The issue of the armour to be auctioned on April 9 by Sotheby’s took a new turn with the Indian government stepping in. It has asked the High Commission to ascertain the origin of the armour and whether it belonged to Guru Gobind Singh.
The High Commission told HT that the Director of Nehru Centre and the Minister of Culture Monika Mohta had been deputed for the task.
Harbinder Singh, the Director of the Maharajah Duleep Singh Centenary Trust and Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail had also approached Sotheby’s about it. But there is doubt here that the armour belonged to the Guru, unlike in India.
“We hear that the Queen is being approached by some people in India,” said a leader. The Central Gurdwara London (Khalsa Jatha) has reportedly said they did not think it was the Guru’s armour. As reported by HT, Sotheby’s has already denied that the armour belonged to the Guru. But an inquiry has started again. An insider told HT it was highly unlikely that the armour ever belonged to Guru Gobind Singh.