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Gandhi’s belongings come home

Barkha Dutt in her article Time lapse (Third eye, March 7) has rightly stated that even the most turbulent times, plagued by terrorism and unrest, haven’t been able to dominate the Gandhian principles, which hold out hope of a better future for every individual.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2009 21:42 IST

Gandhi’s belongings come home
Barkha Dutt in her article Time lapse (Third eye, March 7) has rightly stated that even the most turbulent times, plagued by terrorism and unrest, haven’t been able to dominate the Gandhian principles, which hold out hope of a better future for every individual. Perhaps this is the reason why when it came to the auctioning of his memorabilia, Indians were at the forefront with their rightful claim on Bapu’s belongings. By bringing them back to India, we have proved to the international community that Gandhism is relevant even in modern India. The auction has forced everyone to pause
and think about the great man whose sacrifices led to the rise of a superpower.
Surendra Deo, Delhi

II
It is indeed ironical that millions of dollars have been spent to acquire the possessions of a man who opted to live a simple life devoid of materialism. But it goes to the credit of Vijay Mallya who brought to light the government’s incapability by getting back the Gandhi memorabilia. Now, after the deal, the government is slyly trying to take credit for bringing back our national heritage. It is very shameful on the part of our leaders whose careless attitude gives the nation a bad name.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email

III
Barkha Dutt is right in saying that Gandhiji’s message must be made relevant with changing times if they are to live on. Gandhiji rightly said that political leaders must not forget their morals and ethics while putting the nation on the path of development. I believe that his principles are universally true. They have withstood the test of time. If applied properly and with honesty, Gandhiji’s principles alone can help us solve all the problems that our nation faces today.
Kritika Singh, via email

IV
It is true that the common man is forgetting Gandhian principles. We are high on sentiment but low on substance. Nobody sees Gandhiji as his/her role model anymore. Had it not been for the auction of his memorabilia, would we be even discussing Gandhian principles? It is shameful on our part that the Father of our nation has been commercialised and an industrialist has had to bid for what is originally ours.
Alecx Khomdram, Manipur

Mixing two categories
Rahul Karmakar’s report Peeping in, from the inside (India Yatra, March 11) appeared to be ambiguous and confusing for it failed to highlight the difference between Bangladeshi immigrants and Indian migrants to Assam. The report mixed the two categories. Also, there is a general tendency to mix divisive fractions like the Ulfa with the general masses and the local political machinery. The changing times, however, have proved that today even the remotest village in Assam is free from extremism and people there are leading peaceful lives.
Udayjyoti Borah, Chennai

State your intention now
Apropos of the report The Third Front rises (March 10), with the general elections fast approaching, we see all the political parties making full use of every possible opportunity. Even though sounds of a powerful Third Front are making the rounds in political circles, the truth is that without the support of either the Congress or the BJP, no government can be formed at the Centre. For the Third Front, the only way to win the voters’ trust is to issue a firm manifesto which addresses key issues and ensures reforms. Also, the members must ensure that post-election, they will not change sides for personal gains.
MC Joshi, Lucknow