Seven years after Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel medallion was stolen from Santiniketan, the nation has sustained yet another loss. Mahatma Gandhi's spectacles have gone missing from the Sevagram ashram in Wardha district, and no one knows exactly when it happened.
Aakash Lokhande, manager of the ashram, said the spectacles might have been stolen in November. But the loss came to light on Monday, when the inmates who clean the articles found them missing, he said.
The ashram receives about 30 million visitors annually.
Ashram president MM Gadkari, however, said: "We knew about it, but had not made it public, hoping they would eventually be found."
But now with the ashram preparing for its platinum jubilee this year, the matter was finally reported to the police on Monday evening, following a decision by the board of trustees.
"We have received a formal complaint and are investigating the matter," said SM Waghmare, superintendent of police, Wardha.
The Sevagram ashram, around 75 km from Nagpur, had a crucial role in Gandhi's quest for freedom. In 1936, he shifted from Sabarmati and set up the ashram.
A museum on the premises displayed his personal belongings, including his spectacles and his spinning wheel.