSING/STOLEN AND HAVE NOT REGISTERED AN FIR IN ALL THESE 60 YEARS!!

When TIPU SULTAN’S sword was bought by Vijay Mallaya and brought with so much fanfare, it was not projected as a national treasure. If there was one MAN, who put up a credible resistance against the BRITISH and its local stooges, it was TIPU and his father Hyder. Yet we do not respect such histories.

Now that we have discovered that the Mahatma’s personal effects have been located, we as SELF-RESPECTING INDIANS, should not make legal claims to obtain it for FREE, but use our resources and get it in the Auction. THAT IS THE LEAST OF ALL THE HOMAGES THAT WE CAN PAY THE MAHATMA.

It is not essential for a pea-brained man like me to find ways of obtaining it, but gratuitously i may be allowed to suggest that some business houses may be encouraged to buy it in the auction and hand it over to the GOVERNMENT OF INDIA as a NATIONAL TREASURE.

Mr.John Otis, the possessor of the said articles, has come up with a preposterous offer. The offer is  that if the Government of India allocates 5% of its GDP towards healthcare, then he would donate the articles to the government. Mr.Otis must be under some delusion if he  thinks that the Parliament of India is full of deal makers & that they would go for a deal that appears to have been said to boost his own image and ostensible noble intentions? Does he know that 5% would be around Rs. 35,000 crores? All those items could be got at a fraction of the cost of what Mr.Otis wants the parliament to allocate! Get real, Mr.Otis, get a good bargain in the auction, but do not tread on areas you have no clue about.

LET US VALUE WHAT IS OURS, AND LET US NOT ALLOW OTHERS TO PUT A PRICE ON OUR TREASURES.

LET US GIVE A SENSE OF HISTORY TO OUR CHILDREN, BY RECLAIMING WHAT WE FEEL IS OURS!!

Comments on: "GANDHI’S SOUVENIR!" (4)

  1. blessedmeek said:

    It is the intention of the People of India to save for eternity the belongings of Father of our nation in the Museum of Gandhi for our present and future generations.. Hence there is nothing wrong if the auction is held to be illegal as it happened in London. It is not known as to how many hands the items changed /passed through before it fell into the greedy hands of Mr.Otis. He wants to make money. The possession of the items with him may not be lawful. The whereabouts of the missing items of Gandhi have been ascertained now with the announcement of Mr.Otis to auction .Mr.Otis by choosing to auction the items in USA has shown clear malafide,because he knows he cannot think of auctioning them in India. He also knows that Government of India and the people of India will be concerned and he can gain in the bargain. Like Movid suggested it is easy for Big Industrial houses to jump into the ring to save the items. But in these hard times of recession,and financial meltdown,is it fari to expect them to jump into the band wagon ? It is a matter of sentiment that we must get the items back to India where it rightfully belongs. We would not have bothered had the items not surfaced . But once the items have come out in the open and after auction they are likely to again go underground , there is nothing wrong in our fight for restoration of the same.There is no need to bother about FIRs or about inventories to initiate legal action. Possesors of stolen goods cannot take shelter behind the Law anywhere in the world.The Law will not come to their rescue. If London court has earlier held the auction as illegal, the US courts will safely follow the precedent while ensuring that that the rights of Mr.Otis are not infringed. I thank Movid for his following words which reflects the view of every Indian who loves Gandhi
    LET US VALUE WHAT IS OURS, AND LET US NOT ALLOW OTHERS TO PUT A PRICE ON OUR TREASURES.
    LET US GIVE A SENSE OF HISTORY TO OUR CHILDREN, BY RECLAIMING WHAT WE FEEL IS OURS!!

  2. Blessedmeek, i have expressed in my blog the form that we should adopt in reclaiming our lost heritage. It should be always legal. I do not believe that the US legal system would interfere in the Auction, as it has no historical backlogs to clear with India, unlike our Imperialist feudal Britishers. Moreover the commonlaw tradition is capable of wide interpretation and purely precedent oriented, whereas the US system is based more on legally codified laws, with better safeguards to the individual rights.
    Blessedmeek has , like any puffed up Indian thinks that jingoism should override legal provisions, But this down to earth Indian begs to differ. We are creating precedents by our behaviour, therefore we should use our own corporate houses esp. the govt. oil companies to buy it for India. After all we have given the PSUs the monopoly for so many years, it is their turn to put their hand in the till and pay up for the Indian heritage.
    Coming to the recessionary aspect, the prices of oil have plummeted and so it shud not be a hard task for the Govt. to co-ordinate that.
    From where Blessedmeek has arrived at the fact that mr.Otis is the possessor of stolen goods is a mystery. When the Navajivan trust was not even aware of the existence of these articles prior to the items coming up for action, there is no question of them being stolen goods.
    By the way, if a person had without notice bought a stolen item for good consideration, the law gives a different meaning.
    Kindly read the BLOG as a WHOLE! Thanx. MOVID

  3. the following is the link to the news item in MIDDAY by B.F.Firos:-
    Blogs divided over Gandhi auction
    By: B F Firos Date: 2009-03-04

    Bangalore:

    http://www.mid-day.com/news/2009/mar/040309-blog-divided-gandhi-auction-us-report.htm

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